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What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly?

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly? – By Cameron Summersonhowtogeek.com

Google does this thing where it uses bad names for products. Then it re-uses those names for other products, confusing everyone. Such is the case for Smart Lock, which is technically three different things, depending on whether you’re talking about Android, Chromebooks, or passwords.


Use Smart Lock to Automatically Unlock Your Chromebook With Your Android Phone – By Emailhowtogeek.com

The “Smart Lock” feature on Chrome OS allows you to pair your Chromebook with your Android phone, automatically unlocking it when the phone is nearby and unlocked.

Bill Nye Pimps Chromebooks in Brand New Video Ad

Bill Nye Pimps Chromebooks in Brand New Video Ad – By Joey-Elijah Sneddonomgchrome.com

Bill Nye, aka the science guy, is back educating the masses in his own imitable style, but this time the topic he’s tackling is Chromebooks!

A three-minute ad added to the Chromebook YouTube channel this week sees Nye dish out some salient computing tips, with the chief takeaway being: buy a Chromebook.

Chromebook Tips And Tricks

10 Chromebook Tips And Tricks – By A. Beratechnobezz.com
Chromebook is a very good option if you are planning to buy an inexpensive yet highly functional laptop. You can get even more out of it with some great tips. As a novice, however, you might find it bit difficult to know all the hidden features of Chromebook. And this is why we have discussed here the 10 best Chromebook tips and tricks to help you make things much easier.

Best Google Chromebooks You Can Buy

Top 10 Best Google Chromebooks You Can Buy Right Now – Fall 2019 – By Daniel Golightlyandroidheadlines.com12 min
Fall is soon to arrive and the start of the next school year is quickly approaching. Simultaneously, Chrome OS has continued its forward march with improved support for tablet hardware and development, making this the perfect time to pick out a brand new Chromebook from the best in the business.

HP Chromebook X360 14 price cut $200

If you're thinking of getting a Chromebook don't miss this sale at BestBuy, It's a good value at the regular price. I own this model and recommend it. Glenn

HP Chromebook X360 14 price cut $200, snag this Core i3 2-in-1 for $399 – By Kevin C. Tofelaboutchromebooks.com1 min

Normally priced at $599, Best Buy is selling the HP Chromebook X360 14 for $399 over this holiday weekend in the US. You can also purchase this model directly from HP, but that will set you back a whopping $626.43 as of this morning, and you’ll wait until August for the shipment.

Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome

Google releases Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome – By Martin Brinkmannghacks.net
Suspicious Site Reporter is a new browser extension by Google for the company's Chrome web browser that provides users with options to report sites to the company.

The extension has two main functions: to report sites to Google and to highlight if Google found anything suspicious about the site.

Got a Chromebook? Here’s how and why you need to protect your Google account

Got a Chromebook? Here’s how and why you need to protect your Google account   – By Kevin C. Tofelaboutchromebooks.com4 min
With a simple Google account sign on, a Chromebook is quick to get you working, playing or whatever you want to do. But that Google account is the key to your Chromebook castle, and probably many other services as well, so you want to make sure it’s protected at all costs.

Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners

5 of The Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners – By layeredindulgence.com

Thanks to BeFunky for sponsoring this post. All comments are opinions are my own!

So, you’ve finally got your photography skills down. But that’s only half the battle! Photo editing can take your images from beautiful to breathtaking, enhancing their already stunning features. Editing photos used to be left to professional photographers, but now that so much of our lives is documented, photography and photo editing has become part of the everyday girl’s life. Whether you have a website or blog, are growing your Instagram account, or simply love posting photos to your social media feeds, photo editing is a great skill to master. If you’re new to photo editing, today I’m sharing 5 of the best photo editing tips for beginners!

– Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier

20 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier – By Evan Dashevsky, www.pcmag.com

Browsers offer us a window into the magical world of the internet, and they do far more than you realize. It's not just about visiting webpages anymore— browsers function as something of an operating system in their own right, which is really not all that far off with Chrome OS now powering Google's Chromebooks.

Laptop vs. Chromebook: Picking the best computer for you

Laptop vs. Chromebook: Picking the best computer for you – By Joshua Goldman, www.cnet.com

Chromebooks first arrived in 2011, however it's only in the past couple years that they've gained ground on traditional laptops. That's mainly due to widespread adoption by schools, but their overall simplicity and low cost are undeniably attractive for home and work use, too.

