ChromeOS 69.0.3497.21 rolling out to users in the Dev Channel with subtle changes

ChromeOS is currently rolling out to users on the Dev channel. So far it seems stable and only brings a few subtle changes. I have gone through the changelogs and here are the highlights.

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Review : ZMI 20,000 mAh USB Battery Pack/USB Hub with Power Delivery – My new favorite USB Battery Bank

I have a problem, I love USB battery packs and my collection keeps growing, it is getting so bad that I am running out of space in my backpack. Many of my USB battery packs have a similar set of features, the ZMI 20,000 mAh Battery Pack is very different as it not only puts out enough power to charge my PixelBook at full speed but it pulls double duty by acting as a USB 2.0 hub at the same time. 

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Google Glass Owners Share Their Favorite Memories

 

On June 29th, 2013 – I became one of the first people to get the pleasure of owning Google Glass. For me, and countless others, Google Glass was more than a gadget but a springboard into several new and unique experiences. Thanks to Google Glass, I have had the pleasure of meeting several amazing people and travel around the country to meet with like-minded users. Many media outlets and journalists criticized Google Glass owners with unfounded claims of potential privacy violations but very few of them have actually met with Google Glass Owners to listen to their side of the story. I reached out to several Google Glass owners (past and present) to ask for them to share their favorite memories. I asked each of them the same batch of questions. Here are their responses –

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Installing Simplify3D on Chrome OS with Project Crostini

It is healthy for people to have hobbies outside of their day jobs, one of my personal hobbies is 3D Printing. I have been planning to cover more 3D Printing stuff on my blog (along with the normal stuff I cover). I have covered a few 3D printing posts in the past but I feel it is time to start posting more. My first post will be getting my favorite slicer, Simplify 3D to run on a Chromebook via Crostini.

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Installing Microsoft PowerShell on Chrome OS with Project Crostini

Microsoft’s PowerShell is without question a very powerful management tool/automation tool, especially for those who use Windows. Many developers have also started to embrace PowerShell and it has even seen native releases for MacOS and Linux. Thanks to the magic of Chrome OS and Crostini, it can also be installed on a Chromebook, here is how:

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Chrome OS Crostini Container Update : cros-garcon

As I have mentioned on this blog in the past, the build of debian that is used for the default “penguin” container is very vanilla aside from a few extra packaged used to bridge some of the functionality with ChromeOS. These extra packages are not always updated via the primary Chrome OS update utility and thus must be manually upgraded via the command line. Google has released a upgrade for one of the packages – cros-garcon.  Fortunately upgrading this package is very easy.

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HP Chromebook X2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 – Could a Chrome OS Tablet Replace Your Android Tablet?

It is no secret that Android tablets are not as popular as they used to be. With the exception of the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab line of tablets, it seems like many Android tablet manufacturers have given up on Android Tablets. Google has been working hard to replace Android with Chrome OS on future tablets and while this is a refreshing change, Could a Chrome OS Tablet replace your aging Android Tablet? For this post, we are going to put two leading flagship devices in a head to head battle – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3  (Android) and the HP Chromebook X2 (Chrome OS). 

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Fact Checking Wall Street Journal/Business Insider’s – “Google reportedly allows outside app developers to read people’s Gmails”

If you have been reading the headlines over the past few days, you may have been lead to believe that Google’s email service was hacked. Earlier this week, The Business Insider released a horrible article that lightly plagiarized a Paywalled Wall Street Journal article stating that Google gives developers free reign to your inbox. They further introduced wording to allow some readers to formulate conspiracy theories to fill in the many gaps in their content – and it worked. They also gloss over the most important fact – users, not Google are who are giving services access to their email. Here is why it is all bullshit.

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Installing Discord on ChomeOS via Project Crostini

Discord has been one of the fastest growing communication platforms on the planet right now but unfortunately they do not publish an official client for Chrome OS so Chrome OS users are stuck using the web application. While the web application is pretty good, some would wish to have access to the desktop application. Fortunately it is pretty easy to install, here are the steps.

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