Dictation proves useful as a writing tool because talking activates different parts of the brain than writing or typing. It taps into the same part of us that drove ancient civilizations to tell stories out loud and pass down oral traditions. There’s more freedom than using your fingers.
Voice Typing is perfect for both fiction and nonfiction writing because it gets the creative juices flowing. Staring at a blank page can be overwhelming, but speaking out loud can help mitigate that. Plus, most people speak faster than they type, meaning you can get more down in less time.
Original Article Appeared 12/6/2017
We wrote not long ago about a bunch of new, awesome YouTube videos (which are also TV spots) showing up on YouTube in the official Chromebook Channel. They are quick, informative, and well-made.
Sure, some people aren’t huge fans of the “You Chromebook” slogan, but it works to deliver the message Google is trying to convey with this latest campaign.
Right on the heels of those slick, punchy ads, Google has unleashed a new set of videos that are quite a bit different from the last batch.
Original Article Appeared 12/4/2017
Get your desktop at your fingertips with these easy, step-by-step instructions for setting up Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop.
Original Article Appeared 11/27/2017
Google has done a lot to make Chrome OS better suited for the arrival of Android apps, from the design of the app drawer to other things like notifications. Now, Google is changing how to take a screenshot on Chrome OS by pulling from Android.
Revealed by Googler François Beaufort on Google+ today, Google has added a new gesture for taking screenshots on Chrome OS in the dev channel. Just like on most Android devices, you can now take a screenshot on Chromebooks by holding down the volume down and power keys at the same time.
Original Article Appeared 11/29/2017
Night Light is a feature that lets users avoid eye strain when using a screen late at night, and it is now available for Chrome users.
As someone who spends most of his waking day staring at one of a few screens, night mode is my favorite feature to come along in the last few years. On Windows, Android and iOS, users can flip a switch to filter out the blue light spectrum coming from their screen.
The blue part of the color spectrum has some interesting effects on the human eye — exposing yourself to too much of this light at night will make it much harder to get to sleep. Fortunately, Chrome users also have the option to toggle night mode as well.
Original Article Appeared 12/2/2017
Chromebooks that support Android apps can now install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote from the Play Store.
Android app support for Chromebooks has been under development for a couple of years now. With the latest Chrome OS update, apps from the Play Store have finally hit the mainstream for Chromebooks. If you have a Chromebook that supports Android apps, you can install apps from the Play Store just like you would on an Android tablet or smartphone. It’s confirmed that this now includes the Microsoft Office applications for Android.
Read on for the details.
Original Article Appeared 11/28/2017
Chromebooks are known for being inexpensive and lasting a long time on a charge. But switching to a Chromebook from a Windows PC doesn’t happen without some effort. The cloud-based notebooks are lean and fast, they rely almost entirely on the browser, and you can’t use them for non-Android games. However, new models such as the Google Pixelbook 2 are nimble enough to help you stay super productive.
Google Docs and Gmail are just the start. Here’s how to get up to speed quickly with a quirky new Chromebook.
Original Article Appeared 11/16/2017
Dictation seems to be landing as an accessibility feature. Here is the description from the code change request:
Support dictation on Chrome OS (initial version/prototype)
– bound to ctrl+alt+s
– each invokation triggers a new dictation session
– sound icon prompts for user to start dictating
– silence triggers dictation completion and recognition result
Original Article Appeared 11/23/2017
It’s better (and easier) than you thought it was.
One of the biggest criticisms of a Chromebook is the lack of good programs for content creation. Any time you read an article on the internet about using a Chromebook, inevitably someone in the comments will mention Photoshop or Adobe Premiere as the reason they can’t use one, and they might be right. If you absolutely need Photoshop or Premiere and all the features they come with, you can’t expect to do it on a Chromebook without a lot of fuss.
But most people don’t need Photoshop or Premiere, even if they are using those programs on a Windows or macOS computer. And when you look at the alternatives that have the features a basic user needs, Chromebooks are starting to look better every day. We’ve mentioned that Polarr is an awesome photo editor for your Chromebook that can do more than most people will ever need, and now we’ve got five easy ways to edit your videos.
None of them are as feature-rich as Premiere, but every one of them stacks up against iMovie or even Final Cut ProX quite nicely. Have a look!
Original Article Appeared 11/23/2017
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