A laptop for $249? It does exist–and not just on Black Friday! Google’s new Chromebook, in a partnership with Samsung, is thin, light, and has an aesthetic design similar to the pricey Apple laptops. So what’s the catch? It doesn’t run off of Windows or the Apple OS. Instead, it runs off of a system designed by Google, which allows for Chrome web apps. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a first computer for your kid or even a second family computer for Web-surfing or to take with you on the go. Click here for more information on the Samsung Chromebook.
The new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8, has gone live. If you’re expecting just another aesthetic design upgrade, think again. This new OS is a total desktop refresh: Forget about the old start menu and program icons! Windows 8 features a screen of tiles similar to what you see now on Windows’ phones. The tiles act as short cuts to the Internet, your calendar, apps, e-mails, social media, and more. You can customize them to sync with whatever you choose. Overall, the system looks really different than what we’re used to, but it’s easy to get the hang of and includes benefits like faster start-up times, better battery life, a better task manager, and improved system security (including great parental controls). If you bought (or will buy) a Windows 7 PC between June 2 and January 31, the upgrade will only cost you $15. For everyone else, you can get the $70 upgrade for $40 if you buy online before January 31. Click here for more details.
Stay connected to Goodyblog.com (and other OK sites like Facebook and Twitter) on the go with Toshiba’s portable Mini Notebook NB505. The 10.1-inch screen is also big enough to entertain your kids with videos, check out their adorable pictures, and keep up with all of their activities. Score this sleek laptop by posting a comment below by May 16th. One very happy reader will be selected in a random drawing. Read the full rules here. Goody luck!
In the March issue of Parents, we told you about a cool site that lets you easily back-up all of your computer files online. Now MiMedia is offering our readers a special discount code for 30-percent off. Just click here, pick one of the plans, and enter “parents” into the promo-code box to get started. And then you’re ready to begin backing up your irreplaceable photos, documents, videos, and other media on your own protected, easy-to-access online account. The best part is you can share your home videos or play the songs from your music library on any computer by logging into your MiMedia account. Check out the below video to see how it works:
Visit MiMedia for more details, and note: The discount code is only good for a month, so be sure to use it by March 7th.