On Tuesday, Google announced a batch of cheap new Chrome OS devices that might make even awesome looking devices like Microsoft’s Surface 3 or Apple’s rumored iPad Pro pretty much irrelevant. Priced to move and easy to use, there are three new Chromebooks to choose from without breaking the bank—and a brand new Chrome OS device called the Chromebit that is such a good idea, it’s a wonder no one’s thought of it until now.Crack Open a Good Chromebook
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Let’s not beat the dead horse that is the Apple Watch. Yes, we saw it last week. Yes, Apple spent a fair amount of stage time talking about it. But did Apple tell us anything we didn’t already know? Not really.
Apple did make news in other areas, though, as did a few other companies this past week. Let’s find out why.HBO Now is Real, Will Debut on Apple TV
Leading up to the latest Apple event, we heard rumors that HBO and Cupertino were in cahoots on a new streaming service. That service, as we learned [...]
There’s a new Chromium OS ultrabook in town, and it beats the heck out of the last one from two years ago. Google today announced a refresh for the Chromebook Pixel, its flagship laptop running its homegrown operating system. With upgrades in almost every way, the new Pixel costs a few hundred dollars less than its predecessor – a great sign for folks who want Chromebooks to take a bigger piece of the PC pie.
There are two versions of the Chromium Pixel – one standard, and one “LS,” which stands for “Ludicrous Speed.” The [...]
Much has been made of the approaching cut-off date for Microsoft’s support of the relatively ancient Windows XP operating system. Since so many offices still rely on XP to run their businesses (not to mention specialized software that maintains customer or patient databases), the fact that Microsoft will officially be ending its support of the OS on April 8, there’s a real need for XP’s current users to find solutions—fast. According to a post on Google’s Enterprise Blog, a partnership between Google and VMWare might provide that very [...]
As CES 2014 draws to a close, there seems to be a growing feeling among tech sites that Windows is in some trouble. The most direct discussion of Windows’ impending demise can be found over on the Verge, with the smartly titled “Closing Windows” piece, which points to the lack of the Windows platform and the big showing of iOS and Android-optimized gadgets at CES. On top of that, a post on Neowin today reports a 10 percent decline in PC sales in 2013 compared to the year previous—certainly bad news for Windows there, too. In short, it [...]
Microsoft has another big problem on its hands: Chromebooks. You know, those inexpensive laptops manufactured by the likes of Samsung, Acer, and others that run Chrome OS instead of Windows? They are selling like crazy. You may remember how we told you over the summer that Chromebooks sales were exploding despite the imploding PC market and now according to new NPD data, Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all U.S. commercial notebook sales in 2013 through November, and 10 percent of all computers and tablets. Both shares were up [...]
When Google announced the Chromebook Pixel those many months ago, I laughed – the hardware is beautiful and high end, there’s no doubt about that, with its high-DPI display that would make even the MacBook Pro’s Retina Display blush. But for its excellent hardware, something was off – and that’s the very concept of a “high end” Chromebook. Indeed, Chrome OS – the lightweight operating system Chromebooks run – are well suited for the more low-end/midrange consumer price range, and [...]
Well, this isn’t a good sign for PC manufacturers, PC shipments in the period from April to June totaled just 75.6 million units, down 11.4 percent from the same quarter in 2012, research firm IDC said on Wednesday. The numbers include desktop, laptop, mini-notebook, and workstation sales, however, exclude those of tablet computers. “This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history,” Gartner said in a statement.
But while [...]
If you check out this page on the Best Buy website, you’ll see an Acer C7 Chromebook touting some specs that don’t quite match up with whats been released so far — namely, the 16 GB solid state drive. This development, first reported by Engadget, seems to suggest that Acer may be refreshing the C7, replacing its massive (and unnecessarily large) 320 GB hard drive with a 16 GB SSD.
I took issue with the C7 in the past, mainly because its specs didn’t really match up with the Chromebook mission. Sure, the [...]
The high-resolution displays that Apple and Google have worked into their laptop offerings are pretty impressive, but Samsung isn’t about to give up without a fight. The Verge is reporting that Samsung plans to take the wraps off of a 13.3-inch QHD display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800. For those tracking pixels-per-inch (PPI) at home, that puts the Samsung panel at 276 — a good bit higher than Apple’s MacBook Pro 13 (227 PPI) and the Chromebook Pixel (239 PPI).
We’ll be sure to let you know when one of [...]