Google Chromebook Receiving Android Apps Soon


Many Chromebook owners have been enjoying their Android Apps via Google Play even though there are so many that have not. So many not receiving them that many Chromebook owners were continuing to believe or follow the information. I myself included.

The initial Chromebook slotted to have access to the apps were the Chromebook Pixel 2 (2015), Acer Chromebook R11, and Asus Chromebook Flip. I myself am the owner of the Acer Chromebook R11.

In June it was announced that they were being offered with the Chrome OS beta 53.0.2785.36 update. With the exception of the Asus Chromebook Flip that offer was for the use to occur on a developer channel rather than the stable portion of the operating system.

Finally, in August, Chrome OS beta 53.0.2785.36 came through. The Chromebooks not on the app listing received this download first, by as long as two to three weeks. My household has multiple Chromebooks that are different makes and models.

“Happily, I can report that the apps have been on my Acer Chromebook R11 and working, in most cases, for a short while. There are days in which those apps downloaded may open and then close just as quickly, not open at all, or in some cases even give corrupt messages upon download. This was in the realm of what we had expected, however.”

Any time a program, game, device, or other electronic component is in a Beta Mode one should not expect perfection, ie the reasoning Beta Mode exists.

I myself might be slightly more aware of this as I am a frequent Beta Tester for various apps and programs. As a Beta Tester you are “playing the game or app” knowing there are issues or updates that need to be verified. Sometimes you are told in advance areas in which to look for issues but most often you are reporting the issues as they are initially found.

“It is highly enjoyable to be on the ground floor working on apps and games before they are released to the public for the first time. From Beta Testing to Beta Testing, I would often wonder if there was any chance the next one would be one of the huge cutting edge apps that would go down in history.”

The cutting edge apps that had been being thought of as in the past were those such as FaceBook, Google Chrome, and Twitter, who were both Beta at one time.

More often than not, however, when those that Beta Test or other aspects of work on apps, programs, games, and the like, that have yet to drop are not allowed to discuss the job. With almost all of the larger companies those that work before a drop must sign a NDA (Non Disclosure Affidavit) before they are allowed access of any kind. Thus the reason, so much new information is not leaked.

Google continues to “do their thing” behind the scenes in hopes of getting the Google Play Store to even more of the Chromebook line as those that own the following can attest.

  • Acer Chromebook 14
  • Acer Chromebook 15
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Toshiba Chromebook 2

Google promises there are more to come and unlike other companies making headlines these days, Google is coming through for their users just as they promise. So all you Chromebook owners out there, hang tight because I can tell you it is worth the wait!


US School Systems Receive Failing Grades for Economic and Financial Literacy Training

Bad School Exam Grade

According to the latest news from CNBC, the number of states that require high school students to complete an economics course has dropped in the past two years. Also, mandates for personal finance education in high school remains stagnant.

Research released to CNBC showed that 20 states presently require that high school students take an economic course. Currently, 16 states require standardized type tests of economic concepts. The Council for Economic Education also discovered that 17 states require high school students take a course in personal finance.

Nan Morrison, who is CEO and President of the Council for Economic Education registered her disappointment in the survey results. She said, “We were disappointed to see that no additional states require courses in personal finance to be taught.”

Over the past two years, Illinois and New York added new standards that include the teaching of personal finance, and Washington has passed legislation that calls for personal finance be taught. However, the state of Wyoming dropped the requirement.

Research shows that financial education varies broadly by state. Some states require that standards be followed as early as primary school while others recommend that high school classes focus on offering personal finance or economics in their curriculum. Still, other states require students to pass financially based courses in order to graduate.

Not surprising – information released this month shows that high school students that have to take personal finance courses have a lower debt delinquency and better credit scores. The information showed notable improvement for the credit outcomes of young people, age 18 to 22 years old in three states in particular – Georgia, Texas, and Idaho. In these states, financial education mandates are deemed “rigorous” by the Council for Economic Education.

In fact, Idaho requires students to finish at least six months of a standardized course in personal finance while Texas includes student testing. Georgia requires that their teachers be trained in personal finance as well.


