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Ruslan Kogan has whipped out the shuriken and has sent several of them in the direction of world's incredibly tardy PCs makers, beating them to the podium with a Chromium OS-powered Agora Laptop launch.

Kogan has beaten the world's brand-name PC makers by being first in the world to release an actual laptop powered by Google's Chromium OS, which is 'available for sale and ready to be dispatched'. 

It's going on sale 'today' in Australia and the UK, the two countries where Kogan has set up an official presence, with a $349 price in Australia and a £269 for Brits.

Full specs are on page two, but some key specs are an 11.6-inch screen, a 1.3GHz Celeron M ULV processor, 1GB of RAM, approx. 3.5 hours of battery life and a 30GB SSD (solid state drive) with a 4.5-second boot up time.

Never one for silence, Ruslan Kogan said the world-first product was 'testament to Kogan's efficiency and agility.'

The courageous and proactive Mr Kogan continued: "We've been able to beat the rest of the world to bring the first commercially available laptop running Google's Chromium OS.

"Google's Chromium OS is an open source project, making it a constant work in progress. This means the system will improve over time and new features and improvements will keep getting introduced by the open source community.

"While Chromium is still in its early stages, we know the operating system is innovative technology which represents the future of computing. It may take some getting used to for some to operate entirely in the cloud, but the massive benefits for the end user are driving acceptance of entirely web-based services.

"What we've found from talking to our customers is that many of them are already using cloud services without even realising it. They're uploading photos to services like Flickr, storing all their contacts in Gmail, and even hosting files on DropBox.

"Loading up a laptop with Google's open source software can be strange at first. However it's clear that everyone from casual users to pros are embracing cloud services with all their personal computing needs.

Mr Kogan's comments continue on page two, where full specs can also be found - please read on!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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