Ever heard of Ming Ming. Chances are you have. Ming Ming was the worlds oldest Panda, and I am sorry to say was.
Aged 34, the Chinese panda Ming Ming died around a week ago. At the time, she was being held in the Xiangjiang Wild Animal World – in Guangdong Province China.
An endangered giant panda eating bamboo
In the wild, a giant panda like Ming Ming would usually survive for up to 30 years in captivity, or about 15-20 years in the wild, due to the more strenuous lifestyle. Ming Ming was the oldest panda in the world at 36, so we are at a great loss to see here go.
It is thought that Ming Ming died of old age. Her organs were deteriorating, and last week this lead to kidney failure for the poor bear.
Ming Ming had a very busy life, she travelled many places including Ireland, the United Kingdom and China. What a panda!
Pandas are an endangered species, with only around 1,800 thought to still be alive in the entire world.
The world has truly lost something special in the death of Ming Ming 🙁
If you are a Googlite you probably got a bit excited about a year ago (I think) when Google announced that they were going to release an operating system.
Well in the last few days, Google has announced that it plans to bring out it’s own Chrome powered laptop in June this year!
What is the Google laptop going to be called?
I thought you might ask that 😉 Well, Google have decided that as the devices are going to be powered by Chrome, and because they are suppose to boot up in less than 10 seconds, they would be called Chromebooks.
Chrome is after the browser interface that they are based on and books as they boot up almost instantly, as you would expect a book to. You open it, and… it’s… there!
Who will make Chromebooks?
So far, Google have secured deals with Acer and Samsung to produce the laptops.
Where and for how much will Chromebooks be sold?
Initially you will be able to buy them for around $300-500 in the USA, and a similar equivalent price in 5 European countries.
A new kind of laptop
The laptops will be different from current laptops, as not only will they be much faster, but they will also be highly cloud dependant. This means that they are not ‘bogged down’ with loads of programs, and services, as they all run from the cloud. To make full use of the laptops, I imagine you will need a pretty good internet connection!
Apps that Google say you will be able to run on a Chromebook
The devices aren’t really as functional as your standard laptop, they will have much fewer features, but that does mean that they are faster.
How does Google describe them?
Chromebooks are built and optimised for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So, you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.
Oh… and like this
15th of June 2011…
Peoples of the UK click here to find out more about Chromebook, my pals over in the US of A take a look at google.com/chromebook/ instead, pour nos amis Français visite google.fr/chromebook/ et cetera.
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