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These are the Chromebook accessories your student needs!

Chromebooks are fantastic for so many people, but in a few environments do they thrive better than schools. Between easy management and maintenance, enterprise-grade security, and drop-dead easy workflow — not to mention all those lovely, lovely keyboard shortcuts — Chromebooks are in most cases, quite literally, made for the classroom. Before you head back to class for another year of learning and making dope memes with your friends at lunch, here are some accessories that can make your Chromebook slicker and sweeter than ever.

Expand your space

SanDisk Ultra

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Chromebooks tend to have less internal storage than traditional Windows or Mac laptops, and with microSD card so drop-dead affordable, I’m okay with that, as just about every Chromebook on the planet has a MicroSD slot. Available in sizes up to 512GB, you can expand your Chromebook’s storage as much as you want with a reliable UHS-1 card.

From $8 at Amazon

Spare storage sticks

JUANWE Metal Key 32GB Flash Drive 5 Pack

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While Google Classroom allows you to upload most homework, there are still those inevitable times when you’ll need to hand in a project on a flash drive or share files with a classmate, or to backup your data at the end of the year before you give your Chromebook back to the school. And since flash drives are easy to lose, keep some spare around.

From $20 at Amazon

Keep it safe

WooTeck Rhinestone USB Flash Drive Necklace

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When I was in high school, I wore a thumb drive on a necklace so I wouldn’t lose it. My thumb drive looked like a dog tag, but these rhinestone pendant models look much nicer, and are available in five colors and sizes, from 8-64GB. Just be warned, you might develop a lifelong tick of grabbing your necklace to make sure it’s still there.

From $7 at Amazon

Add up your ports

AUKEY 5-in-1 USB-C Hub

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Most Chromebooks students will run across right now still keep at least one USB-A port around, but if yours doesn’t — or if you want to have a workstation-type setup to use at home with a wired mouse and keyboard — this affordable hub from AUKEY will add 3 USB-A ports to your Chromebook easily.

From $17 at Amazon

Easy-stow receiver

VicTsing MM057 2.4G Wireless Portable Mobile Mouse

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Wireless mice almost always come with a receiver that can easily stow inside the mouse itself, but most store it under the battery cover, which can be hard to get off if you chew your nails like me. This mouse stows it in a slot that sits next to the battery slot, so you can pull it in and out quickly when going between classes at school.

From $11 at Amazon

Compact and cute

Usbkingdom Turtle USB Wired Mouse

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If you prefer a wired mouse — that’s okay, I lose those wireless received all the time, too — then this little wired model is specially made for smaller hands and cheerier minds. There are some mice shaped like lions and tigers and bears, but this cute little turtle cheers me on as I crush my homework.

From $8 at Amazon

Travel friendly charger

iClever 45W USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger

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The power supply your Chromebook comes with is handy indeed, but it’s best suited to a stationary environment like your desk at home. When on the go, this charger is far less cumbersome to carry; it also has the benefit of being able to use a longer or shorter cable depending on your needs.

$14 at Amazon

Easy carry cable

Anker Powerline+ C to C 2.0 Cable

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This is the USB-C cable I carry most often in my own backpack because it can charge a Chromebook at full speed and comes with a handy magnetic and velcro carrying wrap. This cable is flexible without just swinging everywhere, plugs in securely so it won’t go falling out at the slightest touch, and comes in two classic colors.

From $14 at Amazon

Well padded

MOSISO Diamond Foam Neoprene Laptop Sleeve with Small Case

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Laptop sleeves come in every style and color under the sun, but they’re not all as padded as this two-piece model from MOSISO. The diamond-stitched foam layer here should add extra crush-protection to your laptop, and I adore having a detached accessory case so that they’re both slimmer and easier to pack in your bag.

From $13 at Amazon

Stylish vertical sleeve

Kinmac Blue Canvas Waterproof Vertical Style Laptop Bag

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While sleeves with horizontal zippers — across the fat side of the Chromebook — are the norm, I prefer having the zipper on the short size so that there’s less to zip up, less of the laptop exposed to the zipper’s metal teeth, and less zipper material that can break. The water-resistance is just icing on the stylish cake.

