Yesterday Engadget released a more complete list of the pricing details for the Samsung Series 5 and the Acer Chromebook devices in their various flavours. Each device comes in either wi-fi only or 3g and wi-fi versions. The Samsung Series 5 will come in two colours; white and black.
Since the release of the CR-48 for Google’s Chrome OS Beta it seems as if Chromium OS has simply been forgotten. All the news and hype has focused on Google’s new Chrome Notebook and how thousands of early adopters are getting to grips with it.
Google has (finally) formally acknowledged the recent ‘Spamgate’ which saw hundreds of emails inundating users’ accounts on Saturday morning. These emails were of-course to do with Google’s newly created CR-48 Group which according to them should have been released next week. Everything went topsy when a user discovered the group and started a chain reaction which lead to everyone in the Chrome OS Beta program receiving hundreds of unwanted emails.
We’ve received a number of complaints from CR-48 owners today regarding a barrage of emails that they received this morning. These emails were updates to posts made in a Chrome OS forum. Most users figured that the emails were coming from Chrome OS Lounge; which kinda makes sense as it is the main CR-48 community that could sprang to mind. It turns out the culprit was Google!
We’ve all been waiting patiently for the next iteration of Hexxeh’s popular Chromium OS Builds. Hexxeh announced the planned release of Chromium OS Lime after the December 7 Chrome Event which saw the launch of the Chrome OS Beta program. Here’s an excerpt of a blog post be made on December 15th:
It’s that time of the year again when thousands of developers and journalists begin preparations for Google’s most grand event on the calendar. There are only 90 days to go until the 2011 edition of Google I/O and this year it seems like it’s going to be the best yet.
Every now and then I try to feature some interesting findings that I make in the forums and today is no exception. I recently spotted a cool thread where ‘SoldierBoy’ (who is one of our forum mods) listed some really nice looking Chrome OS (and Chrome Browser) themes. Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to checkout the forums too!
Google’s most recent update to Chrome OS (Dev mode) has brought GSM support for the Gobi 3G chip in the CR-48 Chrome notebook. It hadn’t been tried and tested yet, but today we received am email from Hexxeh letting us know that he has actually succeeded in switching his CR-48 to GSM mode. But that’s not the best part; Hexxeh also confirms that it is now possible to use the CR-48 on the AT&T network.
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.
Over the last few years the emergence of cloud computing has been nothing but subtle. The mass adoption of applications such as Spotify, Google Docs, Flikr and even the emergence of cloud operating systems like Jolicloud and of-course Chrome OS have left no stone unturned. We have often delved into the prospects of security, privacy and accessibility when analyzing the merits of cloud computing. But there seems to be one aspect that we have circumvented; ‘what if the cloud goes kaput’? What happens then?
Yes, you you read correctly; the ‘Google CR-48 Tracker’ that has kept our hopes going for the last few months has finally kicked the bucket. Kaput, it’s over! At least this is according to a message on thew website’s homepage:
Today Google released their latest build of Chrome OS, bumping it up to version 0.10.156.1. The new build aims to fix a plethora of issues (that you can read more about here). According to a blog post by a Google employee (Jason Kersey), this update should be available to all those who are using their Chrome notebook in Dev mode.
As Google begins to roll out it’s new shipments of CR-48 Chrome notebooks they are also embarking on a rather ambitious PR campaign. Today we received an email from LucidChart letting us know that Google has partnered with them (along with a number of select Web Apps) in what promises to be the biggest CR-48 give-away contest yet:
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