ASUS has finally released the Intel Core i3 version of its Chromebox and not everyone is very happy with the price. Canadians are having a better time with the release of Google Play Music. McAfee’s Chadder aims to keep your conversations private and Nokia is now focusing on cars. What a day!
We saw the release of the ASUS Chromebox last March. That was only the Intel Celeron version. At $179, it was quite the hit, but many of us have been waiting for the Intel Core i3 version to be released. It’s finally out and can be had for $400-$427.
This price is a bit higher than the $369.99 price tag this device was said to carry, and it’s over twice the price of the Intel Celeron version. This may push some customers away, but many of you probably need a stationary computer like this.
Opinion: I believe the ASUS Chromebox is a bit too expensive for what it offers (this version). It is definitely among the best in Chrome OS devices, but people are not really lining up for Chromebooks to get performance.
Google launched over 2 years ago in the USA, but not every country has been lucky enough to get access to this service. Even the neighboring country, Canada, didn’t have Google Play Music until today!
The cloud music service is now available and Canadians have access to all the awesome features we know and love. Users can store up to 20,000 songs for free, and All Access users can enjoy from Google’s entire library.
As part of their launch, Google has a celebratory 60-day free trial for those who sign up today. You can also get All Access for just $7.99 CAD per month, with a 30-day free trial. Those who sign up after June 31st will still get the 30-day free trial, but the price will go up to $9.99 CAD per month.
Opinion: It’s always great to see more countries getting these awesome services. Google Play Music is my very favorite cloud music service, so I would certainly recommend that you at least check it out. After all, it’s free for a while!
After selling its mobile division, Nokia is trying to diversify its business by investing in other markets. The company has just invested $100 million USD into a fund focused on connected cars. These vehicles could feature Nokia’s HERE software, as well as the company’s Drive navigation service.
“Our new USD 100 million venture fund launched today further underlines our belief that the connected car is a significant growth opportunity where NGP is poised to make great investments.” -Rajeev Suri, Nokia President and CEO
Opinion: I enjoy Nokia’s navigation software. It sometimes takes me on weird routes, but the complexity and all the features/details are amazing. It’s an interesting concept, and I hope it does work out.
John McAfee doesn’t only care about protecting you from viruses, he also wants to keep your internet usage and messaging private. This is why his new company, Future Tense Private Systems, has created a brand new app. It’s called Chadder, and it’s pretty much a well-encrypted messaging app.
If your messages are intercepted, they will show up as weird numbers and letters, instead of recognizable words. Chadder is now available for Android and Windows Phone. An iOS version is in the works.
Opinion: This could be a great app for those who really worry about privacy. My life is really not as interesting as I would like it to be, so I will keep my regular messaging apps. At least for now….