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Anthony buys a Chromebook

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 the Chromebook, which isn’t much different from my usual typing posts from within my browser. The model I bought was the Acer C720, which is an 11″ model that’s selling…

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

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 weighs in at a hefty 5.3 lbs./2.4 kg (per its specs). While I’d like a MacBook of some sort, I currently don’t have the money or means to buy one. A…

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

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, after all. Coming this fall will be two cheap laptops: a 15.6″ Acer for $249 (with specs that don’t seem any different from the current cheap Windows laptops), and a Toshiba with Chromebook-like…

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Coming soon: Android TV

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 box makers (Asus, etc.) can use the operating system. Similar to Android and Roku/Apple TV, it’ll come with an easy-to-use interface with support for Chromecast. It’ll also come with its…

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Another Google service shut down…this time, it’s Orkut

Google announced today that it’s planning to shut down another service, though this time it’s one that’s not as popular as it should’ve been. Orkut, Google’s first stab at social networking, is the service in question: Google kills Orkut to focus on YouTube, Blogger and Google+ (Engadget) Orkut never really gained popularity in the US, but was popular in India and Brazil for some time. I always wondered why Google opted to try to “reinvent the wheel” with creating Google+ instead of just trying to spruce…

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Why Chromebooks have achieved “the Linux desktop” and won’t be “netbooks 2.0″

(Updated 7/14/14) Since their introduction in June 2011 (three years ago), Google’s Chromebook has since grown to become mildly popular among the general public. Not only does it make Chromebooks (and its Chrome OS operating system) the first Linux-based desktop/laptop to widely catch on with the general public (something Linux fans have been longing for for years), but it also seems to be avoiding the mistakes/downsides of both netbooks and various Linux distributions. Even schools are increasingly buying Chromebooks for student use. But why are…

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I’ve switched from Dropbox to Google Drive

In recent months, I’ve found myself using a few extra Google services. One such function is Google Play Music’s music collection matching/upload service, which I’ve used to upload my entire music collection and play it back from my Android devices. Another Google service I’ve been using lately is Google Drive, Google’s online “cloud” storage service. For me, it’s pretty much replaced Dropbox. Google Drive’s advantages over Dropbox for myself include: More free storage space: Google Drive comes with 15GB of storage for free, while Dropbox…

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Comixology removes in-app purchasing from iOS apps

Yesterday, with zero advance notice, came some big comic news: Amazon stated that Comixology will drop in-app purchases for iOS users, to avoid Apple’s 30% cut of all in-app sales on any iOS app. The Android version will still allow in-app purchases, but not through Google Play’s system; Google also takes a 30% cut of sales from Android in-app sales. Android users will have to go through Paypal or Comixology’s own credit card system, which is what Comixology’s website uses. The new versions of Comixology’s…

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Google+ now adds view counts to profile pages

Google’s just released a new feature for its social network site (and mandatory YouTube comment system), Google+. Profile pages will now include the number of times said content has been viewed by others, dating back to October 2012. I’ll assume it’s not an April Fool’s joke, given the timing; Google’s April Fool’s joke this year seems to be something about Google Maps and Pokemon. As you can see by this post’s picture, I currently have 68 followers on my Google+ profile page, with a total…

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Valentine’s Day in cartoons

Happy Valentine’s Day (or “day before the candy goes on sale for half-price”), all. Like the similar holiday themed posts I’ve done, here’s one dedicated to the day dedicated to romance, affection, and other matters of the heart… and how it’s all presented in cartoons. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown There’s no one “definitive” Valentine’s Day special, but an entertaining one is “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” the 1975 “Peanuts” special about how Valentine’s Day equals (in true “Peanuts” fashion) unrequited love for everyone in…

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