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Does Microsoft purchasing Nokia impact the Chromebook?

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The good news for Chromebook users is that over at digitimes.com they’re thinking it will. The expectation is that with Microsoft acquiring Nokia the software giant now has, even more than before, the chance to push its plans of moving into the hardware space. It has already made the first steps by releasing their own line of Surface tablets, and as it is about to release the second-generation, indications are that they’ll stick to the strategy of owning it all.

That does not sit very well with traditional PC vendors, and logically so. They’re in a pinch. With not being able to compete with Microsoft on Windows 8 touch devices, seeing their traditional PC sales dwindle and with Apple now turning its focus to the hard needed strengthening of their software services there isn’t much to celebrate. Add to the mix that hardware design will become easier in the future and we can’t but conclude that irrelevance is around the corner.

What they need is a new operating system built by another company than Microsoft. Enter Chrome OS by Google. Next to building straight up Linux machines that run Ubuntu building Chromebooks is the only other serious option left on the table for hardware vendors. With digitimes.com also reporting that “Intel has already invested R&D resources to ensure its processors are compatible with Chrome OS, while AMD has also reportedly started related R&D” the safe bet is on Chromebooks.

Google announces the Chromebook for us all

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Open Chromebook laptopIsn’t this what we were waiting for? A Chromebook that has all the yummy goodness the earlier Chromebook Series 5 models have to offer, but then for an acceptable price? I think that’s exactly what most of us were waiting for, and that’s precisely what Google delivered with the Chromebook Series 3.

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“It’s the best laptop that’s ever been designed at this price,” said senior vice president Sundar Pichai, “We really want users to think about this as one extra computer for your kitchen counter, one near the bed, maybe a computer for your kids or family.”

With that Sundar positions the Chromebook much the same as their tablet. Earlier this year Google shook up the tablet market by introducing the Nexus 7 Android tablet. A pure vanilla 7 inch tablet. As we now all know the latter one is selling like hot cakes,  not just here in the US but in Europe as well. It looks like Google took notice of that and is trying to replicate that success, or at least the strategy, by introducing a budget-friendly Chromebook.
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Chromebook series 5 550 and Chromebox review

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Here is a great video review of the Chromebook series 5 550 and Chromebox by The Verge. There’s not much to be added to their thorough review. Only one bit to subtract and that’s the ‘I can do the same and more when I buy a cheap windows machine running the Chrome browser’ remark at the end. Just ignore it, it’s besides the point if you ask me.

Laptopmag.com wrote a nice review and came up with this verdict: The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 offers an improved cloud-computing experience inside a slick and comfortable design, but it’s too pricey given its limited functionality. Read More

Weekly Roundup – Chromebook articles you should read

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The weekly Roundup of articles written by our mutual Chromebook enthusiast friends on their respective blogs or over at the giants of industry. Definitely not all of what’s been written out there, but at least that bit which I think is noteworthy.

Google Drive comes to Chrome OS

Yes, I did write about Google Drive coming to Chrome OS here earlier as well. It’s such a huge step forward for Chromies however that I decided to head of the Weekly Roundup with it anyway. Because although it’s to the average consumer primarily geared towards cloud storage for regular Windows/ Apple/ Linux systems, it’s not. It is an integral part of Google’s road-map in moving everything to the cloud. Something that CNET’s senior writer and complete stranger to me Stephen Shankland touched on in his piece. Read More

Google Drive included in Chrome OS

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With the much anticipated and successful launch of Google Drive,  Google’s cloud-storage service,  we as a Chromebook community have gained an important third option for file storage.

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Next to the 16 GB SSD of local storage which fills up in a heart beat, and the use of SD cards which set you back about $2.00 dollars for a 2 GB card to $30.00 or even $40.00 dollars for up to 32 GB cards, GDrive has finally given Chromebook users a storage option that is cheap and plentiful.

Announced on the Dev channel blog today the news that Google Drive has been integrated into the file manager as a part of Chrome OS. For your non Chrome OS devices Google has downloadable software that will link Drive to the respective file systems, much like we’re used to with Dropbox, allowing for files to sync. With this latest update to the operating system, essentially adding a full hard drive, synced files storage is becoming part of Chrome OS itself. Read More

Sony Chromebook – review of FCC leaked specs and images

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You won’t hear Sony speak of its Chromebook aloud yet. But you can rest assured, it is coming soon and I bet you can’t wait to take a closer look at it. Which fortunately you can thanks to a series of documents outlining what Sony has in store for us with the Vaio VCC111 Chromebook, released by the Federal Communications Commission. In case you want to jump straight into the deep you can read the userguide here or check out a series of photo’s the FCC published here.

Let’s start with the specs (and just to be sure, they’re rumored specs dating back to march 2011):
11.6 inch Screen: Size wise slightly smaller then the 12.1 that comes with the Samsung series 5. See it’s specs here. The user experience will on that part be equally nice as with the current Chromebooks. Read More

Weekly Roundup – Chromebook articles you should read

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The weekly Roundup of articles written by our mutual Chromebook enthusiasts friends on their respective blogs or over at the giants of industry. Definitely not all of what’s been written out there, but at least what I think is noteworthy.

It’s a little bit of a catch-up this time around since the whole thing with fighting off the lords of spam did put a bit of a dent into the otherwise flawless record of two straight weeks of weekly roundups. Fortunately not much happened.

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Next-gen Chromebooks built on faster Ivy Bridge chips?

Signs that the new Chromebooks will be a faster machines are definitely looking more positive. Over at CNET Stephen Shankland writes about Google making an important tell tale contribution to the Linux operating system. That contribution makes it possible for Linux to run on Cougar Point and Panther Point, Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, respectively. Both are Intel processors which will do much better then the current Atom-based processors. Read More

Weekly Roundup of Chromebook articles you should read

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A weekly Roundup of articles written by our mutual Chromebook enthusiast friends on their respective blogs or over at the giants of industry. Definitely not all of what’s been written out there this last week, but at least what we think is noteworthy.

Feel free to add any articles you miss in the comments. Thank you in advance for doing so. We really appreciate the time you take out of your busy day doing so.

Chrome Adds “Suggested” Pages – Wants To Show You Some Cool Stuff

Even though it is an a very early stages of development, this thing is going to make you curious. Chrome team has added a new experimental section on the new tab page where it shows “Most Visited Pages” and “Apps” now. >> ChromeStory.com Read More

Instantly online with 8 second startup

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Always and immediately online is now possible thanks to the Chromebook 8 second startup time. Traditionally laptops formed an obstacle in the surge of information immediacy. With the Chromebook that is now a problem of the past. Enjoy a smooth browsing experience and access your favorite websites easily on the go. Full support of the latest web standards and Adobe® Flash® make that all websites can be viewed as intended.