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Toshiba CB30-007 is a New 13″ Bay Trail Chromebook

The CB30-007  comes with a  lower-power, but fan-less Celeron N2830 Bay Trail chip.  And yes, better battery life, moving from  9.5 hours of the Haswell model to 10.5 hours.

This new Chromebook appeared on the Toshiba Australia website but has no price on the listing yet.

Apart from the Bay Trail processor, Toshiba Chromebook CB30-007 features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel matte display, 2GB of RAM (Not upgradable), and 16GB of storage. There’s a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The New Chromebooks looks similar to the rest of Toshiba Chromebooks. Here is a picture.

chromebook  Toshiba CB30 007 is a New 13 Bay Trail Chromebook

We will have to wait and see if this eventually makes it to US and European markets, and what the price will be if  it does.

via OMG Chrome.

 

Acer C720 Chromebook is Back on Amazon with a Discount, $179.00 for Haswell + 2GB

This is as cheap as a Haswell Chromebook can get. The Acer C720 , which was missing from Amazon for a while, is back in stock, with a discount. The Chromebook is back with $20.99 (10%) discount from its original price of $199, dropping it to $179.00 with free shipping.

chromebook  Acer C720 Chromebook is Back on Amazon with a Discount, $179.00 for Haswell + 2GB

You get a decent Chromebook with the Haswell processor of 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM and the standard 16GB SSD for storage.

Here is  recap of the specs:

  • Screen Size 11.6 inches
  • Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
  • Max Screen Resolution 720 pixels
  • Processor 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron
  • RAM 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Memory Speed 1333.00
  • Hard Drive 16 GB flash_memory_solid_state
  • Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
  • Chipset Brand Intel
  • Graphics Card Ram Size 128 MB
  • Wireless Type 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
  • Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
  • Average Battery Life (in hours) 8.5 hours

If you have been reluctant to buy Chromebooks, this is one reason to give them a try. You can buy this Chromebook from here. (affiliate link)

via Brent Sullivan

Chrome OS Getting Virtual Desktop Solutions Thanks to Vmware Nvidia Partnership

Looks like Nvidia is pretty serious about Chrome OS and Chromebooks. After the new Acer Chromebook powered by their K1 processor, and news that more Nvidia powered Chromebooks are in the works, here is something that you usually expect only from partners with serious interest, a partnership with virtualizations provider Vmware, bringing better access to traditional computing platforms, things like running Photoshop on a remote computer and accessing it on your Chromebook.

The new technology, currently in “preview” stage, this new workstation-class virtual desktop tech leverages NVIDIA’s GRID vGPU technology in conjunction with VMware Blast Performance to offer high-performance computing from a Chromebook.

chromebook  Chrome OS Getting Virtual Desktop Solutions Thanks to Vmware Nvidia Partnership

Do not get excited yet, because this may not be for everyone at least for now. This is not your regular Chrome Remote Desktop style access that we are talking about.  Windows ( or any other heavy operating system) will run on a server inside a datacenter. A user will connect to these servers to access applications such as photoshop or CAD designing software using a Chromebook equipped with special firmware and apps.

This means Vmware and Nvidia are targetting companies, not individuals with this software. Companies can deploy Chromebooks without worrying about occasional heavy traditional applications their employees might need to access. This may not work for every company out there, but in every company. There may be a bunch of companies who can switch to Chromebooks without thinking much. There may be some more companies who can deploy Chromebooks to most of their staff. I have seen organizations like this. (for example, the local hospital / clinic that I visit, they use Ubuntu to access their web based application)

via Vmware

Education market, check. Enterprise? We’ll get there!

Unofficial Android Debug Bridge Comes to Chrome and Chrome OS

A Chrome/ Chrome OS news with developer touch, so as usual, I will stay away from writing too much and messing it up chromebook  Unofficial Android Debug Bridge Comes to Chrome and Chrome OS

Developer Koushik Dutta has released a new Chrome app  bringing Android Debug Bridge (adb) to Chrome and Chrome OS. Now, for those non-dev readers, here is some official literature on ADB:

Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a versatile command line tool that lets you communicate with an emulator instance or connected Android-powered device.

