Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Google Unveils Chromebook (Videos) *Cloud Computing: A new kind of computer*

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Samsung Chromebook: a cloud computing netbook
"Nothing But Web"


Chromebook is Coming June 15 Google has unveiled the Chromebook, available June 15, 2011, during the Google I/O Conference on May 11, 2011. This Google Chrome notebook, a cloud computer or actually a web access device, was originally announced at the Chrome event on December 7, 2010, to be available in 2011. Both Samsung and Acer are manufacturing the Chromebook.

Chromebook Specifications The specs for the Samsung and Acer Chromebooks are:
Samsung Chromebook
12.1″ (1280x800) display
3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
8.5 hours of continuous usage
Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor 1.66 GHz
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
Webcam
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
Mini-VGA port
Full size Chrome keyboard
Trackpad
$429 for Wi-Fi only, $499 for 3G model
Acer Chromebook
11.6″ (1368x768) display
2.95 lbs / 1.34 kg.
6 hours of continuous usage
Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor 1.66 GHz
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
Webcam
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
HDMI port
Full size Chrome keyboard
Trackpad
$349 and up

Introducing the Chromebook Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, so you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. Take a look: http://www.google.com/chromebook


Chromebook - Guided Tour Learn more at: www.google.com/chromebook



Acer Chromebook: a cloud computing netbook
"Nothing But Web"


A New Kind of Computer: Chromebook

GOOGLE - May 11, 2011 – A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better. Today, we’re announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don’t need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you’ll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won't spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.

At the core of each Chromebook is the Chrome web browser. The web has millions of applications and billions of users. Trying a new application or sharing it with friends is as easy as clicking a link. A world of information can be searched instantly and developers can embed and mash-up applications to create new products and services. The web is on just about every computing device made, from phones to TVs, and has the broadest reach of any platform. With HTML5 and other open standards, web applications will soon be able to do anything traditional applications can do, and more.

Chromebooks will be available online June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. More countries will follow in the coming months. In the U.S., Chromebooks will be available from Amazon and Best Buy and internationally from leading retailers.


About Google

Google describes itself in press releases as, "Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia."

Google's Mission Statement: "Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. The first step toward fulfilling that mission came when our founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, working out of a Stanford University dorm room, developed a new approach to online search that quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's largest search engine -- a free service whose utility and ease of use have made it one of the world's best-known brands almost entirely through word of mouth from satisfied users."


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