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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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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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Review of Acer R11 Chromebook

It is just 7 weeks since I purchased my first Chromebook, the Acer R11. I was a novice of what to look for and did some preliminary research before buying my Acer R11. I wanted to touch and feel before buying so I went to my nearby Best Buy store. They had 3 models on display and in stock. After looking over the 3, the Acer R11 was on sale and seemed to have the specs that I wanted.

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Five Chromebook Hacks That Give Your Laptop Surprising New Talents

Five Chromebook Hacks That Give Your Laptop Surprising New Talents

Chromebooks may be impressively versatile, but a good Chromebook hack helps it break out of its browser-based confines and try new talents on for size. Top of the list, of course, is the ability to install a full Linux desktop operating system via the Crouton project. But there’s a lot you can tweak or add to multiply a Chromebook's powers. Some of these features require you to install Linux— a really easy task if you follow our Crouton tutorial—but many do not. Here are five Chromebook hacks that will improve your user experience and make these laptops even more powerful.
New To Chromebooks? Here's How To Right-Click With The Touchpad Or Keyboard

New To Chromebooks? Here's How To Right-Click With The Touchpad Or Keyboard

Did you recently get a Chromebook? If you’re used to working on a Windows PC, you might have noticed a few changes and right-clicking is one of them. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to right-click on a Chromebook, you’re not alone. In this guide we’ll teach you how to do it in a few different ways. We have provided several different methods of right-clicking based on what you want to do. Take a look at the options, and dive into the method that you think will be of the most use.
How Once-Ailing PC Brand Acer Became The Top Seller Of Chromebooks

How Once-Ailing PC Brand Acer Became The Top Seller Of Chromebooks

Acer Inc., a flagship Taiwanese developer, was sweating just half a decade ago. The firm’s foreign CEO, Gianfranco Lanci, had resigned in 2011 after a bitter dispute with fellow executives. For the next few years Acer offered mostly ordinary PC, shipments of which were declining against competition from mobile devices. But the Taiwanese firm launched 42 years ago hooked up in 2008 with Google to develop Chromebooks, light notebooks that run on speedy, cloud-based systems created by the Silicon Valley partner.
Connecting USB Microphone to Chromebook

Connecting USB Microphone to Chromebook

As Chromebooks become ever more popular, people want to be able to utilize them in creative endeavors. If you look at a lot of the Pixel artwork, it shows some bearded hipster-type using his Chromebook in what looks like a creative workshop setting. Fortunately for us, we do not need to grow a beard, but we can use our Chromebooks for creating stuff.