Chromebook Pixel. That’s the biggest news of the week. Drool now:
Google announced the Chromebook Pixel yesterday. The Pixel offer 239 ppi, rendering it the highest pixel density of any laptop currently on the market. The WiFi version will ship next week, but only to the very best of individuals wishing to drop $1,299, with a LTE version shipping in April ($1,449). You can purchase the Chromebook at BestBuy. This is a significant increase from the currently-available Chromebooks that sell for about $250. Other than a beefed-up body, knock out screen, hardcore processor and solid state flash memory, I’m not exactly sure what’s going to make this such a great product. Oh, wait, if you’ve tried a Chromebook you know. I was considering a Chromebook as my next laptop, now it’s a Pixel.
One of my favorite YouTube tech guys, Marques Brownlee, created a great video explaining Chromebook Pixel. Now you can drool even more:
On to the other news:
- Baseball fans will rejoice with an updated MLB.com At Bat app. For the decent and reasonable price of $19.99, you can get access to At Bat 13 for the entire season.
- Chrome Beta browser received another update to fix some compatibility issues and add features. One of the new features is tilt scrolling. This feature now works in tab switching mode. Here’s a video to showcase the features:
I also noticed that there’s some smoother transitions between tabs when viewed on the tablet.
- I haven’t tried the CloudOn app, which purports to bring the MS Office experience to your Android device, but you can count on an upcoming review. For now, check out this post from TechCrunch.
- If you missed the post yesterday from Attorney at Work, you missed some great advice on protecting against cyber-attacks.
- I think this video showcases a pretty cool way to use your Nexus 7 tablet while on the go. Try and tell me you don’t want this in your vehicle:
- Google added the ability to preview filed in Google Drive. I encourage you to try out the feature, it’s quite impressive and acts similar to the standard image view functions we’re familiar with. Incidentally, I introduced Google Drive to a couple of attorneys here in OKC and they’re loving the abilities. Admittedly there’s some necessary improvements, but it’s a great alternative to MS Office, especially if you’re going to grab the Pixel.
- PC Mag has a great post offering some great tips for Samsung Galaxy S III devices.
- In the January /February issues of GP Solo magazine, Ashley Hallene, writes a worthwhile article addressing some of the issues of cloud computing.
- Both Motorola and HTC are getting into the “pay you for buying our phone” game, by offering gift cards or credits to buy their phones. HTC is offering the most money, up to a $100 credit, while Motorola is using its Google connection to offer a $50 Google Play gift card. Hmm…I might have to go back and purchase the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD, you know, for testing.
- Which also reminds me, HTC just released its newest phone, the HTC One. Android Authority has a summary of when the HTC One will be available. Looks like the first availability is in the UK on Feb. 22.
- Digital Trends has this handy post on how to transfer files from Android to Mac, and back. My favorite methods: USB or cloud (Dropbox or Bitcasa).
- We’re going to talk about smartphone security in today’s Android for Lawyers 101 Hangout at 2:30 p.m. CST, but here’s a quick preview from The Droid Guy of some special tips.
- Here’s a cool hack if you want to use an Android computer stick to create a touchscreen for your office or other type of presentation. This could be a great way to present cases during trial or meeting in large groups.
You can check out the products here. The touch screen overlays aren’t cheap (starting at about $467), but it’s very cool. The touch frame also requires a projector (preferably HDMI) to operate, so factor that into the cost.
- I’m burying this story about the latest in the Apple v. Samsung debacle on page 9, because frankly, I’m tired on the patent litigation. Groklaw has a great summary, with the key money quote: “I do wish Apple would spend this much time and money and heart into creating new products instead of throwing it to the winds like this. This litigation never seems to resolve anything that matters, and only the lawyers are having any fun.”
Finally, as I mentioned earlier, don’t forget about the Hangout on Google+ today. We’re talking device security, setting up your phone, managing files, and some other, yet-to-be-determined topics, as well as answering your questions. If you can’t catch the Hangout live, you’ll be able to view a replay on YouTube or this site. Check the Google+ page, this site for a direct video, or YouTube for the live broadcast. Since this is a first attempt, it’s going to be a little choppy, but I’m excited.