Verizon offering $100 off all DROID smartphones via online store

By on March 2, 2011 at 2:22 AM.

Verizon offering $100 off all DROID smartphones via online store

It looks like Big Red is doing a little wheeling and dealing with its entire DROID smartphone lineup. Via the company’s web store, Verizon Wireless is offering online-purchasers of any DROID-branded smartphone an additional $100 off the subsidized, two-year contract price. With the new, temporary pricing schema in place, the DROID X (CPO), DROID R2D2, and DROID Incredible (CPO) will retail for the always enjoyable sum of $0. If those three handsets aren’t to your liking, the DROID 2 Global can be acquired for $99.99, the DROID PRO will set you back $79.99, and the DROID X (non-CPO) will retail for $49.99. Of course, the DROID BIONIC (not to mention the HTC ThunderBolt) is right around the corner. But if you don’t have that burning desire for the absolute latest and greatest, why not save yourself some cash? More →

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Google details new Chrome features, Chrome Web Store [Updated]

By on December 7, 2010 at 2:13 PM.

Google details new Chrome features, Chrome Web Store [Updated]

Moments ago, at a planned media event, Google gave users a peak into the future of the Chrome web browser and provided further details on the Chrome Web Store.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s VP of Project Management, started the conference with a quick recap of the current Chrome browser. Mr. Pichai noted that his company’s browser now has over 120 million active users — a feat which he credits to the browsers speed and versatility. The Chrome team then detailed several new features coming to Chrome in the near future, including: Google Instant in the Chrome address bar (or the omnibox as it is formally known), improved speed in the built-in PDF reader, and WebGL integration. The fun didn’t stop there however. Sundar went on to mention that the Chrome web browser team is laser-focused on speed, simplicity, and security. To help users experience speed, Google is adding a new Javascript engine supplement called “Crankshaft.” Crankshaft can make the current V8 JS engine up to 2x faster. Simplicity can be found in the browsers bare-bones layout and security is achieved through seamless automatic updating and sand-boxing.

From there, the conversation shifted to Google’s Chrome Web Store. According to Google, the Chrome Web Store is aimed at discovery. Filled with both applications and games, the Web Store will allow users to easily browse, research, and purchase apps that provide added utility and functionality to the web experience. The store will allow developers to offer trials of their paid applications and all payments will be handled by Google Checkout. NPR, the New York Times, Amazon, and EA Games all had applications demoed at today’s event.

We’ll be sure to update this post when the press releases go live.

UPDATE: The official press release that coincides with today’s announcements can be found here.

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Google announces Chrome web store for apps

By on May 19, 2010 at 1:14 PM.

Google announces Chrome web store for apps

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Today at I/O 2010, Google announced the Chrome web store for apps. To debut later in the year at an unspecified time, the Chrome web store will allow users to install web-based applications that will run in native code such as Flash. Some of the applications featured in live demos included Dark Room, Plants vs. Zombies (it looked awesome), and Lego Star Wars. Google also announced it will be brining magazines to the Chrome web store. Sports Illustrated was on stage and showed off a pretty slick looking example which included slideshows, videos, live scores and more. Feature-rich advertisements were also shown off.

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