Can’t Find A Google Cloud Print Printer? Make Sure You’re Invited

Google Cloud Print on Android

Google Cloud Print is a handy feature that can be found in Android and Chrome OS that allows you to quickly and easily print to printers that are configured and enabled to leverage the cloud-based printing solution.  The vast majority of printers on the market today will work with Cloud Print but, if you haven’t invited users to use your printers at home or in your small office, they won’t see them as a printing option.

This seems to be the most common problem I find for users who are trying to get a printer configured to work with their Chromebook or phone.

This tutorial is aimed at those who have Android, Chrome OS and a compatible Google Cloud Print printer at their home or small office.  Most enterprise Android & Chrome OS users will not have to worry about this as printers are managed through your G Suite administrator.

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A First Look at The Google Pixelbook

Google Pixelbook

Behold Chrome OS fans:  The new Google Pixelbook.  The rumors have been floating for months now that Google would be releasing an updated version of their Chromebook Pixel lineup and it looks like it is going to happen at the October 4th event.  Droidlife, kings of the leaks today, has gathered a lot of information on this new Chromebook and if nothing else, it looks pretty sweet.

The Google Pixelbook will come in three variants:  128GB, 256 or 512GB of storage and will start at $1199 for the 128GB model.  The 256GB model will be $1399 and the 512GB model will be an eye-watering $1749.  For a Chromebook.  Yep, it is going to be spendy.  The Pixelbook will be a 2-in-1 design with a touchscreen and, of course, will support Android apps out of the box.  As for the processor configuration, that’s not known yet but you can bet it will be an Intel based chipset.

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First Look At The New Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 Kinda Blue

Along with the Google Pixel 2 XL, we now know what the smaller HTC-built Pixel 2 will look like, its color options and pricing structure.  Like the XL, it is expected that this phone will be launched at the Google event on October 4th.

The Pixel 2 will come in three colors:  Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White.  The first color is very similar to the Ice Blue that was on the Nexus 5X (at least from the renders it appears to be so) while the Just Black and Clearly White are similar to the color options on the Pixel today.

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First Look At The New Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL White

With the launch of the new Google Pixel lineup just a few weeks away, we now know what the larger of the two anticipated phones will look like thanks to the team over at Droidlife.  They got official images of the upcoming Pixel 2 XL as well as pricing information.

First, as for colors, the LG built Pixel 2 XL will come in a “Black & White” color scheme as well as a “Just Black” look.  On the Black & White scheme, you have a black glass panel at the top that houses the camera and flash while the rest of the chassis is in white.  This is very similar to the current Pixel phones in look although there will be a few changes around the camera size and positioning.

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Today’s Deal – LG G5 Down to $249 at Amazon


Today’s Deal over at Amazon is on the solidly built and performing LG G5.  This 5.3″ display device with 32GB of storage and 4GB of RAM is down from it’s normal price of $449.99 to $249.99 on Amazon in their Titan (Dark Grey) color.  This is a great price on this phone and certainly should be one to consider if you are looking for a top-end phone at a mid-market price.  The G5 is powered by the Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU.  It has 4GB of RAM which is going to be enough to really do anything with this phone and has 32GB of onboard storage.  That storage can be expanded up to an additional 2TB (that’s right, 2 terabytes) thanks to the MicroSD card slot.

Camera wise, you have dual rear cameras in the LG G5 that give you 16MP images with laser auto-focus and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).  It has a 2-stage LED flash while the front facing camera is an 8MP shooter with a nice 135 degree wide angle view.

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Essential PH-1 Confirmed to Get Android Oreo Update

Essential Phone

For most who follow the Android community, this will fall under the “duh” category but it is still good to have confirmation.  Essential’s company Twitter posted last night that the Essential PH-1 will be getting updated to Android Oreo “in the next couple of months”.

The news certainly isn’t a surprise and reading between the lines, it looks like the update to Oreo could come at some point before year’s end. That would be great to see and would fall in line with the company’s commitment to rolling out updates quickly – both major and minor updates.

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Yet Another Minor Chrome OS Update Rolling Out Today

Google Pixel Chromebook 2013

For the second time in four days, the Chromium team within Google has released a minor update to Chrome OS.  The updated version is build 60.0.3112.114 (Platform version: 9592.96.0).  That’s the same build number as the release on September 15th but the Platform version has incremented.  Like the release last week, it is for all devices except the Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532) and the Samsung Chromebook 3.

The update is more-or-less a copy of the release last week when it comes to what is addressed.  There are no new features but rather a collection of small security fixes, performance improvements and other bug fixes.  What exactly was addressed or fixed has not been released.

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