HP officially announced the Chromebook 11 back in early-October. This model arrived as a Chromebook with an 11.6-inch display and while there was some mention of the color options at launch, there was something slightly more interesting. The HP Chromebook 11 used a microUSB charger, just like you would see with a smartphone or tablet. But as we later learned, that caused an issue.
The HP Chromebook 11 was abruptly pulled from the Play Store (as well as with all retailers) in November. And while that caused some initial confusion, HP later confirmed the notebook was pulled to due issues with the charger. According to a statement from HP, they paused sales “after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to over-heating during use.”
The trouble is, since that point things have been on the quite side. And while the Chromebook 11 remains unavailable for purchase, a sign that it will make a return has appeared. We have yet to see a Chromebook 11 listing in the Play Store, however a coming soon style listing for a charger has appeared.
The charger doesn’t have a ship date yet and otherwise, is simply showing a price of $19.99. We have yet to hear anything from HP, however we would expect any current HP Chromebook 11 users to get a replacement for free. But if anything, this listing does imply that owners may want to be on the lookout for a message from HP.
Otherwise, looking back to that earlier statement from HP and we see the following warning;
“customers who have purchased an HP Chromebook 11 should not use the original charger provided with the product. In the interim they may continue using their HP Chromebook 11 with any other Underwriters Laboratories-listed micro-USB charger, for example one provided with a tablet or smartphone. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
If you’re not much of a web developer, you might not know a lot about Chrome apps. Chrome apps look and feel exactly like a native application running on a desktop environment, but are built in the same fashion as a website and will run perfectly without an internet connection. Unlike standard web apps, Chrome […]
Do you consider yourself a heavy Googler? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear about a couple of Google search updates that are rolling out today.
The Big G has announced that users searching for a piece of information can now be presented with links to open up an app that contains the relevant info. For example, someone searching for Michael J. Fox may be given the option of opening up the IMDb app to learn more about the actor. It’s worth noting, though, that an app will need support for the “Open in app” feature baked into it to appear in search results. The list of apps that currently support it include IMDb, Newegg, OpenTable and Wikipedia.
Google search can also help users to find apps related to a particular topic that they haven’t yet installed. Performing a search for “fantasy football apps” will present a list of apps available in the Google Play Store, complete with links to the app pages and their download links.
Today’s Google search updates sound like they ought to make it easier and quicker for users to find the relevant information that they’re hunting for, whether that’s on the web or in an app, and I think that that’s something that we can all get behind. The improved app integration is now rolling out as part of an update to the Google Search app for Android and in the Chrome and Android browsers. For more info on the updates and how developers can add support for these features to their apps, just slide your cursor down to the Google links below and get to clickin’.
It looks like Google is preparing to release a toolkit that will soon allow developers create Chrome apps that extend, not only run on the desktop, but Android (and iOS) devices as well. The boys at The Next Web made the discovery after stumbling upon Mobile Chrome Apps repository on Github, revealing Google’s upcoming plan to effectively extend beyond the browser.
Google declined to comment on their upcoming plans, saying that while they’re not ready to make anything official just yet, developers are more than free to use their tools that were uncovered. Using the new toolkit, developers can modify, tweak, and test their apps for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Once everything is running properly, these hybrid apps can immediately be published to the Google Play Store where you’ll be able to download and install them like any other app.
It looks like, for the time being, only Android 4.o+ devices will be supported, with an expected release as early as January of next year. We’ll keep our eyes peeled in the meantime developers can hit up the source link for more info on getting started with Chrome apps for mobile.
Google is set to bring Chrome packaged apps to mobile, as well as desktop. The apps in question, which recently launched as “Desktop apps” in the Chrome Web Store for Chromebooks (or “Offline Apps” elsewhere), act just like web apps except they operate outside of a web browser, and don’t need an Internet connection. While we’ve long expected Google to bring Chrome extensions to mobile, this represents a new frontier in Google’s platform functionality.
The project was discovered byThe Next Web, who stumbled across a GitHub repository named Mobile Chrome Apps. Innocuous at first, it quickly became interesting when the project was found to be led by a Google software developer, Michal Mocny. The project is designed to give Developers a well rounded experience in programming and launching Chrome apps across platforms, and includes everything from bug fixes to testing.
Interestingly, the apps are meant for both the Play Store and App Store, but no nation of Windows Phone is made. The requirements suggest that Android 4.0 and up will be supported, with iOS functionality marked as TBA.
Chrome apps are written in HTML5, which has traditionally been reserved as a web-centric markup language. By offering HTML5 apps for offline use, Google is pushing the boundaries of operating systems, essentially challenging the need for one altogether. We see tho currently with Chrome apps finding a home on the Windows home screen and menu bar. By crossing into mobile, Google is continuing to push boundaries with the simplest of technologies.
The apps are said to be ready for beta testing as early as January, and we’ll be sure to watch for them in the Play Store. We’d like to think a Play Store update would serve as a precursor for a launch, as these would likely get their own section within Google’s storefront.
We’ve all done it — bypassed the alert page, telling us what permissions an app or webpage seeks. We are in such a fervor to get to our content that we ignore the warning signs. Then, from time to time, we wonder when we sent that tweet about saving money, or that Facebook post about our “favorite new app!” Pretty content in knowing we didn’t actually do that, the wheels start turning.
