Posts From Jeff Springer

Jeff Springer
Jeff Springer

Applied mathematician with a love for Android. I am interested in inverse problems for imaging and integration with camera software for mobile phones.

Does the HP Chromebook 14 have a touchscreen?

Touchscreens are fairly common on Chromebooks. Most modern Chromebooks feature a touchscreen even if they lack 2-in-1 functionality. If you're shopping for a version of the popular HP Chromebook 14, you might want to narrow down your search to those models with a touchscreen. It's a nice feature to have, even if you don't use...

Best Chromebooks for kids: Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and more

Searching for a new computer or tablet for your kids can be tricky. On the one hand, you want something fairly inexpensive, but you also want solid performance and durability. The good news is Chromebooks perfectly balance cost-effective hardware, durability, and OS security. While Chromebooks satisfy most of the must-haves for a kids' computer, you...

Can I play Minecraft on a Chromebook? Which Editions work?

Minecraft is a sandbox construction video game developed by Mojang Studios. Players interact with a fully customizable three-dimensional environment made of blocks and entities. Its diverse gameplay lets players choose the way they play, with countless possibilities. There are currently three actively maintained editions of Minecraft -- Java Edition, Bedrock Edition, and Education Edition. If...

How to record the screen on a Chromebook in two easy ways

Recording the screen on your new Chromebook is incredibly useful for tutorials or just to show something to a friend. Sometimes you might even need to record your screen for a presentation at work or school. Luckily, Chrome OS has screen recording functionality built-in. If you want more options, you can use some nifty third-party...

This week in Chrome OS: Ampersands and the ASUS CX9

Welcome to This Week in Chrome OS, a weekly column dedicated to all things Chrome and Chromium. Every week we’ll run down the biggest hardware announcements, upcoming software features, and the most interesting rumors from around the web. With all of the exciting Chromebooks releasing in the second half of 2021 and gaming Chromebooks on...

How to run Roblox on your new Chromebook in 2021

Roblox is an incredibly popular online game. If you recently switched to a Chromebook, you might be looking forward to Roblox on your new laptop. Unfortunately, Roblox doesn't have a native Chrome OS app. Luckily, like so many other games, you can use Android app support to enjoy Roblox on your new Chromebook. For those...

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 Review: Rugged, reliable, and fast

Acer announced the Spin 514 Chromebook just ahead of CES this year. This Ryzen-powered Chromebook with AMD graphics aims to put an end to the popular belief that Chromebooks aren't performance machines. There's no doubt Acer is a key OEM in the Chromebook market, so I was excited when they announced this device. Before picking up...

XDA Basics: How to split screen on a Chromebook in clamshell or tablet mode

If you use your laptop for work, multitasking is pretty important. Split screen functionality is one of the nicest features out there to help get things done. Most people are familiar with multitasking gestures on their phone, but you can also use similar gestures to enable split screen on your Chromebook. In fact, there are...

XDA Basics: How to right click on a Chromebook in three ways

If you recently moved from a Windows PC to a new Chromebook, you might have noticed a few key differences. There are several design differences between the two operating systems, but there's also a bit of a usability learning curve. In addition to a different list of settings, there are keyboard touchpad changes on Chrome...

Best Chromebooks for school: ASUS, Acer, Samsung, and more

Back to school is just around the corner. If you're looking for a new school laptop for yourself or your child, you should consider a Chromebook. Chrome OS is an incredibly fast operating system with excellent security and parental controls in place. On the hardware side, Chromebooks are incredibly cost effective. Indeed, many Chromebook models...

XDA Basics: How to turn on caps lock on your new Chromebook

Using Caps Lock on your laptop is a pretty big deal in 2021. If you enjoy yelling at people online, it's pretty much essential. If you recently moved to a Chromebook from another operating system, you may have noticed the missing Caps Lock key. This is undoubtedly one of the glaring differences when comparing your...

Best Chrome OS tablets: Lenovo, ASUS, Samsung, HP, and more

Chrome OS is an incredibly versatile operating system. It runs great on traditional Chromebooks and Chromeboxes of course, but it's also a great fit for tablets and convertibles. If you're looking to maximize portability with your Chrome experience, you might also consider a tablet with a detachable keyboard. There are numerous options from all the...