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Acer to launch app store, will pre-load on PCs

Our pals over at Engadget covered the Acer hullabaloo this morning, and there's one bit which blipped on the Download Squad radar. Yes, software aficionados, Acer is launching an app and content store. It'll be called Alive, and you can't really blame Acer for the move -- they're a top-3 manufacturer selling millions of laptops and desktops every year. The opportunity to glean a few percentage...

First Chrome OS systems to come from Acer, Dell, and HP?

Last month at Computex, Acer's rumored Chrome OS netbook was nowhere to be found. Of course, I'd already said it wasn't going to be on display -- and Acer backed up my prediction days later with an official press release. Computex has come and gone, and while we still haven't seen Chrome OS hardware prototypes we may have a clue as to who's working on them. Officially, Google has only stated...

Acer launching Chrome OS devices in two weeks? Hold your horses...

VentureBeat has a rather interesting exclusive this evening: Acer is said to be launching Chrome OS devices in two weeks at Computex 2010 in Taipei....But don't get too excited just yet. I'm not sure if you've built the Chromium OS source code lately, but it's far from complete (and most of you probably wouldn't expect it to be). The user interface still needs quite a bit of polish, the window...

Moblin netbooks are coming - can Linux based netbooks find a market?

When netbooks first started hitting the market, they were low on raw power, storage and profit margins, meaning that they were ideal candidates for running the Linux OS. Asus, who arguably kicked off the whole netbook market with their Eee PC machines, originally shipped their devices with a variant of Xandros Linux and robust SSD drives. As the market matured, Asus moved to match their...

Acer buys Gateway, market share

Gateway, whose classic startup success story and moo-cow-fashioned packaging materials bolstered its position in the late 90's as a dominant computer manufacturer, just got bought by Taiwan-based Acer for $710 million. That means the third-largest PC maker is now Acer. Can't say that we would've ever predicted that back when Gateway was flying so high, making acquisitions of its own, and...

Acer says Ubuntu loaded notebooks are Singapore-only for now

While we didn't really expect to hear that Acer would offer its Aspire 5710Z notebook running Ubuntu Linux outside of Singapore anytime soon, we can't say that it didn't sting a bit when we discovered that our pessimism was well-placed. According to ZDNet, an Acer spokesperson says the company has no plans to sell PCs pre-loaded with Linux in the UK anytime soon. And DailyTech confirms that the...

Acer selling notebook with Ubuntu Linux - in Singapore

Acer appears to be following Dell's lead and is installing Ubuntu Linux on at least one notebook PC. The Acer Aspire 5710Z with Ubuntu is only available in Singapore, where it's advertised for SG$999. That's about $660 US dollars. This PC's specs would seem to indicate that it's targeted at budget-minded consumers, and the omission of Windows XP or Vista probably helps drive down the price. But...

Acer president slams Windows Vista, says industry is "disappointed"

It's one thing when a blogger or a journalist harps on Microsoft for one thing or another - but it's something else entirely when the president of the world's 4th largest PC manufacturer claims "the whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista." In a statement to Financial Times Deutschland this week, Acer president Gianfranco Lanci bashed Microsoft and their latest OS, citing the fact that...

Microsoft's blogger bribe blunder will be good for EFF

Microsoft wasn't the smartest in the way they handled the blogger laptop give-away, but the debacle will turn out good in one way. One blogger, Scott Beale, is choosing to auction off the laptop he received on eBay and give the proceeds to the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation). The auction will run through January 4th, when Scott will post the results on his blog, the Laughing Squid. If you can...

Acer VP trashes Vista Home Basic

Acer, the world's fourth largest PC manufacturer, says Microsoft is effectively forcing consumers to pay for the pricier Vista Premium because Vista Home Basic isn't any good. "The new [Vista] experience you hear of, if you get Basic, you won't feel it at all," said Acer senior VP Jim Wong, "There's no [Aero] graphics, no Media Center, no remote control." Since PC buyers won't settle for Home...

Googleholic for September 15th, 2006

In this issue of Googleholic we cover: The Church of Google The making of the Google Calendar Flava Flav likes Google Boston Transit maps mashup Google is fighting to use Gmail in Germany Yahoo battles Google with default computer search Continue reading Friday's Googleholic......