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What is a Chromebook? Why is it the Perfect Computer for Parents & Grandparents?

Simple and secure, the Chromebook makes getting things done in and out of the classroom, at work, or at home quick, easy, and affordable. Chromebooks were introduced in June 2011. In just a short time they now comprise 58% of the computers used in K-12 school classrooms. For the parent or grandparent, this relatively inexpensive computer is far easier to use than a full-featured Windows or Mac computer would be.

They’re effectively impervious to viruses. They can use Voice commands: You can say “OK, Google” from the launcher to invoke Google’s voice-powered assistant. There is tight integration with everything Google: Gmail, Drive, Calendar and so on. That means any document created in, say, Google Docs is automatically archived to Drive. It’s like full-time, automatic backup for nearly everything the user does. The most recent Chromebooks can use Google Play to install almost all Android Apps that are available for phones and tablets.

The Virtual Chromebook Meetup

elder chromebookThis website is the home of the Virtual Chromebook Meetup. The Meetup is open to any computer or technology user group or anyone interested in learning about Chromebooks.

The meetings will be announced soon and will be available live on line. The meetings will be recorded and those recordings will be available on this website.

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The List Grows

Google continues to add Chromebook models that have access to the Google Play Store. Some are considered Stable and some are still in Beta, but these can now access Play Store, install & use Android Apps. The list is updated as additional models are added. You can always check it here. The models currently able to utilize Android Apps (as of June 23, 2017) are:
Support for Android Apps on Chromebooks grows

Printer & Android Updates to Chromebooks This Week

Printing via the network and 16 additional Chromebooks that can now run Android Apps were changes to the Chrome OS & Chromebooks this week.

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How to Completely Reinstall Chrome OS on Your Chromebook

How to Completely Reinstall Chrome OS on Your Chromebook

As operating systems go, Chrome OS is arguably the most reliable of them all. You won’t have to deal with the dreaded “blue screen of death,” crashes, viruses, boot failures, or any of the other things that regularly go wrong on Windows, Mac, and the common Linux distros. That said, things do still occasionally go wrong. More often than not, the cause can be traced back to the user. Perhaps you tried installing Linux and something went awry, maybe you went poking around in the Developer Mode and made an irreversible change, or perhaps you got unlucky and downloaded a Canary Build that crashed the system. In any of these cases, you might need to completely reinstall the operating system. Keep reading to find out how.
The 7 Most Common Chromebook Errors and How to Fix Them

The 7 Most Common Chromebook Errors and How to Fix Them

Chromebooks are delightfully robust machines. Things rarely go wrong, and they can take a real hammering before they eventually give up the ghost. It puts them in stark contrast to most Windows laptops and Macs. And because Chromebooks are so cheap, it’s not the end of the world if your laptop does go to the graveyard in the sky — you can get a new one for little more than $200. However, don’t throw away your device just yet. It might still be salvageable. You just need to identify your problem and follow a few basic troubleshooting steps.
Reviewed Samsung Chromebook Plus

Reviewed: Samsung Chromebook Plus

THE LIGHTWEIGHT LAPTOP REPLACEMENT YOU NEED TO OWN I have been using the Samsung Chromebook Plus exclusively now for a few months to really get to grips with it as it is different to a Windows based laptop and some things which I will go into taking a little bit of getting used to. Firstly let me just say that it has completely replaced the need for me to carry around a Windows Laptop. If you had a fear previously that Chromebooks needed internet all the time then fear not as that need is now gone.
New Chromebooks With Cellular Options May Be On The Horizon

New Chromebooks With Cellular Options May Be On The Horizon

It’s 2017 and things are changing exponentially in the world of Chrome OS. Convertibles are king and tablets and detachable will soon be a reality. Mobile carriers are continuing to battle and drive down the price of unlimited plans and add-ons. It is now plausible to have a second cellular device with enough data to actually do something with and still cost less than what many of us paid for one line just five years ago. At least once a week I search the Chromium repository for any signs of new cellular support or a device that might be housing a cellular modem. Aside from the occasional update to existing devices, I have continually come up empty-handed.