Chromebooks now more popular than iPads in U.S. schools

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For the first time ever, Chromebooks surpassed iPad sales to U.S. schools. According to IDC, 715,000 Chromebooks were sold to U.S. schools in the 3rd quarter as opposed to 702,000 iPads for the same period. It might not be by much, but the spread is likely to grow.

It’s obvious the lower costs that Chromebooks enjoy is a big factor. Schools can buy Chromebooks for as low as $199 vs the iPad Air, which runs $379 after educational discounts. Let’s also not forget the full keyboard that makes things a lot easier. Last but not least, Chromebooks are easier to manage.


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New York City adds Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks as “official” tools

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In a new post on the Google for Work blog, Hal Friedlander is given a guest spot to discuss the New York City Department of Education’s decision to add some Google tools to their official list of solutions available for teachers and students. Friedlander is the Chief Information Officer for the school system. The NYC Department of Education recently gave official approval to the use of Google Apps for Education and for the deployment of Chromebooks for use in the system.
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Samsung’s Intel-based Chromebook 2 availability and pricing announced

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Earlier in the year, Samsung released the Exynos powered Chromebook 2 in both a 11.6-inch and 13-inch variety. The Exynos powered device however met with much criticism regarding its ability (or lack thereof) to multitask well compared to Intel based Chromebook options. Today, Samsung is adding a new Chromebook 2 option that’s powered by an Intel processor. The chip under the hood, the fanless Celeron N2840 chipset running at 2.58GHz.


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Chrome and Android convergence won’t be “forced” according to Sundar Pichai

Chrome_Android_overlapThere has been quite a bit of speculation about whether the mobile-focused Android would replace the PC-focused Chrome at Google, or vice versa, but so far Google hasn’t taken any major steps to make that happen. According to Sundar Pichai, (who is the senior VP of both Android and Chrome) the search giant doesn’t want to force any type of convergence between the two.

We’ve seen a little bit of overlap between both platforms, including the Chromecast running a specific version of Android and being able to run Android applications on Chromebooks. Pichai clarified that if any type of convergence between the two happens, it’s going to be an “organic” process. That leaves plenty of interpretation for if Google plans on organically moving Android into a position to replace Chrome or anything similar, but as of right now, Google is happy to let both pieces stand successfully on their own. 
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Chromebooks account for near 50 percent of educational market share

Chromebooks_In_The_ClassroomOne of the benefits to Google’s Chromebook line is that with their often sub-$300 pricing, the education sector pounced all over that. As such — according to Google’s Sundar Pichai — Chromebooks account for nearly 50 percent of the educational market. Pichai spoke at Google’s work-focused Atmosphere Live event, and besides the education fact, he also mentioned that Drive has passed 240 million active users.


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Run any Android app on your Chromebook with this hack

Chromebook_Running_Android_APK_01Last week, Google announced the first four Android apps that can run on Chrome OS, but there is already a hack that will let you run just about any Android app you want. This hack, created by vladikoff, uses a JavaScript script allowing you to sideload any Android APK onto your Chromebook. It will run under the Android App Runtime just like the four official apps (Vine, Duolingo, Evernote, and Sight Words) do.


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Toshiba shows off Chromebook 2 with 13.3-inch full HD display

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Chromebooks continue to gain in popularity, and Toshiba has no interest being left at the alter. They just announced the Chromebook 2 which appears to be pretty solid for the price.

There will be two versions. The economical version will sport a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display, a  2.16 GHz dual-core Bay Trail-based Atom chip (Celeron N2840), and 2 GB of RAM, HDMI out, headphone jack, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi 802.11ac. This one will go for $249.99.


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You will soon be able to run any Windows application on a Chromebook

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Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.

Imagine getting hardware-accelerated graphics, and at the same time, enjoying the flexibility of a virtual environment. With the flexibility of the Chromebook, manufacturers can design complex 3D models and share them with engineers around the globe. Applications such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office will have no trouble running smoothly in this virtual environment.


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Chromebook demand to shift to consumers, increase 79% during 2014

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Gartner has released a new study that says the market for Chromebooks is changing amidst rapid growth. They predict sales of Chromebooks during 2014 will increase to 5.2 million units which would be an increase of 79 percent compared to 2013. Gartner says by 2017 those numbers will triple to 14.4 million units. Meanwhile, Gartner says buyer demographics are changing. As recently as 2013, the vast majority of Chromebooks were being purchased in the education sector that accounted for 85 percent of sales. Gartner thinks that will shift with more than half of sales going to consumers during 2014.
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