Chromebook Touchpad Gestures:

Chromebook Touchpad Gestures: How to Navigate Chrome OS Like a Pro By Phillip Tracy, www.laptopmag.com

Chrome OS earns praise for being an easy-to-use operating system but there's still a learning curve for new users, especially those who are coming from Windows 10 or macOS. To navigate Google's operating system efficiently, you'll first want to master your Chromebook's touchpad gestures.

Tips to Change your Password – LastPass

5 Tips to Change your Password By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com

Even though weak, reused and compromised passwords are the cause behind many breaches, people continue to display pretty risky password behavior. In fact, we’ve found that 91% of people know that using the same password for multiple accounts is a security risk, but 59% admitted that they do it anyway.


Using LastPass on iOS: Tricks you Might have Missed By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com

You want your phone with you everywhere. Don’t you feel the same way about your passwords? With the LastPass iOS and Android apps you have access to all your passwords wherever you go.  


Using LastPass on Android: Tricks you Might have Missed By Leah Bachmann, blog.lastpass.com

We carry our phones with us everywhere, so it’s important our favorite apps are available on-the-go. LastPass offers a great app for both Android and iOS users that lets you access all your passwords and other essential information wherever you need it.  


Password Fatigue and LastPass​ By Joe Siegrist, blog.lastpass.com

John Kelly of the Washington Post had an amusing article today about how much trouble it is to create a new password every 90 days:  So Many Passwords, So Little Time By John Kelly

Speed Up Google Chrome

Speed Up Google Chrome With This Tab-Reducing Extension – By Emily Price, lifehacker.com

I have somewhere around 70 tabs open on my computer right now, give or take a few. I treat Chrome tabs like temporary bookmarks. For instance, a few of my open tabs are for stories I want to read later, and a few others are for SF Beer Week events I’m currently in the midst of planning for. It’s not the most efficient way to work, but it’s the way I’ve chosen. Unfortunately, it’s also a way that sucks a ton of power. 

Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier

20 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier – By Evan Dashevsky, www.pcmag.com

Browsers offer us a window into the magical world of the internet, and they do far more than you realize. It's not just about visiting webpages anymore— browsers function as something of an operating system in their own right, which is really not all that far off with Chrome OS now powering Google's Chromebooks.

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up – By Jr Raphael, www.computerworld.com

As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google's Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically — as do most of the core apps associated with the platform — and it doesn't get gunked up and slowed down over time, as traditional operating systems tend to do. There's no antivirus software to fret over, either, and little in the way of complicated settings or compatibility concerns. 


New Flag Enables Powerful Feature For Chromebook Files App – By Robby Payne, chromeunboxed.com

If you are a user who’s made the transition to Chromebooks from a more standard OS like Mac OS or Windows, file management could be a little different for you.


9 Most Useful Chrome Browser Extensions – By Natasha Stokes, www.techlicious.com

Using Chrome? One of the greatest features of Google’s nimble, speedy browser is the sheer volume of free extensions available from the Chrome store. These extensions are essentially software add-ons that enhance the browser’s performance, tacking on extra capabilities to what you can do within its confines.

Chrome Canvas: On Your Chromebook

Chrome Canvas: A Web App For Drawing On Your Chromebook From Google – By Robby Payne, chromeunboxed.com

Pen support has been a normality in Chrome OS since the early days of Chrome Unboxed. The device that pioneered the entire effort was one we tracked from the earliest stages: the Samsung Chromebook Plus. I remember stumbling upon pen support for what was known as ‘Kevin’ at the time and being so excited to see stylus tools on their way to Chrome OS.


Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop – By Ryne Hager, www.androidpolice.com

Earlier today, our buds over at Chrome Unboxed spotted a new progressive web app by Google called Chrome Canvas. It's a very simple sketching/doodling app that works best on devices like Chromebooks with stylus-based input, but it will also run on your desktop or phone. The new app is showing up as an installed app on some Chromebooks running Dev and Canary channels, but you can pull it down manually on other devices right now.

What Is a Chromebook, and How Is It Different than a Laptop?

What Is a Chromebook, and How Is It Different than a Laptop? – By Simon Batt, www.maketecheasier.com

If you’ve been in the market for a laptop recently, you may have seen a type of laptop called a “Chromebook” It might sound a little weird; after all, isn’t Chrome a web browser? Why are there laptops named after it?

