Entries by Hewie Poplock

Windows 10 S vs. Chrome OS

Microsoft has announced the latest version of Windows, with the software giant unveiling Windows 10 S. This latest operating system is intended to be something of an affordable version of the mainstream software, aimed at lower cost computers and education-oriented PCs. As the operating system niche becomes more complicated and diverse, Microsoft is attempting to refine its strategy in order to enable Windows to retain its dominant position.

How to Blur Student Faces in Class Videos

Have you ever wondered, “How can I blur student faces in my videos?” Now, there’s a simple answer to that question. YouTube has released a new feature that allows you to blur faces, meaning you can post your class videos while keeping your students’ privacy.

In this 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community trainer Jerry Swiatek explains how you can use YouTube to blur student faces.

How to install Android apps on a Chromebook

One of Google’s most exciting announcements regarding its Chrome OS platform and Chromebook hardware is the support for Android apps. While Chrome OS can run Chrome browser extensions, web apps, and Chrome apps, the addition of the millions of Android apps greatly increases the platform’s value.

A handful of Chromebooks can already officially run the Google Play Store and install Android apps, including the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R11/C738T/CB5-132T, and Google’s own Chomebook Pixel (2015). If yours is one of those, then jump ahead to step one to get started.

Six Useful Chromebook Tricks You Might Not Know About

For years laptops have been rapidly eating into the desktop marketplace, becoming the preferred version of the PC most people want to own. And why not? After all, it’s great to be able to take your entire computer with you instead of being chained to your desk with it. And when it comes to laptops there’s no denying that some of the hottest and most genre-defining have been Chromebooks–laptops which are known as a “thin client” notebooks.

But what is a Chromebook exactly? Many manufactures make Chromebooks (ASUS, HP, Lenovo) but the concept of a Chromebook itself was invented by Google, which makes it own Chromebook–the Pixel. Chromebooks are referred to as a “thin client” notebook because for the most part it relies on a constant internet connection–or technically a connection to the millions of servers that make up “the internet”–to get anything done.

Is the Chromebook the Most Private and Secure Computer Available Today?

I must admit that I love my Chromebook computer. I am using it more and more every day, including right now as I write this article in Microsoft Word Online. This low-cost ($150 to $500 US) powerhouse does almost everything I ever want to do on a computer. I am also impressed with the privacy and security that the Chromebook provides.

Of all the consumer-grade operating systems available today, most security experts will tell you that Linux is the most secure of all. That is especially true of the more security-focused “distributions” of Linux, such as Tails, Security Enhanced Linux (often called SELinux, developed by the NSA’s Trusted Systems Research Group ), Ubuntu Privacy Remix (UPR), or Whonix. All of these are designed to protect your private information and to keep out spies and hackers.

I am not aware of any published studies comparing the security of Chromebooks versus any version of Linux.

The Best Chromebook Add-ons and Tricks

Chromebooks have been with us since way back in 2011. Now, as Wi-Fi becomes more ubiquitous and web apps grow more powerful, these lightweight laptops are really taking off. The user-friendly Chrome operating system seems simple—that’s part of its appeal. But you can still uncover lots of advanced features and tricks if you know where to look—and we do.

How to Make Your Chromebook More Secure in 7 Easy Steps

Chromebooks are already extremely secure. The operating system encrypts all local data (such as cookies and browser cache files), it has a verified boot, all web pages and apps are run in a sandbox, all system updates are automatic, and there’s an easy-to-use recovery mode in case something does go wrong.

Sure, it’s not completely infallible, nothing is. But you can easily make the argument that Chromebooks are the most secure laptops on the market.

However, just because they’re secure at a hardware level doesn’t mean you can’t improve their security at a user level.

Here are four ways to make your Chromebook even more secure.

Chromebook vs. Chromebox vs. Chromebit

If you thought Chromebooks were under-appreciated, what about Chromeboxes and Chromebits? How many of you have even heard of a Chromebit?

If you’re looking for a new Chrome OS device, which one should you buy? What are the strengths and weakness of the three types of device?

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How to print to a local network printer from a Chromebook

Chromebooks recently gained the experimental ability to print to local printers with the release of Chrome OS Version 57 to the stable channel. That’s great news if you want to use a Chromebook with network printers that don’t support Google Cloud Print. Local printing also allows you to print when your internet connection is down or when you’d prefer to not use Google Cloud Print.