Late last year, details emerged about a new project Google was working on to get Windows on a few Chromebooks. At the moment, it looks like it's never going to happen ̵
Known as Project Campfire (or "AltOS" in source code), the goal was to create a dual-boot setup with Windows Chromebooks. As far as we know, it has been tested in Pixelbook testing, but it would probably have appeared on other high-performance Chromebooks as well.
When news about Campfire was first released, many users were extremely excited about the idea of doing so Run Windows together with Chrome OS on their laptops. This is the perfect solution to compensate for the disadvantages of Chrome OS. Backporting to older devices, however, seems a big undertaking, especially considering the limited memory on most Chromebooks. It's rumored that working in Campfire requires at least 40GB of free space, which is a big challenge for most Chromebooks.
It's not a big shock Google stopped the project, and it's worth remembering that it never existed in any "official" capacity. With Linux apps up-to-date on all Chromebooks, Chrome OS users already have more choices than ever before – and that's less of a reason to need Windows at all. Finally, I'd rather see the Chrome OS team working on new Chrome OS features. [About Chromebooks]
In other news
- The FCC wants to block all robocalls: The Federal Communications Commission proposed a plan that would allow phone companies to block robocalls by default. This would allow operators to work on call barring tools that allow customers to automatically block calls that are not listed in their contact list. That sounds like a step in the right direction. [Engadget]
- Google's BLE Titan Key has a security hole: Google's Titan Key consists of two security keys used for 2FA: a USB key, a Bluetooth / USB key. Google has detected a security error in the latter and yesterday warned the users. It offers Titan customers a free replacement that gives them a brand new set of keys. You can go here for more information. [TechCrunch]
- Samsung may have fixed the issue: Samsung has made the necessary changes to fix the broken Galaxy Fold smartphone, according to a new report from South Korean news agency Yonhap. This pushes the protective layer, which has been removed by the user, under the glass and closes the gaps around the folding mechanism, allowing dust and dirt to penetrate the unit and damage it. A fixed release date is not yet available. [9to5Google]
- Steam Link Comes on iOS: About a year ago, Apple rejected Steam Link – the app that allows users to stream games from Steam on a PC to a mobile device – from the App Store to resolve business conflicts with the App to solve rules. "Now the decision is reversed and Steam Link is available to everyone on the App Store. You just can not buy games through the app – a feature that's available on Android. [The Verge]
- A new ear infection detection app: University of Washington researchers developed an app that allows parents to examine their child for signs of ear infection by using only the microphone and the cone-shaped part of the phone paper. Fascinating. [Gizmodo]
- Instagram ends its standalone messaging app: Did you know that Instagram has a direct messaging app? It does – but it will disappear "within a month". That was fast. [TechRadar]
At yesterday's Nintendo Direct event, the company announced the long awaited Super Mario Maker 2, which this time includes much more than just a simple level builder. In true Mario style, Maker 2 offers a story mode where you have to rebuild Peach's castle. The builder himself has been redesigned and now has a co-op building, lots of new items, and mechanics completely new to a Mario game. Maker 2 will be released on June 28 for Switch. [Kotaku]
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