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Since their launch in 2011, Google Chromebooks have gained a reputation for being pretty barebones, packing in little more than the required amount of performance to get someone through their everyday tasks without much frustration. But, that impression of "barebones" changed a bit this past summer, when Acer released the first Core i3-equipped Chromebook: the C720.The fact that a Chromebook now featured a true Intel notebook processor was impressive, but perhaps more so was the simple fact that Intel was beginning to show a bit of a commitment to the platform. Over the past couple of years, the company has been pushing into the Android space more... Read more...
A research group in the UK has found that nearly 70 percent of schools there are using tablets in the classroom. That probably won’t surprise teachers in the U.S., where Apple has already delivered more than 10 million iPads to schools. It’s easy to see why teachers and administrators favor tablets and inexpensive laptops (like Google’s Chromebook, which has also been making inroads in the education market): they’re easy to distribute, easy to use, and easy to collect and put away when necessary. What’s less clear is whether the flood of computing devices is actually improving education for students.Images credit: AppleThe study, run by research group Family, Kids and Youth, couldn’t make a connection... Read more...
Popularity is a fickle thing, and while Apple's iPad was once the top dog at schools, Chromebooks have replaced them as the cool kids that everyone wants to hang around with. That's according to the latest data from International Data Corporation (IDC), which pegged Google's Chromebook shipments to U.S. schools in the third quarter at 715,500 units. That's enough to edge out the iPad, which saw 702,000 unit shipments to schools during the same quarter. It's the first time Google has trumped Apple in schools with its Chromebook platform, giving the company a 25 percent share of the educational market. That figure is pretty remarkable considering Google didn't even have a stake in education hardware... Read more...
If you are thinking of purchasing a Chromebook during the holiday season, then now is a good time to do so. Google has sweetened the pot by offering 1TB of free Google Drive cloud storage for two years with the purchase of a new Chromebook.“That’s enough space to keep more than 100,000 awkward holiday sweater pics safe and shareable in Drive,” said Google group product manager Alex Vogenthaler in a blog post. “With that much free storage, you can use your Chromebook for work, play, and pretty much everything else you’ll do this holiday season.”In order to qualify for the free terabyte of Drive storage, a $240 deal according to Google, consumers will need to purchase a new, eligible Chromebook... Read more...
Chromebooks seem to have found their place in the market, especially in the education segment, and shipments have increased significantly. The latest statistics show Chromebook shipments jumped 67 percent in the most recent quarter and are on track to double compared to last year. Now that Intel and Google have joined forces to further the Chromebook platform, companies such as Lenovo (and others) are expanding their Chromebook offerings. Lenovo’s N20 and N20p Chromebooks are the company's first Chromebooks targeting consumers (previous Lenovo Chromebook models are geared toward the education sector). The N20 gives users all of the features and the thin and light form factor one would expect... Read more...
Chromebooks seem to have found their place in the market, especially in the education segment, and shipments have increased significantly. The latest statistics show Chromebook shipments jumped 67 percent in the most recent quarter and are on track to double compared to last year. Now that Intel and Google have joined forces to further the Chromebook platform, companies such as Lenovo (and others) are expanding their Chromebook offerings. Lenovo’s N20 and N20p Chromebooks are the company's first Chromebooks targeting consumers (previous Lenovo Chromebook models are geared toward the education sector). The N20 gives users all of the features and the thin and light form factor... Read more...
It took some time for Google's Chromebook platform to find its footing in the market place, but now that it has, these cloud-based PCs are finally starting to hit their stride. In what turned out to be yet another solid quarter, Chromebook shipments jumped 67 percent sequentially, according to new data by ABI Research. At the current pace, Chromebook shipments will double in size compared to last year. "Consumers are hungry for a product that is cost effective but also provides the versatility and functionality of a laptop," says Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. "The growth of the Chromebook market demonstrates a niche that is gaining traction among consumers." Indeed, Chromebooks are still... Read more...
