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Apple sounded kinda Google-y yesterday. We talk about that and the Haswell-powered Acer Chromebook C720. Is it the “perfect” Chromebook? Not quite.

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Sure, it’s the Chrome Show, but we had to talk about Apple after the company made such a ruckus about its apps and iCloud at the iPad event yesterday. Plus, Not long after getting an HP Chromebook 11, the Acer Chromebook C720 arrived at the GigaOM office. How does it compare with the lower-cost HP model? It’s certainly faster and lasts longer on a single charge, but the screen leaves a bit to be desired. Hear more about that, new Acer models in the works, Google Now coming to Chrome and two months of Google Play Music All Access on this week’s podcast.

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SHOW NOTES:
Hosts: Kevin C. Tofel and Chris Albrecht

Is Apple getting serious about taking on Google in the cloud?

Hands on with the Acer Chromebook C720

More Acer models with different configurations and touchscreens are looking likely

LG as a Google Chrome OS partner? The signs are there.

One step closer to Google Now in Chrome

Google officially announces “supervised users” for the beta channel of Chrome / Chrome OS

Google offers 60 days free Play Music All Access with all new Chromebook purchases

The HP Chromebook 14 works with either T-Mobile or AT&T 3G

App / extension of the week: Absolute Radio Live Scores (Go Liverpool!)

  1. Kevin, you disappointed me a little with your comments on the HP 11 performance. You mentioned that no one would play a youtube video in the background but I do this regularly as a way of listening to music. Also, even if no one plays youtube videos in the background, the failure to execute this task well is surely indicative of the performance expected of other tasks the chromebook completes. Take for example trying to stream music from google play whilst having 10 tabs open and editing a large google doc. My samsung ARM chromebook is pitiful in this situation and slows down to a crawl. Whilst I can excuse its rubbish screen (I just use it for web browsing) the performance is really grating and it doesn’t take much to bog it down. So although YOU may be able to make this trade off in performance for a pretty screen please don’t try to just brush off legitimate concerns about the CPU with such throw away remarks.

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    1. Totally valid point and thanks for keeping me honest. When I hear “YouTube”, my mind immediately thinks of video and not music, so shame on me for overlooking that particular use case.

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  2. I just picked up a Chromebook 11 for my wife, she was THRILLED when we logged into iCloud.com and fired up iWork. I throws up a message about not using an officially supported browser, but it works great!

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