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Best SD Cards For Chromebook

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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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Shortening microSD adapter

microSD adapter half height

If you have a fast microSD-card or want to buy a new one in your Chromebook, you can get a half-height adapter to keep things from hanging out of the side too far. Originally designed for use in a Raspberry Pi, these adapters from Adafruit work exactly the same as any high-quality full-sized adapter. There's just less hanging out to snap on things.

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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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Grab this car charger with two Quick Charge 3.0 ports for just $12


Right now you can pick up a car charger with two Quick Charge 3.0 ports for just $12 at Amazon with coupon code SYLBG7TG. This $5 savings will help you prepare for the future and ensure that you get the fastest charge possible, whether you have five minutes in the car or five hours. As an added bonus, the charger comes with a Micro-USB and USB-C cable, but you can also use any cable that you already have with it.

Remember, you'll need coupon code SYLBG7TG for the full savings here. Be sure to act quickly though, as we don't know how long this deal will last!

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2 days ago

We want your favorite Android gadget photos!


Share your photos and get featured!

We love taking photos of our stuff — in fact, we do it all the time. We especially love taking photos of all of our gadgets, from phones to tablets to our workstations where all of it takes place.

But we're tired of looking at our own stuff, and we'd rather look at yours. So we want you to share your favorite Android-related gadget photos with us on Instagram with the hashtag #androidshare. We're really excited to see what everyone comes up with!

What's the point? You could be featured on our Instagram page (and get some rad new followers)!

Even Star-lord uses an Android phone! 📷: @russellholly Want your photo featured on our Instagram? Post your favorite Android gadget and tag #androidshare!

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Hope to see some of your great photos soon! #androidshare

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2 days ago

Touch Circle is an awesome twist on the boring live wallpaper


Live wallpapers have languished in recent years.

It's a shame, too, because there is so much potential for beautiful and useful wallpapers rather than a boring static image. Google's Wallpapers app utilizes a live wallpaper… but only to change out static images every day. Well, there are some developers who are looking to bring back the live wallpaper, and if they all start off as well as Touch Circle, this themer hopes to be swimming in them by summer.

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2 days ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge prize pack from iOttie and Android Central!


Such a good contest!

We're always looking for products that make our lives easier, and iOttie has just released two new accessories that do just that! The iON Wireless Charging Pad provides power to Qi Compatible smartphones without all the unnecessary cords. Charging your device is as easy as setting it down!! The iOttie PowerPack External Battery is perfect for keeping your devices charged on the go!

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2 days ago

LG G6: What to expect from LG's next flagship


LG has a lot at stake with the G6. What do they need to do to succeed?

It's safe to say that LG didn't take the world by storm with the G5 this year. The phone had a lot of things going for it, but the Korean company, whose mobile division has been in Samsung's shadow for the past half decade, emphasized its modular ambitions a bit too much without supporting it with actual accessories worth buying.

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2 days ago

Best Streaming TV Services For Cord-cutters


Want to join the cord-cutting revolution? Here are some services you ought to read up on!

Cutting the cord is becoming more commonplace every year. While popular streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu have done an excellent job of leading the charge, some people would love to cut the cord but still enjoy the same TV programming their cable provided provides them.

Streaming TV Services are a blend of traditional cable and streaming services that allow you to access not only on-demand but also live TV channels, so you don't have to miss out on your favorite shows.

Playstation Vue

Available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles across the U.S., PlayStation Vue lets you access some of the most popular networks on television for a monthly subscription fee.

They have four different subscription packages, that range from $39.99 to 79.99 a month, meaning you should be able to find the package that is right for you. All of the packages come with a slew of channels such as AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, Discovery, Disney Channel, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox News Channel, Syfy, USA, and more! Plus, you can add individual premium channels to any package for an additional monthly cost.

PlayStation Vue also allows you to record live TV so you can watch it later, just like a DVR, and even has an explore mode to give you suggestions of what to watch when you can't decide.

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Sling TV

The first thing that may excite you about Sling TV is its price of $20 per month, but there is more to life than just its price tag.

Sling TV is accessible through an app for Android, iOS, Roku, and Apple TV, so chances are you don't have to invest in a device to enjoy the service. Plus it comes with some great channels which include AMC, TNT, ESPN, CNN, History, HDTV and the Disney Channel, so you're bound to find something to keep you entertained.

Sling TV does have a few drawbacks. There is no DVR, so most channels don't let you control playback, and right now you can only stream to three screens at a time, so if you are a family with lots of TVs on all the time that could be problematic.

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DirectTV NOW

DirectTV NOW certainly sounds like an impressive deal; you get 100 channels for $35 a month, which is the most channels for the lowest price currently on the market for service like this.

You can even get local shows depending on where you live. Certain regional sports programs, as well as regional divisions of networks like NBC, are available in the major cities plus you can add premium channel like HBO and Showtime for only an extra $5 per month.

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Need more cord-cutting ideas?

