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Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Chromebooks are one of the most cost effective ways to get into the computer realm and as such, many parents on a budget have resorted to Chromebooks for a first computing device for kids. Many schools are also relying on Chromebooks in classrooms and libraries rather than thin clients or Windows machines. One thing that has been missing from the Chromebook is access to a glut of apps and software supporting the Chromebook ecosystem. That changed at Google I/O.

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Acer Chromebook 11 (2016), Chromebook 14 now up on Google Store

Acer Chromebook 11 (2016), Chromebook 14 now up on Google Store

Chromebooks have suddenly become an interesting topic these days, somewhat ironically not because of themselves but becaue of Android. At Google I/O 2016 last month, Google revealed how Android apps would soon be coming in full capacity on Chrome OS via Google Play Store. That has just made Chromebooks nearly worth twice their value in terms of the things you can do on the laptop. It is quite timely, then, that Google makes available two of Acer's latest models, the Chromebook 14 and the 2016 refresh of the Chromebook 11.

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Google installation features 6,000 light-up buttons powered by open-source software

Google installation features 6,000 light-up buttons powered by open-source software

Google has unveiled another unique creation: an installation of roughly 6,000 arcade buttons on a wall that respond to presses by lighting-up with various patterns and designs. But this is more than just a piece of art for the lobby of Google's New York City office, it's part the announcement for the their newest piece of open-source software, AnyPixel.js.

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Nest CEO switch: Fadell steps out, Moto exec steps in

Nest CEO switch: Fadell steps out, Moto exec steps in

This afternoon Alphabet and Nest announced that they'd be switching up CEOs - Fadell is out and Fawaz is in. That's Tony Fadell who, after six years working on Nest, will be moving into an advisor role with Alphabet, working directly with Larry Page. In his place will be Marwan Fawaz, former executive vice president of Motorola Mobility. There, Fawaz served as CEO of Motorola Home, "overseeing vision, strategy, and operations.

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Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

It appears the Nexus Player is dead, but maybe its fate isn't as definite as many thought. Some new documents from ASUS were recently filed with the FCC that show a device featuring the same ID as the past Nexus Player, but with some minor changes -- things like updated circuit system components, a lower gain antenna and other things that presumably need the FCC's approval.

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2017 Nexus phone leak spills Huawei’s involvement

2017 Nexus phone leak spills Huawei’s involvement

The next Google Nexus Android device may well be made by Huawei, as rumored - so says an interview with Huawei. The real oddity comes in the Gearburn chat writer Hadlee Simons has had with Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in South Africa. There, Gearburn suggests, Munilall offered up word that Huawei is "doing the Nexus again this year, by the way." Whether or not that confirms the device itself is still up for debate - what's a bit more solid is the details of the device that's already - sort of - on the market.

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Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Chrome app Vysor now allows users to build their own Android device farm - remotely. Just what you've always wanted. That is assuming you're the sort of person who has a whole bunch of Android phones and tablets and whatnot. Even if you're not, the newest feature on this app allows you to access your Android phone's fully interactive screen via your PC or Mac or Chromebook both through a USB cord remotely and through any computer connected via a shared link. Easy peasy.

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LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

This week the folks at LG have decided to celebrate World Environment Day with a spherical video hosted by YouTube. As such, users will be able to view the video in 360 vision using the YouTube app, or view the scene with the ability to move and adjust their view in their web browser - just so long as it's Chrome. While the real World Environment Day is this Sunday, June 5th, the video is rolling out today - have a peek at it right this minute.

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Galaxy Note 6 key details appear in leaked blueprints

Galaxy Note 6 key details appear in leaked blueprints

Renderings based on blueprints of the Galaxy Note 6 (or 7, whatever Samsung ends up calling it) have appeared, showing key details for the large smartphone. This device will have the S Pen - as expected - but according to the details we have today, it'll also have a set of curved edges. Whats that? It'll be an Edge? Not necessarily. Not necessarily in name, that is to say. This is going to be a real oddity.

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Google teaches autonomous car to honk its horn

Google teaches autonomous car to honk its horn

When some people drive, laying on the horn is second nature. They honk for every possible perceived infraction even if there is no need. Those people are jerks and we all know it. There are those occasions though when the horn can keep you from being in an accident making it an important feature for a car. In the autonomous vehicle future, the self-driving cars will be on the road with normal people much more focused on eating or Facebook than driving and honking the horn could prevent a crash.

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Google Magenta publishes the first song created by its AI

Google Magenta publishes the first song created by its AI

Google has a new project called Magenta, and it is aiming to teach machines how to create art -- including things like music, of which we've been graced with the first sample of its musical talents. It's a short piece and appears to contain only four notes (with some human-added drums and other instruments added in after a while), but it's not bad for being the work of algorithms.

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Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

A smartphone unit shipments report released today suggests that basically everyone in the world who wants a smartphone already has one. This week Mary Meeker from VIA Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have released her annual Internet Trends report for 2016, showing - in the process - how growth has slowed in smartphone unit shipments. This does not mean end sales, mind you, just shipments from manufacturing plants to distributors. This is not sales - but it's certainly indicative of some interestingly dire trends.

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