  • A client, which runs on your development machine. You can invoke a client from a shell by issuing an adb command. Other Android tools such as the ADT plugin and DDMS also create adb clients.
  • A server, which runs as a background process on your development machine. The server manages communication between the client and the adb daemon running on an emulator or device.
  • A daemon, which runs as a background process on each emulator or device instance.

You can read more about it here.

chromebook  Unofficial Android Debug Bridge Comes to Chrome and Chrome OS

The Chrome ADB project is just getting started, and there is very little that you can do for now. Support is currently limited to Nexus 5. However, if you have been following this developer, you will know the speed at which he moves with his projects, so do not worry about the current limitations!

Since Windows users already have a way to get ADB on their computers, it is Chromebook owners who will be eager to try this app. So, here goes the download link.

Woot Now Has Dell Chromebook 11 for $249.99, Grab One Now!

Due to huge demand, Dell had to stop selling Chromebook 11 to general consumers. However, they have got things under control now, and is even offering huge discounts!

Dell Chromebook 11 with 2GB RAM/16GB SSD is now up for the best deal yet on Woot. The $390.00  Chromebook is now up for $249.99, down by 36%. No, this is not a refurbed machine, but a brand new Chromebook that we are talking about!

You can buy the Chromebook from here.

Key Features

  • Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor; provides powerful processing capabilities for problem-free computing
  • USB 3.0 has transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, 10 times faster than USB 2.0
  • 11.6″ HD LED-backlit display; delivers outstanding visual quality
  • 2GB DDR3L memory – For multitasking power
  • SATA 16GB Solid State Drive dramatically improves the responsiveness of your system
  • Intel HD Graphics; enhances graphics performance great for movies and games
  • Wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the built-in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless connection
  • Chrome OS and Chrome browser get you online in an instant and loads web pages in seconds

chromebook  Woot Now Has Dell Chromebook 11 for $249.99, Grab One Now!

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Unboxing Acer’s First Chromebox, (CXI) #video

Here is the first unboxing video of the newly announced Acer Chromebox. That was quick,Online Partner AB.

Here is a look inside the Chromebox, yes they opened this one up already :). Turns out, it is easy to upgrade this Chromebox.

chromebook  Unboxing Acers First Chromebox, (CXI) #video
via Online Partner AB.

Acer Announces Their First Chromebox, Starting at $180, Available in September

This was expected, a Chromebox from Acer. It almost met my expectations, and I am happy for the most part. I will tell you more about that after the specs and other details of this new Chromie.

The Acer Chromebox is named Chromebox CXI, and starts retailing at $180 in the USA. For this price, you get 2GB RAM. There is a 4GB model as well priced at $220.

Both models feature an Intel Celeron 2957U Haswell processor, 16GB of solid state storage, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and n SD card reader. Plus, there is HDMI output, and comes with a Chrome OS keyboard and a mouse. As far as I can see, this is not a wireless keyboard + mice combo.

As an extra, Acer Chromebox will have a TPM 1.2 security chip,  which generates and stores secure cryptographic key. Businesses and schools, you have been targeted.

Now, some pics:

chromebook  Acer Announces Their First Chromebox, Starting at $180, Available in September

chromebook  Acer Announces Their First Chromebox, Starting at $180, Available in September

Now, what am I missing here? The usual complaint I have about Acer Chromebooks, (now Chromebox too), the design. There were some design changes in their recent Chromebook releases, but I am not really happy.

Even the Tegra K1 Chromebook that they announced last week, I wish if they had worked with Google on the design and put out something similar to the HP Chromebook 11.

via Liliputing.

Senkatel C1101 Chromebook is Now Available on Amazon for Pre-Order

Senkatel recently announced a school friendly Chromebook based on the Intel reference design. The $314 C1101 Chromebook is now available on Amazon for pre-order, but for a slightly higher price, $340.00 + $11.38 shipping.

