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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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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.

The Search For The Perfect Solution

I am the “goto” person for many friends, neighbors, and others when it comes to issues with technology, especially Windows computers. Most of these people are senior citizens. Their computer and smartphone usage is mostly limited to Facebook, games, photos, watching videos, e-mail, browsing the web, banking, paying bills and perhaps purchasing items. Windows computers are far too complex for most, especially when it comes to

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How to check the battery health of a Chromebook

How to check the battery health of a Chromebook

If you're Chromebook user you probably enjoy a fairly significant daily life from that battery. I for one, often opt to use my Pixel 2 over my MacBook Pro, because 12 hours of battery life beats six hours any day. As you use Chromebook, you can see the battery indicator ever so slowly trickling down (ever so slowly being the operative phrase). But that system tray indicator is really only an estimate of how your battery is fairing. What if you wanted to really know the health of your Chromebook battery?
10 Chromebook features you (probably) don’t know about

10 Chromebook features you (probably) don’t know about

Chromebooks are packed with some pretty amazing features that make them unique digital devices for students.
Yes, Chromebooks can and do get infected

Yes, Chromebooks can and do get infected

As a Mac malware specialist, I’ve seen more than my share of folks saying “Macs don’t get viruses” over the years. I’ve seen and experienced first-hand that this isn’t true—even on iOS, where despite having tight, built-in security, iPhones are still capable of getting infected by rare malware. I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised, then, when I hear someone claim that “viruses on Chrome OS don’t exist.” Although it’s certainly true that viruses—the class of malware that spreads itself by injecting malicious code into other processes—really don’t exist to a significant degree these days, even on Windows, it’s definitely not true that any platform is impervious to malware. Chromebooks are no exception.
How to Use Google Assistant on Chromebooks

How to Use Google Assistant on Chromebooks

Assistant, Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered virtual assistant is available on Chromebooks too. This post explains how to enable the Assistant and how to use it on your Chromebooks.

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