After you’ve gone all hipster boasting your Chromebook an’all, you probably don’t want to get caught using some kind of an old clunker for a mouse. Or end up looking all pixelated on your Google plus Hangout, or come across all garbled while on a Google Talk session, now do you? Not to worry, there are great Chromebook accessories out there that will make you shine in all your beauty.
Tagged: accessories, Bluetooth, Buddy headset, Buddy mic, Chromebook, Featured, HGST, Logitech, Mouse, Oyen Digital, peripherals, Samsung, Transcend, Webcam
Isn’t this what we were waiting for? A Chromebook that has all the yummy goodness the earlier Chromebook Series 5 models have to offer, but then for an acceptable price? I think that’s exactly what most of us were waiting for, and that’s precisely what Google delivered with the Chromebook Series 3.
“It’s the best laptop that’s ever been designed at this price,” said senior vice president Sundar Pichai, “We really want users to think about this as one extra computer for your kitchen counter, one near the bed, maybe a computer for your kids or family.”
With that Sundar positions the Chromebook much the same as their tablet. Earlier this year Google shook up the tablet market by introducing the Nexus 7 Android tablet. A pure vanilla 7 inch tablet for just $229.88,- or $264.95,- if you want that little extra storage. As we now all know the latter one is selling like hot cakes, not just here in the US but in Europe as well. It looks like Google took notice of that and is trying to replicate that success, or at least the strategy, by introducing a $249,- Chromebook.
Tagged: Chromebook, Series 3, The New Chromebook
Here a great video review of the Chromebook series 5 550 and Chromebox by The Verge. There’s not much to be added to their thorough review. Only one bit to subtract and that’s the ‘I can do the same and more when I buy a cheap windows machine running the Chrome browser’ remark at the end. Just ignore it, it’s besides the point if you ask me.
Laptopmag.com wrote a nice review and came up with this verdict: The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 offers an improved cloud-computing experience inside a slick and comfortable design, but it’s too pricey given its limited functionality.
The weekly Roundup of articles written by our mutual Chromebook enthusiast friends on their respective blogs or over at the giants of industry. Definitely not all of what’s been written out there, but at least that bit which I think is noteworthy.
Yes, I did write about Google Drive coming to Chrome OS here earlier as well. It’s such a huge step forward for Chromies however that I decided to head of the Weekly Roundup with it anyway. Because although it’s to the average consumer primarily geared towards cloud storage for regular Windows/ Apple/ Linux systems, it’s not. It is an integral part of Google’s road-map in moving everything to the cloud. Something that CNET’s senior writer and complete stranger to me Stephen Shankland touched on in his piece.
Tagged: articles, blogs, chrome os, Cloud Print, FedEx Office establishments, Frontdesk Anywhere, Google Drive, news, Weekly Roundup
With the much anticipated and successful launch of Google Drive, Google’s cloud-storage service, we as a Chromebook community have gained an important third option for file storage. Next to the 16 GB SSD of local storage which fills up in a heart beat, and the use of SD cards which set you back about $2.00 dollars for a 2 GB card to $30.00 or even $40.00 dollars for up to 32 GB cards, GDrive has finally given Chromebook users a storage option that is cheap and plentiful.
Announced on the Dev channel blog today the news that Google Drive has been integrated into the file manager as a part of Chrome OS. For your non Chrome OS devices Google has downloadable software that will link Drive to the respective file systems, much like we’re used to with Dropbox, allowing for files to sync. With this latest update to the operating system, essentially adding a full hard drive, synced files storage is becoming part of Chrome OS itself.
Tagged: chrome os, Chromebook, Drive, File storage, Gdrive, Google, online
You won’t hear Sony speak of it’s Chromebook aloud yet. But you can rest assured, it is coming soon and I bet you can’t wait to take a closer look at it. Which fortunately you can thanks to a series of documents outlining what Sony has in store for us with the Vaio VCC111 Chromebook, released by the Federal Communications Commission. In case you want to jump straight into the deep you can read the userguide here or check out a series of photo’s the FCC published here.
Let’s start with the specs(and just to be sure, they’re rumored specs dating back to march 2011):
11.6 inch Screen: Size wise slightly smaller then the 12.1 that comes with the Samsung series 5. See it’s specs here. The user experience will on that part be equally nice as with the current Chromebooks.
Tagged: Chromebook, Featured, Sony, Vaio, VCC111
The weekly Roundup of articles written by our mutual Chromebook enthusiasts friends on their respective blogs or over at the giants of industry. Definitely not all of what’s been written out there, but at least what I think is noteworthy.
It’s a little bit of a catch-up this time around since the whole thing with fighting off the lords of spam did put a bit of a dent into the otherwise flawless record of two straight weeks of weekly roundups. Fortunately not much happened.
Feel free to add any articles you miss in the comments. Thank you in advance, I really appreciate the time you take out of your busy day doing so.
Signs that the new Chromebooks will be a faster machines are definitely looking more positive. Over at CNET Stephen Shankland writes about Google making an important tell tale contribution to the Linux operating system. That contribution makes it possible for Linux to run on Cougar Point and Panther Point, Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, respectively. Both are Intel processors which will do much better then the current Atom-based processors.
Tagged: articles, blogs, news, Weekly Roundup
Having the option to program online is not just essential in my ‘Making the switch to a Chromebook’ series of articles I’m writing simulating the Chromebook experience in a Chrome Browser. It’s equally essential to the entire premise that a Chromebook or cloud computing device has any validity in the foreseeable future, as the need for Google Docs is. It can’t do without.
As a blogger you mostly depend on your own skills to maintain your blog, maybe even to build it. At the very least you’ll want to tweak the code every now and again to keep your blog afloat. And if you’re anything like me you’ll do most of your writing and quick code editing away from your home office and trusted setup. In other words, if we’re gonna buy a Chromebook it’s going to be the machine doing most of the work, it should be able to handle that.
There are quite a lot of programming languages out there, so I will be specific in what I seek. I need to be able to work on my website’s CSS and create, edit and store PHP, C++ and maybe HTML5 files online. It would be nice if I could find some kind of sandbox or service that offers that option where you can trial run your code. Preferably in the same IDE (integrated development environment), and for free.
Tagged: Best, Featured, IDE, Online IDE, programming online
A weekly Roundup of articles written by our mutual Chromebook enthusiast friends on their respective blogs or over at the giants of industry. Definitely not all of what’s been written out there this last week, but at least what we think is noteworthy.
Feel free to add any articles you miss in the comments. Thank you in advance for doing so. We really appreciate the time you take out of your busy day doing so.
Even though it is an a very early stages of development, this thing is going to make you curious. Chrome team has added a new experimental section on the new tab page where it shows “Most Visited Pages” and “Apps” now. >> ChromeStory.com
Tagged: news, Weekly Roundup
This one was going to be especially difficult right from the get go. Finding online image editors as a replacement, preferably free, for the awesome Photoshop CS picture and image editor software just didn’t look like a challenge the web could win. The Making the Switch to a Chromebook series of articles I’m writing, simulating a Chromebook experience in the Chrome Browser, was about to get tough.
I jumped into it by asking the Google about online image editors. The sheer number of tools Google came up with was downright frightening. Unfortunately I hadn’t much of a choice so I CTRL+ Left clicked the results one by one and checked them all out. Well, the first five pages at least. A lot of it was total junk or just not what I was looking for. I wasn’t looking for some fun loving add stars to your birthday pictures site. I wanted a worthy online replacement for Photoshop. And you know what, I think I found three apps that are just that.
Tagged: Aviary, Featured, image editing onine, Pixl, Sumo Paint