This week, Google announced their cloud music service, called Music Beta, that provides online storage of 20,000 songs to be played on computers and Android devices. (See, Google News: Is Your Music Going to the Cloud?) Amazon launched its online music service earlier this year and Apple is expected to announce theirs later this year.
Having your music in the cloud means that you can play your music from any computer that has Internet access and from compatible devices. Are these developments exciting to you or of no interest at all? Let us know in the poll below:
During the second and final day of Google’s I/O meeting yesterday, they announced the launch of the Chrome laptop, the Chromebook, which will operate almost exclusively via the Internet. The laptops, initially manufactured by Samsung and Acer, will retail for between $349-$429 for purchase and be available for rent to businesses, educational institutions and the government for $20-$29 per month. Chromebooks will be available beginning June 15 at electronics retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon.
Chromebooks will turn on in eight seconds and the battery life will range from six to eight hours. Chromebooks come with a free two year data plan from Verizon that provides 100mb of data, with those needing more data paying for monthly data plans. The usefulness of Chromebooks when offline will be limited to a few apps, including Google Docs.
The lucky developers attending yesterday’s meeting were given free Chromebooks to take home. So far, only one has made it onto eBay: Chromebook eBay Listing
Here is an entertaining YouTube video from Google introducing Chromebooks:
Perhaps the best news coming out of Google’s I/O meeting is that you can now play Angry Birds on your computer. That’s right, the best selling game on the iPhone and Android can now be played by anyone with a PC or Mac. Here is the link to start playing now: Angry Birds Online. Just don’t let Mike Tyson catch you playing!
What are your thoughts on computing in the cloud? Are you excited about Angry Birds coming to your computer? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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