How-To Geek: How to Screen Record on Your Chromebook. “Recording your smartphone or computer’s screen can be useful, but sometimes you have to download third-party apps to do it. Fortunately, Chromebooks have a built-in tool that makes it easy to create screen recordings with no extra software required.”
Gizmodo: Get More Out of Your Chromebook by Running Linux Apps. “Chrome OS, itself based on the Linux kernel, can now run Linux apps—the circle is complete. If you’ve got the latest version of Chrome OS, and a fairly new Chromebook, you can now install some of the best applications Linux has to offer. Here’s how to go about it, and why you might do it in the first place.”
BetaNews: Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is a student-friendly Chrome OS tablet. “Acer today revealed what it describes as the “first tablet running Chrome OS designed for education” — the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (or D651N). Featuring a 9.7-inch QXGA LED-backlit display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 (264 PPI), the Chromebook Tab 10 is equipped with a Wacom EMR stylus to allow for easy writing and drawing. Although not available at launch, there is planned support for Google Expeditions AR, and Acer is hoping that the tablet will find its way into the hands of students of all ages.”
Is the Google Play store coming to Chromebooks? Oh my. “Android apps in Chrome OS may already be a thing, but there really aren’t that many available on the Chrome Web Store. That could soon change, however, as the search giant appears to be on the verge of launching the Play Store on Chrome OS, as evidenced in a new screenshot recently shared on Reddit.”
Want to give ChromeOS a test drive? You can play with it in Virtualbox. “there’s a new downloadable version of ChromeOS out there for would-be enthusiasts: Neverware Cloud Ready. Designed to allow schools to turn old computers into Chromebook-compatible devices, Cloud Ready is also available as a free download for personal use. Neverware also offers an unofficial build for Virtualbox. Here’s where to find it and how to set it up. You’ll be trying out ChromeOS in no time.”
Mike Murphy’s got a walkthrough of how to install the Cloud OS app on your ancient laptop. “Neverware, an operating system developer from New York, has developed a program called CloudReady, that can turn hundreds of models of computers from the last decade into usable machines. Neverware developed a version of the operating system found on Google’s Chromebook laptops. The startup has been working with school districts in the US to revive old computers for classroom—for a fee—but is now offering a free version of its software for personal computers.”
From Digital Trends: 15 Common Problems With Chrome OS, and How to Fix Them. I use a Chromebox on occasion and a Chromebook regularly. The printer problem is a pain. Also, taking screenshots is not intuitive. Happily Digital Trends also has an article to walk you through that. PROTIP: If you’re trying to edit a screenshot and you can’t find the editing tools, move your mouse to the bottom menu bar, right-click, and choose “Autohide Shelf”. You might find your editing tools are magically revealed.