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Chromecast 2018

Chromecast 2018 Showcased at the Google Hardware Event

By | Chromebook

Here’s good news to all Internet savvy, particularly the Google frequenters. Google just showcased the latest Chromecast device during its recently-held hardware event. The annual tech affair, which featured an array of new gadgets including the latest mobile phone models, announced the latest software updates of Chromecast. If you don’t have a Smart TV, this is a great alternative that performs just as efficient and excellent as the WiFi signal.

What is Chromecast and What does it do?

As mentioned, Chromecast can offer you the benefits of watching on a Smart TV or Wi-Fi enabled TV even if your appliance is actually doesn’t have the said feature. With this latest software update, you TV can function just even smarter than any other similar appliance you see in the market. What makes the 2018 Chromecast is that it can add Bluetooth, and it has an enhanced 5 GHz Wifi — indeed, better than ever!

If you’ve only been hearing about Chromecast but you actually don’t know how to use it and how it works, well, it is a device that you can simply plug into the HDMI port of a TV. This is powered by the USB cable included in the package. Through the use of your computer or smartphone (as your remote control), you can use this technology to watch, access or stream video contents from your favorite sites like YouTube and Netflix, among others. The better news is that movies and videos are not the only things you can do with Chromecast. You can also make this function to access nearly any content type from your Chrome browser from a laptop or PC.

Chromecast for Chromebook

Is your computer a Chromebook? Then, you can stream videos and more from this electronic device, too. All you need to do is to download the Google Cast extension. Four (4) easy steps are all it takes to cast on your Chromebook. Simply follow these:

1. To cast from a Chrome browser, simply go to the page you intend to cast and open it.
2. On your toolbar, select the icon, ‘Cast.’
3. Select and click the Chromecast device.
4. After choosing the Chromecast device, the video you want to watch automatically plays on TV.

See? You need not own a Smart TV to watch your favorite videos, movies, and series from your frequently visited sites, on your TV. All you need is a Chromecast device that’s even enhanced this year. What can be better than knowing that you can now use this technology from your Chromebook?

12 Awesome Chromebook Accessories

12 Awesome Chromebook Accessories

By | Accessories, Chromebook

Isn’t it exciting to have a Chromebook laptop? It’s like having a new doll or toy car that you can dress up and accessorize. If your computer is brand-new or just a few days old, you must be so excited to look for Chromebook accessories for your new baby. Well, you’re on the right page. In this article, we’ll give you 12 great ideas to accessorize your own laptop! There are actually lots of accessories you’ll find for your new Chromebook device but we picked the 12 best items to help you make the right choices and decide easily. Read on!

Top 6 Chromebook Accessories

1. Chromebook laptop case – Of course, the very first thing you’d want to do with your new Chromebook is to protect it from scratches and dirt, right? A laptop case, then, should be on No. 1 in your list.

2. Mouse for Chromebook – Aside from being one of the most affordable accessories for Chromebook, this will help you explore and work on your new tech gadget more easily, effortlessly and conveniently.

3. A webcam – It’s not that the built-in camera Chromebook has is not excellently functioning. It doesn’t mean either, that it does not have an excellent quality. If your work requires you to do a lot of video calls and conference, the webcam will help you become more presentable when you start conversing with your video call and chat mates.

4. Wireless Chromebook headset – Since this Chromebook accessory is cordless you get to hear or listen to what’s playing on your Chromebook laptop, be it an audio or video file you’re listening to. When you pick one, be sure of the quality of the sound, comfortable to the ears, and the foldable one for easy and convenient transport.

5. External hard drive – If you save a lot of series, movies, and music, this is a perfect must-have for you. Consider saving everything you’ve done for the day in an external hard drive just to be sure you’ve got everything stored in one storage in case the laptop needs some reformatting.

6. Printer-ready for Google Cloud – This is one of the most modern printers you can get. Even other people you share your access to the said printer with can print a special file or document even from a distance.

The first six accessories are what we believe, are the most important accessories to have, when you have a Chromebook laptop. The next six items below are equally essential for a must-have. This does not mean though that the second half in the list is no longer that important. We just thought of including the aforementioned in our first six so you’ll know which ones to buy first.

Other Must-Have Accessories for Chromebook

7. Chromebook speakers for the music-loving you

8. Lapdesk designed especially for Chromebook users

9. Ethernet adapter for a more reliable connection

10. Keyboard for convenient working and to avoid your laptop keys getting all worn out early

11. Microphone for clearer voice when making a video or audio call, or, when teaching online

12. Light for the keyboard to make typing as easy as A-B-C!

These are just 12 of the countless accessories you can get whether for your own Chromebook laptop or for someone so special who owns it. Now is the perfect time to scout for one while the supplies last and the prices are reasonable.

