Saturday, January 26, 2013
Samsung Series 3 Chromebook owners (as well as a handful of Acer C7 owners) are having a rough time. It's a miracle they even have their devices with the notable shortages, and now there's a flurry of reports of tab refreshing that simply drives them insane. To make matter worse, the tab refreshing is actually a feature, not a bug. Seriously.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Google has a problem, they own two popular operating systems. Android, a powerful platform designed with mobile in mind that powers millions of devices every day of the week. Chrome OS, an immature platform built on Chrome browser that while lightweight and worry free is quickly making a name for itself. There isn't a day that goes by without a user somewhere demanding that these platforms merge into a single, catch-all operating system. As a user of both platforms, I see a crash coming, but in a slightly different perspective than most: I believe Chrome will be the development platform of the future, not Android.
Monday, December 31, 2012
It isn't every day photos of a device leak online before an official announcement about a product is made, but today does happen to be one of those days.
Earlier today +Ian Cummings shared a few photos of his new Chromebox to the Chromebooks Community on Google+. The device in the photos appears to be a Samsung Chromebox, white in color, with very similar specifications to the current model. Even stranger, the product code appears to be almost identical.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I love my 3G enabled Chromebook. I'm quite happy I opted to pay the extra money upfront for the added capability. After several months of usage though, I find myself longing for choice and speed, two items not fulfilled by the built-in 3G Verizon Wireless modem.
Enter FreedomPop, a startup who believes Internet access is a right, not a privilege. They specialize in providing free 4G service to as many people as possible. Their business model is interesting, they assign a certain amount of free data to you each month in hopes you'll earn more by referring friends or exploring sponsored offers. For those who rather just pay a monthly fee for a fixed amount of data, they offer upgraded plans as well. Perhaps the best news of all, their hardware works flawlessly with your Chromebook.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Cloud storage is fantastic. Your data is hosted remotely by large companies with top notch infrastructure. There aren't any flash drives to lose or external hard drives to slip off your desk. As an added bonus, streaming your presentation to your laptop minutes before going on stage just feels like you're living in the future.
There are downfalls to the cloud lifestyle, of course. Bandwidth and connectivity are the two commonly cited concerns. There are also users who thrive on data, those who have already filled several 1TB external hard drives who simply can't afford to put all that data in the cloud yet still want access to it constantly, regardless of connection status. Today we're going to explore a few types of portable media storage to compliment your cloud laptop or Chromebook.