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1 week ago

We break things so you don't have to

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Phil in a donut

It's a bit of a working weekend here, as we now have Android apps up and running on the developer channel for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. We're going to have a ton of stuff on this in the coming days. There's a lot to figure out. There's a lot that's unfinished. It's a weird collision of worlds right now, for sure.

Don't run out and buy a year-old Chromebook just to do this unless you have money to burn. It's very early days still. That much is clear. Let us do the dumb stuff for you.

And with that, a few thoughts on things worth thinking about ...

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1 week ago

These are the Chromebooks that can run Android apps from Google Play

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Google has published a list of Chromebooks that will be able to run Android apps when the feature arrives later this year in Chrome OS. Included are well-known Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook 14, Google's Chromebook Pixel, and some lesser known models, like PCMerge's Chromebook PCM-116E and more. Chromeboxes and Chromebases are also included in the list, even though they don't offer touch screens or trackpads.

The first Chromebooks that will support the feature are the Acer Chromebook R11 C738T, ASUS Chromebook Flip and Google's Chromebook Pixel (2015). The Chromebook Flip is up and running now on the developer channel. The full list of Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromebases that will be able to run Android apps when the feature becomes available later this year includes:

Acer

  • Chromebook 11 C740
  • Chromebase 24
  • Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131
  • Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910
  • Chromebook 15 CB3-531
  • Chromebox CXI2
  • Chromebook 14 CB3-431
  • Chromebook 14 for Work

Asus

  • Chromebook C200
  • Chromebook C201
  • Chromebook C202SA
  • Chromebook C300SA
  • Chromebook C300
  • Chromebox CN62
  • Chromebit CS10

AOpen

  • Chromebox Commercial
  • Chromebase Commercial 22"

Bobicus

  • Chromebook 11

CDI

  • eduGear Chromebook M Series
  • eduGear Chromebook K Series
  • eduGear Chromebook R Series

CTL

  • Chromebook J2 / J4
  • N6 Education Chromebook
  • J5 Convertible Chromebook

Dell

  • Chromebook 11 3120
  • Chromebook 13 7310

Edxis

  • Chromebook
  • Education Chromebook

Google

  • Chromebook Pixel (2015)

Haier

  • Chromebook 11
  • Chromebook 11e
  • Chromebook 11 G2

Hexa

  • Chromebook Pi

HiSense

  • Chromebook 11

Lava

  • Xolo Chromebook

HP

  • Chromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE
  • Chromebook 14 G4
  • Chromebook 13

Lenovo

  • 100S Chromebook
  • N20 / N20P Chromebook
  • N21 Chromebook -ThinkCentre Chromebox
  • ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
  • N22 Chromebook
  • Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
  • Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 2

Medion

  • Akoya S2013
  • Chromebook S2015

M&A

  • Chromebook

NComputing

  • Chromebook CX100

Nexian

  • Chromebook 11.6"

PCMerge

  • Chromebook PCM-116E

Poin2

  • Chromebook 11

Samsung

  • Chromebook 2 11" - XE500C12
  • Chromebook 3

Sector 5

  • E1 Rugged Chromebook

Senkatel

  • C1101 Chromebook

Toshiba

  • Chromebook 2
  • Chromebook 2 (2015)

True IDC

  • Chromebook 11

Viglen

  • Viglen Chromebook 11

We will continue to monitor the list and add any new Chromebooks that Google notes will support the feature.

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1 week ago

How to load Google Play on your Chromebook

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Google Play is just a click away once you get the M53 update on your Chromebook.

If you're using a Chromebook that has support for Android apps in the dev channel, you won't magically get Google Play with the update. The good news is that it's easy to install and get everything up and running.

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: WWDC, E3, OnePlus, and more

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Apple and Microsoft showcase what's coming next while OnePlus impresses with quality hardware and no gimmicks.

Out in San Francisco, iMore rocked the town for WWDC 2016, where Apple came out with a refined and bolder vision for iOS 10, a smarter and Siri-er macOS Sierra, a rethinking of all the frustrations of the Apple Watch, and much more.

