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Chrome OS not for tablets, or any other platforms, for now at least

May 12th, 2011

Chrome OS not for tablets, or any other platforms, for now at least

How good is Chrome OS, we’re not sure yet. We’ve yet to see it being implemented in a large scale, so there’s no telling how successful this can be. But Google has come up and say that Chrome OS will not be injected into any tablets or any other platform. That means we’ll be looking at netbooks for now. This is what Sundar Pichai, Senior VP of Chrome, has to say at their Google I/O event about Chrome OS:

“[Chrome OS] is a new experience we’re working on. It’s hardware agnostic in a sense. We are fully, 100 percent focused on laptops. Most of the web usage — greater than 90 percent — is on laptops. That’s what we’re working on today, and we have no other plans on any other form factors.”

In related news, Sundar also addressed questions regarding the company’s decision to rely on both Chrome OS and Android. When asked to “reconcile [Google's] two big strategic visions,” he hit us with the following:

“There are a variety of experiences out there, and the web model is very different. We’re comfortable seeing them coexist. Google Movies and YouTube have web versions — when you use a Chromebook, you see how it’s different, and they’ll naturally coexist. These are very different models — if we didn’t do something like Chromebooks, I’m pretty sure someone else would.”

Well, there you go. Chrome OS will be very much like Android, a package that includes hardware and software.

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Details about Google’s ChromeBook subscription

May 12th, 2011

Details about Google’s ChromeBook subscription

Google mentioned that their ChromeBook will be available with a subscription plan for the corporate and consumer market, and they’ve held a Q&A session over at the Google I/O event, which has ended by the way.

The subscription will be for US-only at the moment, as Google is still researching markets for Europe. We can only look and jelly. Anyway, there are two packages for the corporate users, and that is enterprise (with a $28/month fee) and educational (with a $20/month fee).

You’ll need to order in bulks, minimum of 10 units, from Google, and you’ll be tied with a 3-years plan. There’s no down payment required, and your warranty will be dealt with by Google itself. When you’ve subscribed to this package, you’ll have access to a management console provided by Google, and you’ll have Google’s technical support as well.

Google mentioned that they did a study, and found that most institutions never upgrade their machines before three years, meaning to say that three years is the best time-span to upgrade a machine. Given that data, it just made sense to offer lower monthly rates and on a refresh cycle that fit well with what they found.

An enterprise user will pay $28 for 36 months, but that includes full warranty and replacement provisions, technical support and all of the updates that Google will provide along the way. Notably, this doesn’t include Google Apps — you’ll need to pony up the standard rate for that as an add-on. At a glance, this “bargain” seems like an absurd one, much like subsidized 3G netbooks that faltered quickly after hitting the mainstream just over a year ago. But here’s the difference: enterprise and education customers can count on a dramatic decrease in costs from a maintenance standpoint, which is what Google is betting on.

What if you need 3G? Then you’ll have to pay an additional $3 for the 100MB gratis connection from Verizon (in US). What about potential oversea buyers? European carriers will hash out details in Spain, France, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Italy, but nothing’s being revealed today. We’re told that Google’s still evaluating what makes the most sense in those nations.

Consumers, of course, will pay a flat rate, and will be looking to Acer or Samsung for warranty work and technical support. The Series 5 gets going at $429 for the WiFi model, while the 3G edition (which does indeed include 100MB of data from Verizon each month for the life of the product) will go for $499. Acer’s Chromebook will cost $349 for the WiFi model, while the 3G variant will demand an undisclosed amount more.

What if you wish to terminate the subscription half way? According to Google, users who wish to terminate must “pay out the rest of their contract.” In other words, you’re paying for a 36 month lease.

Here’s an additional info. Yes, you can’t really install any apps like you used to on a Windows or Mac OS X system, but Google also understands that, and is developing a new system with Citrix to create a new build of Citrix Receiver, a piece of software that should leave its existing beta trials and hit the public universe this summer.

Google demoed the software on a CR-48 at their Google I/O event, and while the setup was obviously optimized, it worked shockingly well. A backend Windows server had a copy of Photoshop CS5 onboard, and the CR-48 was able to load it within a matter of seconds through Receiver. Not a light model — we’re talking about the full, bona fide version of Photoshop. Sounds similarly like loading up war3 from the network server using the computers in Swinburne’s lab, something we did in summer sem.

Of course, you’ll still need to manage a backend server in a scenario like this, but given that most businesses and schools already have something similar in place, it shouldn’t be asking too much to pipe things in via Receiver. Of course, there’s the cost of buying the receiver, which should be rather pricey. Also, it’d be ridiculous to edit a 5MB image over 3G, but still possible, if you’re on a WiFi-n network.

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HP unveils the Pavilion dv4, Envy 14 with Sandy Bridge, and a redesigned Mini 210

May 9th, 2011

HP unveils the Pavilion dv4, Envy 14 with Sandy Bridge, and a redesigned Mini 210

Better late than never right? Many manufacturers have whipped out their Sandy Bridge machines, as we see the Pikom PC Fair for May ended with a blast of Sandy Bridge laptops flooding the event floor. But HP’s main lineup was missing. Now, HP has finally updated its consumer lineup laptops with some Sand processors.

