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Chrome OS

  1. Jamendo Solves MENSA-certified Hidden Chrome OS Equation, Wins Chrome Laptop

    This Thursday, Google released a video detailing some of the features of its new Chrome OS, and about two minutes and twenty seconds into it there is a shot, literally two seconds long, with a blackboard in the background. The blackboard has an equation on it. You should know what this means. Well, actually you shouldn't. But some smart people should. And they did. The geeks behind Jamendo, a community site for musicians wishing to share their work through creative commons licenses, were the first to lay claim to a shiny Cr-48 Chrome Netbook.

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  2. Chrome OS Explained

    This afternoon, Google finally unveiled its long-awaited Chrome operating system. Bits and pieces of information concerning Chrome OS have been floating around for some time now -- most concretely that it would a) be built primarily for the web and b) that unlike Google's Android mobile operating system, Chrome is made for personal and desktop computers. But today marks the most comprehensive look at the operating system that Google has given us. (Note that the current, non-final build of Chrome OS is and has been available for download at http://getchrome.eu/download.php). Some tech pundits have criticized Google for the delay in Chrome OS's release, saying that with the advent of mobile computing and the popularity of Android, that ship has already sailed. Google, however, contends that this is a distinct product, that it will fill a currently unfilled gap in what users need, and -- perhaps most daringly -- that the netbook isn't dead. (And they'll put their money where their mouth is by working with manufacturing partners to create Google-branded, Chrome OS powered netbooks.) So what defines Chrome OS?

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  3. Google Says Chrome OS Netbook Coming by the End of 2010

    The rumors to the effect that Chrome OS would be more or less dead on arrival apparently did not sit well with Google: In a recent set of New York Times interviews, Google execs assured us all that its web-centric operating system would be ready for prime time by the end of 2010, as would a Google-branded, third party-manufactured netbook powered by Chrome OS. But where does Android, Google's already-widely-adopted mobile OS, fit into the equation? Even Google says it isn't quite sure:

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  4. Chrome OS Netbooks for Sale by Christmas?

    If DigiTimes is to be believed, this will be the month that netbooks powered by Google's Chrome OS will begin shipping worldwide, to be followed by a second round next month. Per DigiTimes, Google's manufacturing partner Inventec will prepare an initial run of 60,000 to 70,000 Google-branded Chrome netbooks, which "will feature an ARM-based platform and will not be selling through retail channels"; thereafter, Acer and Hewlett-Packard will "test the water" with their own Chrome OS-powered offerings, presumably geared towards a mass audience. As BGR points out, DigiTimes has "an extremely mixed record" with its reports -- this one is attributed only to "sources" -- but when DigiTimes is right, it's often on the cutting edge; make of that fact pattern what you will. (DigiTimes via BGR)

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  5. Dell x Google Chrome OS to Happen?

    There are some inevitable pairings, like Brad x Angelina ("Brangelina"), Jack x Kate ("Jate"), or Naruto x Hinata ("NaruHina"). Add this to the list: Reuters reports that Dell is in talks with Google about including the new Chrome operating system on their laptops. As I see it, "Dhrome" (I'm hoping this nickname will get picked up; remember, you heard it here first) is more than likely to occur, as Google hopes to find a leg up against Microsoft and Dell looks for a new angle to trump the new Apple computers. Reports of Dell considering Chrome extend to last year, when the OS was reportedly tested on a Netbook via USB.

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  6. Google Chrome OS Coming in “Late Fall”

    A day after the news got out that Google was banning Windows use among its employees due to security concerns, they've announced, if not a hard release date, a release ballpark for their own Chrome operating system.

    According to Sundar Pichai, Google's VP of product management, Chrome OS will be coming some time in the "late fall."

    Reuters: "Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work," Pichai said. "You don't need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome."

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