No Acer Chrome OS netbook at Computex

Acer LogoThis is a press release I just received from Acer. Unfortunately they won’t be launching a Chrome OS netbook at the Computex. But read it yourself:

Despite recent rumours in the press regarding the launch of Chrome OS based netbooks at Computex, Acer today confirms that it has no short-term plans for such a product. Acer believes that Google Chrome OS is without doubt an exciting product announcement and deserves full attention as well as an in-depth study of its potential from a consumer’s perspective. Acer is naturally interested in any product or service that enhances the overall experience of its products and will of course be following the development and progress of Google Chrome and the evolution of Google’s overall product strategy very closely.

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Chrome OS business version announced

Chrome OS business versionAt the RSA conference, Will Drewry (software security engineer at Google) announced a business version of Chrome OS. The release date is supposed to be some time in 2011. Besides the mere (prospective) existence, there aren’t any details known about it. So check back later, I’ll keep you informed.

Google announced Chrome OS tablet

Google Chrome OS tabletAfter a couple of weeks full of rumors, first pictures and a video of a possible Chrome OS tablet appeared on the Chromium project website. Although the Chromium project is NOT Google, the fact that it was made by Glen Murphy, a lead UI designer for Chrome OS at Google, can be seen as an announcement for a device like that. The video shows a demonstration of the user interface. Continue reading “Google announced Chrome OS tablet”

MSI dual-screen netbook with Chrome OS

MSI logoThe MSI dual-screen netbook announced at the CES will most likely be shipped with Windows 7 or Chrome OS depending on customer preference. This was confirmed by the company in an interview with LaptopMag. The device features a standard 10-inch TFT screen and a touchscreen that gives haptic feedback instead of a keyboard. There is, however, no information about other technical specifications as well as a price range.

Interview with Chrome OS engineer Matthew Papakipos

Matthew PapakiposLast year in November, Jon Stokes and Ryan Paul had engineering director Matthew Papakipos and Google PR Eitan Bencuya in an interview about Chrome OS. The interview was released in January 2010 and reveals detail information about Google’s new operating system. Continue reading “Interview with Chrome OS engineer Matthew Papakipos”

Chrome 4 browser released

Google Chrome LogoOnly one and a half year after the first release of Chrome, the fourth version of Google’s browser has been released. The latest version now features bookmark synchronisation between installations on different computers via the user’s Google account. There is also the possibility of installing extensions. Today, there are already 1,800 available for download.

Additionally, Google introduced several new APIs to make the browser talk to other applications. The Web-Storage-API makes it possible to save your work offline without the need to use Google Gears. The Web-SQL-Database-API lets provides access to local SQL databases and the Notofication API gives developers the opportunity to use the operating system’s notification area.

As in every update, also JavaScript speed was increased. Today, users have to request the update manually. However, all users will be automatically notified of the update in the next days.

Automatic responsive image resizing for Google Chrome and other browsers

Behind the curtainDue to the abundance of relatively low-powered (in terms of CPU power) and low-bandwidth (as for mobile devices like Chromebooks) devices, it is important for web developers to keep an eye on a website’s images. Serving large images to mobile users with small screen sizes and low bandwidth is unnecessary and may make some users leave the website early, while it’s still loading.

HTML5’s srcset and sizes attributes enable webmasters to give hints to the browser for it to decide which image resource to load, e. g. from a set of different resolutions. However, keeping all images available in a lot of different resolutions is a tedious task for today’s webmasters.

The tiny.pictures service makes this very easy. It is able to server literally any image at any size on demand and in real-time. It uses a dead-simple API and also includes a Content Delivery Network for blazing-fast image delivery around the globe. Check out their website at https://tiny.pictures/ and try the free trial account.

New Year’s Chrome OS image release

Chrome OS USBHappy New Year to all of you! In order to celebrate the year 2010 contemporary I compiled a new Chrome OS release from the repository today. It works fine for USB drives. Unfortunately, on some machines, I’m experiencing problems running it in VirtualBox after conversion. Please try it yourself. The download size could be decreased to 175 MB. You can find the download link here: Chrome OS image file download.