Normally when you announce a new product, you don't also announce the next version of that product. But that's what Microsoft did with the Xbox One S — an impressively slimmed down and improved version of the current Xbox One coming latter this summer — and the 4K gaming VR-capable Project Scorpio due until late 2017. And if there's one other thing we took away from E3, it's that VR is here and the major players in gaming are investing heavily.

OnePlus is back with their latest flagship phone: the OnePlus 3, and it's a darned impressive phone. Not just that, we're also relieved that OnePlus has decided to drop the frustrating and gimmicky invites system and is just listing them on their store to buy right away.

Tesla's ramp-up to the Model 3 late next year continues, and they hit the 2,000-vehicles-a-week mark recently on their way — though there's still a lot of growth to do. And to get their cars in front of more customers, Tesla's trying something different: they're putting a Tesla Store inside a Nordstrom in LA.

Oh, and Microsoft went and bought LinkedIn for $26 billion. Because why not?

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1 week ago

Best cases for Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

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Best cases for Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

You're fired. Fired up about cases for your Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

Whether you are looking for a little added protection (or a little added style) for your Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, a case can be a good place to start. That's why we have rounded up some of the best cases we could find, to make your search a little easier.

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1 week ago

How to switch your Chromebook to the developer channel

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Changing channels on your Chromebook is easy — you just have to know where the button is.

The M53 dev channel update for the ASUS Chromebook Flip has arrived, and with it, we can have our first look at Android app support for Chromebooks. Android apps for the Acer Chromebook r11 and 2015 Pixel are also expected in the coming weeks as well. Chances are if you have one of these models, you're also running on the stable channel. That means you will need to change channels if you want to give things a try. It's fairly simple to do, and all you need to know is where to look and which button to click.

Here's how it's done.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon brings local NBC news reports to Echo's Flash Briefing

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Thanks to its latest update, Amazon Echo can fill you in on your local news through its Flash Briefing feature.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 293: Uncle Jerry's Q&A

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Audio-only stream below

Somewhere, over the rainbow, there is a neckbeard. And not just any neckbeard. Our neckbeard. Jerrybeard.

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2 weeks ago

Save 20% on this Quick Charge 3.0 car charger from Aukey

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Amazon is currently offering a pretty sweet deal on Aukey's Quick Charge 3.0 Dual-Port car charger, dropping its price by 20%.

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2 weeks ago

5 reasons you should buy a 360-degree camera

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360 cameras

360-degree cameras are changing the way we look at the world – literally! So why should you pick one up?

With just a small 360-degree camera, you can capture your reality in a fully immersive, interactive way, allowing people to experience what it's like to fly a jet, explore the bottom of the ocean, be in the crazy crowd at the Superbowl, and so much more.

Besides capturing stunning photographs and videos, what else can 360-degree cameras be used for, and why are they worth spending money on? There are a ton of reasons why you should own a 360-degree camera; here are five of the best.

Costs are starting to come down

While some 360-degree cameras can be a wee bit expensive – Nokia's OZO costs around $60,000 – there are much much much less expensive options available out there.

Sure, you probably won't find a phenomenal 360-cam for less than $100, but think of what you're getting when you're looking to buy a camera like this! Spending a bit extra on a higher quality piece of equipment is the way to go so you can capture nearly real-life footage in the clearest ways possible.

You can find a good range of 360-degree cameras for less than $1,000 that still shoot amazing video and flawless photography. LG's 360 Cam costs less than $200 and has rave reviews online about the camera's photo and video quality, while the $400 360Fly captures incredible 360-degree footage in one convenient, wireless little ball.

Check out our list of the best 360-degree cameras that you can actually afford!

Some are small and portable

Most 360-degree cameras are wireless, tiny, and very easy to store & carry around, making them the perfect hassle-free tool to have in your arsenal.

While big DSLR cameras require storage for lenses, microphones, tripods, and all your other gear, a small 360-degree camera like the Ricoh Theta S is perfect for quick shooting and storage because it's only about 5 inches tall.