From $10 at Amazon

Cute compartmentalization

Himawari Laptop School Bag

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Don’t let the cute exterior fool you; this backpack has more compartments than you can shake a snack at and is adaptable enough to fit your day whether you’ve just got two-morning lectures or a full-day marathon before midterms. It’s also available in dozens of colors, so you get that perfect look.

From $36 at Amazon

For the bed, couch, and car

LapGear MyDesk Lap Desk

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Take it from someone who spends more time than she should using a Chromebook on the couch or on her bed: use a lap desk to elevate your Chromebook (so you’re not looking down at it awkwardly) and keep it stable on your lap (so it won’t fall over). This model even has cubbies for holding your phone and a snack!

From $15 at Amazon

Cover your keys!

Colorful Lenovo Chromebook Keyboard Cover

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Even if your Chromebook has a spill-resistant keyboard, consider a cover. They make getting crumbs, dust, grime, and gunk off your keyboard a breeze, and they also add some flair. This cover is made for the Lenovo C330, 100e/300e/500e, and a few other models, but there are versions available for just about every Chromebook on the market.

$8 at Amazon

A clean screen is a happy screen

ZEISS Mobile Screen Wipes

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Touchscreens work better when they’re clean, and between grime from the keyboard and sweaty, sticky handy, your Chromebook screen could get nasty surprisingly quick, which is why I like to keep one or two of these in my own backpack so I can easily clean my screen when things get gross.

From $8 at Amazon

Keep it clean

Microfiber Mitten Cute Hedgehog 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 Pink Green Blue (Set of 3)

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Microfiber mitts are amazing at wiping off dust and clearing up smudged screens, and anything that makes cleaning more fun is a win-win in my book, which is why these little hedgehogs are aces in my book. The three-pack even means that one can live in the backpack and one can live at home!

$11 at Amazon

Elevate your Chromebook experience

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There’s a lot of accessories here that can improve your Chromebook and its performance, but the easiest and biggest upgrades you can make here are to get it a microSD card like the uber-affordable SanDisk Ultra to add more storage and to keep a mouse handy for lengthy sessions.

Touchscreens are awesome, and trackpads are okay, but nothing beats a mouse when you’re doing a lot of scrolling or text editing, and the easy-stow receiver on the VicTsing is a bonus for students because you won’t have to go prying off the battery lid every time you take it out.

Keep it clean and safe

If you were issued a Chromebook by your school, you need to take extra-good care of it, especially when simple investments like keyboard covers and crush-resistant laptop sleeves are available for super-low prices. Screen wipes and microfiber mitts can also help keep things clean overall, just remember to resist the urge to use your handy-dandy Lysol wipes on a Chromebook, especially a Chromebook with a touchscreen. The chemicals in those wipes can degrade the coating on the screen over time.

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How much data does video streaming use?

