It was my first time attending the Google I/O conference here in SF, and I was definitely surprised at the interactivity that Google brought to Moscone West. There were apps to try, games to play, and comfy areas to sit and work. There was even a candy bar! Check out some of the interesting and fun stuff I found while cruising the premises.
At today's I/O keynote, Google announced two new Chromebooks coming from Samsung and Acer on June 15. These new laptops were born from last year's CR-48 beta edition, and have now evolved into consumer-ready machines with some nice cloud features.
Both Chromebooks boot in eight seconds, have built-in WiFi and are 3G-ready (from Verizon), feature automatic updates, and secure log-ins for multiple users. You can customize your Chrome experience with web apps, sync your bookmarks, and get your documents, photos, and settings on any computer thanks to its cloud-based operating system. Check out more photos and details from both the Samsung and Acer laptops (including size, weight, and battery life) in the slideshow. When you're done, head over to our Facebook page and vote on our Google Chromebooks poll!
An exclusive Chrome edition will be available soon in the Chrome web store (which includes Chrome-themed levels), but the best part is — you can play Angry Birds in its entirety offline. Now you'll never get any work done in the office or on the plane.
Mother's Day is on Sunday, but I can't help but share this adorable and charming ad for Google Chrome. Passed on to me by Sugar member Calamari, this ad shows that you can use Chrome, Picasa, and Gmail to create a 21st century baby book that your kids can (safely!) read when they're older. Check it out below!
We'll be tweeting, blogging, and live streaming all the royal wedding goodness you can handle here on the Sugar Network, but if you're not interested in getting any royal updates in your Twitter stream, here's a quick solution for you Chrome users.
Called Proxlet, this Chrome extension allows you to filter specific hashtags from your stream in Chrome, your iPhone's Twitter app, and even works on your third-party clients like TweetDeck, Twidroyd, and Seesmic for your Android devices. We'd love for you to join us on Twitter and Facebook during the royal events, but I won't be offended if you download this free extension.
Last week, Firefox 4 launched with a host of new features and was quickly downloaded by nearly 40 million people and counting. Google's Chrome browser is only two years old, but is already packing a punch with its helpful shortcuts, plug-ins, and more. Safari and IE are classics, and they come preinstalled on Macs and PCs respectively.
I've been a Firefox supporter for years, but as Chrome grows in popularity, so does my use of it. What about you?
Recently, VentureBeat identified five overhyped tech trends of 2011, effectively predicting their demise. From the surge of tablets to Internet TV, here's what they had to say.
Do you agree? Click through and share your thoughts on whether or not these trends and products are here to stay.
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We just got our Chrome notebook delivered to Sugar HQ, and while we're busy diving into all the goodness that a cloud-based laptop has to offer, we thought we'd let you get an early look at the notebook, and get you excited for what's to come. Check out the gallery of images below, and stay tuned for lots more coverage ahead!
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