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In just two short days (June 15, 2011), Acer and Samsung will launch the long awaited Chromebook based on Google's Chrome OS software, which potential buyers will be able to purchase from Amazon.com and Best Buy. Or at least that's how the script is supposed to go. Trying to throw a cog in the wheel is ISYS Technologies and subsidiary Xi3 Corporation, who filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the search giant is infringing the trademark for its ChromimumPC Modular Computer. The suit not only wants all companies involved to stop marketing the Chromebook and Chromebox PC products, but also seeks an expedited temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Google and its partners... Read more...
Ever wondered what was deep, deep within a Chrome OS-based machine? Google's Cr-48 has been cracked open before, but what about the newest duo? Acer and Samsung announced their respective Chromebooks at Google I/O this year, and a few of the earlier ones have started to ship out. The Series 5 3G Chromebook has fallen into the hands of the folks at iFixit, which have never turned down the chance to crack open a product for the sake of doing so. And, truthfully, for the sake of uncovering the specifics underneath. It's always interesting to take a look at what makes certain things tick, and Samsung's first Chromebook is no different. The Series 5 looks fairly easy to crack open, but there's a few... Read more...
In what's likely a hint of things to come, limited quantities of Samsung's Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS went on sale yesterday a full two weeks ahead of the official launch and quickly sold out. The Chrome Team sent out emails to select users with a link to the Gilt Groupe, an online retailer that offers instant access to top designer labels at big discounts. Gilt doesn't often deal with tech, but apparently worked out a deal to deliver a select number of trendy Chromebooks. If you didn't receive an email, you can still get through by registering here. Unfortunately, whatever stock Gilt had is now depleted, though you can add your name to the "Wait List" in case more units become available.... Read more...
Lady Gaga uses Chrome, would you have known? Or, at least she claims to in a new Google ad. Airing first during this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live, the latest Chrome ad is likely the longest yet, and undoubtedly the most starstruck. It's a 1.5 minute ad, which is wildly long for a TV spot. It's an ad that showcases Chrome and Chrome OS' ability to help you easily share your thoughts via social networks and your videos via YouTube, amongst other things. If you're a fan of the artist, it's pretty catchy, and as with all Google commercials, it does a great job of making an impact even to non-fans. Have a look -- does it influence your decision to start / keep using Chrome? But first,... Read more...
Last week was a huge coming-out party for Chrome OS, and now, even Microsoft is joining the festivities. How so? The company just added Chrome support for online Office apps, and they'll officially support apps running from SharePoint in SP1 (coming in June). That's all coming in the first major service pack for Office 2010, which is also scheduled for release in June. Once it all comes together, it'll mark the first time that Chrome will have that level of support from MS; previously, the company had "set a broader release window of mid-summer for Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1)." It's expected that Office 2010 SP1 will be around first as a manual download, and it'll hit the Windows Update... Read more...
This one is definitely considered a rumor for now, but the rumors are starting to align themselves in a way that makes it all so much easier to believe. Asus has already been pegged as one of the first laptop makers that'll be shipping Chrome OS netbooks, and now Digitimes is reporting that we could see that notebook as soon as June. Google recently halted the shipments of their CR-48 Chrome OS netbook, saying that the trial period had reached its conclusion and it was time to start thinking about laptop companies who could ship them en masse. The netbook is reportedly on track to sell for just $200 to $250, with Intel inside and one of two operating systems: Android 3.0 or Chrome OS. It's set... Read more...
It's bittersweet, this ending. Google Product Management vice president Sundar Pichai has just confirmed via Twitter that the last CR-48 netbook has shipped out for now, and we have our doubts on the production line restarting. The CR-48 was always a strange launch. Google never "sold" them. You had to apply for one and get lucky enough to have one shipped to you for beta testing. It was clear from the start that the CR-48 was meant to be a beta machine, intended to give Google an idea of how Chrome OS would fare in the real world. It seems that the testing is complete, and Google seems to have gathered quite a bit of information. The good news here is that this end likely signals another beginning.... Read more...
