Google’s Android mobile OS is touch from the bottom up. So wouldn’t you expect Google’s ChromeOS to be touchable as well?
Google is finally learning from the mistakes of its previous Chromebooks and pricing its latest model far more competitively.
Netbooks, once the cheap portables spotted at coffee shops everywhere, have become so uncool that they are near extinction. Case in point: Dell is saying sayonara to its consumer netbook business.
Computer manufacturer Asus is betting there’s still a pot of gold to be found in the netbook market, despite decline due to growing competition from tablet computing devices.
Dell CEO Michael Dell probably doesn’t mind the success of iPad. According to market analyst IHS iSuppli, strong iPad sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 helped Dell to overtake Acer as the number 2 PC maker in the world.
Goodbye netbook, hello tablet.
The lines between work and play have blurred in the always-on, digital online age. Smartphones, netbooks, tablets, and other gadgets make it much easier to do work while you’re supposed to be on the run or taking it easy. And they also make it easier to goof off when you’re supposed to be working.
During Hewlett-Packard‘s analyst conference call today, the company acknowledged that strong sales of rival tablet computers (such as the Apple iPad) have hurt sales of notebook computers.
AT&T is about to make it more difficult for new iPhone users to break their contracts. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the carrier will be raising its early termination fee (ETF) for smartphones and 3G netbooks from $175 to $325 as of June 1. An AT&T spokesperson confirmed the news with VentureBeat, and the company has since issued a press release.
While Steve Jobs may claim he is taking time off from the day-to-day business of running Apple, that certainly does not mean he isn’t guiding the company’s direction. Jobs is still actively involved with business decisions, reports the Wall Street Journal. This includes work towards a netbook device, despite the company’s best efforts to deny that it is interested in the market.
[Update: Since posting this story, we've had a lot of inquiries from readers, with questions ranging from whether Android is ready for laptops and full-scale PCs, why Android can't rely fully on Linux, and so on. See our follow-up Android FAQ post.]