Yes, the latest and greatest Bluetooth standard is completed and devices are slowly becoming available this year. What’s the big deal? Should we run out and get BTv5 devices?? Chris Hoffman at HTG provides the details in his tech blog.
- Much better power mgmt
- Much better distance (800 feet versus 200 for BTv4.2)
- It’s backwards compatible
- Dual-Audio (get sound to two different outputs simultaneously)
But . . . the pros only apply if both devices are BTv5 compatible (so, new headphones, speakers, audio/video systems, yada,yada,yada).
More details here: HTG Bluetooth 5 Article Link
Now you can get the best of all major computing platforms on a 3rd generation Chromebook. You can run:
- ChromeOS (an enhanced flavor of the Chrome Browser),
- LinuxOS’s (Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Solus and others – by just switching tabs in the Chrome Browser) (uses the “Crouton” environment)
- Android Apps (will run on ANY 3rd gen Chromebook, e.g., Intel or ARM),
- MS-Windows Apps (several methods including VM’s (requires min of 4 GiB of ram). This works but is more challenging than just running Android Apps or Linux . . .
For those adventurous enough to give it a try . . here’s more info from Cameron Summerson at HTG:
HTG on Chromebook Versatility
PS: one of the “really” nice features of ChromeOS (unlike any other OS that I’m aware of) . . . is the ability to EASILY restore a pristine factory setup INCLUDING automagically restoring your personal files (photos, media etc.)!!
App restorations are also simple via the official online repos. (Google or Samsung Store, . . etc.).
Another good read from Chris Hoffman: (lots of $ involved for certain parties . . however, users still allowed to uninstall these apps . . for now)
HTG Article from Chris Hoffman
Good move by Cisco . . and Firefox to enable greater use of the h264 family of codecs:
Link to Register article . .
Google does “excellent” mapping (streetview, crowview, driving GPS) . . . BUT, there are other map applications worth checking out for phone or tablet (ios/android). Some top-end services require annual subscriptions.
MakeTechEasier Review of Mapping Apps
New version of VLC is out . . . Now supports Google’s Chromecast!
VLC Article & New Features
For MS-Windows, pick it up at VLC’s website home . . .
or if on Ubuntu, just get the latest Snap at the official Ubuntu Software repo . . . . (or any Snapcraft store online).
Shell no longer maintained . . . unless it’s forked you might want to consider removing it sooner than later so it doesn’t become a “malware magnet.”
Here’s the link for more info: Class Shell – Status Update
UPDATE . . . Feb 10, 2018 meeting is cancelled. This will now be our March Meeting Agenda.
VLC Article & New Features. Here is the agenda for the meeting at Sump Library in Papillion Saturday February 10, 2018. Upon setup completion, we will start about 0915-0920.
Monthly Tech Update: [Greg]
How to post a graphic image on the OTC website [Greg]
Comfort Zone Break (10 minutes)
How to capture a section or your whole PC screen in MS-Windows [Trudy]
How to research where to find a specific grave [Trudy]
Using the “Ultimate Windows Tweak” tool in MS-Windows [Dennis F]
Intro to the MS-Azure Cloud [Dennis F]
Club Prize Drawing [Trudy & Dennis F]