Matt Rosoff in Business Insider on Google’s Chrome OS tablet, Cr-48:
Chrome is based on the Chromium open source product. Chromium is an element. Cr-48 is an unstable isotope of Chromium, which has a half life of about one day. So Cr-48 was apparently perfect to reflect the unstable stage of the beta of Chrome at this point.
That makes sense. What’s so special about the number 48?
There are actually many different Chromium isotopes with varying degrees of stability, including some that are much less stable than Cr-48. So why did Google pick this one?
Leave it to the FBI to uncover this:
When Apple was testing the iPad, its internal codename for the project was K48. This was such a super top secret that anybody mentioning the codename outside of official K48 meetings was likely to be fired.
Apple takes security seriously. Who would have known about K48 last year? Google CEO Eric Schmidt, maybe?
So, two major Silicon Valley tech companies were working on revolutionary Web-focused hardware devices at the same time, and both picked the same number to use in code names. Coincidence? Or was Google letting Apple know that it’s got some spies down in Cupertino?
I’ll take what’s behind Door #2, Monte.