With the holidays coming up we've found some of the best gifts for cord-cutters if you need some inspiration!

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2 days ago

Fashion forward Fitbit Alta available at the best price we've seen


Fitness trackers can be expensive, but right now you can save big on the Fitbit Alta, dropping it to the lowest price we've seen. Amazon is currently offering the fashion forward fitness tracker in a variety of colors and sizes for just $85, which is a savings of $45. The Alta can track how many steps you've taken, how many calories you've burned, and much more with its waterproof design.

When comparing to other trackers, the Alta is one of the best ones you can buy right now. This deal is only good for today, December 7, so be sure to act quick if you want to pick one up for yourself or someone else as a gift!

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2 days ago

Pebble shuts down following Fitbit acquisition


Fitbit picks up Pebble's software assets and IP.

Following reports from earlier today, Fitbit has officially announced that it is acquiring "specific assets" of Pebble that includes "key personnel and intellectual property related to software and firmware development." No monetary terms were disclosed, but Bloomberg's report suggested the deal was valued under $40 million.

Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said in the official announcement that Fitbit is now "well positioned to accelerate the expansion of our platform and ecosystem to make Fitbit a vital part of daily life for a wider set of consumers, as well as build the tools healthcare providers, insurers and employers need to more meaningfully integrate wearable technology into preventative and chronic care."

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Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup

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After the catastrophe of the Galaxy Note 7, what can fans look forward to in the next Samsung flagship?

2016 started as a promising year for Samsung, with the Galaxy S7 series earning critical acclaim and commercial success. But the contrast with where we are now couldn't be starker. Battery fires and a bungled recall process led to the cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7, making it the most calamitous smartphone launch ever, by a wide margin.

Samsung will already be looking ahead to its next flagship, the Galaxy S8, to pull it out of this quagmire and rebuild consumer trust. So what can we expect from such a crucial product? Let's take a look.

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2 days ago

Google's Daydream performance promises are falling short

Not all Daydream-ready phones are created equal.

News that Google had cleared Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force for Daydream was cause for celebration. Users who had already purchased a great phone were being granted access to Google's new VR platform without needed to buy new hardware, and the existence of MotoMods meant you could strap a massive battery to the back of your Moto phone and enjoy Daydream for much longer than any other phone. Google's vision for Daydream, a platform that delivers high quality VR to many people without requiring a specific brand, seemed to be coming true faster than originally expected.

And then I used a Moto Z in Daydream.

Read more at VR Heads!

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2 days ago

Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

 Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

Our current, tech-obsessed world demands a storage solution for your multimedia data, the most convenient being cloud-based storage which you can access from anywhere. Most cloud-based storage services charge a monthly fee, which, over time, adds up to quite a fee.

Those of you sick of subscription fees need a storage solution that requires a single payment for a lifetime of access. More importantly, you need cloud storage that is encrypted and can be accessed from all your devices.

Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on 1TB of cloud storage from Zoolz — a single payment of $39 gives you lifetime access. Does this seem cheap? It is! This is 98% off the regular price of $3600.

You will never be charged any extra fees, and you can access your cloud storage from multiple devices. Your data is protected with 256-AES encryption to better safeguard your stuff, and you can schedule backups and throttle bandwidth during uploads. Place files you know you won't soon need in cold storage — takes three to five hours to access — or place files you frequently need in standard storage that can be accessed instantly.

Considering 1TB of storage from other popular services costs about $10 per month, this deal will pay for itself in four months, and you can keep using it forever. Even if you don't think you need it now, you probably will need it in the future. Don't miss this great opportunity to snag 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

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2 days ago

Android Pay is now live in Ireland


Now available for MasterCard and Visa users.

Android Pay is now live in Ireland for AIB and KBC customers, with support for more banks set to be added in the coming months. With Android Pay, customers in the country will be able to pay with their phones at thousands of retail stores, including Eason, McDonald's, Tesco, SPAR, Londis, Boots, KFC,and more.

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2 days ago

Galaxy S7 on Nougat: Exploring the new notifications and quick settings

Galaxy S7 Nougat

Samsung brings a fresh visual style to a familiar part of Android — along with a bunch of new features.

Notifications are a staple part of the Android experience, and they've been changed up in a big way in version 7.0, Nougat. Notifications are more functional and information-dense than ever, with inline replies and bundled notifications allowing you to see and do more without opening the app.

In its Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Samsung has expanded upon Android's base feature set, and overhauled its quick settings panel in the process.

Here's what we're currently seeing in the Android 7.0 beta for the Galaxy S7. All this stuff is subject to change, but most this will likely carry over to the final Nougat update.

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2 days ago

Leaked renders of the Galaxy A3 2017 show off 2.5D curved glass at the front


New models in the Galaxy A series inbound.

It's getting to be that time of the year where we'll see new models in the mid-range Galaxy A series. Like this year, Samsung is expected to introduce 2017 editions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Before the official unveil, we're being treated to leaked renders of the Galaxy A3 2017, giving us an early look at the design of the device.

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