In a move to supplement its list of applications available on its Chromebooks, Google has announced a partnership with Adobe on its official website. The new partnership will bring Adobe’s Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks starting with a streaming version of Photoshop. Google revealed that the new feature will be available first to U.S.-based Adobe education customers as part of a beta. Named Project Photoshop Streaming, is exclusive to consumers who have a paid Creative Cloud membership. Those who apply will receive a response within three to four weeks. “This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook,” said Google Chrome product... Read more...
It looks like HP has decided to take a page from the retail guidebook, as it's teasing us with some holiday-targeted product well before the holiday season could even be considered "close'. This product comes to us in the form of five notebooks, with three targeting the low-end part of the spectrum, and the other two skirting the $1,000 price-point. Let's start with the Chromebooks, both of which start at under $300. The 11-inch model starts at $279.99, and provides a screen resolution of 1366x768. Under the hood is an Intel Celeron N2830, a dual-core model clocked at 2.16GHz (2.41GHz w/ Turbo). It has 16GB worth of built-in flash storage, but can gain another 100GB via Google's Drive service.... Read more...
Give Google credit for sticking with its Chromebook platform despite a somewhat slow start and initial lukewarm reception. Over time, consumers are starting to see the value in these cloud-oriented systems, and they're proving particularly popular in schools. According to Google, schools bought more than 1 million Chromebook systems in the second quarter of 2014. David Andrade, CIO for the Bridgeport Public Schools district, explained in a guest blog post on Google's Enterprise portal that the low cost of ownership and easy maintenance clinched the decision to stock up on Chromebook systems. "We could buy three Chromebooks for the price of a single desktop computer and the district’s small... Read more...
Google is always tweaking its products, and Chrome OS has one substantial change coming regarding the look and features of its windows management. (That’s “windows” not “Windows”, mind you.) Google “Happiness Evangelist” François Beaufort posted a screenshot that shows a stacked set of open windows with a search bar and bookmarks along an area at the bottom. The new look doesn’t quite appear ready for primetime (it’s admittedly a first draft), but a more powerful tool to manage open windows in Chrome OS would be a welcome innovation. Beaufort stated in the G+ post that you can actually track the new user experience as it’s developed... Read more...
We know that many manufacturers are refreshing their chromebooks soon as Intel is pushing its Bay Trail-M SoC and Intel Core i3 (Haswell) chips, and you can count Acer among those companies. Acer announced that it will have two new SKUs in its chromebook stable, both of which will run on Intel Core i3-4005U (1.7GHz) chips. It’s intriguing that a new spate of chromebooks are getting actual Core series chips--Acer won’t be the only one--but it begs a couple of questions. One is whether or not chromebooks need that horsepower to begin with (we’ve been pleased with chromebook performance from Celeron chips), but the other concerns price. Currently, you can get an Acer C720 chromebook... Read more...
In a market where one of Google’s operating systems (Chrome OS) is gobbling up sales from traditional notebooks, another of Google’s operating systems (Android) is getting a new treatment with the Archos ArcBook. The company is calling the device an Android netbook. It has a 10.1-inch (1024x600) touchscreen, runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, comes preloaded with Office Suite Pro 6, and costs a mere $169.99. The full keyboard features Android shortcuts, and the battery purports to last 10 hours. The ArcBook runs on a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 (1.2GHz) processor and offers 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, and a front-facing camera. Ports include USB 2.0, an audio jack, a microSD slot, and... Read more...
A pair of technology titans have joined forces to promote the Chromebook platform, and in doing so, multiple OEMs have lined up to support the initiative. Those titans, of course, are Intel and Google. Specifically, Intel is pushing its Bay Trial-M system-on-chip (SoC) and 4th Generation Core i3 (Haswell) architectures into the category, and system builders are responding with intriguing new options in the Chromebook space. "Intel has grown to become the No. 1 microprocessor in Chrome systems," said Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group. "We've been working on five generations of Chrome and after Google, Intel is the largest contributor to the... Read more...
To date, we've shown you a few versions of Chromebook notebooks, like the Acer C720 Chromebook and Google's own Chromebook Pixel.  Today, however, we have a look at the very first "official" Chromebox to hit the market and it comes to us by way of ASUS. The ASUS Chromebox is a tiny palm-sized machine similar in form and footprint to Intel's line of NUC (Next Unit of Computing) mini PCs or the tiny Zotac ZBox Nano.  It just so happens that all of these machines are also powered by integrated Intel processors and the ASUS Chromebox is no different, though it employs Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core series processor architecture with Integrated HD 4400 graphics. Sure, there's a fair... Read more...
