Friday, May 13, 2011

Google Gives Insight on Subscription Fees for Chromebooks

Photo Credit: eWeek

The Google Chromebook has been announced quite some time ago. For all you guys that don't know what it is, it is a laptop running Chrome OS that boots up in less than 10 seconds and has nothing else but the Google Chrome browser. It is the first step into cloud computing. More details on Chromebooks can be on found Amazon here.

As Acer and Samsung plans on releasing Chromebooks, Google gives us insight on how much the 3G plans will cost. For students, the pricing will be around $20. For business use, it will be $28 per month. Google insists on a 3 year contract and at least 10 Chromebooks for each business/school. Enterprise customers that want to purchase the Chromebook will have to pay $31 a month for the Acer brand, and $33 a month for the Samsung brand. Schools and business that selects the 3G models will be getting 100 MB of free data per month.

Acer Chromebook Specs:
  • 11.6" HD Widescreen LED-backlit LCD
  • 2.95 lbs.
  • 6 hours of use after full charge
  • Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
  • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
  • High-Definition Audio Support
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • HDMI port
  • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
  • Large, clickable trackpad
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Specs:
  • 12.1" (1280x800) Display
  • 3.26 lb
  • 8.5 hours of use per charge
  • Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
  • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • Mini-VGA port
  • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
  • Large, clickable trackpad
Both of these computers will be up for preorder on June 15.

Chromebooks are really convenient for checking your email, Facebook, and other stuff you need to get down. You can quickly resume what you are doing as the start up speeds are really fast. In the future, I think cloud computing technologies will advance and we will no longer have the need of having hard drives in our local machine.

Angry Birds Now Free For Chrome

The popular game Angry Birds made by Roxio is now available online and can be played on Google Chrome. This is great news for every one who doesn't have an iOS device or Android phone. The online game isn't a trial version, and has all the features as the full version for mobile devices. So Angry Bird lovers, enjoy sling-shotting birds and killing pigs right in your Google Chrome browser window! There is a SD (Standard Definition) and a HD (High Definition) version.

The game is available here. I got more screenshots. :) They are from the Angry Birds Chrome website.

As of right now, it is still in BETA. There is a lot of room for improvement. I played it for a little while and I noticed that if I refresh my page or switch the resolution, it will restart my game. If they can do a cookie or account system that allows you to save the game, that would be great.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

$25 Computer and the Paper Thin Cellphone!

Hey guys, as a special treat, I will be combining two articles today. I will be combining both because they probably won't be that long, but please enjoy.

$25 Computer Prototype

Photo Credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation
The picture you see above is a prototype of a $25 computer. It was created by David Braben as a project to help not-so-wealthy students to get computer to use for school and learning. The laptop runs on a Linux-based OS. The computer looks a lot more different than what you'd expect a computer to be. The computer is approximately the size of an USB flash-drive. The computer it self has an HDMI port for a TV (monitor) connection, and several USB ports for a mouse and a keyboard. Since the price of the computer is so little (about $25), David Braben is hoping schools can afford some of these to help students who are part of poor families to have computers for school and learning. The computer has a 700-MHz ARM11 processor (faster than the iPhone 3G) and 128MB of SDRAM. Extra storage can be added by connecting a SD card in the built-in SD slot.

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Paper Thin Cellphone

Photo Credit: ABC News
Although  this phone will not be in stores for a while, the prototype of a paper thin cellphone is already invented. It is really paper thin, can be bent, and is roughly the size of a credit card. The phone is call the PaperPhone. Instead of using glass like old phones, this new phone uses this ultra flexible film which is more flexible than credit cards. The display is made from e-ink. Although touch screen will probably still be the main way of interacting with the device, there maybe other ways of interacting with the device like bending the device.

Now for my opinions on this device... I don't think videos will really work on a phone like this because of the e-ink display. Other than that, I think it would be a great idea! You can probably fit a phone like this right in your wallet. How would ringtones and vibrations work with this? :/ Can they fit a good speaker on this?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Key to the Osama Bin Laden Raid

Photo Credit: Associated Press

The picture you see above is a photo taken by a local resident near Bin Laden's hide-out. It is the left overs of a helicopter used in the Osama Bin Laden raid. One of the helicopters used in the raid had to make an emergency landing which didn't go so well. The reason for that is not released yet. The Navy SEALS did try to blow up the helicopter before they left with Bin Laden's body, but the tail piece from the helicopter remained intact. The reason for why they tried to blow it up is very clear, the helicopter contained a lot of our nation's secrets. There were a lot of stealth components in the helicopter that helped the Navy SEALS sneak past the Pakistan Air Defenses.

After examination of the tail piece, it looks like a modified version of the Black Hawk. The helicopter had components that helped with evading radar detection and noise suppression. These components are key to a successful raid. Bin Laden's guards were obviously expecting a raid from the US, but they were also expecting to hear helicopters for a few minutes.

The helicopters wasn't completely silent though. One of the nearby residents claimed that he heard helicopters while he was on Twitter a few minutes before the raid. Luckly, Bin Laden himself and his guards did not notice the presence of the Navy SEALS until it was too late. In fact, the Navy SEALS-men (That's what you call them right? LOL) only encountered one person with a hand gun. That person tried to take a shot but was quickly killed by the Navy SEALS. After proceeding, the rest of the people in hide-out were unarmed and the mission was completed very efficiently with little resistance at all.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS is so Cool!

So today I went to Fry's Electronics. To my my surprise, they had a Nintendo 3DS on demo! :D It was amazing! It was the first time I saw glasses-free 3D in action! AWESOME!!! But I do have to say that the Nintendo 3DS isn't perfect. I know a lot of you might be thinking it must be Godly. Well this is what everyone thinks when some new, never before achieved technology comes out. HAHA Anyways, the 3D only works at the certain distance from the screen and you will have to be looking like straight at the monitor to see the 3D. If you are just a little bit off, you'll either see 2 images or feel like throwing up (no joke)! My eyes tired out like after 2 minutes of looking at the screen. Probably not the best thing to be looking at all day. So that's it! That was my experience. I have to say the 3D is incredible. If you have the money! You should buy it! Don't play with the 3D on for too long though, I have a feeling it will really damage your eyes. :/
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