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Meet the Samsung and Acer Chromebooks


They don’t actually go on sale until June 15, but you can check out their specs (not too shabby, for network-connected devices) and make the decision about which one suits your particular needs.

The (slightly) smaller of the two is the Acer Chromebook, shown here.

Acer Chromebook Running Chrome OS

The Acer Wi-Fi Chromebook is the smaller of the two, but not by much. It offers an 11.6-in screen, compared to the Samsung’s 12.1-in screen. Otherwise, apart from the Acer’s HDMI-out port (the Samsung has a mini-VGA-out port). Full specs are available at the direct links for the systems.

The larger Chromebook is from Samsung, show here.

This picture of the  Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook makes it look a LOT larger than the Acer, but it’s just a trick of the angle of the photo and the screens on the units. TechCrunch was on hand at the Chromebooks launch and got some serious hands-on time with the Samsung Chromebook, which is available in white!

Check out TechCrunch’s mini-review of the Samsung Chromebook, and a whole bunch of photos of the white unit in action.


YouTube – Introducing the Chromebook

YouTube – Introducing the Chromebook.

Simple overview and explanation of what a Chrome OS-powered computer, or Chromebook, is.

Check out the Acer Wi-Fi Chromebook and Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook – both available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Both units will eventually be available with built-in 3G wireless access, which of course would require a 3G wireless plan (and monthly fees). If you have Wi-Fi at your house, school, workplace, even along your commute – why not just stick with the Wi-Fi only model?

Stay tuned, when these new devices are released, we’ll bring you reviews and updated information.

Google To Lease Chrome Laptops for $20/Month [REPORT]

Google To Lease Chrome Laptops for $20/Month [REPORT].

I like this idea – a lot. I tried (and failed) to get into the pilot testing program for Google’s Chrome OS-powered CR-48 notebooks. The CR-48, powered by the minimal browser-like Chrome OS, offers minimal power in terms of hardware – compared to multimedia or high-end market notebooks – and has NO local storage. The CR-48 has a solid state drive with the OS, and all apps that you run are found online.

I think this is certainly a viable model for students, who will almost always have Internet access to “the cloud” – where their applications, email, calendar and all data will reside – and should be considered for some businesses as well.

With Internet access becoming more pervasive, why should you pay $500, $1000 for a laptop, when you can lease a platform to do the largely the same work for just $20/month, or just $240/year when you think about it that way.

I would certainly give it a shot. Most of my data is online these days anyway.

Chrome for a Cause: Results, Possible Future Projects

So glad to hear that the Chrome for a Cause project did so much good during its short run – an amazing 60,599,541 tabs donated to charity! A total of $1 million dollars was donated to the charities, with the tabs and associated dollar amounts, as well the actual equivalent charitable items, shown by this graphic from the Google Chrome Blog:

Well done, Chrome Community! The especially good news in all of this is the possibility that the program will continue; they’re currently looking at new opportunities for future Chrome for a Cause projects!

So, keep your extension installed… and this awesome community can do some more good – soon, I hope – in 2011!

Browse for a good cause – Does It Have to End?

The Google Chrome for a Cause extension was something else… Just one demonstration of ways in which the Web can actually Do Good.

Using this simple extension in Chrome, it kept track of the number of tabs the user opened each day. Between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19, you had the option at the end of the day to contribute your tabs to one of five charities (read more about these in my original article).

I understand this was billed as a Holiday-only type of thing, in which Google donated up to $1 million to these causes (and I never could find out for sure if that was $1 million to each charity, or $1 million in total to be split among all 5 charities (per the user’s requested donations). But is there any reason why this must end?

I’m sure that Google, and many of its employees (and former employees) are involved in many charitable endeavors, but it sure would be sweet to see this Chrome for a Cause program continue. Say pick a charity, one per week, and have it be the beneficiary of up to a $1 million donation from Google, if the number of tabs opened in that week reaches a million total, or some other arbitrary figure.

It would especially be sweet if they programmed an extension for Firefox, Internet Explorer, even Opera and Safari, too – Yes, I know the name of the program is Chrome for a Cause, but who says Google can’t offer Firefox for a Cause, Internet Explorer for a Cause, and so on?

Keep tabs on all tabs opened in these browsers, and let the donations flow! There are plenty of worthy causes, just as there are plenty of folks mindlessly browsing the web, er, make that “using the web for work-related purposes” each and every day!

So, what do you say, Google? I say let the Cause roll on!

Google Chrome Blog: Browse for a good cause.

Google Chrome Blog: Browse for a good cause

Google’s Chrome community is making it very easy to do something good this Holiday Season. The new Chrome for a Cause extension will keep tabs (haha) on how many tabs you open while browsing the web every day between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19. At the end of each day, you can choose to contribute your accumulated tabs to one of five worthy causes:

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Charity: Water
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Un Techo para mi Pais
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