Google's Chrome OS is an open source operating system that is designed to offer fast, simple, and secure computing for connected devices.  That's not to say the Chrome operating system can't function offline, but connected to the cloud is where users can harness the full power of Google's cloud services and storage infrastructure.  To date, we've shown you a few versions of chromebooks, like the Acer C720 Chromebook and Google's own Chromebook Pixel.  Today, however, we have a look at the very first "official" Chromebox to hit the market and it comes to us by way of ASUS. The ASUS Chromebox is a tiny palm-sized machine similar in form and footprint to Intel's line of NUC (Next... Read more...
Samsung announced the next generation of its chromebook series with the 11.6- and 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 laptops that have unique pleather stitching on the chassis and specs that are starting to match up more with “real” notebooks. The two chromebooks, which are identical save for their respective sizes and the fact that the 13.3-inch model has a 1920x1080 display resolution (as opposed to the 11.6-inch model’s 1366x768) and a slightly better 8.5-hour battery, feature a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor (2.1GHz, 2MBL2 cache), 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM, and 16GB of onboard storage in the form of eMMC iNAND embedded flash drives. They also both feature a 720p HD webcam; HDMI, USB 3.0,... Read more...
Chromebooks are gaining traction because they're relatively inexpensive, lightweight and portable, and capable of basic computing chores. They're especially well suited for students of various ages -- kids and teens can use Chromebooks to research their reports on the Internet, type up documents, and more. With all that in mind, Acer and Intel are offering K-12 schools a chance to pilot Google's Chrome OS with a free 30-day trial of the Acer C720 Chromebook. There's an application to fill out for for K-12 schools interested in participating in the seed program, and by entering the program, the customer agrees to have two short conference calls with Acer. After the first call, Acer will send out... Read more...
A collaboration between Google and VMware may remove a huge barrier to chromebook adoption in the enterprise by enabling legacy Windows applications to run on the Chrome OS machines. Chromebooks already offer strong upside for businesses with their low cost, easy management, and inherent OS-level security, and NPD says that chromebooks are already responsible for some 21% of all notebook sales in the commercial channel. However, the inability to run legacy Windows applications has been a difficult problem to overcome for Chrome OS computers. Let’s face it, if you work in a professional setting of any kind, you’re going to have to open, edit, and create documents and files that require... Read more...
Lenovo's staying in the news for its recent purchase of Motorola Mobility, but the laptop side of the house is still humming, too. The timing here seems a little odd given that we're nowhere near back-to-school season, but then again, it has the spotlight to itself. The company has just issued new, rugged ThinkPad devices aimed at the education market. Introduced for the first time at the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC), the ThinkPad 11e series of laptops were "designed specifically for education and ruggedized for classroom performance." These will be headed to K-12 classrooms, and part of the fun is in the form factor. The 11e series will ship in two models: the traditional laptop... Read more...
HP and Google are set to debut an LTE version of the HP Chromebook 11, but the announcement came from neither company; instead, it’s from Altair, the company that’s making the actual LTE chip for the device. We are extremely proud to have been selected by Google and HP to power the world’s first low-cost LTE Chromebook,” said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. “By focusing on 100% LTE and eliminating costly 3G components, we were able to help our partners lower the cost of this critical LTE connectivity feature.” The Google Chromebook Pixel has optional LTE, and other than the 3G-packing HP Chromebook... Read more...
A couple of years ago, low-cost laptop announcements usually revolved around the latest netbook release. These days the attention falls squarely on Chromebooks, and the newest player to jump on the bandwagon is Toshiba. Making a splash into the category, Toshiba's first Chromebook is a 13.3-inch model with a 1366x768 (HD) display. "We see great potential in Chrome OS as it offers both consumers and educators a simple and easy-to-use computing experience," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We believe that bringing a more versatile 13-inch model to market will help drive the entire category forward by giving customers... Read more...
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