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Amazon Dash Buttons may be the future of grocery shoppingRunning low on something? Put an Amazon Dash Button in your home to instantly order more. Also Google makes a bigger push for Chrome OS in classrooms with new Chromebooks and the Chromebit HDMI stick.
You don't need to go on Amazon to spend money on Amazon. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your C-Net update. [MUSIC] Amazon's one-click ordering is. Is taking on a new meaning. Now it's one button click ordering with a gadget called the Dash Button. The idea is that you'll put several of these around your home for different products. You could have a Maxwell House button by the coffee maker, a Bounty paper towel button in the kitchen. A Tide button in a laundry closet and when you're running low, press the button to automatically order more Amazon Prime members can program the button to order what they want. Now not everyone can try it all at once. You have to request an invitation to the program which is tied to many popular brands and products. That dash button can be a dangerous thing. I mean what if they start making buttons for other things like instant Taco Bell. And if that happens we are all doomed. In other news, Google is expanding its operating system and no, not Android, I'm talking about Chrome OS which powers laptops and desktops. There's a new gadget that can put the Chrome operating system on your TV. It's called the Chromebit. This stick plugs into an HDMI video port to turn any screen or monitor into a computer. You just need to connect to a nearby wi-fi network, and you're off. The Chromebit stick will cost under $100 and it's coming out this summer. There are also some new Chromebook laptops coming out. The ASUS Chromebook Flip has an all metal design and it's a cross between a laptop and tablet. It costs $250. Hisense and Higher also announced new Chromebooks for $150. These are designed for students available for preorder now. Chromebooks are great if most of your work is done online. Remember, it's not Windows. You can't just download any Windows program on it. Chrome Books make up about one third of the education market now in the US. But Windows still holds onto the majority with 39% of computers in classrooms. Jay Z's Tidal music service is making a splash with the support of more than a dozen big name musicians to better compete with Spotify. It now is offering a $10 monthly subscription. That's the same price as Spotify. Tidal stands apart from Spotify in a few ways. There's no free version. In fact there's a more expensive version $20 a month let's you stream higher quality audio .It's similar to CD quality. Also musicians are part owners of Tidal, not just JZ and Beyonce but we're talking Madonna, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Punk and Usher to just to name a few. Tidal wants to change the tides, so to speak, on attitudes about paying for music. Because not all artists are happy with the stations streaming today. But unless they launch songs exclusively on Tidal, there's not much reason to sign up over Spotify. That's your tech news update and there's always more on cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.