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New Chromebooks Announced at CES 2016

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CES 2016, the giant consumer electronic show, happened last week in Las Vegas. The show brought exciting announcements of the new Chromebooks for 2016. Samsung, Acer, Lenovo and CTL all had good news for the next batch of Chromebooks. Each manufacturer brought different improvements – battery life, durability and cosmetic.

Introducing the New Models

Samsung Chromebook 3

This 11.6-inch model was the show-stealer due to its 11-hour battery life. That’s compared with 8.5 hours of use on the Chromebook 2. The Chromebook 3 also has a tougher body than before, reportedly reinforced with metal.

Acer Chromebook 11

Acer announced an updated 11.6-inch model. It has “a more durable design that features a premium nano-imprinted cover.” The durability has been tested for a corner drop from 1.9 feet high. It has a quiet, fan-less design and a battery life up to 9 hours. The Chromebook 11 will weigh 2.42 pounds, making it the lightest of the batch by a small margin.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13

Lenovo announced a 13-inch notebook. There will be two variants – one that runs ChromeOS and one that runs Windows. Lenovo is departing from their classic black plastic look with an aluminum finish option on the new ThinkPad 13.

CTL SB4

CTL focused on the education and market with their updated 11.6-inch Chromebook. The price point and good standard configuration (4GB RAM standard) make the SB4 well-suited to the education market.

New Chromebooks Comparison

You can see from the table that each manufacturer has a different focus. For instance, Lenovo is focused on better screen resolution and scaling up RAM. Acer has the lowest cost, while Samsung has focused on battery life.

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While you eagerly await the availability of the new Chromebook models, check out these reviews of two models you can get your hands on right now: HP Chromebook 11 and Acer Chromebook 13.

Weekly Roundup 4 – Chromebook articles you should read

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Another week full of interesting Chromebook news, rumors, hands on stories and reviews is behind us. Here you get the chance to read up on the ones that stood out. Like the possibility of a new Chromebook Pixel 2 (yea! if that were true), the proclamation that the Dell Chromebook 11 is the best, the great news for companies using call center software and other articles you might have missed this week.

If you’d like to contribute to the weekly roundup you can. Just G+ or tweet the article you’d like to see listed and the hashtag #chromebookgeek, and you’re good.

Hands on: Dell Chromebook 11 (2015) review

Techradar.com (India)

interactive light on dell chromebook 11A review completely void of any opinion. Facts and factual statements only in this one. Techradar goes over the specs and the little things that make this classroom model Chromebook an interesting choice for those of you involved with the educational system. Especially the interactive light for ‘calling’ a teacher stands out.
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The New Dell Chromebook 11 Fixes What Wasn’t Broken

Gizmodo.com

dell chromebook 11 review by gizmodoSame Chromebook Dell 11, but with opinion this time, and a positive one at that. Gizmodo goes as far as saying they “think it is the best—a perfect compromise of product and price.” Although they did also say that from a spec perspective “nothing here is blowing our mind. So in the end they oddly enough recommend waiting if you want a new Chromebook.
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Toshiba Chromebook 2 Review: Say Goodbye To Your Laptop

Forbes.com

forbes toshiba chromebook 2 review chromebookhqAn in depth look at the Toshiba Chromebook 2 in this long and detailed article. Writer Jay McGregor goes into most every little detail about this machine. He copncludes that “the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is comfortably the best Chromebook I’ve used yet.” Read to full article to find out why, he has good reasoning to come to that statement.
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New Chromebook Pixel Incoming?

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Speculations are running high with Google I/O just a few weeks away. What will the company show case, or maybe even give away this time? Will it be a Pixel 2? Or maybe a Chrome OS and Android in one device? Rumored is a device codename Samus. The writer of this article jokingly made a Zero Suit Samus reference, who can roll up into a ball. That got me thinking, rolling two into one. Chrome OS and Android becoming one. Could be it…
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Dell’s new ruggedized notebooks are ”schoolyard tough”

Techreport

dell schoolyard tough chromebook chromebookhqTechreport writes about Dell coming out with a line of “schoolyard tough” devices with rubberized trim to protect against physical shock and sealed components to resist spilled liquids. Sounds like something I could use as well to be honest.
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In praise of WebRTC

WhaTech

webrtc on a chromebookMan was I excited when I first heard about WebRTC, a free, open project that provides browsers and mobile applications with Real-Time Communications (RTC). The opportunities WebRTC brings to social interactions between C2C/P2P but also B2C seem endless. Avaya (a leader in call center solutions) started working with Google to build innovative solutions. Something I again was very excited about since that is what I do, I run large call centers. Either way, this article is about WebRTC and since it is so good for Chromebook users I listed it here.
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Roundup

That’s all for this weeks roundup. I hope you’ve enjoyed the list and found it to be useful.

Quick reminder that you too can be part of what goes into this list every week. Simply G+ or tweet the article you’d like to see listed together with the hashtag #chromebookgeek and I’ll add it to the list of possibles. Thanks for your contribution, I really appreciate it!

Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading this far. Till next time, Kain.

Does Microsoft purchasing Nokia impact the Chromebook?

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The good news for Chromebook users is that over at digitimes.com they’re thinking it will. The expectation is that with Microsoft acquiring Nokia the software giant now has, even more than before, the chance to push its plans of moving into the hardware space. It has already made the first steps by releasing their own line of Surface tablets, and as it is about to release the second-generation, indications are that they’ll stick to the strategy of owning it all.

That does not sit very well with traditional PC vendors, and logically so. They’re in a pinch. With not being able to compete with Microsoft on Windows 8 touch devices, seeing their traditional PC sales dwindle and with Apple now turning its focus to the hard needed strengthening of their software services there isn’t much to celebrate. Add to the mix that hardware design will become easier in the future and we can’t but conclude that irrelevance is around the corner.

What they need is a new operating system built by another company than Microsoft. Enter Chrome OS by Google. Next to building straight up Linux machines that run Ubuntu building Chromebooks is the only other serious option left on the table for hardware vendors. With digitimes.com also reporting that “Intel has already invested R&D resources to ensure its processors are compatible with Chrome OS, while AMD has also reportedly started related R&D” the safe bet is on Chromebooks.

Google announces the Chromebook for us all

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Open Chromebook laptopIsn’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.

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“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. 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 budget-friendly Chromebook.
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Chromebook series 5 550 and Chromebox review

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Here is 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. Read More

Weekly Roundup – Chromebook articles you should read

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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.

Google Drive comes to Chrome OS

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. Read More

Google Drive included in Chrome OS

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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.

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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. Read More

Sony Chromebook – review of FCC leaked specs and images

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You won’t hear Sony speak of its 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. Read More

Weekly Roundup – Chromebook articles you should read

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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.

Next-gen Chromebooks built on faster Ivy Bridge chips?

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. Read More

Weekly Roundup of Chromebook articles you should read

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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.

Chrome Adds “Suggested” Pages – Wants To Show You Some Cool Stuff

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 Read More