Chromebooks fill a specific niche in the laptop world. If you purchase one expecting something similar to a normal laptop, you may end up very disappointed with your purchase. However, if your needs and wants from a laptop match what a Chromebook does, you may find yourself saving a bit of money in the process!

Best Chromebook Black Friday 2018 deals

Best Chromebook Black Friday 2018 deals: by zdnet.com/

From $99 budget systems to the pricey PixelBook, these Chrome-running laptops will all be on sale.

Thanks to their low price and popularity with schools, Chromebooks remain one of the bright spots in a flagging PC market. No surprise, then, that retailers are offering many Chromebook deals for Black Friday. While some of the sales are for Chrome OS running laptops with smaller screens and minimal specs that cost as little as $99, Chromebooks have evolved to offer bigger displays, 2-in-1 capabilities, and more high-end features as found in Google's PixelBook. We've rounded up those specials below to make it easy for you to find the right deal if you're planning to buy a Chromebook on Black Friday. 


Here are my favorites!

Google Advanced Protection Program

Google Advanced Protection Program by landing.google.com

What is phishing?
Phishing is a common technique that can be used to trick you into giving away your username, password, 2-Step Verification code, or other personal information. Phishing attacks can happen through a variety of channels, including email, telephone, text message, or in apps.How does Advanced Protection defend against phishing?
Advanced Protection requires you to use a physical Security Key.

Chromebook vs Laptop

Chromebook vs Laptop by tech.co

If you’re working to a tighter budget for your next laptop – say, under $400 – then it’s a decision between an entry-level Windows laptop or a Chromebook.

The key thing to know about Chromebooks is that they aren’t as versatile as a Windows laptop

Google’s New Gmail Features

Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live by theverge.com

The world’s most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today. Google is making official the changes we saw leaked earlier this month, with email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode making their debut alongside a substantial visual redesign for Gmail on the web. The new Gmail begins a global phased rollout today, which is to say that it won’t be available to every one of Gmail’s 1.4 billion users right away, and the first to get it will be invited to opt in rather than being able to just turn it on themselves.


Google’s New Gmail Features and How Best to Use Them by tech.co

This year, Gmail’s 1.4 billion users are getting their first major upgrade since 2011. From a game-changing “snooze email” function to the exciting option to make sent messages “self-destruct”, we run through the key features of the new Gmail upgrade.


How to Find Contacts in the New Gmail by howtogeek.com

The new Gmail started rolling out last week, and it’s awesome. But many people are asking the same question: where did Contacts go?

The previous version of Gmail, now called “Classic Gmail,” had a drop-down at the top-left for quick access to Contacts and Tasks.


Google will force you to switch to the new Gmail whether you want it or not — here's when you'll get it by businessinsider.com

Google recently announced a massive update to its popular email platform. So far, it's given personal account holders and company admins (who run company's G Suite accounts) the choice to leave their Gmail inboxes as-is, or to opt into the new Gmail, which comes with a new look and a lot of new features. If they don't enjoy the experience, users and admins are welcome to opt back out.

That's no longer going to be the case in a matter of months, as Google announced


How to undo the Gmail update – and what features you'll miss if you do by independent.co.uk

The new Gmail update features a snooze email function, a fresh design and a 'confidential mode' that protects outgoing emails.

However hundreds of Gmail users took to social media to complain about Google's new design. Fortunately for them, there is a way to switch it back to the old version, but only for a limited time.

 

– Grammarly, an online grammar checking tool

Grammarly Review: Is Grammarly Worth All The Hype? by bloggingocean.com

Do you make a lot of grammatical and punctuation errors? Don't worry; you are not the only one to face this problem.

Grammarly, an online grammar checking tool, claims to make writing a lot easier by proofreading your content in real time as you type. Off late, it is gaining a lot of popularity and is being used and recommended by many people.


Grammarly – Advanced grammar and spell checker for iPad and Mac by michaelkummer.com

Grammarly is an advanced grammar and spell checker for iOS and the Mac. It helps me to write better copy at work and in my capacity as a blogger. If you write as much as I do, I would highly recommend to check it out.

