By Jerry Hildenbrand
Neverware is now offering a version of its take on Chrome OS with Microsoft OneDrive and Office 365 integration.
CloudReady is software designed to breathe new life into your old Windows computer or Mac by using Chromium — the free open source version of Chrome OS. We looked at a build of CloudReady designed for virtual machines and found it was an excellent way to experience Chrome OS without buying any new hardware. It’s great to see another company using the resources the Chromium project makes available and doing such a good job with it.
Now Neverware has taken the next step and is offering more than just the same software you can get from Google. The CloudReady: Office 365 Education Edition.
Neverware thinks this combines the best of two worlds for students and IT managers.
While still Chrome OS at its core, this new version of CloudReady offers integration with OneDrive in place of Google Drive. When it’s time to create or edit documents, the user is directed to the online versions of Word, Excel, and the rest of the Microsoft Office 365 apps. Neverware says they worked with Microsoft to develop the Office 365 Education Edition of CloudReady and that this should enable “more efficient learning for students” while keeping the safe and simple reliability that comes with using Chrome OS.
While any Chrome-powered PC can access the online Office 365 suite, having this deep integration is something we haven’t seen before. Similarly, these Office 365 Edition computers can still access all of Google services through the web browser for a best of both worlds scenario.
Since this is geared towards the education sector, it has a very enticing price: $1 per student (or $15 per machine) per year. A lifetime license is just $59 per machine. Learn more at Neverware’s Office 365 Edition web page.
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By Russell Holly
Nintendo was flirting with Android again, but it looks like Cyanogen didn’t pick up.
You know that massively successful new console Nintendo can’t keep in stores? The one that smashed Nintendo’s own sales records and caused the company to dramatically ramp up production to meet demand? Apparently the OS for that console was almost based largely on Android, but Cyanogen’s Kirt McMaster put a stop to that according to his Twitter feed.
From a fun, nerdy perspective, it would have been kind of cool to know the Switch was based on Android. And, knowing some of the nice performance enhancement things Cyanogen projects had been capable of, it’s not impossible to imagine a Switch that was even more capable as a result of that custom OS. But that’s what it would have been, a custom closed down version of Android that didn’t look anything like the OS you see on tablets and phones. It would have been an entirely unique and locked down thing, which was very much the opposite of what Cyanogen was all about as a company.
Lots of folks in the Android bubble hear the name Cyanogen and immediately think of CEO Kirt McMaster very publicly saying a lot of very silly things about how successful the company was going to be. With the company dismantled and its core features picking up steam as the community-led LineageOS, you may find yourself wondering how he feels about passing up something like opportunity to work on the Nintendo Switch.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but it looks like he’d be a little more “open” to the idea if it were to come back around. Given the complete lack of reputation these days, that second chance is a little more than unlikely.
Check out more of our Nintendo Switch coverage over on iMore!
By Harish Jonnalagadda
Travelers from eight Muslim-majority countries are prohibited from carrying devices larger than a smartphone onboard U.S.-bound flights.
The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out new restrictions for carry-on items for U.S.-bound flights from eight Middle East countries. Electronic devices larger than a smartphone are prohibited from being carried onboard flights from nine airlines operating out of 10 airports in eight countries. People flying from these airports will have to stow laptops, e-readers, portable gaming devices, and cameras in their check-in baggage.
The DHS cited attempts in the last two years involving laptop bombs as the reason for the enhanced security measures:
The US government is concerned about terrorists’ ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation, including transportation hubs over the past two years, as evidenced by the 2015 airliner downing in Egypt; the 2016 attempted airliner downing in Somalia; and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul.
Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this trend, the Transportation Security Administration, in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies, has determined it is prudent to enhance security, to include airport security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.
These are the airports where the new restrictions will be enforced:
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
The ban doesn’t affect any U.S.-based carriers as they do not have direct flights from the airports mentioned above. It does, however, affect these airlines:
- Royal Jordanian
- Egypt Air
- Turkish Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Kuwait Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Qatar Airways
- Etihad Airways
The airlines have until Friday to comply with the new restrictions, failing which they risk losing their operator license in the U.S. As of now, there’s no end date to the restrictions, with the DHS stating that they will be in place until the “threat changes.”