Utah-based Xi3 Corporation has announced a Chrome OS-running version of its flagship Modular Computer. The company made the announcement in a recent press release. Touting its upcoming ChromiumPC modular desktop as “the world’s first desktop computer running Google’s Chrome operating system,” the company revealed in the press release that it has been working on the machine since 2009. More details about Xi3’s latest modular computer, which measures less than 4-inches per side, after the break.
Maximum PC’s Loyd Case did an amazing job summarizing all the announcements at this year’s Google I/O conference, but if you’d prefer to relive the experience for yourself, you’re in luck. Head on over to The Google Code Channel on YouTube to find the main Keynote presentations from both days, along with all the snarky and sarcastic comments you can handle to help get you through the Angry Birds announcement.
Links to the individual videos can be found after the jump.
According to reports, Google is getting ready to announce a new "Student Package" for its Chrome notebook that will cost users $20/month. The announcement could come as early as today, and if it does, it might usher in a new era of netbook computing. The Chrome notebook, as you know, is all about computing in the cloud with very little emphasis placed on the actual hardware.
In a season of outages, when internet-based services seem to be having a tough time staying online, the last thing anyone wants to talk about is an upcoming cloud-based operating system. But that is exactly what we are about to do. MPC readers, let us ignore the bone-chilling horrors of the past week that are otherwise likely to linger with many of you for a long time, so that we can concentrate on reports of an upcoming Chrome OS netbook from Samsung called “Alex.” The existence of this netbook came to light through a Chromium bug report. Hit the jump for specs.
It's been well over a month since Google finished distributing the entire quota of 60,000 Cr-48 Chrome notebooks reserved for Chrome OS pilot program participants, and the mid-2011 launch of retail devices promised by the company doesn't seem too far off now - just as long as the river of time keeps flowing at its familiar rate. But wait, what if there is yet another delay like the one that pushed retail Chrome OS devices to mid-2011 from late 2010? Pretty unlikely, according to our friends over at Neowin.
Google previously said that Acer and Samsung will launch Chrome OS-based notebooks in the first half of 2011, but don't hold your breath waiting for this happen. Instead, it looks as though first-tier notebook makers, which also include Asus and Sony, are all pegging the second half of 2011 to begin mass shipments of Chrome OS notebooks,
We've always held that netbooks and tablets can coexist, though if netbooks are to stay relevant, PC makers may have to experiment with lower priced models. Word on the Web is that Asus is planning exactly that and will launch a new non-Windows netbook in June for around $200 to $250. At that price, it would be hard to ignore, especially with today's worthwhile tablets running $500 and up.
The iPad-spawned media tablet category might be cannibalizing netbook sales, but Taiwan’s Asus, which launched the netbook category in 2007 with the Eee PC 701 and is one of the companies worst affected by this sales cannibalization, isn’t ready to abandon the category just yet. If a new Digitimes report is to be believed, Asustek will soon launch a sub-$250 netbook in cooperation with Intel in a bid to resurrect what has to be its favorite category of PCs. Hit the jump to know more.
Google’s new Chrome OS doesn’t have much going for it if you’re a power user, but an innovative new YouTube ad campaign might just make you think twice about the benefits of cloud computing.
The video itself is only about 5 minutes long, but the notebook death toll hits a whopping 25 machines which all face horrendous slow motion demises. I could try and describe each one to you, but let’s just summarize by saying Google wants to remind you that Laptop hell is a real place, and at the moment it’s filled with CR-48’s.
I somehow doubt anyone has really lost a laptop this way, but if you have the stomach for it, you can find the full clip after the jump.
In this week's suprisingly on-time episode of the Maximum PC No BS Podcast, Gordon, Nathan, Alex and Andy have hands-on time with Google's Cr-48 netbook (AKA the Chrome OS developer netbook), take a look at Falcon Northwest's latest over-the-top gaming rig, and talk about Intel's new mobile chip. In the rant, Gordon explains what's wrong with USB ports, and muses about the wisdom of raising a nerdling.
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