MyPermissions is a pretty great way to check out who’s doing what on your mobile device, as well as who has permissions for accessing your info. If you’re noting those tweets about your favorite coupons for baking soda all come from the same spot, you can access MyPermissions to find out if they’ve got access to “act as you”.
The Chrome extension (as well as Firefox, Safari, and Opera counterparts) for MyPermissions recently saw a big update, with tweaks to the UI and real-time alerts. If you sign up with MyPermissions, it will notify you in real time of those third party apps or services accessing your info, and even posting to your accounts as you. It gives a full list of which apps have access to what, and even an option to report or delete them from your life. It works for Android apps, as well as Chrome extensions — even those for Drive.
It also lets you know which of those sites that you signed in with using your Facebook or Google+ accounts has access. If you’re not always at a computer, there is also an Android app that does much of what the extension does. If your online privacy and safety is a concern, we like MyPermissions as a one-stop shop for seeing what services can access your info, or even pretend to be you.
Google’s Account Access Page has been given a facelift today, bringing a better way to see which Chrome apps and Android devices are accessing your information. Often times, we download an app and don’t think twice about what it’s asking for, only to later wonder just which of our apps and services are accessing things like contacts or web search history.
Whatever operating system you’re using, if it accesses your Google information, the Account Access Page has you covered. The page now shows larger thumbnail images, and lists which devices are linked to your account. It also shows all devices that have been given access to your information, and allows you to revoke that access. We were a bit surprised at how many older devices we had listed!
Of course, if you want to access individual Android app permissions, that has to be done via the device itself. You can revoke access to devices or Chrome apps, but not alter them in any way. Like anything else, it’s a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition with permissions.
The updated page does clear things up a bit, and makes it really easy to manage what is accessing your info. We hope this paves the way for further advancements in managing your device and apps in a macro sense, especially via Android. We like Android Device Manager, but that’s an emergency utility.
Ever wanted to have that hands-free experience of activating Google Search with your voice but are currently confined to working on your computer? Google has you in mind when it made this Google Voice Search Hotword extension for the Chrome web browser which brings the now iconic “OK, Google” phrase to desktops and laptops.
Simply install the extension, which you can download from the link below, and you’re good to go. Of course, you’ll need to have a mic installed on your system, but a lot of laptops come with those nowadays. This will allow you to then simply use voice commands not only for searches but also for things like setting reminders and calendar events, doing unit conversions, and more. You can always type in these search terms or commands yourself, but speaking out commands to your computer is much more convenient and cooler, at least if you’re not in a situation that would make it awkward.
The extension is currently in beta and is definitely far from perfect. It does have some limitations, aside from being unsurprisingly exclusive to Google’s web browser. The hotword only works when you have a Google search tab open in Chrome and when Chrome is the currently active window in the foreground. Thus, the feature doesn’t work when you’re doing something else, but it shouldn’t be much of an issue for people who work and live inside the browser, which is perhaps Google’s primary target anyway.
This Chrome extension is definitely no Motorola Moto X or Open Mic+ Android app. But when you’re stuck with using a computer and need a quick and easy way to start a search, then this Google feature might just do it in a pinch.
If you head over to the Chrome Web Store now, you can add an extension that activates voice search by using the ‘Ok Google’ hotword. On their Google+ page, Google unveiled the new desktop extension with a GIF showing just how effective this new feature can be. While prepping your Thanksgiving dinner, Google exclaims that “rather than stopping midway through to wash your hands and type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop” by simply using the hotword. If you have a Moto X or Nexus 5, then this feature should be very familiar to you.
Hit the break to see the ‘Ok Google’ hotword in action, a video, and a link to the Chrome Web Store.
In the latest Scroogled ad, Microsoft enlists the Pawn Stars crew to help bash the Chromebook. Rather than go after a specific device, Microsoft is bashing the platform as a whole. While we really do enjoy Microsoft trying to make a point, it’s like watching a toddler draw a schematic for a missile; cute, but it just won’t work.
We’ll address the commercial, which you can find below, as best we can. First, we like that people might be getting a better idea of just how scripted “reality” TV is. Second, desktop apps make a Chromebook more than a device which needs to have an internet connection, and that program is growing rapidly. We’d also like to take a minute to point out that we found this video via the Scroogled Truth YouTube channel, so even Microsoft relies on Google services.
We’d also like to point out that Chromebooks are helping to dig the PC industry into a hole it’s not able or willing to get out of. Reports and sales figures suggest the PC is in decline, yet Chromebooks continue to improve year over year. Rather than cute accusations about operating systems, we’d love to hear how Microsoft explains that one.
As for Google taking our information to show us ads, that’s only half true. They use our search history — which we share willingly, and can opt out of — to focus ads which already exist on websites to our liking. Google is a search company first, and ads are a big part of revenue for them… just like licensing Windows is a big part of revenue for Microsoft. Also, nobody needs Office.
Also, you can get a Greyhound bus ticket form Las Vegas (where Pawn Stars is based) to Los Angeles for about $32. If you really need $32 that bad, maybe selling a Chromebook is a bad choice. You can always sit in one of the hundreds of Starbucks locations or other stores that offer free WiFi to find a job with a Chromebook — unless Microsoft has a way to search online job portals without a web connection. In that case, we’re all ears.