Finest Minds Could Not Defeat Chrome OS

March 14, 2013

Hackers trying to take down the Chrome OS at security show were bested by the operating system.

 The hackers at a please-hack-me contest at the CanWest security conference in Vancouver, BC, went home empty-handed. If the hackers hand managed to break the OS they could have walked away with more than $3 million. But they failed to break into the Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook, running the latest version of Chrome.

Despite being allowed to use any software available on the system including kernel and drivers to carry out attacks, they could not do it. The only strings attached to the reward were that winners would have been expected to list, for Google, the vulnerabilities used in the attack, as well as any code used.

Google said some attempts were impressive enough to merit attention and it would be looking to improve the security of the software. However since none of them actually worked, Google was victorious.

More here.


Chromebooks Reduced In Price

November 22, 2011

Remember them? They are still out thier and putting on their brand spanking new lower pricing. A Chromebook is a personal computer running Google Chrome OS. The devices comprise a distinct class of presonal computer falling between a pure cloud client nd traditional laptop. Sort of like the old Sun Microsystems diskless workstation in laptop form factor.

Chromebooks are shipped with the Google Chrome OS operating system, which uses the Linux kernel, and the Google Chrome web browser with an integrated media player.

With limited offline capability and a boot time, according to Google, of eight seconds, Chromebooks are primarily designed to be used while connected to the Internet.

Instead of installing traditional applications, users add web apps from the Chrome Web Store, such as word processing and instant messaging. Google claims that a multi-layer security architecture eliminates the need for anti-virus software.

Support for many USB devices such as cameras, mice, external keyboards and flash drives is included, utilizing a feature similar to plug-and-play on other operating systems. Like the prototype Cr-48, Chromebooks will have a specialized keyboard complete with buttons for opening and controlling multiple browser windows, as well as a Web search button which replaces the caps lock key.

An analysis of the Samsung Series 5 components, 1.66 GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570, by iFixit in June 2011 estimated that the unit cost about US$322 in materials and US$12 in labor costs. With a retail price of US$499.99 and shipping, marketing, research and development and retail margins to account for this indicates that the profit margins on the Chromebooks are quite thin, requiring a large production run to make a profit.[

Today, Google has announced a holiday-timed price cut to its line of Chromebooks, the little “Nothing but the Web” personal computers that run an operating system resembling the Google Chrome web browser. Prices on Wi-Fi only Acer and Samsung models will drop from $349 to $299, and the Wi-Fi and 3G Samsung Series-5 will go down from $429 to $349 in an attempt to bolster holiday sales.

The Chromebook interface will also get some minor tweaks, with the user screen getting a face-lift and the New Tab screen changing to reflect the recent changes in the Google Chrome web browser.

Here is what Chromebook users will be greeted with when they start up their machines from now on:

A simple, streamlined user interface

From the moment you hit the power button and watch your Chromebook boot up in eight seconds flat, you’ll notice that the operating system got a bit of a facelift. For example, the Chromebook now sports a fresh, clean login experience.

We’ve also revamped the New Tab page to make it easier to manage your apps, bookmarks and most visited sites. By popular demand, we’ve added a few handy new shortcuts to the New Tab page: a shortcut to the File Manager on your Chromebook, as well as to music apps and games in the Chrome Web Store.

You may have also noticed, we recently gave the Chrome Web Store a new look, so that you can easily scan the wall of images to discover fun and useful apps and extensions.

Hassle-free for the holidays

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