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They've now been announced and they have a date and a price: the first production-versions of Google's Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks are coming as soon as mid-June, from Samsung and Acer. The announcement was on Google's blog, but also at the Google I/O conference running this week and via press releases from Samsung and Google. The Chromebooks will be available for order on June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow. You'll even be able to order them online at Amazon.com, if you so choose, and Best Buy will also be selling them. The Acer Chromebook will have the following specs: Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal... Read more...
Reducing mobile power consumption has been a top priority of the PC industry for years. Much of the work in this area has focused on hardware, but a recent post from Microsoft's IE blog raises the question of whether or not browser choice can make a difference in battery life*. It's not a question people would've considered for most of the past decade, but the advent of smartphones, hardware-accelerated browsers, and even netbooks have changed the way people prioritize battery life as a must-have feature. Microsoft tested Chrome 10, Firefox 4, IE9, Opera 11, and Safari 5 in the following scenarios: Windows 7 without any browsers running (provides baseline). Browsers navigated to about:blank (power... 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...
Note:  This is not a full review of IE9 in all its puissant glory but a quick tour of the new browser, its additional features and UI changes, and a quick check of its performance vis-à-vis the other major browser options. Internet Explorer 9 debuted this week into a flourishing browser market; Microsoft's new browser will have to shine in order to win back any users who've since transitioned to Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or even Opera. Internet Explorer 8 Internet Explorer 9 The first thing you'll notice about IE9 is that it's essentially been Chrome'd. Most of the various toolbars IE8 presented by default can be redisplayed in IE9. Tabs, once kept below the address bar, have moved... 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...
If there's one thing Chrome is known for besides speed, it's the browser's minimalist interface. Unlike Firefox, which offers several search engines in their own secondary space, Chrome has a very less-is-more attitude towards the UI. The team has recently published several concept designs its currently working on, one of which could end up being the default on a future browser release.   The first image above is the classic browser mode that Chrome currently uses. Below it, on the left, is what Google is calling Compact mode. The image to the right represents "sidetab" configuration. Officially, the team is considering all four options, but the only advantage listed under classic is "Similarity... Read more...
Google launched the latest version of Chrome late last week with support for multiple new features. While Google no longer labels Chrome with a version number or admits such a thing exists, information under the "Stats For Nerds" link in the browser's task manager confirms that this is Chrome 9.0.597.84. There are no default UI changes, at least not when updating from Chrome 8.2. One of the new features Google is introducing with Chrome 9 is disabled by default. It's called Chrome Instant and it extends Google Instant functionality across the entire browser. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Google Instant refers to the search engine's relatively new ability to return search results... Read more...
Google has decided to renege on its promise to support both H.264 and open source codecs in its Chrome browser, dropping support for the former and vowing to completely back the latter. This change will take place in the next couple of months, the search giant said in Chromium blog post. "We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles," Google said. "To that end, we are changing Chrome’s <video> HTML5 support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM... Read more...
VIA Technologies formally announced that its new dual-core, 40nm Nano X2 processors have been released. At present, processors are available to motherboards and OEMs, with systems available in Q1 of 2011. VIA will most likely have at least a few motherboards and notebooks/netbooks on display at CES, but the company has yet to name any major partners for these products. "The VIA Nano X2 processor arrives at a time when software architectures are now optimized for multi-thread computing," commented Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Improvements in semi-conductor fabrication means we can now double the number of processor cores while maintaining the same low energy... 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...
Don't go taking that Red Ryder BB Gun off of your Christmas wish list and replacing it with a Google Chrome notebook, the latter won't be out in time for the holidays. But don't go pouting, either -- according to reports, notebooks infused with Google's Chrome operating system will start trickling out next year. "For us, it is a long journey building a true cloud computing model," said Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management at Google, while demonstrating the Chrome OS at a recent press event. "This is what we are working on." Pichai said that both Acer and Samsung are currently building laptops with Chrome baked in that will go on sale in 2011. How these notebooks ultimately fare... Read more...
As expected, Google on Tuesday showed off the Chrome Web Store, as well as introducing an "always connected" limited edition Google branded netbook. The Web Store was announced in May at Google I/O. Since Chrome OS is built on the Chrome browser, it made sense for Google to start with an overview of Chrome, the browser. Google announced Crankshaft, which will speed up the Chrome Javascript engine, by as much as 2x, the company said. Speed is one of the main reasons folks are switching to Chrome, so this will only help. Also, Google said Chrome will add browser syncing, including themes and bookmarks (without extensions). The Chrome Web Store reminds us a lot of iTunes. Nothing wrong with that,... 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...
Listen up ladies and gents, if you aren't in the habit of changing up your passwords every once in awhile, consider doing so. Not only is it good practice in general, but as it turns out, your browser does a pretty piss-poor job of covering your tracks. Enter Russian software maker ElcomSoft, which just announced a password recovery tool called Internet Password Breaker that purportedly works with Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome. "ElcomSoft Internet Password Breaker instantly retrieves login and password information stored in a variety of applications, including popular email clients and Web browsers," ElcomSoft says. "In addition, cached logins and passwords, pre-filled forms, and AutoComplete... Read more...
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