Senkatel C1101 1 Chromebook is available for pre-order here. Now, specs re-cap:

chromebook  Senkatel C1101 Chromebook is Now Available on Amazon for Pre Order

  • Display 11.6″ 1366 x 768 IPS, TFT-LCD; Anti-Glare for bright classrooms
  • CPU Intel ®Celeron™ N2830, 2.16 GHz
  • Operating System Google® Chrome™ OS
  • Memory(RAM) 2 GB SDRAM 1600 MHz
  • Storage(SSD) 16 GB SSD and 100 GB of Google Drive™ cloud storage free for 2-years
  • USB USB 2.0 x 1 andUSB 3.0 x 1
  • HDMI Full HDMI Port
  • Wireless Intel® Dual-Band Wireless AC7260 Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/ ; 2×2 T & R
  • Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.01
  • Camera 1.0 MP 720p HD 1800 rotatable camera
  • Sound system Built-in stereo sound; Integrated microphone rotates with camera
  • Battery Up to 9.5-hours with 3-cell
  • 3200 mAh /cell (36WHr) Li-Pol battery
  • Serviceable by school’s IT staff
  • Ports 2-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC) Kensington® Security Lock Slot
  • Dimensions and Weight 300 x 215 x 22.4 mm, 1,290 grams
  • 11.8” x 8.5” x 0.9”, 2.88 lbs.
  • Unit housing material Textured Durable Plastic case with
  • integrated handle and 70cm drop resistant

via Brent Sullivan

Google Might Add Live Chat Support for Chromebooks Users

Charlton Trezevant, a Chromebook user, noted something intereting on the pre-installed “Get Help” app on his Chromebook. On the bottom left corner it said “Questions? Contact Us Beta”. When clicked, the link opened a hangouts chat session with a Chromebook support agent.

From an email that he sent to OMG Chrome:

The button does work, and there are live people on the other side, however, I haven’t had a full session with them either. I sort of hurriedly clicked through to see if the feature actually worked, then closed the hangout. The tech did follow up via email, which I’ll attach at the bottom of this message.”

chromebook  Google Might Add Live Chat Support for Chromebooks Users

 

This might be the extension of “Chromebook Ninja” support that Google offers via email and we will soon see live chat support added to this offering. Since this is Hangouts that we are talking about, there will be the option to share desktop and get quick troubleshooting from a live person.

That being said, I am skeptical about this thing. Can Google afford to offer live chat support to anyone who buys a Chromebook, with all that new millions expected to come onboard in comng months?

Or, is this a paid service, available to schools and businesses only? That sounds more convincing to me. Companies will love to have live chat support available at the ready.

We’ll have to wait and watch. Really.

via OMG Chrome.

HP Updates Chromebook 11 with Bay Trail Processor – Meet the G3

Alvin Chin dug up a new Chromebook from HP’s website today. (Good one buddy!). It looks like an update to thier already updated Chromebook 11, this time dropping the ARM processor and replacing it with an Intel® Celeron® N2830. They call it the HP Chromebook 11 G3.

The official literature hints that they have education market in mind:

Keep students engaged and empower staff to easily manage classroom assignments with the affordable, powerful, and productive HP Chromebook 11 G3. From research to collaboration, this thin and light Chromebook gets top marks.

However, there is nothing “education” friendly beyond the literature. No rugged body or water resistant keyboard, so we’ll have to wait and see what their plan is, if they made this for the schools.

chromebook  HP Updates Chromebook 11 with Bay Trail Processor   Meet the G3

Here is the rest of the specs:

  • Intel® Celeron® N2830 with Intel HD Graphics (2.16 GHz, up to 2.41 GHz, 1 MB cache, 2 cores)1
  • Memory: Up to 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB SSD Storage
  • Display: 11.6″ diagonal HD SVA WLED anti-glare (1366 x 768)
  • 1 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 4.5 mm AC power connector; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 SIM
  • Weight: Starting at 1.28 kg

Now, some history. The HP Chromebook 11 came first with a cool design which everyone talked about a lot. This was one of the very few Chromebooks that Google had some say on the looks etc. It even had the fancy lights that we saw on the Pixel.

Then they updated it. The Chromebook 11 G2 came with the same processor, new design (like a mini HP Chromebook 14) and lower quality screen.

And then, we have this G3. I don’t know where this is going. Anyways, we’ll wait for the official announcement to see how they are going to price this baby.

I would love to see HP bringing the original design and display of Chromebook 11 version 1, and update the processor to the Tegra K1 like the new Acer Chromebook.

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