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Google has a history of trying things that may or may not have long-term success in the market, and creating Chrome OS for the Chromebook was certainly one of those things. Somewhat amazingly, the Chromebook has managed to gain enough traction to hang around for future iterations, as seen with Samsung's newly revised Chromebooks 2 launched this week. The refreshed 11.6-inch model has an Intel Celeron 2 (N2840) processor within (2.58GHz), 2GB of system memory, a 16GB eMMC storag echip and a 1366x768 resolution display. The unit also offers up to nine hours of battery life, anti-reflective technology... Read more...
In a move to supplement its list of applications available on its Chromebooks, Google has announced a partnership with Adobe on its official website. The new partnership will bring Adobe’s Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks starting with a streaming version of Photoshop. Google revealed that the new feature will be available first to U.S.-based Adobe education customers as part of a beta. Named Project Photoshop Streaming, is exclusive to consumers who have a paid Creative Cloud membership. Those who apply will receive a response within three to four weeks. “This streaming version of Photoshop... Read more...
Google last week announced the availability of four Android apps on Chrome OS as the result of a projected called App Runtime for Chrome (beta). That was pretty exciting, but what if you could run more than just four Android apps on Chrome OS? And what if you could run them on other operating systems as well? A developer by the name of "Vladikoff" had that same thought, so he went and built a runtime called ARChon (App Runtime for Chrome) that allows Android to spread its wings. The initial release of ARChon was hamstrung by several limitations, such as limited apps support and only working on... Read more...
Whether it's because consumers simply didn't take to Windows 8 the way Microsoft hoped or because there's a genuine like for Chrome OS, Chromebooks have grown to become super popular, especially among students who need a cheap, basic machine for surfing the web. In a way, Chromebooks are the modern day netbooks, and they're about to get a whole lot more functional with the addition of select Android apps. "Chromebooks were designed to keep up with you on the go—they’re thin and light, have long battery lives, resume instantly, and are easy to use. Today, we're making Chromebooks even... Read more...
Leave it to Google's Chrome team to keep the smiles coming, even from a web browser. Chrome itself seems to be updated on a near-nightly basis, with patches and performance tweaks being the norm. That said, a slew of new features have cropped up over the past few months, and the latest Chrome beta includes yet another that sounds almost too good to be true. While sites that auto-play audio have dropped dramatically, they still exist. The latest Chrome beta adds an obvious visual cue up in the tab bar so that you can glance up and see immediately which site is to blame for that screeching coming... Read more...
Worried about what your kids are doing online with their Chromebooks? Your only option at this point is to hover their shoulders each and every time they fire it up, but starting soon, you'll be able to implement certain restrictions as a "Supervised User." By allowing for multiple accounts, Google is basically baking in parental controls. We all know that using parental controls isn't a substitute for good parenting or physically checking up on your child's online behavior from time to time, but it's a starting point, and one that's badly needed considering how popular Chromebooks are becoming.... Read more...
If the only thing stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is the lack of support for Microsoft Word and/or Excel, you'll be happy to know that there's an update to the developer channel build of Chrome OS that adds the ability to edit both types of files on an experimental basis. Chromium evangelist François Beaufort first noticed the capability, which appears in the Chromium Code Review simply as "Improved QuickOffice editing about:flag." To access the feature, your Chrome OS device has to be on the developer channel, If it is, just type "chrome://flags" (without the quotes) into the... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google did something almost ground-breaking when it introduced the Chromebook Pixel. Sure, the Chromebook line as a whole has existed for years, but the entire premise of such a range of notebooks revolved around only a couple of design goals. One of those was accessibility, and almost by default, the other was affordability. The original Chromebooks were priced at $500 or less -- in some cases, far less. The reason seemed obvious: Chrome OS was a great operating system for those who did little more than browse the Web and connect to cloud-based services such as Evernote, but... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google did something almost ground-breaking when it introduced the Chromebook Pixel. Sure, the Chromebook line as a whole has existed for a few years, but the entire premise of such a range of notebooks revolved around only a couple of design goals. One of those was accessibility, and almost by default, the other was affordability. The original Chromebooks were priced at $500 or less -- in some cases, far less. The reason seemed obvious: Chrome OS was a great operating system for those who did little more than browse the Web and connect to cloud-based services such as Evernote,... Read more...
Since their respective launches, it's been oft-speculated that neither Chrome OS or Windows RT have fared too well in the market, and with an updated report from NetMarketShare, we can now add some substance to that. Net Applications, which monitors a number of large websites for usage statistics and then publishes the results through NetMarketShare, began monitoring for both of the aforementioned OSes just a week ago. At the conclusion of that week, it was found that Chrome OS usage was about 2/100th of 1%, or 0.0002% - too low to even register among the rest of the results. Given the fact that... Read more...
Hey look, Google and Samsung are throwing a Chrome OS party and you're all invited. Guests of honor include a faster, upgraded Chromebook model, and a Chromebox that's set to challenge Apple's Mac Mini to a dance off. Both of these products sport an updated flavor of Google's Chrome OS with a new user interface that purportedly makes it easier to find and launch apps, along with other changes that Google claims allows you to get more done and, above all else, have more fun. The new Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook is a 12.1-inch laptop with a 1280x800 resolution. It boasts an Intel dual-core Celeron... Read more...
Google’s Chrome OS hit the ground running well over a year ago with the introduction of the CR-48. That little black laptop shipped out to a handful of early adopters who put the very first Chrome OS builds through their paces. It was new. It was refreshing. It was different. But was it cut out for mainstream use? In Google's mind, the answer was always "yes." They then took the next year to respond to criticisms from the CR-48 launch, and at this year's Google I/O conference, out popped two more Chrome OS-based laptops, dubbed Chromebooks. Acer's AC700 and Samsung's Series 5 were first out... Read more...
Google's Chrome OS came close to being labeled vaporeware after its highly publicized initial announcement, at least by some. But at Google, there was never any doubt about its future. Just as they have done with the Chrome Web browser, Google has poured tons of resources into Chrome OS. It's a radical system, no matter how you slice it. It's the world's first commercially available desktop operating system that relies almost entirely in the cloud. That alone takes a moment to digest. This whole thing started last year with the introduction of the CR-48. That little black laptop shipped... Read more...
Well, if there's one way to really showcase your product, it's doing something radical to get it in the hands of consumers. And this, is radical. Virgin America has just teamed up with Google (and presumably, Samsung) in order to get Series 5 Chromebooks onto Virgin America flights. The test run gives flyers the ability to "test-fly" the Chromebook with no charge. From July 1-September 30, 2011, Virgin America flyers will have the exclusive chance to check out a Chromebook at their departure airport gate and take the new notebook computer out for a spin onboard select Virgin America flights. In... Read more...
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