Free College Tuition May be in Your Future


Hillary Clinton proposes free college tuition in the future as her platform and plan as it seems to have recently expanded and had added methods formerly first heard of with the former plan of Bernie Sanders.

Previously Clinton had the stance, while Sander’s remained in the race, that if something was offered for free the fine print would need to be closely read.

Clinton’s fine print it seems is much the same as that of Sanders’ she had rebuffed. The primary difference is as follows.

Free college would not be for everyone, under the Hillary Clinton plan. It would apply, however, to the low and middle income based families and would only include those colleges that are in-state and public based.

Those considered to be of low or middle income are reported as the families of four with whom have an income of $85,000 or less at the time of implementation.

Within a four year span, the $85,000 amount would raise in increments until it reaches $125,000 per family of four.

Those families that exceed the above monetary figures would still pay for college as they normally would, unlike the plan initially heard from Barry Sanders.

Both plans only address tuition. Tuition does not include room and board, books, and many other aspects of college based expenses.

These plans being spoken of by the presidential hopefuls also include different means at which to have some student loan forgiveness available as well.

Some colleges have already been helping students in such a fashion. Two such schools include Stanford and Princeton.

At Princeton, those students that have families making under $125,000 pay nothing at all for tuition. They also receive grants to help offset so of the total cost for room and board.

Stanford also uses the family income number of $125,000 and those students pay zero tuition in total as it is covered by Stanford.

Community colleges in both Oregon and Tennessee also offer similar programs or tuition assistance plans.

The Tennessee program is funded thanks to the state lottery revenue. It allocates approximately $1,165 per student annually.

Oregon although similar operates a bit differently in that the state has what is referred to as “last dollar” scholarships. These scholarships are available only after the student has used up any other scholarships and federal grants that they might qualify.

Another location that has a program in place is located in the city of Detroit. Here free community college funds are from private donations as well as prefigured property tax funds.

Then there is also Louisiana. Although not called anything similar it currently has roughly 47,000 residents that are obtaining a community college education based academically to those who meet set standards that have been in place. This program is currently in jeopardy as there seems to be a financial shortfall that may soon eliminate the program.


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Back On Earth Following Hot and Explosive Times


Samsung has once again launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in a global fashion. Retailers according to Samsung should have all received cases of the phablets at this time.

As you may recall the sales of the Note 7 were halted when models had batteries that caught on fire, or worse, came into light back on September 2. A globally based recall was placed into motion at that time.

Samsung stated on October 3 that the Note 7 phablets have been reissued with different batteries and they hope with no sticking styluses as well.

South Korea was the first to get the opportunity to experience this new reissue and relaunch.

What is unclear is whether or not the reasoning behind the battery issues has been discovered or how it was able to become fixed this quickly.

Reports from China have indicated that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement phone continued to overheat and to also catch fire but little else is being said around this China-based issue.

If you happen to still have one of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s with the bad battery no need to fret.

The Samsung exchange program is continuing. However, those at Samsung recommend that you act soon.

At last notice Samsung reports that only 25% of the affected fire erupting models have been turned in during the voluntary recall that remains actively in place.

Even though 75% of the bad models of Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s remain in the hands of consumers at this time there is already some concern regarding exactly what those who are attempting to exchange potentially harmful phablets.

To help reassure consumers that they are truly receiving one of the new “safer” models Samsung has launched an IMEI checker online.

The replacement models are also said to have a battery indicator, green in color, that is to be displayed on the phablet’s screen as well as on the status bar.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 lands back on Earth at a T-Mobile near you starting this Wednesday, October 5.

No need to worry these are not the same Samsung models that have the exploding batteries as before but rather a new Samsung shipment that is said to have included a different battery.

In fact, for those that hand delivery their bad Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to their nearby T-Mobile location will receive a $25 discount on their next billing cycles bill.

If the location of choice for your return does not have one of the new safer Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s on hand you will receive a loaner phone to use until one is made available as well as the $25 discount.

Loaner phone models have not been mentioned by name, make, or variety nor disclosed in another other manner at this time.

Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T have all also resumed sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 online with not one of them noting any delay with ordering at this time.