Google Release The Chromebook Pixel

Chromebook Pixel - Ongoing IssuesSo it turns out that the rumours were actually true as Google release it’s high end Chromebook, the Pixel.

The success of the Chromebook in the UK has we are sure been a huge shock to some.  Chromebooks now represent more than 10 percent of notebook sales at Currys PC World.  We are not shocked about this and experienced first hand how hard it was to get hold of one from the shops.  Always out of stock!  Another interesting fact is that the Samsung Chromebook has been #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for laptops every day since it’s U.S. launch 125 days ago.

The Samsung Chromebook has been #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for laptops every day since it launched 125 days ago in the U.S., and Chromebooks now represent more than 10 percent of notebook sales at Currys PC World, the largest electronics retailer in the U.K.

So what does the Pixel bring to the market?  Well it’s certainly not aimed at the lower end, or even mid range.  This home grown product is aiming straight for the top coming in at a surprising £1,049.  So what does all that cash get you?  Well they’re selling it mainly on the sleek design and an amazing high def touch screen.

For seeing and touching

A spectacular view
4.3 million pixels – each invisible to the unaided eye – work together to bring you crisp text, vivid colours, and extra wide viewing angles. The 12.85” screen has the highest pixel density of any laptop, and with a 3:2 photographic format that’s designed for the web, you can put every one of those pixels to good use.
At your fingertips
Organise windows, swipe through apps, and edit photos with the tip of your finger. A 0.55mm layer of touch-enabled Gorilla® Glass fused directly to the screen gives you smooth interactions while preserving picture clarity.

So let’s take a quick look at the promo video:

So will people go for this?  Yes they will, but a small number of people.  This is defiantly a high end machine that is going to strike a lot of appeal, but it’s not what the Chromebook is about.  The Chrombook is supposed to be a very affordable device which is almost instant on, syncs with the cloud and if broken is easily replaceable.  The perfect web enabled device.  The Pixel is more like a MacBook without the more functional operating system and local applications.

We can’t wait to get our hands on one and we hope that the Pixel does well, but this device is by no means going to be the way Google gets it’s operating system spread further across the market.

You can purchase your Chromebook Pixel from the Play Store and find out more information on the official Google Chrome Blog.

 

 



Apple Update – Airport Firmware Update 7.6.3

Apple Update Icon - Ongoing Issue GraphicNew firmware (7.6.3) is available for the AirPort wireless device.

Your device should prompt to update itself automatically if you have the AirPort Utility installed.

 



Mac Software Update: Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12

Apple Update Icon - Ongoing Issue GraphicJava have released that long awaited and needed security update for Java.  Check out the details below:

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_39.

On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled “Inactive plug-in” on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5575 for more details about this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.


Kill A Mac App With Eight Simple Key Strokes

TNW have reported of a software bug where if you type the following eight key stokes in almost any application:

File:///

it will crash.

For more information, check out TNW’s post here:

http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/02/02/typing-these-eight-characters-will-crash-almost-any-application-on-your-mac/



Go Daddy Indeed!

So, what do you all think of the new Go Daddy advert then?

 



Google Doodle…Well Game

Google’s latest Doodle is in honor of inventor Frank Zamboni.

Frank Joseph Zamboni, Jr. was a U.S. inventor whose most famous invention is the modern ice resurfacer, with his surname being registered as a trademark for these resurfacers.

When clicked on the doodle changes into an ice rink and a fun little game where after people have been skating on the ice, you take out the ice resurfacer to clean up the mess.

google doodle Frank Joseph Zamboni

Have a go and see how you get on!


YouTube release YouTube Capture

YouTube CaptureYouTube have released their new product YouTube Capture.

This app allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to share video easily and then “upload videos to YouTube, Google+, Facebook and Twitter simultaneously, or share privately with friends and family”.

There is also a nice auto enhance feature that offers “automatic colour correction, stabilisation, trimming and music tracks”.

We think this app will be successful in encouraging users to add content to their YouTube channel.  We are yet to test the app and see how good it’s editing features are, but we expect them not to disappoint.

Check out the YouTube Capture video below to give you a little insite into the  app in action:

 



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