THE_CHROMEBOOKSales of Google “Chromebooks,” computers that run the Chrome operating system instead of Windows, Mac or Linux, were up 67 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to market research firm ABI Research. ABI predicts this year’s Chromebook tally to be double last year’s.

Chromebooks are computers that fix themselves every time you boot up. Nearly everything you do takes place online, so they make a great second computer for email, social networking and the like. They stay fast because they don’t get bogged down with spyware and sluggish programs. And they’re cheap: around $200 at stores like Best Buy.

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