Google on Monday, introduced Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks for $99 to teachers in the U.S. after the hefty $300 discount on retail pricing, revealed that it has sold all the $99 Chromebook.
Also, Google announced that starting February 2013, American Institutes of Research (AIR) will now support Chromebooks as secure assessment devices.
"Next February, approximately 1 million students from nearly 10,000 schools in the United States will participate in pilot tests developed by the AIR for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium," google wrote.
Google writes, it is adding more educational apps to the Chrome Web Store all the time.
In addition, Chromebook management console--like Chrome OS--is constantly getting better. The newest features help make Chromebooks more secure as assessment kiosks. With the latest OS release you can disable external storage (e.g., USB flash drives), screenshots, audio output sources (e.g., speakers), and audio capture sources (e.g., microphones).
In other news, Google announced the final release of 2012 of Google App Engine that includes a number of features graduating from Experimental status as well as the usual batch of bug fixes and improvements.
- "Expanded European Union datacenter support is now availabe. Note, "deployment is currently limited to billing-enabled applications. We understand that data locality and latency are important to developers and are committed to further expanding this support in the coming months," google said. You can sign up here.
- Java. New Maven plugin is added to the source to the SDK for easier IDE debugging, and made significant performance improvements to the JSP compilation process.
- Python include upgraded interpreter to version 2.7.3, and several other new experimental features.
- Task Queue statistics (General Availability): You can see statistics such as the current number of tasks in a queue, the number of tasks executed in the last hour, and more.
- Traffic splitting (General Availability): You can split requests amongst different versions of your app.
- LogsReader and Logs API (General Availability): You can now fetch requests based on a list of request IDs.
- Expanded Datastore query support (Experimental): We've added 'DISTINCT' support to Datastore queries," informs Google.
For complete list of features in this final release of 2012 version 1.7.4, check the release notes here.