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Chromebooks Carve Out a Niche in School Districts

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Last year, the Sioux Falls, South Dakota school district in the U.S. purchased a fleet of Chromebooks--portable computers runnng Google's Chrome OS--for use by students, and now, a year later, school district officials are out with a review of the experience. Specifically, the Sioux Falls School District spent over $4.5 million on Chromebooks to arm students in third through twelfth grades with, and the School Board is heralding the program's success.

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Chrome OS Features to Look for in Current Chromebook Crop

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With Father's Day right around the corner, some dads out there might be requesting a new Chromebook. Chromebooks, which run Google's Chrome OS, have quietly become quite popular among notebook buyers. As of this writing, Chromebooks are among the top 20 most popular computers available on Amazon, and sales continue to grow steadily. Although the devices got off to a slow start, Google has found a way to attract customers. With that in mind it might be a good time to revisit Chromebooks' operating system, Chrome OS, and talk about key features that make the Chromebook so attractive. While users were uncertain at first about the concept of using a Web-based operating system, Chrome OS morphed into something far more usable and appealing to the average computer user since it was first released in 2009. Not only are computer users more comfortable with accessing cloud applications and storing their data in the cloud, but Google has added a number of features that make it convenient to use Chrome OS productively. This eWEEK slide show will cover the factors that made this platform appealing to notebook PC users.

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Reports Cites Google Surpassing Microsoft in Browser Market Share

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Microsoft

ADI technology analyst Tyler White speculated that two underlying market forces are boosting Google's numbers. “First, device defaults matter,” White said. “Internet Explorer leverages its Windows OS dominance to gain share as the default Web browser for the majority of people online. Today mobile OS is more important, giving Google and Apple a leg up with default status on Android and iOS.”

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VLC reveals it is working on Chromecast support for iOS, Windows, Linux and Mac

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OSS

Most everyone, at least the tech-savvy who read this, are familiar with VLC Player -- the Video LAN Client. It's a jack-of-all trades media player, that is capable of handling pretty much any format you can throw at it, no matter how obscure it may be.

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Google Chrome 36 Beta Brings More Fixes for Linux Aura

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Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has just received another update for the 36 Beta branch of the software.

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this is not the stable branch, which means that you shouldn't rush to replace your current one. There still are a number of stability problems, but the development is progressing quite nicely.

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Chromebooks Can Finally Play Movies and Shows Offline

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When Google launched Chrome OS, it touted it as a nearly entirely cloud-centric operating system. In fact, it wasn't designed to store data or applications locally at all, or do anything local, really.

Since then, Google has wisely hedged that bet, and it is doing so in a big way as it finally gives Chromebook users a way to watch Google Play Movies and TV offline. Google announced offline viewing last month and new Chromebooks are indeed pulling the feat off via a new app for Chrome OS.

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Chromebooks Head for Nine New Countries, with Cloud Computing in Tow

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In a blog post constructed as rhythmic verse, Google has confirmed that Chromebooks--portable computers running the Chrome OS platform--are coming to nine new global regions: Norway, Denmark, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Belgium, New Zealand, and the Philippines. As we've reported,

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Google Chrome 37 Dev Finally Fixes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Dependency Problems

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Ubuntu

Google Chrome 37 Dev, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has been released and is now available for testing.

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this time it is just the development version, which is not usually suited for everyday use. The Chrome developers work on three distinct branches – Stable, Beta, and Development...

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Java Doesn't Work on Linux Google Chrome 35, Downgrade Required

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Google considers that GTK+ is no longer meeting its requirements and decided to push its own solution for Google Chrome, in the form of Aura. The heralded GTK+x replacement for the Chrome browser has a downside for the Linux users, which are now forced to downgrade to an older version.

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Why Chromebooks Make More Sense Than Ever

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Gaming

If you've been following the market share reports, you know that Chromebooks--portable computers running Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS platform--are starting to succeed, especially in several niche markets such as the education market. Additionally, PCMag.com has a big story out on why Microsoft should be worried about Chromebooks, and Business Insider has argued that Chromebooks are the best hardware choices for many users. The fact is, some new incentives from Google as well as some newfound forms of compatibility with popular applications make Chromebooks more viable than they ever have been.

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