As Google battles to reach it’s target deployment of over 60,000 CR-48 Chrome Notebooks, it seems that the company has only managed to ship out almost 14,000 as of today. This is according to the latest figures from the ‘CR-48 Shipping Tracker’ Web App. Last week we reported how only 1/10 of CR-48′s had been shipped, it seems as if the number has more than doubled in the last few days . Of -course 14,000 notebooks may sound like a small number, but taking into consideration that Google is giving these away for free to start off their Chrome OS Beta testing program; it is arguable that the internet giant is doing well so far.
Doesn’t fate have a funny way of coming back to bite you where it hurts? Well it seems like Jolicloud has suffered that fate, already. Just over a week after Google released the Chrome OS Beta and the Chrome Web Store, the French company has gone ahead and ported their operating system into the Web Store using an HTML5 powered Web Application.
So, it has been over a week since Google announced the Chrome Web Store. We’ve even written a guide on what we believe are the 10 best Web Applications thus far. Even so, a quick perusal of the Chrome OS forums reveals that not everyone is particularly knowledgeable as to what the Web Store is and how it works. We’ve had individuals who have never used the Chrome Browser and have recently received the CR-48 Chrome Notebook and have no clue what the difference between a Web App and Chrome extension is.
It has been over a week since Google revealed their Chrome OS Beta program and the much rumoured CR-48 Chrome Notebook. Many thousands have already received the device; even-so Google is still to send out about 50,000 more of these! Because the CR-48 is only a beta device, Google included a ‘jailbreak’ or ‘developer mode’ switch which effectively makes it possible to do anything with the to (reportedly one can install any OS onto it).
One of our members in the Chrome OS forums told us about a nice little posting that he made on his personal blog. He (vmtcom) took the time to catalogue all the shortcut keys on the CR-48 Chrome Notebook. As we know, the CR-48′s keybord is very much different from your average keyboard. After-all, Google did away with the caps-lock key and instead replaced it with a search key. So if you are still attempting to master using your keyboard, why not check out this little table which should help you through:
Richard Stallman, (founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the operating system GNU) has sent a chilling warning to all Google lovers out there; especially those planning on purchasing Chrome OS devices next year. His warning is clear and simple; ‘Chrome OS is evil because it forces people to store all their data on the cloud’. During an interview with the Guardian Newspaper, Richard seems to have gone through a lengthily tirade about how people have become dumb enough to fall for Chrome OS due to all the media hype. He seems to elude to people’s laziness as a contributing factor in ‘subcontracting’ their personal data to the cloud. He calls it “careless computing”.
The CR-48 Chrome Notebook which was released by Google last week (for beta testing Chrome OS) has certainly hogged the news in the last few days. Many blogs have been reviewing it’s hardware, scrutinizing it’s every attribute so much that one wonders if we’ve all forgotten the point of why it was released to begin with. So, going back to basics; I found a great tutorial that Google made on how to enter developer mode in the CR-48. So for all the ‘real’ beta testers out there, hope you find this useful:
We’ve all heard of the recently revealed ‘CR-48 Tracker’ Web App which does exactly that; it tracks the UPS delivery of CR-48 Chrome Notebooks. by running a simple search for all the CR-48?s that are currently in transit within a given city, or by entering a Zip Code, you can see if there are any CR-48?s destined for your neighbourhood. I did a quick search for Birmingham Alabama (not that I’n from there) and here’s what I got:
If you are familiar with TweetDeck on the Ipad, Android or any other platform you will love the web application version. It was designed to run fully in the browser using Chrome OS, the Chrome Browser or Google TV. So if you have a CR-48, this is a must see application.
Ever since a year ago when this blog started following the development of Chrome OS there has been a lot of debate on whether or not it would succeed. The debate has been full with both logical and well thought out arguments and yet with other arguments that would leave one shaking their head.
We can well and truly say that year 2011 will be ‘the year of web applications’ (powered by Chrome and Chrome OS of course). Apple changed everything when they first introduced their IOS for the IPhone and their Ipods. More-so, with the entry of the Ipad it seems like ‘Apps’ now make the world go round; but you can have an app for anything, but you can’t run your app on anything. That’s the big problem!
Over the last few days a few daring individuals have began to sell their CR-48 Chrome Notebooks on Ebay! It is understandable why this is quite a lucrative black market. After-all, Google is giving them out for free just in the USA to a select 60,000 users. In essence, they have created immense value for a product that they initially issued for Beta testing purposes only.