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Sending and receiving text messages on your Chromebook

How would you like to send and receive SMS text messages from your Chromebook? Interested? Read on. Short Message Service (SMS) or text messages have been around since the dawn of mobile phones. To this day, they are still king for brief text-based conversations. Now, thanks to a clever piece of software called ‘Pushbullet,’ it is possible to send new… Read more →

Using Chromecast in hotel room

Using your Chromecast in a hotel room

It doesn’t take long to fall in love with your Chromecast [UK Link] and before you know it, its almost indispensable. You get so used to being able to watch what you want, when you want, you start to see uses for it everywhere. You then think ‘works great at home; I want use my Chromecast in a hotel room.’ The… Read more →

Better Skype, Lync, Hangouts and Conference Call Audio

Better Skype, Lync, Hangouts and Conference Call Audio

Many information workers these days will be accustomed to spending hours on the phone, Skype, Lync, Hangouts or part of conference calls. The need to stay connected and collaborate is still ever present, despite workers being distributed across the globe. For the last month I’ve drastically improved my setup by adding a Jabra 510 Speakerphone into the mix. After much… Read more →

iPad Music Making Apps

11 Awesome iPad Music Making Apps

Apple has, since its founding, remained a mainstay for artists and content creators. Even today, Apple frequently includes musical performances at their product launches and they remain committed to artists and content creators. There is no denying that the iPad has been revolutionary in putting the power of mobile music making tools into the hands of musicians. Once you get… Read more →

Connecting USB Microphone to Chromebook

Connecting USB Microphone to Chromebook

As Chromebooks become ever more popular, people want to be able to utilise them in creative endeavours. If you look at a lot of the Pixel artwork, it shows some bearded hipster-type using his Chromebook in what looks like a creative workshop setting. Fortunately for us, we do not need to grow a beard, but we can use our Chromebooks… Read more →

Chromecast

Get More from Your Versatile Chromecast

If you’ve just bought or are thinking about buying a Chromecast, you probably have one thing in mind; using it to watch TV programmes and films. But look beyond the obvious uses and you’ll find that the Chromecast is versatile. And believe me, the more uses you discover, the more you’ll realise what amazing value for money it is. But… Read more →

Acer Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Nine Useful Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

New to Chrome OS and Chromebooks? If so, welcome to the party. Now do yourself a favour and learn these really useful Chromebook keyboard shortcuts. With just a little practice, you’ll begin to use these shortcuts without realising it. 1. How do I take a full screenshot? A picture paints a thousand words. So it can sometimes be easier to send… Read more →

Installing Linux OS on your Chromebook

Install Linux Operating System on Your Chromebook

Chromebooks are simple, yet capable devices. For most of what you do on a laptop, a Chromebook with modest specifications is a cheap, self-maintaining and powerful tool. Despite this, there still are a few areas where Chromebooks fall down. So, if you still need the power of a complete operating system on your Chromebook then, this article is for you.… Read more →

Upgrading Acer C720 SSD

Upgrading the Acer C720 SSD – for lots more space

For the typical cloud-based use, even the low-end Chromebooks are up to the job. With 64-bit dual core processors, fast SSD drives and a 2GB of memory, the Chrome browser runs very smoothly. Multiple tabs display quickly. GMail works flawlessly and even the offline email and Google Doc options run without any major problems. Additional storage is as easy as… Read more →

Writer Rejoice A Super Cheap Tablet for Writing

Writers rejoice – a super cheap tablet for writing

I’m penning this article on a £75 Windows tablet from HP – The HP Stream 7. It’s small, cheap and has good battery life. Purchased direct from Microsoft with a discount, this is the first Windows tablet for writing I’ve used to cost less than £100. For this and other reasons I’ll go into, the HP Stream 7 is just… Read more →

Apple TV Headless Audio

Use Apple TV for Audio Only – Headless Apple TV

If you’ve connected your Apple TV to an amp and speakers as suggested in this post, you may want to use your Apple TV for audio only. That is to say, whilst your music is playing the TV screen is switched off. Being able to switch off the screen (and its associated low level white noise) allows you to get… Read more →

Install Skype on a Chromebook

Install Skype on a Chromebook

Following on from the success of ‘Install Flipboard on a Chromebook‘ I thought that I would look into running Skype on a Chromebook – my Acer C720 [UK Link] to be precise. Many people (myself included) are disappointed that Skype isn’t natively available for Chrome OS. Microsoft are working on providing Skype through the browser – which will probably work with Chromebooks but until… Read more →