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We've talked a lot about Black Friday deals around here over the last few weeks as people around the world gear up for the holiday shopping season. We've already talked about a lot of Best Buy Black Friday deals but another smoking-hot deal we didn't know about the first time around has turned up. If you want a Chromebook, but you want a high-end premium Chromebook rather than the basic, lower-cost models out there on the market, Best Buy has a very good deal on the super-premium Google Pixelbook. Best Buy will be offering $300 off the Pixelbook base until bringing the price of the machine from $999 to $699. The only potential caveat to this Black Friday special is that the $300 off only counts... Read more...
With October nearing its end and November just around the corner, that means everyone will be gearing up for the holidays. It also means that Black Friday is creeping up fast on those looking to score a deal. Retailers will be wasting no time and ads for this year's deals have already started to leak. Costco's Black Friday ad has turned up, and it looks like this year will be big for tech fans looking for new TVs, game consoles, laptops, and tablets for themselves or as Christmas gifts. One of the best deals Costco's ad has is on a Dell XPS 13 4K UHD touchscreen laptop with a $500 discount. That machine has an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. However, the... Read more...
Acer has been on the Chromebook bandwagon since it began and has learned a thing or two about the platform. The biggest lesson is that any electronic device that is primarily intended for the education market needs to leave fragility at the door. To that end, Acer's new Chromebook 11 C771 packs a few performance upgrades into a rugged design that is not going to shatter into a thousand pieces if dropped.That is not just for the benefit of kids who are still developing their motor skills, but also school administrators, teachers, and everyone else involved the hustle and bustle of a busy school day. The same can be said for business users, though the audience outside of education is a bit smaller... Read more...
Have you ever seen a child handle an electronic device? The more expensive the gadget, the more nerve-wracking it can be to see a kid clumsily fumble around with it, only to inevitably drop it on the ground at some point. When you toss in the rigors of school life, it seems like the odds are stacked against things like notebooks and smartphones. Well, ASUS took all that into consideration when building its latest Chromebook and made it rugged, something the company is used to doing.The new Chromebook Flip C213 from ASUS is purpose built for use in educational environments. Part of that entails a tough and tumble construction that exceeds military standards of durability, because things happen... Read more...
Google did not have touch input in mind when it developed Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system that would serve as the foundation for its Chromebook initiative. Instead, Google was preoccupied with the cloud. Nevertheless, Google's hardware partners came out with touch-capable Chromebooks anyway, and now the Chrome OS team is tooling around with a touch-friendly version of the launcher for Chrome Canary (experimental version). While this is still in the experimental phase, it seems like a forgone conclusion that Chrome OS will be upgraded with a touch-friendly launcher in the near future. The Chrome OS team uploaded a short demonstration of the Chrome OS launcher in action. It is pretty... Read more...
As we reported last week, Microsoft is holding an event in New York City on May 2nd that will focus primarily on the education sector. Although we don’t expect to hear anything about Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book 2, the company is widely expected to announce new low-cost notebooks running the new Windows 10 Cloud operating system. Microsoft is targeting these new devices, which we’ll simply call “Cloudbooks” for simplicity’s sake, at Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. If you needed any further confirmation of Microsoft’s intention to take the fight directly to Google, look no further than this leaked internal slide that was obtained by Windows Central: As you can see, Microsoft still... Read more...
If you have a kiddo in the American public school system, they likely are toting around a Chromebook, which runs Google's Chrome OS. A recent study of PC sales in the K-12 sector indicate that long-running favorite Apple is losing the battle in the classroom. Apple’s iPads and Mac notebooks were once kings of the playground and accounted for roughly half of the devices used in American classrooms in 2013. This number has steadily dropped, however, due to the affordability of Chromebooks. In 2016, Chromebooks accounted for 58% of the 12.8 million shipped devices, while macOS devices fell to 19%. This was a fairly significant change from 2015 in which Chromebooks dominated 50% of the market,... Read more...