How to Delete Apps on Chromebook

How to Delete Apps on Chromebook

By | Apps, Chromebook, How-To

Chromebook users, like most of us in the digital age, can become too “app happy” at times! Like when you get the latest Android device, it is tempting, especially with a new device, to go a bit overboard downloading new apps, some of which are never used and quickly forgotten. You probably downloaded the latest web app to ensure a secure browser, but have also ended up with numerous apps, extensions, and unwanted programs that do nothing more than use up valuable memory on your Chrome device. Therefore, getting rid of every free web app you don’t want will help you restore your Chromebook. Of course, there are some especially useful apps we may open on a daily basis. Budding composers may rely on music apps to work on their craft and a graphic designer might use image-editing apps often. However, there are plenty of apps that ultimately prove to be space-wasters on our Chromebooks, and if you have reached the point where you realize it’s time to clean house, so to speak, you have come to the right place! We will take a look at the easy steps you can take to delete unwanted apps from your Chromebook.

Chromebook differs from Windows, Linus, and Mac, where you can delete installed apps by right-clicking on the app icon and choosing to remove or uninstall. Because Chromebook users may have previously worked in these systems, there could be an initial sense of frustration that the app removal is not as simple as one right click! However, it can still be done with relative ease, allowing you to clean up your Chromebook and free up some of your system memory. There is no need to leave all the unused apps there to waste memory when they could be replaced with something you may actually use and use often!

In order to delete these unwanted apps from a Chromebook you have two different options: users may uninstall them using the Google Play Store or they can be uninstalled by using the launcher. Read on to follow the easy steps for either method.

Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Google Play Store

1. Start by selecting the Google Play Store icon on the shelf.
2. Next, you should click on the menu icon, which is located next to the search bar on the Chromebook.
3. Then you will select “My Apps and Games.”
4. Select each of the apps you wish to delete from your Chromebook, then choose “uninstall,” and finally select “OK.”
And there you have it! Now you have freed up space on your Chromebook for more useful apps.

Uninstall Apps on a Chromebook in the Launcher

For an even quicker way to remove unwanted apps from your Chromebook, you can use the launcher to uninstall them in two easy steps.
1. Open the launcher on your Chromebook.
2. First, select “All Apps,” then go to each app you want to remove, right click on each one, and finally select “Uninstall.”
Hey, presto! You have cleaned up your Chromebook and rid your memory space of unused apps.

Now that you have completed the “house cleaning” on your Chromebook you may want to consider adding new apps that will be useful to you based on your occupation, interests, and hobbies. The world of apps can be overwhelming to navigate so we will give you a good head start by suggesting some of the best and most popular Chromebook apps.

Best Apps for Chromebook

Office Online

If you are accustomed to working in Microsoft Office, the free Office Online app will allow you to create and edit Office documents on a Chromebook. This allows users to avoid some of the hiccups when working on Office documents in Google Docs, eliminating the possibility of compatibility issues when working with other Office users.

Paperfile

For Chromebook users in academic settings, Paperfile is a fantastic app for managing and keeping track of references and sources. The service helps users with the generation of properly formatted citations and keeps track of a wide variety of sources users can annotate or tag. This is an indispensable tool for those in academic research and the app comes with a free 30-day trial (and after that costs $2.99 per month).

StayFocusd

If you’re a Chromebook user who hardly made it through this brief article without stopping several times to check social media, instant messages, and game scores, StayFocusd may be the app for you! This app allows you to set limits on the time you can spend on certain sites and when the allotted time has been used, the sites are blocked. It can be a great tool when deadlines are looming and the temptation to waste time is a constant challenge for procrastinators.

Overdrive

A dream app for book lovers, Overdrive is linked to more than 30,000 libraries. The app allows you to digitally check out and return books. Additionally, you can use the app on Chromebook but also sync to other devices, so you can easily switch between reading on your Chromebook and your phone or other devices.

LastPass

Let’s face it, how much time do we spend trying to remember passwords, failing to do so, and then being forced to change them, starting the entire process over again? LastPass is a fantastic app that serves as your personal password manager. The app helps users generate passwords and then saves them into an encrypted locker, which you can access with one master password. So now you only have one password to remember rather than 27!

Netflix

Netflix users can add the app to their Chromebook for a much better viewing experience than streaming video on a smaller phone screen. In the Google Play Store, Netflix, and other Android entertainment apps are now available to turn Chromebooks into portable entertainment devices. (Just be sure to block Netflix with StayFocusd when a deadline is looming!)