Well, it looks like the PC market is not exactly been bringing profit, at least for some of the OEMs. Following Sony, which discontinued Vaio laptopts, Samsung has announced that they too will be leaving the European market when it comes to Chromebooks and Windows computers.
“We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets,” said a Samsung spokesperson.
Now here’s something pretty awesome if you own one of the Chromebooks.
As revealed by the recent announcement, the search giant, as a part of its App Runtime for Chrome, has brought first few Android apps to the Chromebook near you, and they are:
Duolingo – a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
Evernote – write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
Sight Words – a delightful way for you to help improve your child’s reading skills
Vine – create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way
With bookmarks and more.
Opera Beta, formerly known as Opera Next, has been updated to the version 25 and it finally brings one of the most requested features: bookmarks, and they will be displayed in a speed dial like fashion (thumbnails instead of text).
In addition to that, there’s a new start page, integrated PDF viewer, web notifications, support for H.264 and MP3 and lastly, a Linux build too!
Opera 25 Beta
We might see the reveal on the 30th of September.
After the recent IE12 features leak, where we learned that Microsoft is working on a new user interface and proper extensions support, here’s what one of the software giant’s insiders, Mary Jo Foley, had to say:
- Internet Explorer 12 is codenamed Spartan
While Windows releases only recently got the 64 bit compatibilty.
If you are up for some celebration then here it is: according to Googe, the search giant will stop releasing 32 bit versions of Chrome for Mac as early as November.
What does that mean? It means that if you are still rocking a pretty old Intel hardware then it‘s either time to upgrade or miss out the future builds (39 and later). In addition to that, it also allows Google to ditch legacy versions, which is always a good sign.
No screenshots yet.
Now here’s something to spice things up. According to the recent report, Microsoft is working hard on the next version of Internet Explorer (12), which is expected to be released with Windows 9 sometime in 2015.
While it’s unknown whether or not IE12 builds will be revealed later this month (with the Windows 9 Technical Preview), here’s what you can expect:
Good news! Opera has released the Beta version of Opera Mini for the Windows Phone. However, hours after the 0.9 version hit the store (which was sluggish and with the user interface from the Windows Mobile 6.5), Norwegian browser maker made some tweaks and pushed 0.9.0.1. The bad news? It won’t open for quite a few people and is more unstable than the original build.
Ignoring a pretty bad port (yes, it’s Beta although we’d call it Alpha), we are not sure about the version number either, since in the “About” page it says version 7.6.8 yet in the store this number is completely different.
Earlier this year, Microsoft has launched a plan to attack Chromebooks with the killer Windows laptop offerings such as $199 HP laptop.
Now, it looks like the software giant has some explaining to do (or the OEM) as the long awaited HP’s Stream laptop will cost a whopping $100 more.
Correction: Not all hope is lost yet as it’s only one of “many” Stream laptops, hopefully, they are cheaper than $299.
Mac only, for now.
Now here’s something promising. It looks like Opera has started experimenting with the 64 bit builds (at least for Macs) as the latest developer preview build is finally available in both x86 and x86-64 flavors. In addition to that, the H.264 video is now also enabled on Mac (OS X 10.9 only), which should give Apple users another reason to smile.
As far as other (Windows and Linux too) changes go, there is an experimental Speed Dial, which looks quite odd (see the picture below), experimental bookmark sharing (can be enabled with the opera://flags/#bookmarks-sharing flag) and as usual, speed and security improvements.