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Chrome OS: Do More Things That Make Google Money

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Chrome OS: Do More Things That Make Google Money

Not much time has passed since Google announced the Chrome Store and unveiled Chrome OS, but on December 10th Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced several updates about Chrome and Chrome OS. He also went on to say that these announcements were some of the most important in his work life. If you would like to read the full blog by Schmidt you can find out more about his history and reasoning behind the future success of Chrome OS.

If you opted out of reading Schmidt's blog post, it can basically be summarized like this. In the 1970s and 1980s there were few new ideas pertaining to computer science. After all "3M" machines (one megapixel, one megahertz, and one megabit) were big in the 80s and that was quite an accomplishment then but still not enough to really do anything by todays standards, or the standards 10 years ago for that matter. Eventually the web came around and like computers in their infancy, the web was only useful as a source of information and couldn't really do much. That was until 1997 when Oracle announced the advent of "the network computer." Which gave rise to the idea of "the cloud" which Google fancies quite a bit. Google also believes that with HTML 5 the web has reached the point where cloud computing is viable.

To find out how Chrome OS is going to make Google even more rich, hit the break.

Speed Camera Lottery - Win Money by Following the Law

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Speed Camera Lottery - Win Money by Following the Law

You never know what you might get from Germany. Sometimes it is Anti-Simpsons fighting and sometimes it is creativity. Today I would like to focus on the latter.

Volkswagon, the company that forever changed terrible cars, ran a contest called Fun Theory, in which the winner designed what they call the Speed Camera Lottery. How does this work? Well, if you are caught speeding, they send you a ticket. Very creative, right? If you are NOT speeding, however, you are entered into a lottery to win the money the speeders pay with their tickets.

Want to see this thing in action and hear the creator talk about his creation? Hit the break.

Front-Facing Cameras for the Rest of Us

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Front-Facing Cameras for the Rest of Us

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011 is coming up quickly, January 5, and we are starting to see a lot of cool new devices that we may or may not see on the show floor. This week's exploration into the new is called OneMoreFace. It is an adapter you add to the top of your smartphone to add a forward-facing camera.

Right now the device is only a prototype and only designed for the HTC Google Nexus One, but the designer has promised commercial viability in the near future. I also expect to see this start showing up for other smartphones that are missing the popular Qik-enabling feature.

Want to know how this works? Hit the break.

Apache Leaves the Java Board

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Apache Leaves the Java Board

While the Apache Foundation may be taking over responsibility of Google Wave, they will be resigning their responsibilities on the Java SE/EE Executive Committee. They do so after 10 years on the board responsible for maintaining standards for Java across the software industry.

Before we get into the reasons they left, let's talk about their tenure. In the 10 years with the organization, Apache has been "Member of the Year" 4 times. They also were voted for another term by 95%, far more than needed. Obviously everyone liked them.

So, why are they leaving? Hit the break to find out.

Rivals Intel and AMD Declare in Unison, 'Death to VGA!'

posted Sunday Dec 12, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Rivals Intel and AMD Declare in Unison, 'Death to VGA!'

Hi, I'm an Intel. And I'm an AMD. We don't really get along, nor will we ever agree on nanoprocessors or being hardcore with hexacore. But one thing is for certain: we are sick of analog video display outputs; specifically, VGA!

This week Intel and AMD announced that they are teaming up with the help of Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and LG to completely remove VGA by 2015 and to focus only on HDMI and DisplayPort.

Want more news on the obsoletion? Click the break.

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