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Review: Samsung Chromebook Series 5 – Ready For Business?

Samsung Chromebook Series 5Opening the box, this Chromebook felt very light. So light that in some ways the screen and body felt almost too plastic. The screen itself is bright, but very thin and some may think this is too flimsy. The keyboard is nice, large and feels great when typing. I didn’t find myself accidentally hitting buttons and causing issues and the trackpad stayed out of the way (for the most part). The included USB port was useful for adding a wireless mouse to the mix and detected the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 I tested without issue.

Truly, this is a Google ecosystem device – so you’ll find better integration and power when you use a Google account (on Apps or merely just a free Gmail account). Other options for mail access are possible, however, the integration you should expect is little more than accessing web mail. In the future, I’d like to see every mail provider offer an HTML5 web mail interface – making the ChromeBook a great option for that future.

With a Chromebook Series 5 in hand, it’s time to test and review this new and intriguing option from Google’s engineers – here’s what I thought of it.

Rooting The Nexus 7 Tablet

Rooting a Nexus 7 TabletWhile still young, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet can be rooted. One of the more amazing things about Android is the sheer number of devices that are easily rooted an handled. In this article, I’m going to show you what it takes to Root the Google Nexus 7 tablet (and some of the things you can do with that). First, some words of WARNING: Doing this will delete all the data on your device and can brick your shiny new Nexus 7. So, be careful and understand the consequences.

Nexus 7 Review: One Tablet To Rule Them All?

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As consumption devices go, Android tablets haven’t really held a candle to the iPad. There’s a storm of positive reviews out there that say that the Nexus 7 is a tablet that can rival Apple and Amazon’s offerings, and finally I’ve been able to use it and let you know. On a personal note, I was looking forward to seeing a good Android tablet experience after trying some really crappy ones (yea, I’m talking to you Colby). In a word: Impressive. But, more than one word is applicable for this great little 7 inch tablet, so I’m going to try to add my particular thoughts to the mix about this tablet.

Why Chrome For iOS Is Freaking Amazing

Oh, woe is the Internet. Today during Google I/O’s second day – Google’s Chrome Browser was announced for iOS. This would fall in line with Google Chrome on Chrome OS, Android, Windows and OS X. Some, have a real problem with Chrome on iOS, but there is a huge reason why Chrome on iOS is amazing news and makes Chrome one of the most useful browsers on all platforms now.

Blogger Updates The Platform

Blogger LogoNot normally a news item, updates are something that happen to every type of software. Last night, however, Blogger (a popular blogging platform) updated a number of features and added a few others. I took a little time to go over what looks to have changed and here’s a list of what I’ve seen so far.

Why Are Blogger And Analytics Stats So Different?

Blogger LogoSo, you’ve been blogging for a while on Google’s Blogger site and have become sophisticated enough to include the Google Analytics code required to gain a more enterprise-level look at your blog statistics. But, as your blog is being viewed, you notice that the stats that Blogger offers are distinctly different from what you see in Analytics. What gives?

First Look: Reading And Publishing With Google Currents

Google-Currents-logoThis small news app from Google really came out under the radar for me (and that’s saying something). Google Currents is a news reading application made for the iPhone/iPad and Android. While this application is only available in the United States, you can still get your hands on it. So, why would Google – already offering a newsreader – offer another news reader? Is this a better experience than Google Reader? Read on for more about this interesting new application.