Day: June 8, 2011
Australian IT company Kogan has launched the world’s first computer based on Google’s new Chromium OS, stealing a march on PC giants Acer and Samsung, Google Chromebook products won’t launch until 15th June.
Tech pundits have been eagerly awaiting machines based on Google’s Chromium open-source operating system, which was first announced in July 2009. Linux-based Chromium is a browser-based OS designed to work on relatively low-spec computers by utilising cloud-based computing resources.
Details of Kogan’s device, which begins shipping tomorrow in the UK and Australia, come after the company’s CEO, Ruslan Kogan, hinted at the company’s plans to launch a Chromebook computer in an exclusive interview last month with thinq_.
The budget Agora 12in ultra-portable laptop sells for a very pocket-friendly £269, and while its 1.3GHz Intel Celeron processor is more budget-conscious than high-performance, the machine packs in a surprisingly high spec for the price.
Apple founder Steve Jobs announced a free service Monday that allows consumers to store vast amounts of music, video, photos and documents on the Web, one of several emerging “cloud” computing offerings that are diminishing the need for a computer.
Once a pioneer of the personal computer, Jobs forecast that his new iCloud service would replace the PC as the hub for people’s multimedia needs, making it far easier for them to gain access to their digital libraries on phones, tablets and a multitude of other devices that have an Internet connection. more
Apple had some big announcements yesterday. Among them was the introduction of iCloud. iCloud is a new computing service which not only offers online storage, but streaming of movies, TV shows and music to computers and mobile devices. Today’s graphic is an illustrated flow chart explaining cloud computing, features of Apple’s iCloud service and a chart detailing percentages of recording licenses held by Apple with major music publishers. Do you plan on using iCloud?
Watch the WWDC keynote.
Paul Ducklin of Sophos Australia joined me for the Chet Chat this week to talk about the weeks news. We also made some time at the end for the C-word (C-L-O-U-D).
First we talked about the large quantity of recent data breaches, primarily Sony. Paul had some rather good advice to those who think this might be a fun way to make a political statement… Don’t do it.
We also discussed whether the recent barrage of Mac malware has been a call for OS X users to take their heads out of the sand when it comes to securing their computers.
We had some feedback last week about a post Paul had made about a talk he was about to give on cloud security and our reader was disappointed that they weren’t in Sydney and would not be able to attend. This week we spent a few minutes discussing the cloud and ways it introduces risk and how you might use it more safely.