When it comes to internet usage, video watching is one of the main interests of users. Most users are mainly inclined towards streaming videos so it matters a lot to know how much data is required for it. Of course, we do require a smooth internet connection to be able to stream our favorite content online.If video streaming is your preference then you must consider high-speed internet like Spectrum internet for instance, that do not offer data caps. This means you do not have to worry about any extra fee surprises in your bill that are bound to happen if you run out of your data limit. Most of the providers in the United States do impose data caps so it is very important to find out an internet plan that assures a no data cap policy. For that, let us first have a look at the data that is needed for various video streaming platforms.YouTubeJust like using any other app on your smartphone, YouTube being one of the popular platforms needs data too. It nearly takes 562.5 MB of data per hour. This holds valid when you stream at around 480p resolution. In case you want better resolution, then you might require 1.86 GB per hour for 720p. For 1080p you might require 3.04 GB. For watching videos in 4K, you will require a massive 15.98 GB of data per hour.NetflixWe all agree with the fact that how much we love Netflix as it has successfully evolved as one of the most popular video streaming services. For subscribers exceeding 130 million, the internet speed is not much of a problem. An hour of video streaming in standard definition would need around 1 GB of data. If you want to enjoy high-quality video streaming, you might need up to 3GB. For ultra-high-definition, you can require up to 7 GB of data per hour.The selection of accounts can help you decide a suitable resolution for your connection. If you want to save your data, you can check the settings option and click the save button when you want.Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video was launched by Amazon as a streaming service in 2011 and has ever gained popularity among the users. Nowadays it is seen as one of the biggest competitors for Netflix. This service provides up to three resolutions for the users. Among them include good, better, and best. The Good enables streaming videos at around 480p in standard definition and utilizes a data of 800 MB per hour. The Better option allows an HD stream with a data requirement of around 2 GB per hour. The Best option consumes nearly 6 GB of data per hour. You should also know that accessing Amazon Prime Video on your mobile app results in low data consumption as compared to the desktop app.HuluHulu is another important video streaming option that uses somewhat less data as compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video This makes Hulu as one of the most economical options available. You require around 680 MB per hour of data for the standard definition. If you switch to a 720p high definition setting, the data requirement may jump to 1.3 GB per hour. 1080p resolution can need data up to 2.7 GB per hour. You can also stream live TV if you are using Hulu’s $39.99 monthly plan.SpotifySpotify is one of the best-known music streaming platforms but not everyone knows that it also provides a video service in certain areas. The company does not disclose much about the data requirements of the video streaming service. However it only notifies that video streaming requires more data as compared to music streaming and is much like the ones needed for other video channels. Mostly the videos are in high definition and can consume up to 3 GB of data for an hour streaming.VimeoVimeo does not have any details regarding data usage. The standard definition content can need up to 353 MB of data per hour. As far as the HD videos are concerned, they need up to 2.75 GB per hour.StanMany of us might not have heard of Stan as it is accessible in Australia only. The app usually provides four-tier quality. The lowest standard definition setting can require up to 1.13 GB per hour while HD and 4K can require around 3 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour respectively.DirecTVThe DirecTV website also does not display clear information about the required bandwidth. In case if your provider puts a data limit, you can always reduce your video quality. The data consumption parallels to the aforementioned video streaming platforms.Sling TVSling TV is another one of the highest quality video streaming service that uses around 2 GB per hour of data for its highest quality option. The data required for medium quality is 540 MB per hour that further lowers to 360 MB per hour for low-quality streaming options.Summing UpYou need to be aware of the data consumption involved in the video streaming service you are using. This can save you from exceeding your data limit and paying any additional cost.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

This portable UV-C wand sterilizes your items and work space

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How to set up a Messenger Room in Facebook Messenger

With the launch of Messenger Rooms, you can now participate in video calls from the comfort of your smartphone and without any extra apps.If you’re using WhatsApp, Instagram, or Messenger, you can now make a virtual room and invite your friends in a matter of seconds. This saves you the trouble of installing extra apps like Zoom.Today we’re going to look at how to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger.How to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger – The easy wayThe only real pre-requisite here is having the latest version of Facebook Messenger installed on your phone from the Google Play Store. Download it here.Step 1Tap on the People tab at the bottom on the Messenger app and choose to Create a RoomAt the bottom center of the screen, you will have the option of Share Link. Tap on it.With the Who Can Join, you can also control who joins the Messenger Room if you wish to keep the room exclusive to friends, family, etc.Step 2Copy the link in the box and paste it to the group or people you wish to share it with. They will also need to have the Messenger app installed and on the latest version of the app for it to work best.You can share the link via any app or medium you wish, but whoever has access to the link can join your room, unless you modify the Who Can Join settings in Step 1.From here, you just wait for your friends to join and carry out your business. When you feel the room has met its purpose, you can close the room by tapping on the X button at the top right of the room.Leave will mean that the room will still be there to return to for anyone who has the link. End Room will close the room and make the link invalid. This means you’ll have to make a new room if you do End Room here.We also wrote a guide on how to start a Messenger Room from WhatsApp. The feature will soon go live on Instagram globally, so be sure to look out for that as well!If you’ve used Messenger rooms, let us know what you think of it in the comments section below!