Yes, You Should Still Change Your DNS Settings for Better Internet

Yes, You Should Still Change Your DNS Settings for Better Internet by gizmodo.com

The DNS (Domain Name System) server settings on your laptop, phone, or router are your gateway to the web—converting easy-to-remember domain names into actual internet IP addresses, just like your contacts app converts names into actual phone numbers. You can change which DNS server your devices use though, and perhaps get yourself a faster, more secure internet connection along the way.


How to Change the DNS Server on a Chromebook by howtogeek.com

Chromebooks allow you to set a custom DNS server, but Google doesn’t make the option easy to find. There are many reasons to change your DNS server, after all.

Chromebook keyboard shortcuts every student should know

18 Chromebook keyboard shortcuts every student should know by androidcentral.com

There are keyboard shortcuts that are universal — Crtl + C for copy, Ctrl + V for paste — but just as often there are shortcuts that change between systems, websites, and programs. Chromebooks have some fairly standard shortcuts — and a handy shortcut Ctrl + Alt + / to show you the more basic ones — but looking at the full list of shortcuts can make your eyes glaze over like staring down the 400-page book you were supposed to read and write your book report on over summer vacation.

– The Best Photo Editors for Chromebooks

The Best Photo Editors for Chromebooks by howtogeek.com

One of the biggest question we see about Chromebooks is “can they run Photoshop?” The answer to that is no—at least not the full version you’ll find on other platforms. But that doesn’t mean they can’t do photo editing.

And that’s really the key here: knowing when you need Photoshop versus when you just need something to edit photos. There are some powerful tools available for Chromebooks—perhaps not quite as powerful as Photoshop, but they can get pretty dang close for most uses.

Switching to a Chromebook – What You Need to Know

Switching to a Chromebook? Here’s What You Need to Know by howtogeek.com

If you’re considering making the switch from a traditional PC (or Mac) to a Chromebook, you may be concerned about the transition. Not to worry—moving to a Chromebook is simple, and these tips will help ease the move.

First Things First: Is a Chromebook Right for You?

If you’re only considering making the jump over to a Chromebook, you may be curious whether a Chromebook is even feasible for you. 


What makes a Chromebook so secure? by androidcentral.com

One of the things you'll see written whenever there's talk about Chromebooks is how secure the platform is. If you're into computers or software design or any type of IT you know a good bit about why, but most of the time the talk just stops after saying that Chromebooks are secure.


Google Unveils A Major Security Enhancement For The Chrome Browser by forbes.com

The stable build of the Chrome browser (Chrome 67) has been upgraded with a major security enhancement called Site Isolation that protects users from malicious websites that steal sensitive data. The Spectre CPU vulnerability is an example. Site Isolation is currently operating in Chrome for Windows, the Chrome OS, Mac, and Linux. Google estimates that 99% of users on these operating systems are protected. Site Isolation hasn’t rolled out yet to Chrome for Android.

Factor Authentication (and Sync Your Codes Between Devices)

Factor Authentication (and Sync Your Codes Between Devices) by howtogeek.com

Strong passwords are not enough anymore: we recommend using two-factor authentication whenever possible. Ideally, that means using an app that generates authentication codes on your phone or a physical hardware token. We prefer Authy when it comes to authentication apps—it’s compatible with all sites that use Google Authenticator, but is more powerful and convenient.

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly

What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly? by howtogeek.com

Google does this thing where it uses bad names for products. Then it re-uses those names for other products, confusing everyone. Such is the case for Smart Lock, which is technically three different things, depending on whether you’re talking about Android, Chromebooks, or passwords.

Here’s are the three different things that are housed under the Smart Lock name:

Chromebooks you can buy in 2018

9 great Chromebooks you can buy in 2018 by mashable.com

Once upon a time, Chromebooks were low-budget options for students without many features or high-end specs. 

But no longer. As Google refines Chrome OS, and manufacturers continue to build and innovate, Chromebooks are becoming great options for users of all ages and occupations. There are hundreds of sellers, makes, and models to choose from, all of which have access to the millions of Android apps Google has to offer. 

For $250, laptops don’t get better than this

For $250, laptops don't get better than this by laptops.reviewed.com

Ah, Chromebooks. They may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'll continue to praise them for as long as I walk this mortal plane. I mean, what's not to love? They're secure, affordable, and durable. The only complaint I ever have is that they're plain-looking. Well, that's not the case with the Acer Chromebook 11

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