Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

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Last week, I bought a new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The first-generation Nexus 7 I’ve had since 2012 is starting to die (problems waking up, sluggish performance even before upgrading to Android Lollipop, etc.), and I ultimately decided it was time for a new tablet. I bought the Galaxy based on trying it … Read more

Google announces new Nexus devices and the newest version of Android, “Lollipop”

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Today, Google announced (a day ahead of Apple’s own big new product news) several new products, as well as the newest version of Android, “Lollipop.” There’d been much debate over what the new Android OS name would be, including “licorice” or another licensed product (a la KitKat). Of course, now there’ll probably be various jokes … Read more

Two months with the Chromebook

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It’s actually slightly over two months with my Chromebook (as of late September), but thought I’d chime in anyway. My Chromebook’s still working well, serving its goal of a lightweight laptop to carry around. It also has the advantage of letting me sit on my couch as needed; it’s more comfortable than sitting at a … Read more

Chrome OS finally receives its first four Android apps

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Chrome OS’ web-based orientation means its apps are either just bookmarks to websites or actual stand-alone programs. Meanwhile, Android’s much longer history and smartphone dominance means there’s a vast number of apps available. Thus, Google’s promised to bring integration between the two operating systems, which should make Chrome OS more appealing. Last week, Google finally made … Read more

My favorite Chrome OS apps

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I thought I’d list what Chrome OS apps I’m using on my Chromebook. I should note that since Chrome OS’ functionality is heavily web-based, some of the “apps” under its launcher are just bookmarks to a particular website. However, for this post’s purposes, I won’t bother distinguishing those from stand-alone programs like the calculator app. TweetDeck … Read more

Thoughts on the Chromebook two weeks later

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It’s been a bit over two weeks since I’ve bought the Acer C720 Chromebook. So far, I’m enjoying owning the Chromebook, and have put it through its paces to see if my initial ideas about Chrome OS paid off. My thoughts on it so far: Typing is OK, though it’s taken getting used to not … Read more

Anthony buys a Chromebook

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As of last night, I’m the proud owner of a brand-new Chromebook. Like the other tech purchases I’ve made, I’d given the matter plenty of thought, before deciding to buy one of the cheap laptops running Google’s own Chrome OS. (See the previous posts I’ve written about Chromebooks’ merits.) I’m even typing this blog post on … Read more

Can Chrome (and a Chromebook) fill in for my usual computing tasks?

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Lately, I’ve been reading (and writing) about Chromebooks, the simplified laptops backed by Google’s Chrome OS that basically use the Chrome browser (and Linux) as the operating system. Besides the allure of a new gadget, I’m also interested in a laptop that’d be less heavy to carry around than my two-year-old Linux Mint-running HP laptop, which … Read more

Déjà vu: Microsoft to release cheap Windows 8 laptops this fall to compete with Chromebooks

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In my previous post on Chromebooks, I remarked that Microsoft wouldn’t try the same trick twice (as it did to kill Linux on netbooks) by releasing cheap WIndows 8 notebooks to try to kill off Chromebooks, especially since they still had the Surface’s lackluster sales to grapple with. However, it turns out Microsoft does plan to do just that, … Read more

Coming soon: Android TV

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Coming this fall is Google’s latest effort at competing with Apple TV, Roku, and video game consoles: “Android TV.” Unlike previous efforts Google TV and Chromecast, Android TV will be an operating system rather than a specific set-top box brand name. Smart TV makers will be able to embed it into their sets, while third-party set-top … Read more