You never have to worry about setting up big rigs or scrambling to set up your gear to catch the perfect shot anymore. 360-degree cameras are portable and inconspicuous enough to be set up almost anywhere.

Complicated in the most simple way: They're easier to use than you think

Figuring out all the bells and whistles on a DSLR or even with phone photography can be a bit of a pain in the butt if you're not a pro or simply don't have the time to become a super expert with whatever you're shooting with.

Most 360-degree cameras are relatively simple to set up and start using, despite what you may think. Some even have one or two buttons, and that's it for capturing footage! While the technology may be advanced and intimidating, the way these cameras work is easier and easier to figure out on your own.

For example, the Giroptic 360-Cam has a simple five step set-up and clearly breaks down the buttons, charging, and other important things you need to know about their state-of-the-art camera. It's straightforward to shoot with, despite the complicated technology it uses to work.

Installation is simple with most 360-degree cameras: no headaches involved!

Browse, browse, browse: There's a huge selection to pick from

A couple of years ago, there might have been only a handful of options for good-quality 360-degree cameras, but now there's a huge variety to browse and pick from!

Almost every 360-degree camera out there has its specialty and does something different from the next one. This means you can really do your research and pick from dozens of options, rather than two or three.

Looking for a great sport/action 360-degree camera? Check out the shock, dust, and waterproof V360 or 360fly cams. Want a camera that shoots flawless video for your live stream? Why not pick up the Bublcam? Want a super simple, point-and-shoot 360-degree pocket cam? Then the Ricoh Theta S might be the best way to go.

Whatever you need, there's sure to be a 360-cam for you.

Get creative: There are a ton of uses for a 360 camera

The best part about these cameras is being able to share, and you have plenty of choices, from Facebook and YouTube to sites like Flickr or Ricoh's own website if you use the Theta S.

But you don't need to use a 360-degree camera for just capturing incredible footage and photography; there are some other creative ways in which you can use a camera like this in your day-to-day life!

The Giroptic 360-degree camera has a light bulb adapter available for $79, making it the perfect security camera to use at home. Just screw in the camera to any light fixture it fits in, and use your phone to check in on your house if you're out of town or on vacation.

What will you use your 360 degree camera for?

Do you have a 360-degree camera?

Do you own and use a 360-cam? What made you take the plunge? Sound off in the comments below!

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2 weeks ago

10 things to know about the OnePlus 3

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OnePlus 3

The OnePlus3 is here, and it's easily the best phone the company has ever made.

With great specs, nice features and a really attractive price, there are plenty of people who will be giving the OnePlus 3 a look. After reading the review, checking out the specs and comparing it to other flagship phones, you may have some deeper questions about the phone — and we hope to answer some of the biggest among them right here.

These are the 10 things you should know about the OnePlus 3.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go Plus accessory now up for pre-order at Amazon for $35

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Pokémon Go is almost here, and the Pokémon Go Plus companion wearable is now up for pre-order on Amazon in advance.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S8 with a 4K display? Five things to consider

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Pixels!

While not quite a world first, the prospect of a Samsung Galaxy S8 with a 4K display raises some interesting questions.

2017 might well be the year 4K smartphones go mainstream. While we're still a long way off confirming this rumblings in the Korean press point to the possibility of Samsung making a significant jump in resolution in the next Galaxy S phone.

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2 weeks ago

Are all Androids created equal? How hardware plays a part

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Does hardware matter when all Androids run the same operating system?

Some of the recent high-end Androids — like the Galaxy S7 or the LG G5 — pack some amazing technology under their glass face. Eight core processors and gigabytes of RAM, combined with dual-band ac WiFi radios and 16 core graphics are specifications that most computers didn't have just a few years ago. Some of us get really caught up in the race for newer and better hardware, while others aren't concerned at all and just want to get on Facebook, but most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We want a phone that does it all, doesn't struggle to do any of it and doesn't break the bank.

So let's talk about the hardware that is inside our phones for a bit.

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2 weeks ago

LG K3 launches on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile for under $100

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Sprint has announced that it is launching the sub-$100 LG K3 on both of its prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

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