You were all set to wow the boardroom with that new presentation you worked on over the weekend, but before you walked out the door to head to the office, you received a call telling you that the conference room’s projector was on the fritz. What do you do now? Pull that Chromecast out of your TV, that’s what! Google has quietly updated its desktop version of Drive, giving it the ability to stream presentations to its mighty media dongle.
Chromebooks are inherently great deals with their free 100GB of Google Drive space ($48 value) for 2 years on new models often a great incentive to buy alone. But we’ve found some additional savings around the web. Not sure about making the switch to a Chromebook? Have a free Ebook that can help make the transition:
Like any device, Chromebooks have their advantages and their disadvantages.
Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook.
Many Chromebook users haven’t actually “switched” to a Chromebook — they’ve purchased a Chromebook as an additional device, not one that replaces their current computer entirely. A Chromebook is the simple laptop you pick up when you need to browse the web, watch videos, type emails, write documents, and do other things you can accomplish in a browser. But let’s assume you actually want to switch to a Chromebook.
The Acer Chromebook Deals:
- Haswell 720 Acer Chromebook 11.6-Inch, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, HDMI port, USB 3, 8.5-hour battery life: $149.99 Refurb or $199 new at Amazon shipped (few bucks more for 32GB Storage).
- Same as above Acer 11.6″ Chromebook 2 GB 16 GB | C720-2802 Official Acer eBay Outlet Store: $149.99 shipped
- Acer 11.6″ C7 Chromebook 2GB 16GB Chrome OS Celeron (Refurb) | $139.99 C710-2856 Official Acer eBay Outlet Store
- Acer C710-2856 11.6″ Chromebook Intel Celeron 847 1.1Ghz 2GB RAM 16GB SSD (Refurb) $119.99 shipped at Newegg
Android Police has spotted a new feature in the Chrome OS dev channel that could one day allow users to unlock devices running Chrome OS by simply having their phone near the computer. The feature, which is still in a very early beta, is dubbed “Easy Unlock.” With this feature, your Chromebook could sense when your phone is nearby and Easy Unlock would automatically unlock the Chromebook, preventing the need to enter your password.
After arriving in beta earlier this month, Google today released the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android to all users through the Play Store. Google has long had its Chrome Remote Desktop app for desktop users to access a laptop or computer remotely for free, and the new Android app brings that same experience to mobile devices starting with Android.
If you haven’t used Chrome Remote Desktop in the past, you can get started by enabling your Windows or Mac machine for remote access through the Chrome Web Store app. Next, simply launch the Android app on your phone or tablet, tap on the computer’s name and start using your remote machine as if you were sitting right in front of it.
The Chrome Remote Desktop app is available for all to download from Google Play starting today and Google notes that an iOS version of the app is on the way sometime in 2014. Read more
If you’ve been wanting to try a Chromebook, but have held off due to their need for an internet connection, Best Buy might have a remedy for your dilemma. The blue and yellow big box is currently knocking $100 off HP’s 11.6″ LTE Chromebook, bringing its asking price to $199. The device is backed by Verizon’s LTE network, you’ll pretty much have internet access anywhere in the US.
Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia announced today that Aereo users will be able to watch and record live television using Google’s Chromecast starting on May 29th. Aereo users, who can already watch live broadcast television over their phone, computer, tablet, or connected TV for $8/month, are anxiously awaiting a Supreme Court decision that would verify whether or not the service is legal.
In the meantime, Aereo users are able to stream local airwave content over IP to their computers and mobile devices.
With the addition of Chromecast, users will have a new way to watch Aereo on their television, through the Aereo app for Android. While it wasn’t announced, the iOS app could also add Chromecast support at a later time.
It isn’t certain why you’d pay $8/month for access to the same channels on your HDTV that you can pull in with a $22 antenna but those who are already paying for the service will find the added feature beneficial. The DVR functions could also serve beneficial.
Press release follows: Read more
Reddit user asjmcguire has spotted code in a recent Chromecast update suggesting that the standby screen which currently displays only a clock and images chosen by Google could in future be rather more useful.
The code appears to allow for future support of weather and a slideshow of user-defined photos. If Google does indeed implement this, we can see the possibility of expanding it into a complete personalized dashboard, with information pulled from your Google Calendar and Google Now feed, and perhaps user-selected news sources. Come down in the morning, switch on your TV and see at-a-glance all the info you might want to start your day … Read more
Today marks the day that Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP and for Google that means stepping up deals on Chromebooks to encourage users to switch away form Windows completely. Microsoft is of course encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 8, but President of Google Enterprise Amit Singh published a blog post today suggesting business users would be better off upgrading to Chromebooks instead.
To make the decision even easier, Google is offering a number of deals on Chromebooks for Business. Two of the discounts listed below, which offer as much as $200 off Chromebooks, bundle in software and services from Citrix and VMware that make the transition from Windows XP to Chrome easier: Read more
Chromecast, Google’s $35 HDMI streaming stick, is about to support streaming of a lot more video content online as JW Player prepares to introduce support. Gigaom reports that the popular HTML5 and Flash video player that is used on millions of websites to host video content will announce today that it’s launching a beta of Chromecast support.
The company is also working on some interesting new features with its Chromecast implementation: Read more
Google has long had its cross-platform Chrome Remote Desktop extension that allows users to remotely access desktops on the network through the Chrome browser. We also already knew that it’s been working on solutions to bring the feature to Android and even iOS devices, but today we get what appears to be our first look Chrome Remote Desktop running on an Android device.
Droid-Life posted the screenshots below showing that it says is an invite only beta of the app that was released in the last few days. The app is apparently being developed for both smartphones and tablets, allowing users to remotely access desktop computers with the Chrome Remote Desktop client installed from the Chrome web store. Read more
In keeping up with tradition, Google started rolling out its annual April Fool’s Day pranks last 🌇 and has continued into the early 🌅. A new post on the Chrome blog announced the availability of a new Google 🇺🇸🔄🇫🇷 feature that converts webpages into emoji icons for faster 📖:
Suddenly we realized that we could apply the magic of Emoji to webpages. Not only does this pictorial and theatrical language allow us to communicate complex emotions, it’s also far more compact. One Emoji symbol can easily replace dozens of characters, improving efficiency and comprehension on the go. It turns out the best way to communicate in the future is to look to the past: the ancient Egyptians were really onto something with their hieroglyphs.
The 😜 has a bit of an ironic twist, though… Read more
Acer just announced that it will be having big Touch event in NYC on April 29th. We’re expecting phones, tablets and hopefully another round of their excellent Chromebooks. Read more