Most people will never get their hands on the Google Chrome Cr-48 notebook that the search giant started distributing to a chosen few these past several days. The prototype computer is part of a Google pilot program and offered only to selected applicants — anyone can request one online — who Google feels will provide frequent feedback. The machine, however raw, is worth paying attention to for what it says about Google's vision of a mobile computer and, more specifically, the "cloud-based" Chrome operating system software at its core.
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One of the things in short supply during the pandemic is computer hardware. Everything from PC components and Macs to Chromebooks has been scarce, but what if you could turn an aging computer you already own into a Chromebook?