The Shortcomings of ChromeOS in 2017

It has been some time since I have taken a serious look at ChromeOS but this changed earlier this month when I purchased the newly released Samsung Chromebook Plus (2017) to allow me to do some research for a future work related project. The Samsung Chromebook Pro is currently one of the highest end Chromebooks – only succeeded by the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. I spent a few weeks using ChromeOS for as much as I could and can say that it has come a long way since the last time I played with ChromeOS however there are still a fair amount of shortcomings and several features that are best described as “half baked”.  Here are my thoughts:

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Facts about Android Security and Malware – Types of Malware

While browsing social networks, it is not common for users to point out that Android is a security mess with no data to actually back those statements up. Some users try to fabricate facts without doing any research. Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of posts on KMyers.me called “Facts about Android Security and Malware” to try to shine some light on this and hopefully debunk some of the data that it floating around and to help users understand more about the security of their mobile devices.

In this first installment, I would like to make sure that we are all using the same common vocabulary. This post contains several of the common types of Android Malware as well as details for each. In future posts, I will be going over best practices to avoid malware and to explain why many of the details floating around the internet are not based in facts.

As a disclaimer – I am a huge Android Fanboy and will be doing my best to produce well researched and objective content for this series – each post takes several hours of research and writing. This series is mainly about Android however a lot of this could apply to other platforms. If you happen to spot any errors or content that you disagree with, please feel free to get in contact with me via my contact page, social networks or simply leave a comment below.

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Unorthodox Computer Challenge : Trial 3 – The Google Pixel C

Back in September, Google dropped an unexpected bomb on the Android community with the announcement of the Pixel C. The Pixel C would be the first Android tablet manufacturered and released by Google itself. As the announcement progressed, it became clear that this tablet would be a very high end machine that was build with productivity in mind. I like Productivity so lets see if the Pixel C can replace my primary machine for the next 2 weeks. Continue reading

Unorthodox Computer Challenge : Final Thoughts on the RemixMini

It has only been 2 short weeks since I replaced my primary computer with the Android Powered RemixMini PC and I am sort of torn on this one. One one hand, I am already deeply engrained into the Android ecosystem but; on the other hand, this experiment shows that Android may not be ready to be a desktop operating system. In this post, I will be giving my final thoughts about the RemixMini.  Continue reading

Unorthodox Computer Challenge : Trial 2 – Android Powered Remix Mini

I cannot deny that I love the Android Operating System and could not wait to get my hands on the RemixMini Android Powered Computer. The most exiting part of this computer is not the fact that you can buy three of these machines for the same price as a standard computer monitor but the fact that the custom build of Android used on this machine introduces something new to Android, floating windows. Over the next 2 weeks, I am going to be putting the RemixMini to the test to see if I can use it as my primary computer as trial 2 in my Unorthodox Computer Challenge.

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Announcement : Unorthodox Computer Challenge

I often consider myself a power user when it comes to computers. My personal collection of computers that I use as daily drivers contains a bevy of high end purpose built machines. Between my Dell XPS 13 and my prized System 76 Kudo Professional, I am well equipped to handle just about anything that comes my way. Within the few week, I will be embarking on a challenge to put my 2 primary machines aside and use several unorthodox computers as my daily drivers at home. Here is how it will work.

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Reasons why the Amazon Fire Phone Failed

On July 25th of 2014, Amazon took a major leap of faith with their entry into the mobile phone market with the Amazon Fire Phone. This was an Android Phone that was completely devoid of Google’s Application Ecosystem. This AT&T exclusive phone was released and failed to sway users away from existing ecosystems into the new Amazon ecosystem. Despite everything Amazon tried including aggressive price cuts, bundling a year of Amazon Prime, Firesales and unlocking the phone – it still failed to sell. This post will take a close look at the Amazon Fire Phone to try to understand the reason for its failure.

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Installing RemixOS to the HTC Nexus 9

The company Jide Software released a new multi-tasking centric build of Android known as RemixOS. Unlike Android, RemixOS focuses on multi-tasking by allowing you to run applications in a “windowed mode”, similar to a desktop computer. Unfortunately the instructions published on the XDA Developers website and Jide’s own website had several issues that left many (including myself) with a tablet that would not boot. This post will go over the instructions to get RemixOS working on your Nexus 9 (WiFi Only)

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