While researching the Philips Hue Android apps, I discovered that currently there is a single Hue app for Chrome. It’s called Hueful and while it’s fairly basic, it deserves a mention as (a) it’s the only app on Chrome but (b) it shows that Chrome can support this kind of hardware-oriented app. Previously I would have discounted Chrome from being an option but Hueful works fine on my Chromebook.
Hueful isn’t a very advanced Hue app, being limited to setting colours of selected lamps and colour cycling. Sometimes lamps need to be told twice to take on a setting but they usually get there in the end.
Earlier this week, HP announced its latest addition to the laptop family, but this time, instead of Windows 8 or 8.1, the little notebook is running Chrome OS.
The HP Chromebook 11 sports a Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core ARM chip, 2 GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD. It also has a webcam, full-size keyboard, 2 USB ports, digital speakers, an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display, Micro-SIM slot and charges via Micro USB. The whole thing weighs in at just 2.3 pounds.
The little Chromebook retails for $279 and can be purchased now from the Google Play store. For a first look in images, scroll down to view all of the pictures.
Today Google and hardware maker Acer announced the latest Chromebook laptop, following closely on the heels of the recent Samsung release. Once again, Acer has undercut Samsung on the price by offering a $199 notebook and beating Samsung by $50.
The Acer notebook has been officially named the C7 and packs some impressive specs given the price. It has an 11.6 inch display, Intel Core processor, boots up in 18 seconds, a 320GB hard drive, 1080p video and 100GB of free storage on Google Drive. The only knock here may be a rather poultry 3.5 hours of battery life. On the other hand, it’s a pretty thin device that resemble today’s popular Ultrabooks.
While Chromebooks only run the Google Chrome operating system and aren’t compatible with traditional software like Microsoft Office, they make up for this in speed and simplicity. The cloud storage is handy and services like Google Docs and web apps make up for this as well. Plus, if you just can’t live without Office then you can still access it using Office Web Apps or Office 365.
So, will these recent offerings from Samsung and now the even cheaper one from Acer be enough to make you switch? A full notebook computer for the price of a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD is certainly going to be tempting. Plus, Google has been fast at work updating and improving the Chrome OS and things will only get better from here.
After weeks of no success, I finally found a replacement power supply for the Samsung Chrome Book. I have a link to the only one I know that is available in the show notes below. It is great to be back and I share with you some great tips. In a complete shocker I find out that you now can do a Hangout with your Google Chromebook. This was not possible just a few weeks ago so it is nice to see that Google has this functionality ready for us.
Google has released the latest beta version of their popular web browser, Chrome. Number 15 (for those keeping count) has some real changes – much more than some new versions, which have been simply bug fixes. This comes within days of Chrome 14 hitting the stable channel.
Of course, the changes have become fewer because the browser has matured. Over time, though, we have seen it take shape as more of an operating system in a window, as opposed to just a web browser. That makes sense because of the development of Chrome OS and the introduction of the first “Chromebook” computers. And, if Android is an indicator, then we better watch out for when the Chrome OS really gets going.
The biggest change in Chrome 15 is the New Tab page. It’s been completely redesigned to better allow users to optimize their tabs and launch multiple pages. According to the official Google announcement, “Your apps, bookmarks, and most visited sites now appear in three different sections on the page. You can flip between these different sections by clicking the section labels at the bottom of the page or the arrows at the side of the page. Chrome will remember the last section you flipped to and return to it when you open a new tab.”
The second big change will probably benefit users the most. Previously, when a new version of an app was available for installation, it would direct the user back to the Chrome Web App Store to download and install it. Now, “trusted partners” can allow users to install updates on-the-fly with no redirects.
These changes could be tempting for many users, and many potential Chromebook buyers. They are certainly making my eye wonder from my trusty Firefox browser. I have Chrome installed, but I can’t tear myself away from Firefox just yet… However, that Asus Chromebook I have been eying is looking a little bit more tempting today…
I have been on travel the past couple of weeks so my apologies for not producing the show while gone. Bit of a weird show today, because the power supply for my Chromebook crapped out of me and a replacement is inbound so I am doing the show via just the chrome browser.
I talk about constraints tonight, you will notice show is 1:23:00 I have realized I have been feeling constrained and rushed with the 1:10:00 limit I imposed on myself. Unless I get a barrage of email begging me to go back the show is going back to a semi un-constrained time limit.
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