Dublin City University provides students with Chromebooks

This article discusses how Dublin City University is providing first-year students with free Chromebooks.  No details are provided about how this venture is funded, or what, if anything, Google expects in return.  I’ve been tempted to purchase a Chromebook, but I am concerned that it requires an Internet connection to work.  Public WiFi is not always free, so access can get a little pricey, which is, of course, a limitation of table computers, too.  Unlike tablets and netbooks, however, the Chromebook cannot be used offline, since all apps must be used in the Cloud. Given the price of a Chromebook, this limited functionality makes me hesitate, as I don’t like the idea of not being able to use a computer in offline mode; this can be particularly problematic when you’re travelling.

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