This week on Two and A Half Geeks, Iyaz, Marco and Dave cover the pilot of Google's first Chrome OS based notebook, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 570 high end graphics card, ViewSonic's new GTab and ViewPad Android Tablet PCs, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition processor and our monthly sweepstakes where you can win a killer new gaming rig! Show Notes: 00:36 - Google Ships First Chrome OS Notebook: CR-48 03:56 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 DirectX 11 GPU Review 04:58 - Viewsonic GTab and ViewPad Android-based Tablet Sneak Peek 08:39 - AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU Review 10:46 - HH Holiday Sweepstakes with Digital Storm - Win A Killer System!... Read more...
It took Google right around a full year, but this week, a dream was realized. Google made some pretty big promises last year when talking about a new operating system: Chrome OS. It takes a lot of nerve to willingly tackle both Apple and Microsoft in the OS realm, but Google is definitely big enough to take a swing. After announcing that Chrome OS would at first be limited to specific notebook hardware and would rely heavily on the cloud and remote access, the company didn't say much. A year passed, and we still knew about as much on Chrome OS as we did on the first day. This week, the CR-48 was born. This is Google's first Chrome OS notebook, and it's being shipped by Google themselves. There's... Read more...
Is there something new brewing at Google? It sure seems like it, but maybe it's just following up on something that's new exactly "new." Various media outlets have received an invitation from Google to attend a Chrome-related event on December 7th. The event will be hosted in San Francisco, where Google plans to "share some exciting news about Chrome." So in reality, this is probably about one of two things. It may be about the Chrome web browser, but considering that the Chrome browser just recently received a new update, that's unlikely. Would Google hold an event just to talk about new features of a browser? Unless they were planning to blow the doors off of browsing, that's unlikely. Not... Read more...
Google and Apple aren't exactly Microsoft and Apple, but it's getting that way. These days, Google and Apple are looking like more and more like rivals, mostly because the two are grasping for the same market share in a break-out market. That said, Microsoft has the primary PC market locked down, with over 90% of the worldwide market share and it's unlikely that Apple will ever truly overtake Microsoft in that respect. But in the mobile and handset OS markets, Apple and Google are aiming for the same group of consumers in a lot of ways. Apple's Steve Jobs hasn't taken to kindly to Google's advances, particularly considering the iPhone versus Android battle. Apple tends to think that Google came... Read more...
Google is rarely shy about sharing their intentions with the world. They're pretty proud of the wild things they dream up during their 20% time, and they have no issues publishing details on halfway finished projects or things that many would consider "vaporware." Chrome OS is proof of that; to date, we have no actual piece of software nor shipping product to go by, and even though it was originally announced many months ago, the entire world still believes it's coming one day. As does Dell. A recent Reuters report notes that Dell is "in talks with Google over the use of the Chrome operating system on its laptops," with a top company executive being the source. Amit Midha, Dell's president for... Read more...
Chrome OS remains a mystery. It's Google's first desktop operating system, but even today, it's nothing more than words on pages as far as consumers are concerned. We're sure there's internal testing going on as the company prepared to launch the OS onto netbooks in the near future, and now we're seeing even more details to hopefully prove that it's coming sooner rather than later. Up until now, no one had any reason to believe that Chrome OS would be capable of running Windows applications. Google has been a huge fan of the cloud, and no one really expected any sort of legacy/local app to be able to run. But now, there's hope that these older programs will actually have life on Chrome OS. According... Read more...
Oh, boy. Internet rumors strike again. Not even 24 hours after the rumor mill "confirmed" that Acer would soon be launching a tablet based around Google's Chrome OS, Acer has stepped forward to address the matter. And the answer, for anxious consumers, isn't a good one. Google's Chrome OS, despite being announced in 2009, has yet to actually ship on any products. With tablets and slate PCs being all the rage this year, Computex seemed as good a time as any to make a debut. Unfortunately, Chrome OS won't be debuting at the show, at least not on an Acer machine. In addressing the matter, Acer simply stated that they have no "short-term plans" for a Chrome OS netbook, but all hope isn't lost. The... Read more...
Acer plans to show off the first netbook that operates on Google's Chrome OS at a trade show in early June. According to various news reports, Acer will show the device at the Computex Taipei show on June 1-5. Acer hasn't confirmed these reports, but has said the company will be one of the first hardware manufacturers to offer a Chrome OS-based device. Google plans to release the OS in the later part of this year and has confirmed that Chrome OS-based netbooks will begin appearing by year's end. Announced late last year, the Chrome OS has become an attractive option to some manufacturers because it doesn't require a ton of resources. This lightweight, browser-based platform enables devices to... Read more...
