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Summary:

MIcrosoft’s latest Chromebook ads are amusing but also misleading. Is the company feeling some heat at the low-end of the market? Check our recommended extension that actually helps you manage your extensions. How meta!

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“OK Google, let’s start the Chrome Show.”

So maybe you can’t do that (yet) but you can officially speak to your computer for voice searching and Google Now interaction. Interestingly, Microsoft doesn’t talk about that in their latest Scroogled ads but we have some things to say about them. And Google is pushing mobile web apps with new features in the Chrome Developer Tools, which — if you didn’t know — you have easy access to in Chrome or the Chrome OS.

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Hosts: Chris Albrecht and Kevin C. Tofel

SHOW NOTES:

Got time for a survey?

“OK Google” support gets official

Google beefs up Chrome DevTools to help devs make mobile web apps on Android

Updated Camera app for Chrome went official on Dec. 2 with more features to come

Will the SSD in a Chromebook experience performance degradation over time?

Thoughts on the Microsoft “Don’t get Scroogled: Chromebooks aren’t real laptops” ad

Is there yet another Acer C720 Chromebook variant coming?

Kevin almost destroyed his Pixel, YIKES!

Extension of the week: Extensity

  1. Would the chromebook be a viable choice for a secondary computer?

    Also does Wake on LAN work with chrome remote,?

    Thanks, Alex

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    1. @Alex – I bought a Chromebook as my secondary device, but it has since become my primary computer at home. Obviously, use cases vary – if your secondary computer still needs to run Photoshop and play Crysis, a Chromebook isn’t going to work out for you. On the other hand, if you’re willing to approach a Chromebook with a willingness to rethink how you use a computer and your relationship with the Cloud, it could be the perfect device.

      As I said above, the Samsung Series 3 I’m typing this on was bought as a secondary device – practically an experiment, even. What’s been notable in the past year is how much the Chromebook experience has matured – the device itself has become slicker, the services you can hook into online more numerous and more polished.

      Maybe I’ve recast my expectations more than others might feel acceptable, but my take on the Chromebook is that is absolutely a legitimate computing platform, not merely a secondary device.

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      1. You haven’t recasted your expectations any more than anyone who now uses a tablet more than his laptop. That describes LOTS OF FOLKS so although Chromebooks will not likely become as pervasive as tablets, they definitely have a place in the growing number of computing options we enjoy.

        You can count me among the “converted”

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