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    Chrome OS Coming This Summer!!


    Google's releasing their Chrome OS-clad netbooks, called "Chromebooks", this summer, and they're bringing a few new features to the platform. The new Chromebooks will have a better file browser, a new media player, and offline access for Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs.
    Here's how some of the new features will work:

    The New File Manager

    The new File manager will open files in the correct webapp when you double-click on them. When a webapp is "installed" through the Chrome Web Store, it registers file types that it handles so your Chromebook knows how to open them.

    File Handlers Bridge the Gap Between Local and the Web

    Certain file types have other contextual options. If you plug in an SD card full of photos, for example, it'll show up in your file manager, and you can do things like play a slideshow or send them straight to your Picasa web albums. It will work similarly for sending documents to Google Docs, or even with third-party applications like Box.net.

    The Local Media Player

    The new media player can skip tracks, pause, and create playlists. The video player opens videos in a panel that hovers over your Chrome window, so you can watch and work at the same time. You can, of course, full screen it if you're just watching.

    Offline Webapps

    Lastly, Google will soon be adding Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs to the plethora of webapps on the Web Store that work offline (in the wake of Google Gears' death).

    The new Chromebooks will be available in June, while offline access for Gmail, Calendar, and Docs will roll out "this summer". Oh, and they'll also be "jailbreakable" out of the box for tinkerers.

    Google's currently in the process of detailing Chrome OS' latest improvements and there are a couple of big 'uns: Netflix and Hulu support will be available right out of the box for the pair of new Chromebooks -- one from Samsung and one from Acer. An improved file manager has also been added to the upcoming version of Chrome OS, plus offline versions of Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs -- all will be made available for Chromebook users this summer.

    Far more monumental, Google's also just announced the cost of these Chromebooks and there's no upfront payment to speak of. Instead, Chrome OS laptops will be distributed on the basis of a recurring monthly subscription, which will cost $28 per user for businesses and $20 per user for schools. That includes regular software and hardware upgrades. Hardware as a service, folks!

    The "Chromebooks Announced" Pics



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    Might get one of these. I like the Samsung one... the Acer looks like an old laptop to me.

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    You gotta love how they actually support modifying their devices.

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    I'm with you Richard! The Samsung's better eye candy.
    Thanks for the read!



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    that samsung looks nice.

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