Google has done it once more, and by "it," we mean "turn something in the tech world on its head." BumpTop, a desktop environment that debut last year on Windows 7 and this year on OS X, has just been swallowed whole by the search giant, and while finely laid plans have yet to be made public, assumptions are already running wild. In the year or so that BumpTop was available, not many consumers seemed to grab it by the horns and try it out. Basically, it's a user interface overlay that makes traditional desktop operating systems a lot more user-friendly on touch-based machines. Aside from the iPhone OS, we haven't really seen an OS tailor made for touch input, but it's obvious that touch is the... Read more...
A lot of things have changed in technology over the past decade. Broadband has replaced dial-up. 1GHz now seems slow. Netbooks are now a reality. Tablets are coming back. Change is everywhere, but some things have sadly remained the same. Printers are still stuck in the stone-age, and ink still costs far more than it reasonably should. Leave it to Google to take a hard look at a technology that hasn't really changed much and, well, change it.Google's latest attempt to innovate where others have simply overlooked is in printing, and interestingly, this attempt is being tied to the forthcoming Chrome OS. There's no denying that Google thinks that the future is in the cloud. Google Cal, Google Docs... Read more...
With all of this iPad buzz stirring up the tech world over the past couple of weeks, Chrome OS has almost been forgotten. That may have something to do with the fact that Google has yet to officially release the netbook-centric operating system to the public, but still, you'd expect a company like Google to keep the details flowing about a forthcoming operating system.  Today it seems we're getting exactly what you'd expect, in response to all the recent tablet fanfare.A while back, we heard that Chrome OS would only be made for certain systems that met certain specifications, namely netbooks that were tailor made to run the OS. This approach is similar to the one... Read more...
Google threw a wrench in everyone's expectations when it announced that the Chrome OS wouldn't be widely available to install on just any machine. Unlike Windows 7, which can be installed on pretty much any x86-based machine, Chrome OS will be customized for a specific set of hardware components that Google deems fit. It's an interesting approach, but like Apple, it appears that Google wishes to have some control over the hardware that its operating system runs on. Google has informed us that a number of netbooks will be Chrome OS-approved, so to speak, but up until now we have had no information as to what specs would be built into Chrome OS netbooks. A leak over at IBTimes has stated that the... Read more...
For awhile, Google's Chrome OS has been somewhat of a mystery to end-users. It was introduced this summer, but all that we were ever provided was a cute logo and a few vague promises. Since that time, Microsoft has launched Windows 7 and Apple has introduced Snow Leopard, so it's about time for Google to step up to the plate and give everyone an update on its first non-mobile operating system.Today, the search giant held a press conference in order to clarify more on Chrome OS, but unfortunately, there's not much here to please those demand instant gratification. Google itself admits that Chrome OS won't be ready for end users until next year, but it's taking a step in the direction of production... Read more...
You know, NVIDIA tends to harsh on Intel every chance it gets, but honestly, it's kind of cute. It's like your brother fussing at you, even though you know he loves you--you just can't help but smile. But when it comes to NVIDIA and Google, now that's a couple we could see going to the senior prom. And if new reports are true, they just might be seriously considering the option.Mike Rayfield, NVIDIa's GM of Mobile Business, has recently told jkOnTheRun that his company is "working closely with Google" in regard to Chrome OS, which is Google's oft forgotten attempt to break into the netbook/low-end OS market. To date, we've yet to actually see Chrome OS in the flesh, only hearing whispers from... Read more...
Without a doubt, Google's Chrome OS has sent shockwaves through the entire software industry. Even companies that are just somewhat related to the netbook/browser/open source fields are taking notice, and you can bet the biggest player (that'd be Microsoft) is watching every tiny footstep as the proposed operating system inches closer to reality.No sooner than it was announced, however, those up-to-date on the inner workings in Redmond immediately began linking similarities between Chrome OS and something called "Gazelle." As the story goes, Gazelle is a deep-rooted project within Microsoft Research that has been, at least at one point, referred to a "browser OS." On the surface, that sure sounds... Read more...
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