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Chrome OS R10 update fixes touchpad issues, 3G modem activation and Wi-Fi

Yesterday, Google rolled out an update for Chrome OS, its browser-based operating system. Bringing Chrome 10 to Chrome OS, plus a quite a few fixes and tweaks, the biggest change is an update to the trackpad for the Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook. The trackpad now gains sensitivity and control settings, which according to Engadget, make a huge difference to its usability. Other highlights...

Google offers $20,000 for successful Chrome hack at Pwn2Own 2011

Google isn't just bringing the Chrome Browser to Pwn2Own 2011 -- this time, it's also bringing its own hardware. The Cr-48 Chrome OS laptop will be on hand for the browser exploiting hullabaloo, and Google is offering $20,000 and a CR-48 notebook for a successful exploit. According to the event's organizer, the attacker will also need to escape Chrome's sandbox. At last year's event, prominent...

Google Docs now lets you stream video files you upload

Google has just snuck a rather slick feature into Docs which you might not have noticed. You could already play audio files you had uploaded to your Google Docs storage, but now you can play video files as well. Google's player supports a number of different formats, including its own WebM/VP8, MPEG4, 3GP, MOV, AVI, MPEG, FLV (Flash video), and WMV (Windows Media). The heavy lifting is performed...

Lackluster sales on Chrome Web Store continue; are people ready to pay for browser-specific Web apps?

At the time of writing, the top paid app on the Chrome Web Store has 65 weekly installs. The top game fares a little better, with a few hundred weekly installs. After months of hype from Google and a delayed launch, those figures seem a little -- how can I say this -- weak? The fact is, paid-for Web apps might be taking things just a little too far. If the Web has proven one thing, other than...

Cr-48 Chrome OS netbook hacked to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Hexxeh, who recently released a Cr-48 tool to boot any OS, including Windows or Mac OS X, has now successfully got Android 2.3 Gingerbread to run on his Cr-48 netbook. All we have right now is a single photo (above), but you can click it for a super-high-res (cellphone camera?) photo if you like. According to unnamed sources close to Hexxeh, it is indeed Gingerbread running on Cr-48, but...

Install any OS on a Google CR-48 laptop with Luigi

Our pal Hexxeh is at it again, only this time it's not Google's Chromium OS that he's hacking -- it's the Google Chrome OS Cr-48 laptop. We've previously shared posts about installing Ubuntu, Windows 7, and OS X on the CR-48, but the process has been a little on the complex side until now. Hexxeh's new tool -- Luigi -- simplifies the process greatly. As long as you can follow his 12-step...

Google CR-48 netbook hacked to run Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard

We already shared Google's instructions for installing Ubuntu on a CR-48 Chrome OS netbook with you, but one enthusiast has decided to take things a step further. After all, if you can get two x86 operating systems running on the CR-48 why not try for three or four? YouTube user Damis648 has managed to get both Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leopard running on Google's plain black machine. It's a...

Google destroys Cr-48 Chrome OS netbooks in aid of 'testing'

Google's going all out with the pre-release Cr-48 testing, sending thousands of the pre-release Chrome netbooks to people across the US for in-the-home examinations. But why stop there? Why not destroy a few in the name of publicity? In steps the Google Demo Lab, where 'Demo' stands for demolition! In what is best described as an amusing time waster, the Demo Labs site presents you with a...

How to boot Ubuntu on the Cr-48 Chrome OS netbook

It was only a matter of time: a page on the Chromium Projects website has emerged, detailing how to install Ubuntu on a Cr-48 netbook. The process is, understandably, a little risky -- but it's not like there are any tech bloggers out there that don't know how to use Linux, right? Snarkiness aside, the process is actually very easy. You have to hack at the SSD's filesystem a little and fiddle...

Panelize fixes one of Chrome OS's fundamental flaws

If you haven't played with Chrome OS yet, it has one fundamental niggle that harkens back to the DOS days of yore: windows don't exist, and it has no way of displaying multiple tabs on screen at the same time. This means if you want to refer to a document while you compose an email, you need to repetitively switch between tabs -- and I think we can all agree that tab-switching is one of the most...

Web app tracks Google Cr-48 Chrome OS netbooks as they're shipped, prolongs hope for masses

There's no shortage of people wondering if they'll soon be receiving one of Google's much-anticipated Cr-48 netbooks, so it's no surprise that something like this would pop up. The Cr-48 Shipping Tracker is a rather aptly-named and extremely spartan web app that does exactly what it sounds like -- it tracks the shipments of experimental Chrome OS laptops as they're shipped out. Once you enter...

Chrome OS will have built-in Flash Player, but still a work in progress

Although we've already seen Flash in action on Chrome OS, Adobe has come out and officially announced Flash Player for Google's newest operating system and deemed it a "work in progress." If you're expecting the kind of desktop performance you get with the latest hardware accelerated builds of Flash Player, I'm afraid you're going to be a little disappointed -- video playback performance...

First look at Google Chrome OS: 'Nothing but the Web'

The rumors are true: Google's big Chrome event today was all about Chrome OS. As expected, Chrome OS is a "nothing but the web" operating system that runs entirely on web apps, with the Chrome browser at the center of the experience. Google walked through the whole Chrome OS user experience at the event, and it really looks like a solid choice for everyday users who just want to browse, share,...

Google Cloud Print is now available

With the first Chrome OS release due to be unveiled by Google later today, this really shouldn't come as a surprise: Cloud Print is now fully active. You will need the latest Chrome Developer version installed. Head to your Google Chrome about:flags page and enable the Cloud Print Proxy, and you'll be instantly plugged in. Your Cloud Print queue manager will display all the printers you've got...

Google's YouTube uploads confirm Chrome OS, Web Store launch today

It's no secret Google has a big announcement scheduled for 10:30 Pacific time today, and we already nearly certain that they would announce two major launches: Chrome OS and the Chrome Web Store. If there was any doubt left in your mind, the Google OS blog has snagged a handful of additional evidence. The official Google Chrome YouTube channel has been busy in the wee hours, uploading two new...