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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.

These are the latest Blog posts. Click on a blog excerpt, or to see all of the blogs, click on the menu item or click here.

MagicJack

My Chromebook is a Phone

Today, I made my Chromebook a phone. I can dial out to any phone and receive calls just using my Chromebook and an Android App from MagicJack . Not only can I use it as a phone, I can also message with the app as well.
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Being Stylus

Touchscreens are everywhere. I no longer have any of my “toys” without one. My desktop computer has a 23? Hannspree touch monitor. My Dell 15? laptop, Microsoft Surface 3 and the 11? Chromebook have touchscreens. Of course, the iPad, the 2 Android smartphones, and our old iPhones are touch. Like many of my friends & neighbors, my fingers are not as easy to control and precision is not always the norm. I attend a lot of trade shows and local events where businesses have booths where they give away advertising “stuff.” Many of them now give away a stylus or a pen with a stylus. I always pick some up, to use or to share with friends.

These are the latest articles posted. Click on an article excerpt or to see all of the articles, click on the menu item or click here.

List Of All Touchscreen Chromebooks

List Of All Touchscreen Chromebooks

List of all touchscreen Chromebooks (130 results) with photos & links to specs on each model.
Google Prepares An Always-Connected Chromebook To Take On Microsoft

Google Prepares An Always-Connected Chromebook To Take On Microsoft

More Chromebooks could be coming in the future with a built-in LTE modem for always-on connectivity. The latest code in Chrome OS reveals that Google may be looking at adding eSIM, or electronic SIM, support to the operating system. Google may even leverage its Project Fi service to provide cellular data to Chromebooks in the future, 9to5 Google suggested.
What To Look For In A Used Chromebook

What To Look For In A Used Chromebook

One of the best Chromebook features often gets overlooked: over six years of operating system support direct from Google. That means you get all the new features that come to Chrome OS (provided your hardware allows) as well as security fixes and those tiny updates that make things just work better. That means a Chromebook you buy today will still be supported in 2024, and a Chromebook that sold new in 2016 still has four years of updates ahead of it. It also means that buying a used Chromebook can be an awesome idea as long as you know what to look for. You'll, of course, want to make sure everything is in working order. If you're buying through an individual seller, have him or her fire it up and let you give it a spin.
Android Files Arrive In Chrome OS Files App: How To Get It Working

Android Files Arrive In Chrome OS Files App: How To Get It Working

With all the new features swirling last month around Linux apps on Chromebooks with Crostini, it felt a bit like we’d all temporarily forgotten the original container app solution for Chrome OS: Android. That’s a bit hyperbolic, but it has been a bit since we’ve seen anything major shift for Android Apps on Chromebooks as the overall experience is really starting to smooth out a bit and feel more native. As more time goes by, we’ll have fewer articles like this as all the expected functions of Android will be in place, working, and not exactly news-worthy any longer.

Tutorials and Help for Chromebooks. Some are Original by Hewie Poplock. Some are from Google & other sources. To view all of the Tutorials Click Here

Sharing Your Chromebook

Sharing Your Chromebook

Watch this video to learn how you can share your Chromebook with…
Chromebook Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Chromebook Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Watch this video to learn how to use your Chromebook keyboard…
How to use your Chromebook Touchpad

How to use your Chromebook Touchpad

Watch this video to learn how to right click, scroll and use…
Chromebook Myths

Chromebook Myths

Watch this video to debunk the top Chromebook myths.