Alas! Chrome Notebooks have finally made their long awaited debut! Yesterday Engadget got the chance to play with the Samsung Series 5 Chrome Notebook just after the Google I/O event. They shot a nice hands-on video that I think most of you apiring ‘chromies’ will enjoy.
You remember how Apple paraded the Ipad as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘magical’? How about ‘post-PC’? Well, not to be outdone, Google released a quirky little ad just after the Google I/O Keynote today and of-course they are showing of their new baby, the Chrome Notebook. They won’t go as far as saying that it’s ‘magical’, rather Google went for a more light yet potent slogan:
Just a few months ago we featured a video from the guys at ARMdevices who were showing off a ‘Freescale I.MX51′ board which they had developed to run Chromium OS. It seems like the momentum (for lack of a better word) has picked up as yesterday ARMdevices showed off another concept chip-set which is being developed by Texas instruments. The unwittingly …
Google has taken it’s PR offensive to the classroom by offering hundreds of CR-48′s to four chosen schools in the USA. Teachers and pupils recieved one free Chrome notebook each in what seems to be another huge PR campaign by the company. Just a few days ago we announced that they had partnered with a number of companies for what seems to be the largest CR-48 give away since the beta program began.
If there is one thing the Google ChromeOS Cr-48 doesn’t do, that most think it should, it’s run streaming video from Netflix. I’ve never seen this as a big problem, but I know there are lots of people that want to watch video on their computers. The Cr-48 can handle running streaming video from Hulu and I was able to …
We’ve all seen it coming folks; and now ‘Luigi’ is here! During the last few days Hexxeh and a couple of other CR-48 enthusiasts have been working on a ‘firmware toolkit’ to allow users to installed unmodified versions of any operating g system they want. Yes; any OS from Windows 7 to Ubuntu and even OSX. A couple of users at the Chrome OS Lounge have had the opportunity to test Luigi and give feedback directly to Hexxeh (see the thread here).
A lot of you who are already active on the Chrome OS Lounge (forums) are already aware that it is indeed possible to install Windows 7 on a CR-48 Chrome Notebook. It doesn’t come as a massive surprise as Google already made it clear during their Chrome Event last month that anyone should be able to install any operating system to the CR-48 when in ‘developer mode’; after-all Ubuntu has already been successful installed on the CR-48.
A couple of weeks ago Google launched a new initiative to try and educate all ‘tech dumb’ parents how to use computers (properly). They launched a new website called ‘Teach Parents Tech which they hope will spare you the time and effort of explaining to your grandmother how to turn on a computer (for the hundredth time).
“Will it blend?” – Well, this is the question the guys at Blendtec will try to answer in the above video. It seems like they have finally chosen to feature the Google CR-48 Chrome Notebook in their ever-so bizarre initiation. Why do I say it’s an initiation? Well, all the major consumer electronics from the Ipad to Guitar Hero (yes you read that correctly) have gone through this right of passage!
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).
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.