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HP updates its business line laptops

May 9th, 2011

HP updates its business line laptops

HP is in a spree right now, announcing a handful of updated business line and consumer line laptops. There are three of them that are especially for those professional honchos, and they are designed with lightweight in mind, yet using the tried-and-true metal finishing. Read more…

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Gigantic Alienware M18x up for pre-order now

May 4th, 2011

Gigantic Alienware M18x up for pre-order now

It’s been rumoured for quite some time, but finally Dell has given green light to their latest mammoth gaming laptop. Weighting at 16 pounds, this 18-inch laptop sports the latest Core i7 processors at the speed of 2GHz, for the base model at least, but it can be delivered with an Extreme moniker that sports 4GHz of madness, and dual 2GB Radeon 6970m graphics cards. Looks like Alienware is keeping up their ‘overkilling’ trend. Dell is asking for $1,999 for the base model, but if you try to tick almost everything, the highest end will probably rack you up at about $6,000, for an 18-inch laptop. My god. Then again, this is Alienware, so this is quite expected. The laptop is now available for order, but won’t really ship until May 24th. The DHL guy will need to pump his muscle abit to deliver this to your doorstep.

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Acer Aspire One gets Easter egg colors, which includes Atom N570 chip

April 27th, 2011

Acer Aspire One gets Easter egg colors, which includes Atom N570 chip

Easter was in the mood last weekend, and it seemed that Acer is also infected with the Easter culture. The Taiwanese company has updated its Aspire One Happy netbook lineup with a quartet of edible colors: Blueberry Shake, Banana Cream, Papaya Milk and Strawberry Yogurt. Those vibrant shells will have the innards of the still-unreleased Acer One D257, including a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor, along with the usual 10.1-inch display, 2GB memory, 250GB hard drive, and a six-cell battery. And yes, there will be 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and Windows 7 Starter. No word yet on availability and pricing, but I’m sure it’ll arrive on our shores shortly.

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Alienware’s new M18x is extreme and humongous

April 14th, 2011

Alienware's new M18x is extreme and humongous

Alienware, their hardware has always been amazing, but their notebook has never been very charming to me. They cater towards gamers and enthusiasts, and that means powerful laptops, but this will sacrifice the weight of the laptop. Also, the looks aren’t very appealing to me. They look rather bulky instead of fluidity cues.

Now that Sandy Bridge processors have gone full swing, Alienware has geared up and fused their gaming laptops with the latest and greatest from Intel. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s massive. How massive? Talk about an 18-inch laptop! My god, how can you hog around with such a huge ass laptop?

It turns out the M18x has a massive 18.4-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, an Intel Core i7 Extreme chip overclocked to a frag-tastic 4GHz. No joke, that’s the ‘Extreme’ edition processor right in your laptop.

But that’s not all. You also get achoice of AMD CrossFireX or NVIDIA SLI graphics, up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM, a 3D-capable HDMI 1.4 port, WirelessHD for those obsessed with tidiness, and up to five macro-programmable keys wrapped in an otherworldly anodized aluminium shell. There’s no need for a Razer keyboard anymore.

Well, Dell hasn’t announced exactly when it’s going to be available, but rest assure that it’ll cost a bomb.

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MSI 13-inch X370 gets Fusion-ed thanks to AMD

April 2nd, 2011

MSI 13-inch X370 gets Fusion-ed thanks to AMD

For those nerds that care about Crysis 2, this laptop’s definitely not for you. For those mobile warriors that constantly travel around and needs an overall solid notebook, then do read on. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air might only have Core 2 Duo, and Samsung’s 9-Series 13-inch ultra-portable might have the latest Sandy Bridge version Core i7, but MSI is taking quite a different route this time.

Their 13.4-inch ultraportable is getting some new muscles from AMD instead; as their 1366 x 768 resolution display will be brighten up by AMD’s hot-off-of-the-presses Zacate E-350 APU with the help of Radeon HD 6310 graphics. Connectivity wise, there’s HDMI / VGA outputs, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, an internal card reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, gigabit Ethernet, a 1.3 megapixel camera and (nearly) as much DDR3 memory as you can stuff into it. You’ll also get a 320/500/640GB hard drive, a 4- or 8-cell battery and a chassis that weighs 3.08 pounds with the smaller of the two cells.

Operating system though is the usual suspect of Windows 7 (64-bit), but the company’s stopping short of providing a hard price or release date.

SOURCE via Hot Hardware

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Samsung 11-inch 9-Series laptop officially available for $1,199

March 28th, 2011

Samsung 11-inch 9-Series laptop officially available for $1,199

Finally a good product that might just give Apple’s MacBook Air a run for its money is here. The 13-inch version went for sale few weeks ago, and now the 11-inch version is finally here. There’s good news and bad news though. The good news is that the 11-inch 9-Series Samsung laptop that sports sexy duralumin curves will be yours for only $1,199, but the bad news is that if you bring along your Full-HD movie and porn collection and gazillion of other scandalicious photos, you might need to tug along your portable hard drive, as this little baby only has a 64GB SSD drive in it. Well, the sacrifice of ‘portability’.

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Sony testing prototypes of laptops with Chrome OS?

March 21st, 2011

Sony testing prototypes of laptops with Chrome OS?

Sony is a partner of Google TV, and it’s no surprise if Sony actually cooks up a Chrome OS notebook, besides a “VAIO Hybrid PC”, whatever that means. The Chrome OS device is reportedly modeled after Google’s own Cr-48 reference design with roughly the same dimensions and keyboard but a slightly smaller 11.6-inch screen, which should resemble their current Y-series VAIO laptops.

The laptop is said to also runs on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 alongside 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage (yes, SSD is present). Sony’s also shooting for eight hours of battery life, and a weight of just 2.2 pounds, which shouldn’t be a problem to them.

All of that pales in comparison to what Sony’s plotting for this “Hybrid PC,” though. The publication says we’re looking at a thin-and-light Core i7 notebook with an incredible 8 to 16.5 hours of battery life, Intel Thunderbolt and an internal SSD, all of which plugs into a dock of some sort that adds a Blu-ray burner and external graphics (by AMD) for gaming and multimedia.

Of course, all these are speculations at the moment, as the Google Chrome OS is also at a very early stage of testing.

SOURCE via Sony Insider

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