During the past week, some rather adventurous types dug into Insider Preview Build 15019 to unlock Microsoft’s deepest secrets regarding Windows 10. Using a tool called the Product Key Configuration Reader, the folks over at Petri were able to uncover two upcoming versions of the operating system: Windows 10 Cloud and Windows 10 Cloud N (“N” versions of Windows ship without the Windows Media Player). Petri added, “While it’s possible that these Cloud SKUs may never materialize, seeing as bits and pieces of its existence is starting to be uncovered, it seems logical to conclude that Microsoft is preparing for a new SKU of Windows that will be announced sometime in the near future” and suggested... Read more...
Market research firm Gartner offered up some preliminary data on the state of the PC, noting that worldwide shipments declined 5.2 percent to 64.3 million units in the second quarter of 2016. It's the the seventh consecutive quarter of PC shipment declines, but according to Gartner, there are signs that suggest the market is actually on the rebound. One of those signs is performance in North America. The United States is the only region to see a much needed bump in PC shipments in the second quarter of 2016. It was a minor bump—a 1.4 percent increase to 15.2 million units in the U.S.—but an uptick nonetheless. Prior to the recent jump, PC shipments in the U.S. had declined for five consecutive... Read more...
For many people, especially in education, Chromebooks offer the right combination of price, security, and functionality. According to Google, schools in the U.S. are now buying more Chromebooks than all other devices combined, and not to be scoffed at, that's helped propel Chromebooks over Macs in overall shipments to become the second most popular OS in the U.S. That bit of accounting was provided to Google by International Data Corporation's quarterly PC tracking data. IDC didn't break down Chromebook versus Mac shipments for public consumption in its most recent report, but it did point out the "continued ascent of Chromebooks in U.S. K-12" as one of the reasons why it expects the PC market... Read more...
Google's philanthropic arm, Google.org, is partnering with NetHope to help Syrian refugees in Germany get acclimated to their new environment and take advantage of educational opportunities. The effort consists of a $5.3 million grant to support and fund the launch of Project Reconnect, a program designed to equip nonprofits working with refugees with Chromebooks. Chromebooks have found a niche in the education sector due to their low cost of ownership and ease of use. They thrive when connected to the Internet, as Chromebooks rely heavily on Google's many cloud-based services, like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and so forth. They're also relatively easy to setup and configure. Google's... Read more...
When I was in grade school, one of the things I looked forward to was playing Oregon Trail on an Apple II machine. I also remember printing out "Do not enter" signs with skull and crossbones on an attached dot matrix printer. But that was a lifetime ago and these days Chromebooks have become the go-to computing device for many schools. Surprise, surprise, Apple CEO Tim Cook is dismissive of the trend.One of the biggest appeals of Chromebooks is pricing. They're low cost PCs that connect to the Internet and allow kids to run a variety of programs, everything from productivity apps to lightweight games. They're also cheap devices for taking tests, and as states move away from bubble sheets to computerized... Read more...
When Acer and Microsoft pulled back the curtain on the Windows 10-powered Acer Aspire One Cloudbook, they were mercilessly stingy with the details. Fortunately that changes today, as Acer just shared every last specification for their affordable Google Chromebook competitor. It's not going to move your needle if you're used to enthusiast-level notebooks, but for the casual consumer or budget-strapped student, the Aspire One Cloudbook leaves a compelling value proposition on the table.  There will be 2 baseline models launching later this month, and Microsoft Stores appear to the the exclusive retailer for the 11.6-inch $169 version, with Walmart playing host to the 14-inch $199... Read more...
Microsoft is done being undercut by Google and its low-priced, cloud-driven Chromebooks. During its Worldwide Partner Conference, Redmond revealed its own inexpensive alternative, the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook. The $169 Windows 10 notebook will hit stores in August.  Acer's Aspire One Cloudbook will sport an 11.6-inch screen and ship with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10, and another model will be available with a 14-inch display. We know little else about the Cloudbook, but at $169 the price alone is an aggressive statement. Chromebooks are far from capturing a majority slice of the market, but they're catching on. A recent forecast by Gartner predicts that the Google OS laptops will... Read more...
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