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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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Try Google Voice Typing for These 5 Practical Reasons Today

Try Google Voice Typing for These 5 Practical Reasons Today

Dictation proves useful as a writing tool because talking activates different parts of the brain than writing or typing. It taps into the same part of us that drove ancient civilizations to tell stories out loud and pass down oral traditions. There’s more freedom than using your fingers. Voice Typing is perfect for both fiction and nonfiction writing because it gets the creative juices flowing. Staring at a blank page can be overwhelming, but speaking out loud can help mitigate that. Plus, most people speak faster than they type, meaning you can get more down in less time.
After A Year Of Silence, VLC For Android Is Updated

After A Year Of Silence, VLC For Android Is Updated

When an app goes silent for more than a year, it's reasonable to assume that it has been killed off -- but that's not the case with VLC. The Android version of the popular media player has been updated to version 2.5 after getting stuck at 2.0 for 13 months. Work has been going on for VLC 3.0, but you would have been forgiven for thinking that the app had just been forgotten about. With the launch of VLC 2.5 there are a number of new features to enjoy including a new dynamic UI, a night mode, and picture-in-picture support for Oreo users. VLC is famous for being able to handle just about any video format imaginable, and now there's support for 360° videos. Bringing things into the Oreo age means that there's not only PiP support, but also a more dynamic Material look to everything -- complete with blurred backgrounds.
New Chromebook Videos By Google Show Up On YouTube

New Chromebook Videos By Google Show Up On YouTube

We wrote not long ago about a bunch of new, awesome YouTube videos (which are also TV spots) showing up on YouTube in the official Chromebook Channel. They are quick, informative, and well-made. Sure, some people aren’t huge fans of the “You Chromebook” slogan, but it works to deliver the message Google is trying to convey with this latest campaign. Right on the heels of those slick, punchy ads, Google has unleashed a new set of videos that are quite a bit different from the last batch.
How to use Google's Chrome Remote Desktop

How to use Google's Chrome Remote Desktop

Get your desktop at your fingertips with these easy, step-by-step instructions for setting up Google's Chrome Remote Desktop.

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