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Why Schools Love Chromebooks, Browse the Web Like It’s 1999… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 04-12-2015

Chromebooks cane it in the classroom, recalls the early Web, Google Street View visits Machu Picchu, Psychonauts is getting a sequel, and the movie mashup to end all mashups.


Chromebooks Claim the Classroom

New figures suggest that Chromebooks are much more popular in classrooms than previously thought. In fact, according to a report from Futuresource Consulting, Chromebooks make up more than half of all the devices used in U.S. schools. This rise in popularity has come at the expense of Microsoft and Apple, both of which have lost significant market share in this sector.

AS reported by CNBC, in K-12 education, 51 percent of the devices bought by schools and school districts in Q3 2015 were Chromebooks. This compares to 23 percent for Windows, 17 percent for iOS, and 7 percent for OS X. Linux barely even registers, even though Chrome OS is technically Linux. This switch to Chromebooks Looking For A New Laptop? Get A Chromebook Instead! Read More has been swift, all happening over the past three years.

There is really only one reason why Chromebooks are popular How to Pick and Buy the Perfect Chromebook Allow us to help you pick the right Chromebook for your needs. Read More in schools: they’re cheap. If faced with buying hundreds or thousands of new computers, most schools will pick the affordable option, which certainly isn’t Macs and iPads, or even Windows laptops of late. However, Microsoft is fighting back with a range of affordable computers, so things could change soon.

Browse the Web Like You’re Old

You can now experience the Web as it existed in the 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More , whether for nostalgia (if you’re of a certain age), or intrigue (if you’re young enough to think smartphones have always existed). This is all thanks to, which emulates old browsers, takes you to old versions of the websites you love Go Back in Time: How 12 Big Websites Looked Years Ago Travel back in time and revisit the past by seeing how these notable and popular websites looked like all those years ago. Read More , and recreates the frustrations of using the Internet 20 years ago., as developed by Ilya Kreymer and Dragan Espenschied, with help from media arts foundation Rhizome, lets you choose an old browser and then travel back in time How To Time Travel Through The Brief History Of The Internet It's extremely interesting to chart the history of your favorite website(s) from their origin point, all the way through their existence, and right up until the present day. And it's entirely feasible too thanks to... Read More . There are old versions of Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and even Mosaic. All of which suck when compared to Chrome, Firefox, or even Microsoft Edge 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More .

As Rhizome explains, is designed to show how the Internet has evolved into an integral part of the human existence:

“Today’s web browsers want to be invisible, merging with the visual environment of the desktop in an effort to convince users to treat “the cloud” as just an extension of their hard drive. In the 1990s, browser design took nearly the opposite approach, using iconography associated with travel to convey the feeling of going on a journey.”

Therefore, there is an important point being made here, beyond simply showing us how lucky we are to have broadband. Which is to remind us all how much the core experience of browsing the Web has changed over the past 20 years. It’s now an extension of everyday life, for better or worse.

Explore Machu Picchu With Google

Machu Picchu in Peru is a destination on more bucket lists than most 100 Things to Do Before I Die: 6 Sites To Create Your Own List Read More . It’s not hard to see why either, as the heart of the Inca Empire can be described as ancient, beautiful, breathtaking, and whatever other flowery adjectives you can think of.

The only problem with Machu Picchu is how remote it is, which makes it extremely difficult to get to. Thankfully, Google has made the trip to Machu Picchu, which means we can all enjoy a tour of this magical place, albeit virtually.

Having already transported us to places as varied as CERN and Antarctica 10 Curiously Geeky Virtual Tours You Can Take On Google Street View Set your bowlines free and travel. Why not use Google Street View to combine the best of travel and geek-dom. Pack your bags then for these ten geeky virtual trips. Read More , Google has now sent its Street View cameras to Machu Picchu. The results are spectacular, but nothing can compare to actually going there yourself, which means Machhu Picchu is likely to remain a permanent fixture on many people’s bucket lists.

Double Fine Teases Psychonauts 2

Double Fine Productions have announced it’s making a sequel to the cult classic Psychonauts. The game, unimaginatively titled Psychonauts 2, will be paid for by a combination of crowdfunding and private investment. Double Fine has already secured an investor, who has mysteriously chosen not to be named publicly.

The crowdfunding of $3.3 million or more will be organized through Fig, a new crowdfunding platform focused on games Hackers Out Ashley Madison Users, Speak Like Stephen Hawking... [Tech News Digest] Cheaters are outed on dark web, how to talk like Hawking, the U.S. keeps control of ICANN, invest in video games through Fig, watch Netflix from afar, and take selfies with zombies. Read More and offering investment opportunities. It’s surely no coincidence that the founder of Fig is the former COO or Double Fine, and current Double Fine studio head Tim Schafer acts as an advisor to Fig.

The original Psychonauts was a mild hit at launch but has sold well ever since. Psychonauts 2 is due to be released at the end of 2018 on PC, Max, Linux, PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More , and Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More .

The 2015 Movie Trailer Mashup

And finally, we have a video showing every single movie trailer released in 2015. However, rather than trying to cram full trailers into a video several hours long, Sleepy Skunk has expertly mashed them up into a six minute video. Which is short enough for anyone to watch.

Hundreds of films have been released this year, but most of us will have only had the time and inclination to see a handful. Therefore, Sleepy Skunk has provided a handy guide to all of the movies featured in the video. How many of them have you seen? Shamefully, I have only seen 12 so far.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Does your child use a Chromebook? Do you remember the Internet as it was in the 1990s? Is Google Street View the closest you have got to Machu Picchu? Will you be buying Psychonauts 2? What was your favorite movie of 2015?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Ari G
    December 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I believe it is more than they are 'cheap'. They are cheap, but also can be centrally managed to a degree, they can be reset to factory state in 4 minutes, they have protections on them that can prevent serious infections of many types, they are very easy to keep updated.
    Also, you can integrate your Gmail account with the Kahn Academy and really help students figure out their weaknesses and get better in all subjects.
    These are also GREAT devices if you have an infected Windows machine, and you need a machine that will help you with banking, you can login to this device AS GUEST and do your banking, and log out. Nothing will be saved to the machine and you will have a completely secure computer for such transactions going forward.

    • Anonymous
      December 8, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      I think Malaysia highschools too should follow this idea.Seems way more convenient and cheaper

  2. Anonymous
    December 6, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Schools like it cause it's less paperwork and going paperless is a trend now. Even in College, colleges are requiring students to go paperless and use Laptops and Tablets.