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Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook review

Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook review

Google's first Chrome OS notebook, the Cr-48, has landed on the SlashGear test bench, and to say it's an interesting machine would be an understatement. The stealth-black 12.1-inch ultraportable is, like the color-scheme suggests, intended to fall into the background and let the Chrome OS platform take center-stage. Check out our full review after the cut.

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The Daily Slash: December 15 2010

The Daily Slash: December 15 2010

Such a plethora of magical words and images we've got whipped up for you today! Chris Davies columns about The Convergence Con. Ben Bajarin asks the question What Happened to Innovation? And right when you thought we'd run out of columns, Don Reisinger comes at you with the controllers: Why I Don’t Have A Favorite Game Console. Then get CRAZY in a gigantically warred Call of Duty: Black Ops update which makes everyone totally ANGRY! And AGAIN, don't forget! Take a peek at both of our SlashGear AND our Android Community giveaways of the Google Cr-48 Laptop! Get in to it!

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SlashGear Google Cr-48 Giveaway

SlashGear Google Cr-48 Giveaway

Notebooks running Google Chrome OS aren't expected to hit the market until mid-2011, so until now the only way to get your hands on a Google laptop is to sign up to the search giant's pilot program and hope you get picked to try out one of the 12.1-inch ultraportables. Now, though, there's another way: Google has given us five Cr-48 notebooks to give away, three for SlashGear readers and two over at our sibling site Android Community.

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Google Chrome OS is “careless computing” warns GNU founder

Google Chrome OS is “careless computing” warns GNU founder

Google Chrome OS may liberate you from fire and awkward little children who dump ice cream on your notebook, but according to GNU founder Richard Stallman it also liberates you from too many of your legal rights. The outspoken Free Software Foundation founder believes that rather than "cloud computing", Chrome OS encourages "careless computing", and highlights the fact that the rules over what information police can or can't seize without a search warrant change depending on where your data is stored.

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What is a Chrome OS notebook?

What is a Chrome OS notebook?

Last week Google put a reference design notebook called the Cr-48 into the hands of many press, and excited consumers. This new notebook runs Google’s Chrome OS operating system and, according to Google, represents a new type of computing experience, mainly one that takes place solely within the browser.

In my column last Friday I started a debate about the fate of netbooks as I predicted the death of the netbook category. I appreciate all who commented on that column for contributing to the discussion. I ended the column pointing out that if the definition of the netbook is no longer valid, then what are we to call the Chrome OS notebook?

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Google smash, freeze & burn 25 Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks in praise of the cloud [Video]

Google smash, freeze & burn 25 Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks in praise of the cloud [Video]

Usually, when an interesting new gadget arrives, we have to wait until iFixit gets around to tearing it down before we see what's going on inside. Google, though, don't appear willing to wait for that to happen; they've pushed out a video to demonstrate the benefits of cloud-based working, and along the way 25 Google Cr-48 notebooks are broken, frozen, shattered and generally mistreated.

Video destruction after the cut

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Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks being delivered today

Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks being delivered today

Google's Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks are already showing up with early registrants to the Chrome OS pilot program. Announced on Tuesday this week, a Cr-48 has arrived on the step of SeatGeek comms director Ben Kessler.

According to Kessler, "the build quality on the Cr-48 is mostly great, all rubberized plastic but the damn battery doesn't sit flush with the bottom." Google has purposefully left the 12.1-inch notebook generally unmarked and logo-free, targeting it solely at pilot users while commercial variants from Acer and Samsung are expected in mid-2011.

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Google grabs 60,000 Cr-48 notebooks while Acer conservative on Chrome OS demand

Google grabs 60,000 Cr-48 notebooks while Acer conservative on Chrome OS demand

Google's Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook will be offered to developers, business and education users, and the general public as part of the search giant's early access program, but just how limited are the numbers Google is talking about? According to DigiTimes, the first batch of Cr-48 units amounts to around 60,000, with Inventec the manufacturer responsible for the unbranded 12.1-inch ultraportable.

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Google Chrome OS Cr-48 notebook detailed

Google Chrome OS Cr-48 notebook detailed

Notebooks from Samsung and Acer running Google Chrome OS aren't due to arrive until midway through 2011, but Google's own, unbranded Chrome OS Cr-48 notebook will tide developers over until the browser-based platform makes its full retail debut. A minimally-logo'd 12.1-inch ultraportable, the Google Cr-48 runs an Intel Atom processor and has a full-sized keyboard - complete with Google key customizations, like ditching the caps-lock and function keys - and the company reckons its battery is good for up to 8hrs of use or a week of standby.

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