Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks?

Microsoft scared of Chromebooks
It’s pretty much a brick,” says Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn’t want you buying this thing.
But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google’s oft-ridiculed web-only laptops, to Microsoft’s core business?
In many ways, 2013 has been the year of the Chromebook for Google. From Acer’s $199 C720-2848 to HP’s $279 Chromebook 11, Mountain View has attracted traditional Windows PC makers to build a variety of low-cost laptops in time for the holidays. While Microsoft had largely ignored the threat since the first Chromebook launched some two years ago, it’s been on the attack in recent weeks as part of its ongoing “Scroogled” campaign. Following the Pawn Stars bit, the company has recruited its own “Ben the PC Guy” to hit the streets for comparisons between Windows 8 and a Chromebook.
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Pinguy OS 13.10 (based on Ubuntu 13.10) has been released with GNOME 3.10

Pinguy OS is a remastered Ubuntu with a lot of useful default applications – great for those who don’t like to do a lot of tweaking and want an OS that “just works”.
This is the final 13.10 release but it’s called beta because only LTS releases are considered stable.

Non-LTS Pinguy OS releases use bleeding edge software – for instance, the latest 13.10 ships with XBMC 13 alpha as well as GNOME 13.10 which isn’t included by default in Ubuntu 13.10 so it’s not considered fully stable.

What will come in Xubuntu 14.04 LTS and Lubuntu 14.04 LTS

Tech evangelists, governments and mainstream journalists alike will find themselves dispensing advice about the seriousness of not using a ‘supported’ OS. And while most of this advice will consist of “buy a new PC” or “upgrade to Windows 8″, many will utter the ‘L’ word: Linux.

Linux E-Mail App ‘Geary’ Updated With IMAP Fixes

In the first update to the popular mail client since October’s major release of version 0.4, a number of issues have been corrected. They include a problematic crash that occurred when an IMAP connection timed out.
Other fixes listed by Yorba, the non-profit organisation behind the app, include:

Jolicloud Desktop, OS To Be Discontinued In December

Updates to the Jolicloud OS, based on Ubuntu 10.04, and the Jolicloud desktop environment, available for Ubuntu 12.04 and up through a PPA, will be discontinued in December of this year.
The company say that they wish ‘to entirely focus on the web with Jolicloud 2‘.
While no future updates will filter down, users will remain able to use both the OS and the desktop environment in their current states.
Both projects will remain open source and available at jolios.org.

iBeacon: Location via Bluetooth 4.0

 iBeacon on Apple

iBeacons are an indoor positioning system promoted by Apple for IOS-7 devices. On Friday, Apple will begin using the technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information – tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.

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