advertisement advertisement Google’s new brandless, charcoal notebooks are incredibly hard to get–even if they are free. The search giant is giving away its Chrome OS-based Cr-48s to a lucky few who apply and pass the selection process. To give Fast Company readers some inside tips, we spoke with a source at Google, who provided some details on the limited edition notebooks. First off, don’t get your hopes up. Google is shipping just thousands of the Cr-48s. Tens of thousands? No, says the source. Only thousands. In order to get your hands on one, you’ll have to be lucky–and make sure you’re not falling out of the notebook’s use-cases. For example, the source explains, if you are a financial analyst who spends all day writing macros in Excel, this might not be the right device. If you are a photographer who does complex photo editing, this isn’t the notebook for you either. But if you are a student who takes notes in Google Docs, … [Read more...] about How to Get a Limited Edition Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebook
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Technically speaking, LG’s Chromebase isn’t very impressive. With a lower-end Intel Celeron processor, only 2GB of RAM and a spare 16GB of flash storage, the forthcoming all-in-one desktop would barely qualify for a bantamweight brawl. What it does do, however, is offer a clear direction for the Chrome OS: in its announcement of the Chromebase, LG states that they hope the desktop is well-received in “schools, hotels, and call centers, and other business settings.” advertisement LG’s Chromebase marks the second major attempt at marketing a desktop Chrome machine. The first would be Samsung’s Chromebox, first released in early 2012 and updated twice since. But no one is talking about it. Interest in the desktop has been rapidly declining since it launched, and it hasn’t gained nearly as much traction as the company’s more popular Chromebook–a consistent top-seller on Amazon. What may ultimately make the Chromebase an easier … [Read more...] about LG Made A Google Chrome-based Desktop, But Who Wants It?
Anyone who builds things for the web, or touts a product that “everybody can use,” should think about Control-F. You know, that browser shortcut that finds text on a page? Ninety percent of people actually don’t know that, along with many other misconceptions about “average user” skills. advertisement advertisement That most confounding Control+F finding comes from Dan Russell, who works on quantifying how people search and research things for Google. His actual title these days is Über Tech Lead, Search Quality & User Happiness, but his role is much the same: figuring out what people do and do not understand about search and, by extension, their computers. I asked Russell to expand on other tech tools that have accelerated a bit faster than many people’s understanding. He offered up some interesting findings, and a great resource for working toward better understanding. There Is Hope: Control+F Is More Common In Schools At least … [Read more...] about A Google Researcher Reveals 4 Crucial Things “Average Users” Should Know But Don’t
advertisement advertisement “We screwed up,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in June. “Let’s be very clear about that.” Schmidt was referring to the “rogue data” controversy, a privacy fiasco that has embroiled the company everywhere from Germany to Spain to South Korea. Discovered several months ago after a third-party audit, between 2006 and 2010 Google’s Street View vehicles, the cars it used to capture images from the world’s major cities, had “accidentally” intercepted loads of personal data over unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Email addresses, Web sites, and other snippets of Internet activity–possibly even bank account information–were all accessible through these channels, which Google has blamed on a programming error. Just how much did Google screw up? In those four years, Google collected about 600 gigabytes of personal data from users in more than 30 countries–a heck of a lot of data to … [Read more...] about Google’s 600 Gigabyte Privacy Fiasco, by the Numbers
Google spreads its technological tentacles far and wide, from web searches through maps to cat videos and music, and things have become complicated over time. So in an effort to help the average consumer understand the nature of the beast, Google has launched a Tips website that acts as a handy guide to all 13 of its consumer-facing products. Android, Calendar, Chrome, Docs, Drive, Gmail, Google+, Keep, Maps, News, Play, Search, and YouTube are the current available topics, but Google is offering users the chance to suggest more. And though the Tips site can hardly be called exhaustive, it does offer some in-depth guides for each item. The site seems to work best when you’re logged in, and Google prompts you to do that. This is a clever PR move by Google that also promotes Google+, but despite that, the average user will likely find the Tips very useful. advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Google Realizes It’s Complicated, Rolls Out “Tips” Site To Help Users