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Shhh! Chrome OS Releases in November!

Shhh! Chrome OS Releases in November!

Don't tell anyone! Component makers are whispering that the fabled Google Chrome OS will ship in November - THIS November. That's THIS MONTH. Acer made promises that Chrome OS devices would be released this fall, while Digitimes reports the launch of the OS to be this month, with Google supposedly planning the launch its own brand Chrome notebook along the lines of Nexus One.

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Soon We’ll Tell You if Facebook is Making an Android Phone

Soon We’ll Tell You if Facebook is Making an Android Phone

Or at least, we'll tell you whatever they're about to tell us, and it appears more than likely that it'll have something to do with phones, contact lists, and a mysterious connection to Firefox, iPhone, Google Chrome OS, and two of the most rock and roll developers in the world: Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos. We'll be at a special Mobile Event at Facebook HQ on November 3rd and we'll be able to tell you all about it. Until then, speculation below!

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Google’s Chrome Web Store delayed until Dec tip developers

Google’s Chrome Web Store delayed until Dec tip developers

Google's Chrome Web Store has apparently been delayed, and will miss its originally tipped launch this month.  Instead, according to AllThingsD, developers creating apps for the new download store are expecting a December 6 public beta, with some having received not only special help from Google's engineers but even financial support.

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Microsoft pressuring Acer & ASUS with royalty fees to stem Android netbooks & tablets? [Updated]

Microsoft pressuring Acer & ASUS with royalty fees to stem Android netbooks & tablets? [Updated]

Microsoft is apparently planning on using royalty fees on smartphone technologies in an attempt to persuade Acer, ASUS and other netbook manufacturers to stick with Windows and bypass Android and Google Chrome OS on netbooks and tablets, according to sources in Taipei.  DigiTimes claims that  Microsoft is threatening to charge manufacturers for using its patented tech - including email and multimedia systems - as with their agreement with HTC, with fees amounting to around $10-15 per handset.

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Chromepad iPad hack gets Chromium OS video demo

Chromepad iPad hack gets Chromium OS video demo

A photo and now video seemingly showing Google's Chromium OS running on an Apple iPad has prompted no small amount of controversy these past couple of days, and it's still unclear to what extent the open-source platform has infiltrated the iOS slate.  Modder Hexxeh revealed the fruits of his hacking labors earlier this week, though with very few details, prompting speculation both that he had installed an unofficial ROM and that he was merely using some sort of iPad remote display.

Video demo after the cut

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Dell 7-inch Android tablet imminent; 10-inch slate in 6-12 months

Dell 7-inch Android tablet imminent; 10-inch slate in 6-12 months

Dell's larger tablet plans have been confirmed, with Dell Greater China President Amit Midha revealing that the company's 7-inch slate will drop "in the next few weeks" while a 10-inch Dell tablet will follow on in 6-12 months.  According to the WSJ, Midha revealed in an interview that Dell has "a whole slew" of new products for release in the next twelve months, including 3-, 4- and 10-inch devices.

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Gmail VoIP testing tips Google’s Chrome OS Voice plans?

Gmail VoIP testing tips Google’s Chrome OS Voice plans?

Google are apparently trialling a system whereby their Google Voice VoIP app is integrated with the web-based Google Chat IM service within the Gmail interface.  According to CNET's sources, the new VoIP system is built into the existing Chat UI and allows for ingoing and outgoing calls without any locally running software.

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Verizon’s HTC/Google slate using N-Trig touchscreen?

Verizon’s HTC/Google slate using N-Trig touchscreen?

With IFA 2010 just around the corner, it feels like half the stories this week are about tablets.  Now, on the back of reports that HTC are crafting a wireless tablet for Verizon for release this coming November, Haaretz is claiming that touchscreen specialists N-Trig will be providing the finger-friendly panels for the slate they're calling the gPad.

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Verizon Google Chrome OS tablet by HTC launching November 26th?

Verizon Google Chrome OS tablet by HTC launching November 26th?

Definitely one for the rumor-mill, but DownloadSquad claim to have heard from a source that HTC are building Google a Chrome OS tablet that will launch on the Verizon network in the US on November 26th.  That's a Black Friday launch, leading to speculation that Verizon will couple the slate with some seriously subsidized pricing so as to lure in would-be iPad buyers.

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Synaptics 10.1-inch ClearPad 7200 Series multitouch panels target Win7 & Android slates

Synaptics 10.1-inch ClearPad 7200 Series multitouch panels target Win7 & Android slates

Synaptics has announced its play for the tablet touchscreen market, with the new ClearPad 7200 Series of capacitive touch-panels.  Available in sizes up to 10.1-inches, the ClearPad 7200 Series supports up to ten simultaneous points of contact together with the usual multitouch gestures like pinch-zoom and chiral-rotate.

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Eric Schmidt: No Nexus Two or Google-brand Chrome OS netbook

Eric Schmidt: No Nexus Two or Google-brand Chrome OS netbook

Google has no plans for a second-generation Nexus Two smartphone, according to CEO Eric Schmidt, since the Nexus One met its desired goal of spurring on the Android hardware market.  In an interview with The Telegraph, Schmidt confirmed that "the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that."  However, Schmidt said he doubts Google will have to follow a similar route with upcoming Google Chrome OS netbooks.

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Dell Chrome OS netbooks in works tips exec

Dell Chrome OS netbooks in works tips exec

Dell executives have confirmed that the company is working with Google on putting Chrome OS, the search giant's cloud-centric platform, on future netbooks.  Speaking to Reuters, Amit Midha - Dell's president for Greater China and South Asia - said that "with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders," though declined to make any official announcements.

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