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12 hours ago

How to reinstall the software on your Chromebook

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You can reinstall a fresh version of the operating system on your Chromebook with an easy-to-use tool and a USB stick or SD card.

If you see the "Chrome OS is missing or damaged" error when you start up your Chromebook, you'll need to reinstall the operating system. This isn't normally an issue, but if you were fiddling with the partitioning or trying to install another operating system like Ubuntu, you might see it. It's fairly easy to fix as long as you have another computer running the Chrome browser (or another Chromebook) with internet access and a USB drive or SD card.

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15 hours ago

A quick look at Incipio's Galaxy S7 edge Design Series, DualPro and Octane cases

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Incipio Galaxy S7 edge cases

Get protected, but don't take away from the beauty of your new phone

When looking for a case to protect that nice Galaxy S7 edge you just bought, we either go in the direction of function or straight to what looks the best. But we know that it doesn't have to be so binary — you can get a case that both fits your style and protects your phone just as much as you need, and Incipio's range of Galaxy S7 edge cases do just that.

A well-known case maker as big as Incipio obviously makes a huge variety of cases for popular phones like the GS7 edge, but we've picked out four that strike a great balance between looks and protection. It comes down to the thin-and-light Octane and the protective DualPro, along with a couple of choices from the "Design Series" that build on those two cases with some stylish looks. Let's take a look at all four.

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19 hours ago

The malicious 'Godless' exploit found in a few Google Play apps sounds scary, but that's about it

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Nexus 6P

Another week, another scary-sounding security story. Here's why we wouldn't worry too much about "Godless."

Security firm TrendMicro this week detailed "a family of mobile malware called Godless" that it says contained exploits that potentially could root a phone without a user's knowledge. That in and of itself would be bad, opening your phone up to all sorts of nonsense.

And it sounds scary as hell, if you read Trend Micro's blog.

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20 hours ago

Android Central 294: ChromeDroid FTW

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We're back, with new toys and new things to figure out. And no tornadoes this week!

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20 hours ago

Galaxy Note 7 name looking more likely, iris scanner reportedly coming too

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Samsung

Say hello to Samsung's sixth Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 7.

Update: Evan Blass has followed up with word that the phone will also feature an iris scanner as a secondary layer of biometric security.

Update 2: Blass has taken to Twitter with more details on the specs of the phone. The Note 7 is expected to pack a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 64GB of storage with a microSD slot, and a 12MP camera around back with a 5MP shooter up front. The Note 7 is also expected to be as resistant to water and dust as the Galaxy S7, thanks to an IP68 rating. Color options are said to come in as silver, black or blue.

Original story: In recent months, rumors have been swirling over the name of the next Samsung Galaxy Note device, with a growing number of reports suggesting the Korean firm will leapfrog the Galaxy Note 6 name and instead launch a Galaxy Note 7 in the coming months. And that's looking increasingly likely with the latest leak from a usually reliable source.

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1 day ago

OnePlus 3 teardown shows off what's underneath the metal exterior

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Want to see what's underneath the shiny metal exterior of the OnePlus 3? You're in luck, as the folks at FoneArena have performed a teardown of the handset, giving us a look at all the hardware on offer.

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1 day ago

Save $110 on the 16GB Moto X Pure Edition

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Right now you can score the 16GB Moto X Pure Edition for just $239 at Amazon, which is $110 lower than its normal price. Being an unlocked phone you'll be able to pop in a SIM card from any GSM carrier and begin using it right away. The Moto X Pure Edition features a 5.7-inch display, runs Marshmallow and much more.

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1 day ago

Best SD cards for your Chromebook

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Dell Chromebook 13

Expanding your Chromebook's storage.

If you want to expand your Chromebook's storage, you can use an SD or microSD card and boom, you've got more space.

Whether you use a full-size SD card, a microSD card, or a half-height SD card depends on your particular model of Chromebook.

Full-size SD cards

Full-size SD cards are the largest SD cards in terms of physical size. Whether or not your Chromebook will fit a full-size SD card depends on the model and manufacturer.

Even then, a full-sized SD card may stick out of the SD card slot on your Chromebook and if this is the case, we don't recommend that you use a full-sized SD card in your Chromebook all the time, since it could catch on something. Instead, insert it when you need to transfer files over or access files you've stored on it previously, then remove it again.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 512GB SDXC

SanDisk Extreme Pro 512 SDXC

The highly-rated SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card is fast and has a large capacity, so it makes a good choice to expand the storage of your Chromebook.

It has data transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s, so you can transfer those Blu-ray movies you've got sitting on your Chromebook's hard drive without a problem. Even games with gigabytes of data can be moved over with ease.

Additionally, this card features write protection, which prevents you from accidentally erasing or overwriting your important files. No more worrying about accidentally erasing those old family pictures.

If you're looking for a fast, reliable SD card, this may be the one for you.

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Transcend 128GB SDXC

Transcend 128GB SDXC

If you don't want to spend close to $300 on an SD card, the Transcend 128GB SD card is bargain-priced and gives you close-to-premium performance.

