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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...
My, how the mighty have fallen. It wasn't long ago that Internet Explorer simply dominated the Internet. Everyone used it be default, and no other browser came close in terms of market share. IE was so powerful that the European Union banded together and forced Microsoft to insert a Browser Selection Screen on all new copies of Windows 7, and we wouldn't be surprised if other nations followed suit.Since then, a number of worthy competitors have not only hit the market, but gained serious steam. Mozilla's Firefox has become a huge player, and Google's Chrome has grown faster than pretty much any other unconventional Web browser in the history of the space. The newest data from Net Applications... 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...
In somewhat of a surprise move, Google this week announced it has begun collaborating with Adobe to improve the Flash Player experience in Google Chrome, and as such, has bundled the plug-in with the latest version of Chrome in the developer channel.The implications here are potentially huge. Let's not forget that Google owns YouTube, so the move to integrate Flash into Chrome makes complete sense. But it also puts Google somewhat at odds with the HTML5 team hoping to move away from proprietary plug-ins in favor of an open video format."The traditional browser plug-in model has enabled tremendous innovation on the Web, but it also presents challenges for both plug-ins and browsers," Google stated... Read more...
See that headline? If you'd asked us last week if we'd ever use the word "sexy" to describe a browser—particularly a Microsoft browser—we'd have beaten you with a stack of TPS reports. This week, well, it's a different story. The actual IE9 browser isn't available for download yet, but Microsoft has made what it calls the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview available for download. Internet Explorer 9 offers a bevy of new features compared to IE8 (or anything else), but the most exciting feature is the browser's built-in GPU hardware acceleration. As it turns out, there's quite a bit Microsoft can do, even with a modest integrated GPU. AMD's Robin Maffeo has put together a blog post that summarizes... Read more...
A ground-breaking event is about to occur in Europe, and it's probably not something that most will expect. It's not some sort of UFO landing or global climate pattern; instead, it's a move by Microsoft that could very well change the browser world forever. Awhile back, the European Commission found it unlawful for Microsoft to sell their operating systems with a single, pre-built-in Web browser. Basically, the EU argued that Microsoft wasn't giving consumers a choice in their Web browser, while no integrated document processors or A/V editing software was bundled (as an example). Microsoft has just announced that "internal testing of the choice screen is underway now," and that a limited roll-out... 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...
Only 16 months after its debut, Chrome has overtaken Safari as the third-most-popular web browser, according to the latest numbers released by web metrics firm Net Applications. Chrome ended the month of December 2009 with a share of 4.63 percent, while Apple's Safari dropped into fourth place with a share of 4.46 percent.Meanwhile, Internet Explorer lost almost a full percentage point in December, the latest slip in its continuing market share decline. With more browser alternatives, IE's slide accelerated in 2H09.Chrome's December increase of 0.7 of a percentage point is the largest since Google launched the browser at the beginning of September 2008. There are three possible reasons for the... 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...
As Google continues on its path to world domination, it's more than just Offline Gmail and Chrome OS getting attention. Just in time for the holidays, Google has announced that its Chrome Web browser is now available (in beta form, of course) for those "other" operating systems. You know, Mac and Linux! We kid, we kid. Chrome has only been out for a few months over on the Windows side, and while it hasn't garnered the kind of following that Firefox has quite yet, we're guessing it will only be a matter of time before those figures start to go Google's way. Google is attempting to bring a "first-class browser for the Mac," and given that Apple itself is dabbling in the browser world with Safari,... Read more...
Last week, Google open-sourced its Chromium OS project, more than a year before the operating system is scheduled for release. In doing so, Google hopes a variety of developers and companies will become involved in the project, and has pledged to release regular updates as well as a comprehensive log of bug reports and fixes. We've spent a few days playing with Chromium and exploring its design and come away impressed—but not without questions. This article should not be considered a review of Chromium in any way—at most, it's a very early preview. We won't be discussing performance or spending too much time on the operating system's "look and feel." Google has stated up front that a number of... 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...
Google's pushing to get more adoption for its nascent browser, Chrome, but hasn't been making serious inroads, particularly in the Enterprise. Most IT departments standardize on one (Internet Explorer) or maybe two (add Firefox) browsers. On Tuesday, Google announced a possible way around that problem: Google Chrome Frame. Google Chrome Frame is a plug-in which allows users to switch to the Webkit rendering engine as well as the Chrome Javascript engine while still using IE. You can think of it as a form of IETab, which allows end users to switch to the IE rendering engine (in a specific tab) while in Firefox. This is such an early release that Google doesn't even call it a beta. It's s developer... Read more...
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