Android Competition for Chromebooks?

You know that I LOVE – LOVE – LOVE my Acer Chromebook C720P! It rocks! But, check this out! I new Android notebook is coming from Archos! Will this impact Chromebook sales?

Could This $170 Android Laptop Harm Chromebook Sales?

OMGCHROME – By: Joey-Elijah Sneddon – “The French consumer electronics company Archos is launching a cheap Android laptop later this summer — but could it threaten sales of Chromebooks?

That’s a question that will be answered by consumers this June, when the 10.1? Arcbook goes on sale.

The company describes their $170 clamshell as an ‘Affordable Mobile Productivity Enhancer’. We like to call a spade a spade around these parts, so this is a netbook running Android (4.2, to be exact).

Known For Leading The Pack

The name ‘Archos’ may not be synonymous with innovation, but the company does have a solid track record in delivering affordable technology (if not cutting edge).

Over the years they have produced a range of devices, spanning everything from MP3 and portable media players to Windows 7 netbooks. Archos is often credited with producing the first consumer-grade tablets running Android.

The company also recently began producing smartphones (e.g., the Archos 50 Oxygen).

Now they’re adding an affordable Android-based netbook to that list.

Arcbook Is Android

To answer the question posited at the start of this article one only needs to look at the hardware powering the ArcBook. Its dual-core A9 CPU is ‘decent’ enough, but the low resolution (just 1024×600) and 1GB RAM could make multitasking (surely key to ‘productivity’) a touch frustrating.

Specs

  • RK3168 Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.2 GHz
  • 10.1 inch capacitive multitouch screen (1024 x 600)
  • Running Android 4.2
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB SSD
  • Full-sized USB Port
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Archos say the device has “enough battery power for more than 10 hours of continuous use”.

Like the HP Slatebook 14 revealed earlier this month, the ArcBook is Google Certified so buyers will have full access to the Google Play Store and find Chrome for Android pre-loaded on first boot.

Archos is shipping the mini laptop with 15GB of free Google Drive storage and Office Suite Pro 6 pre-installed. This latter app, which supports creating and editing Microsoft Office files, normally costs around $10 on the Google Play Store, so it’s a nice addition.

Pricing and Availability

The device is to retail at £139.99 in the UK, €149.99 in Europe and $169.99 in the US. Expect to see it pop up in the usual outlets sometime this June.”

Dr. Bill.TV #336 – Video – “The Windows XP Linux Edition”

Snowden’s choice of Linux distro, TAILS Linux; truly Linux for the paranoid! Also, by special request, EXACTLY how to turn Linux Mint 16, the MATE Version, into a Windows XP look-alike, so that noobs will be comfortable! How cool is that? See notes!

Type this in a terminal window, to install the Win XP theme:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win-xp-theme

Then install the Win XP icons:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win-icons

Enjoy your Windows XP Linux!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

Blubrry Network

Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

TAILS Linux – Privacy for anyone anywhere


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Dr. Bill.TV #336 – Audio – “The Windows XP Linux Edition”

Snowden’s choice of Linux distro, TAILS Linux; truly Linux for the paranoid! Also, by special request, EXACTLY how to turn Linux Mint 16, the MATE Version, into a Windows XP look-alike, so that noobs will be comfortable! How cool is that? See notes!

Type this in a terminal window, to install the Win XP theme:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win-xp-theme

Then install the Win XP icons:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win-icons

Enjoy your Windows XP Linux!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

Blubrry Network

Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

TAILS Linux – Privacy for anyone anywhere


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TAILS Linux: For the Paranoid!

Someone is out to get you! They want to spy on you! Is it the NSA? Well, my paranoid friend, NOW you have an answer! TAILS Linux is a special super secured distro of Linux that will run from a USB Drive. TAILS is built on Debian Linux, and sends it’s web traffic through TOR to anonymize the user’s activities. TAILS Stands for: The Amnesiac Incognito Live System. Shhhhushh! They might hear us! The milestone 1.0 version was released on April 29, 2014.

Privacy for anyone anywhere

“Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:

  • use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship;
  • all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
  • leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly;
  • use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.”

    Dr. Bill.TV #335 – Video – “The IE, Bananas, and Star Wars, Oh My, Edition!”

    Internet Explorer ‘do not use’ warning by the US and UK Cyber Security forces, the Chinese ‘Banana Pi’ single board computer, Star Wars VII cast announced, a new cool look for Mozilla Firefox, ‘roll your own’ Amazon S3, GSotW: FreeMake Video Converter!

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    Dr. Bill.TV #335 – Audio – “The IE, Bananas, and Star Wars, Oh My, Edition!”

    Internet Explorer ‘do not use’ warning by the US and UK Cyber Security forces, the Chinese ‘Banana Pi’ single board computer, Star Wars VII cast announced, a new cool look for Mozilla Firefox, ‘roll your own’ Amazon S3, GSotW: FreeMake Video Converter!

    Links that pertain to this Netcast:

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    Freemake Video Converter


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    Geek Software of the Week: Freemake Video Converter!

    Free Video ConverterI know, I know, I do a lot of GSotW releases that are video converters. But, there really is a big demand for this kind of tool! Freemake is free, very important… and it is easy to use, and has a lot of features other converters don’t have!

    Freemake Video Converter

    Here’s what their web site says:
    “Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, 3GP, DVD, MP3, iPad, iPhone, PSP, Android phones. Video to MP3 with one click! Rip & burn DVD. Convert YouTube to MP4, AVI, etc. with Freemake! Guaranteed result.”

    (I suspect English isn’t their first language! But, it is great software!)

    Roll Your Own Amazon S3!

    Cross-posted from VirtZine – A company called Skylabel has released an open-source version of the Amazon S3 service which can be installed in a data center and be used just like Amazon S3 with the same tools such as Dragondisk, etc. Both source code and binary packages are available for download.

    They have a quick start guide which will get you started very quickly, they claim you can be up in minutes!

    LibreS3 Information

    Microsoft Issues an Emergency Patch for IE!

    Microsoft announced yesterday an update to Internet Explorer thT patches the security issue that the government has been warning about. And, in an unusual move Microsoft is allowing this patch be deployed to Windows XP, which as of April 8TH is no longer supported. However, they wisely decided that this was not only a good move on their part from a security point of view but from a publicity point of view.

    Even more unusual this was an out of band patch not issued on a Patch Tuesday. That’s how serious this is!

    However, I am hearing all kinds of good reports from people personally as well as in print, that they are moving off of Windows XP, and on to some distribution of Linux! How I love the smell of Linux in the morning!

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