While not the fastest SD card out there, you get a read/write speed of up to 30MB/s, and this card still has a decent capacity for storing your files.

If you want to save money but still want an SD card that performs well, this one is a great option.

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MicroSD cards

MicroSD cards are much smaller in physical size than their larger SD card cousins — about as large as a fingernail whereas SD cards are about the size of a postage stamp.

Their smaller size doesn't mean that they have smaller capacities than their larger brethren, however; they simply have a smaller form factor, and that means they're typically used in smaller devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

For the most part, if your Chromebook can fit an SD card, it'll take a microSD card. You'd just need an adapter, such as the Raspberry PI Shortening MicroSD Adapter.

SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC

SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC

The SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card is about as fast as they come, and with a 200GB capacity, it provides a lot of space for your files.

Transferring large files won't be a problem with its 90MB/s transfer rate and with all of that space available, it can hold up to 20 hours of HD video. That's right, 20 hours.

If you're looking for an expandable storage option for your Chromebook that's fast and has a large capacity, check out the SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card.

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Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC

Slightly slower than the SanDisk Ultra microSD card, Samsung's EVO Plus 128GB is still fast enough for most uses and is correspondingly cheaper too.

While it doesn't have as large a capacity as the SanDisk Ultra 200GB, the Samsung EVO Plus may have enough to suit your needs if you are looking for a bargain. Though it's a little slower, you won't notice much of a difference when transferring files or media.

If you want a fast microSD card, but you want to save a buck, choose this one.

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Half-height SD cards

Half-height SD cards, as the name implies, are SD cards that have a shorter form factor. They're a great alternative if regular-height SD cards protrude from your Chromebook's SD card slot and microSD cards aren't compatible.

Transcend JetDrive Lite 330

Transcend JetDrive Lite 330

The Transcend JetDrive Lite 330 comes in three capacities: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

With a maximum read speed of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of up to 60MB/s, this half-height SD card is fast enough for downloading large files, and with its three capacity options, you can choose just the amount you need (and the price, too).

If you don't want to or can't use a microSD card, the Transcend JetDrive may be the card for you.

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We've told you which SD cards we prefer, but what about you? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 day ago

Where to buy the Sony Xperia XA in Canada

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Sony's Xperia XA is its new mid-range offering as part of its new X lineup. While it lacks the specs of its Xperia X counterparts, it has a lot going for it in its $349.99 package.

It features a 5-inch 720p display, a MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera sensor, 8MP front camera sensor, and a 2,300mAh battery.

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1 day ago

Verizon pushes June security patch update to Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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1 day ago

Best Android apps to use with your Chromecast

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Best Android apps to use with your Chromecast

What are some of the best apps I can use with Chromecast?

Your Chromecast, small as it is, can do a lot thanks to a plethora of available apps. Play games with your friends in the living room, compete in dance competitions against people around the world, stream your latest vacation pictures to your big-screen, and keep up with the latest and greatest TV and music. There are a ton of apps to use with Chromecast in the Play Store; here are the best for whatever you're looking to do.

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1 day ago

Yahoo Mail now lets you decorate your email and more

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Yahoo is rolling out an update for its Mail app that enhances the personalization features of the app, while also adding new productivity capabilities. The new Stationary feature allows you to send emails with professionally-drawn themes.

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1 day ago

Maybe Google just found its social network after all

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YouTube has long been a social network — we just haven't thought of it the right way. And now with mobile livestreaming, it's even more important to change that mindset.

Google+ is no Facebook. It's not supposed to be, and it's not going to be. (Facebook made sure of that.) And while that's both good and bad, there's no denying that there's power in numbers. And with more than a billion active users every single day, Facebook has the numbers.

That Google never managed to figure out social will forever be a black mark on the company's legacy. For all the incredible engineering work its done, Google couldn't win at getting folks to talk to each other? (OK, maybe it's not that surprising.)

But perhaps Google's about to finally carve out its social niche — in a very familiar place.

YouTube.

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1 day ago

Where to buy the Sony Xperia X Performance in Canada

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The Sony Xperia X Performance is the more, well, performant version of its Xperia X counterpart. Featuring the best aspects of Sony's Xperia Z series with a new focus on design and intuitive software, it's certainly Sony's best phone ever. Here's where to get it in Canada.

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1 day ago

OnePlus 3 versus Galaxy S7 edge: Challenging at half the price

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OnePlus 3 versus Galaxy S7 edge

The OnePlus 3 has a hit on its hands, but does it stand up to the top dog?

OnePlus has come out swinging in 2016 and released a great phone with few compromises in the OnePlus 3. It's launching into a world where we have tons of great flagship phone choices, not the least of which being the Galaxy S7 edge.

The Galaxy S7 edge has won over the hearts of many Android fans with its great hardware, awesome performance, industry-leading camera and top-end features, but it also retails for well over $700. At a fraction of the cost the OnePlus 3 aims to hit many of those same points ... but does it succeed? We're putting the phones head-to-head to see how they stack up.

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