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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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Google Testing USB Titan Security Key On Chromebooks

Google Testing USB Titan Security Key On Chromebooks

When it comes to security, Google isn’t a one-trick-pony with their world-dominating Chrome browser. Now a giant in the cloud arena, Google continues to push forward in the area of online data protection in the form of both software and hardware. Google’s Online Security Blog keeps running updates of how you, the user, benefit from the ever-evolving defenses created by developers but these updates only scratch the surface of what’s going on behind the scenes in Mountain View. Announced earlier this year, Google has designed its own micro-controller to combine hardware and software security measures to be deployed in their own data centers. The Titan security chip combines multiple levels of software verification and the additional strength of hardware authentication.
Life With Chromebook Ep. 1: First 6 Hours

Life With Chromebook Ep. 1: First 6 Hours

A year and a half ago, I wrote an article here on my experience with a Chromebook (kinda), and now, I finally got my hands on an actual Chromebook, and this is my experience in the first 24 hours. Why I bought it in the first place? It is super cheap. I got it for €140 on eBay (shipping included)! Honestly I did not exactly thought this through, and I don’t exactly have plans for this laptop and how it will co-exist with my 11" MacBook Air. I desperately need a new laptop (you can also read my experience on buying and returning the new MacBook Pro with TouchBar here), and I guess I was hoping this cheap laptop can help take some workload from the MBA.
Life With Chromebook Ep. 2: First 25 Days

Life With Chromebook Ep. 2: First 25 Days

It has only been 25 days, and unsurprisingly it is still doing fine. In fact, it actually feels better because I am more used to the quirks and stuff: the screen is more acceptable with the right brightness, and the trackpad actually feels good enough after I am used to the weird texture a bit more. And after dozens of times of outing with this device, I am happy to report that the battery life of this thing is very good. I didn’t do any measurements that is even remotely scientific, but just from a day to day experience, I can tell you that it can easily last a day of research, browsing, music, and more.
Buying a Chromebook? Here’s What You Need to Worry About

Buying a Chromebook? Here’s What You Need to Worry About

You may need a Wall Street Journal subscription to read this. I knew we’d be getting our children a computer sooner or later. I just assumed there would be more deliberation over what kind of machine it would be. Yet after my wife said it, the pro-Chromebook argument just flowed: * They’re by and large cheaper than low-end MacBooks and decent Windows laptops. * The children already use them in school with their student Google accounts. * Chrome OS is easier to use and historically less prone to malware than Mac OS and Windows. * Chromebooks are easier to share than iPads and are better for typing practice. * And now they even run Android apps (which, OK, can be a minus, depending on the app—I’m looking at you, “Candy Crush”).

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