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Acer Chromebook 14 debuts with 14hr battery, all-aluminum chassis

Acer Chromebook 14 debuts with 14hr battery, all-aluminum chassis

Acer has launched its new Acer Chromebook 14, an updated Chromebook from the maker that includes, among other things, a pair of USB 3.1 ports. The laptop itself is sleek, bringing a design that outpaces most competing Chromebooks — it includes an all-aluminum chassis with a low-profile contrasting keyboard. As with most Chromebooks, though, the model is budget-friendly at $299 USD.

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Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Today Google announces the Fiber Phone, a service that uses your home internet connection to act as a landline (and your mobile device, too). Just like you had when you were a kid, but VoIP. A phone that stays at home. Or it can go with you - whatever you want. The Fiber Phone "lives in the cloud" says Google, and it'll ring at home when you're at home, or in your pocket when you're out of the house.

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Galaxy S7 Wi-fi problem fixed in update

Galaxy S7 Wi-fi problem fixed in update

This week the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been updated with an OTA software kick in the pants that rectifies several Wi-fi-related problems. This update is coming to the Verizon version of the device first, it seems, somehow, miraculously, and includes Wi-fi connectivity on Marshmallow OS first and foremost. This update also fixes reported problems connecting to the web both on and off Wi-fi, "frequent data disconnections", and "problems while loading files or webpages.

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Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

It would appear that T-Mobile is leading the charge with a number of data-only smartphone plans starting later this month. While a massive number of smartphone users use very little or no portion of their allotted voice call minutes here in the present, T-Mobile may be the first carrier to realize this, and act. With a plan. A Simple Choice mobile internet plan. The future is here - voice calling is only a little-used app, after all.

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Google brings its Pinterest-like Search feature to desktops

Google brings its Pinterest-like Search feature to desktops

Late last year, Google introduced a new feature to its image search on mobile browsers. In essence, it worked pretty much like Pinterest, allowing users to "pin", (technically "star" in Google-ese) to save it for later browsing. While extremely convenient when you're browsing on your smartphone on the go, it's admittedly also a useful feature even when you're sitting comfortably in front of your desktop or laptop. Good thing, then, that Google is finally making that very same feature available on larger computers and, naturally, works well with its mobile counterpart.

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Oracle wants $9.3b from Google for using Java in Android

Oracle wants $9.3b from Google for using Java in Android

The squabble between Apple and Samsung over certain design patents may have hogged the spotlight time and again, but there is another lawsuit that is taking just as long and has just as grave a repercussion, at least for the Android world. For nearly six years now, Google and Oracle have been going back and forth over the copyright infringement lawsuit revolving around the use of Java APIs in Android. Ahead of a pretrial scheduled end of April, Oracle is seeking a whopping sum of $9.3 billion in damages for the profits that Google made from Android.

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Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google's physical card version of Google Wallet will no longer be supported by the company as of the 30th of June. This information comes from an app teardown performed by Android Police, where they've found the mention within the Google Wallet app itself. Like so many projects that didn't gain traction in the public for a wide variety of reasons, this project is headed out. The good news is - you'll not have to worry about transferring your money out.

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Samsung researching fix to VR’s solitary problem

Samsung researching fix to VR’s solitary problem

When you're wearing a virtual reality headset, you're alone. Unless you're in an app where your friends appear via the web as avatars, you're all by your lonesome. This week a set of images have been delivered to SlashGear which suggest that Samsung is working on multiple methods for allowing a VR headset wearer's VR experience to be more social - physically social, allowing those in the wearer's immediate vicinity to be seen and participate in the VR experience.

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Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

A group of freedom-fighters wishes to bring a truly open Android to the masses without Google apps. While the average Android user might assume that Google's ownership of Android precludes Google apps appearing on all Android devices, that's just not the case. Google partners go through a certification process that allows devices to run Google Play - that process makes devices "Google Certified." What the microG team suggests is that Google's original AOSP (Android Open Source Project) promise should ring true today. For anyone who wants it.

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Google is building a better Android camera that can search what it sees

Google is building a better Android camera that can search what it sees

Integration of Google's "Visual Search" and the standard Android camera app may not be far off. You can download Google Goggles on its own - searching for images and their sources using your camera. You can also download the company's own "Google Camera" - the same as you'd find on a Nexus device. That may soon change. You may soon be able to search any item you can see with your camera on your Android device right out of the box.

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Google hosts Android competition for trips to I/O

Google hosts Android competition for trips to I/O

This week the folks at Google have sent out an invite to Android developers, asking them to contribute to their Android Experiments gallery. They're calling it a competition, suggesting that the best of the best will not only have their creations shown off at Google I/O 2016, they'll be invited to the event themselves to present what they've made. Developers will begin to be able to submit Android Experiments to the official gallery starting today.

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Every HTC One 10 leak so far

Every HTC One 10 leak so far

Today we're having a peek at not just the latest HTC One (or HTC One M10, or HTC 10) leak, but the full collection from the past several weeks. The latest addition to this collection is a supposed device-in-hand photo with a "HTC 10" listing at the top of an AnTuTu Benchmark app. In this app, its' shown that the HTC 10 is right up at the top of the pack, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Xiaomi MI 5 by a significant margin.

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