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3 years ago

D'oh! 'The Simpsons' will spoof Google Glass on Sunday


This should be good.

Thanks, Steve!

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3 years ago

How to upgrade the SSD in your Acer C720 Chromebook


Whether you're planning to run Linux or just need more space to work with, an SSD upgrade is easy and cost-effective. {.intro}

Chromebooks are all about working in the cloud, and we admit there's not a whole lot you can do on one without an active internet connection. But sometimes you want to have a local copy of those cloud backed-up files. Or maybe you want to carry around 20GB worth of movies and music to watch offline when streaming isn't an option. And let's not forget how simple it can be to load up your favorite copy of Linux onto your Chromebook if you want to break out of just using Chrome OS.

Whatever the reason, you may find the paltry offering of a 16GB SSD on the Acer C720 Chromebook to be lacking for some use cases out there. You can pick up a C720P model with 32GB of internal storage — and a touchscreen — for $50 more than the regular C720, but what if you already have one or need more than 32GB? Well, it turns out it's extremely simple to replace the SSD in the Acer C720, and we're going to show you how to do it.

Hit the break for the entire step-by-step process.

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3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Cases Roundup

We've got skins, hybrids, flip cases and protective films for the Google Nexus 7 (2013) and we're showing off which ones make an impression with customers and staff here at ShopAndroid.com.

Your Nexus tablet needs adequate protection against damage and using it without a case is risky business. While a naked tablet is acceptable for some, having a bit of collateral can make a huge difference when disaster strikes. Jump past the break to dive into this roundup of cases for the Google Nexus 7 (2013).

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3 years ago

Google explains reasons behind today's 30-minute service outage


Proverbial 'software bug' sent a spiral of bad configurations to other systems

Following one of the longer cross-service outages for Google in recent memory, the search and software giant sent out an apology and explanation for today's occurrences. According to the Official Google Blog, an internal system that sends out configuration information for systems beyond it encountered a software bug that sent out incorrect commands to several areas.

It only took from 10:55am PT when the bug was first seen to 11:02am when users began seeing massive outages in Gmail, Google+, Drive and other services. Roughly 12 minutes later while engineers were still in the process of figuring out what was happening, the initial system that sent out the bad information had self-corrected and began to properly configure other systems. Google claims nearly all users' services were back up and running by 11:30, which seems to be consistent with the general consensus among users.

As you would expect, the post gives some detail on what's being done to prevent this from happening in the future. More checks are being put in place so that improper configurations, if they are generated by bugs, aren't so easily sent out to other systems. Additionally, Google plans to improved targeted searching for issues during service failures.

Needless to say, we don't think we're going to be seeing outages like this with any higher frequency than we already experience now.

Source: Google Blog

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3 years ago

Off-contract Moto X will be $299 for 1 hour on Jan. 27


Additional $70 discount promotion will run until Feb. 14

In an attempt to get the Moto X out into more hands, Motorola will be running two discount promotions starting this coming Monday. On January 27th, Motorola will drop the price of the off-contract Moto X from its online store to $299 — that's $100 off — or a single hour from 3pm to 4pm ET. Given how its servers crippled under previous promotions we're going to assume it'll be another situation of signing up for codes that are then applicable for a number of days to get the discount.

If you happen to miss out on this $100 discount, Motorola isn't leaving you in the dust. In a move that's probably more impressive, the off-contract Moto X will have a $70 discount applied from January 27th until Valentine's Day, February 14th. That means you'll have over two weeks to grab an off-contract Moto X for just $329. Add another $25 for a wood back, if you wish.

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3 years ago

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the latest special edition Android mini collectible


Limited quantities go on sale Jan. 28

According to the Chinese Zodiac, this is the year of the Horse, and it seems fitting that for the upcoming Lunar New Year there's a special edition Android mini collectible available. As it regularly does, Dead Zebra, Inc. is releasing a limited run of the special "Year of the Horse" collectible for enthusiasts to pick up and proudly display.

If you're one to want these kinds of things, you'll have your chance on January 28th at 11am EST, and again that same day at 11pm EST. You can only purchase a maximum of two, as is often the case, and it's a good idea to have your account made and details all filled out before the sale as to order as quickly as possible.

Source: Dead Zebra

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3 years ago

Guys, Google services are down — everybody chill [Update: We're chill]


No, really. Chill. Go outside, enjoy the Polar Vortex and walk around for a few minutes while the folks in Mountain View get it straightened out.

Update: OK, things are slowly returning to normal. Just like we all knew they would. Have a nice weekend, folks.

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3 years ago

Nexus 5, two months on ...


After two months of regular use, are we still enamored with Google's latest Nexus phone?

It feels like the Nexus 5 was a long time coming. A couple of days before the IFA conference in early September 2013, I remember being huddled over a MacBook in a hotel bar in Berlin with a handful of other journalists, squinting over a few frames from Google's KitKat unveiling video and trying to make out details on the back of this mysterious new Nexus phone. The two months that followed led us down a garden path of leaks, rumors and gossip as Google's next flagship slowly came into focus — culminating in a couple of high-profile snafus that gave us a full-size render of the phone, along with a mostly-complete spec list, days ahead of the official launch.

Yet when the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 finally arrived on Nov. 1 — having been announced a day earlier, on Halloween — it turned out there was more going on than the pre-release rumors had revealed. Sure, the Nexus 5 was a high-spec'd phone at a relatively low price point. But more important was KitKat, the biggest change to Android in two years, delivering a brighter, flatter, more Googley smartphone experience. It was a big step forward for Google's OS, and one of the most important Android phones of the year.

Since launch we've had a good couple of months to get to know the Nexus 5 properly, using it both as a regular day-to-day smartphone, and as a daily driver during CES, one of the busiest trade shows of the year. The N5 is  still a great phone, but the extra time with it has given us a fresh perspective. Check out our long-term thoughts after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 camera gets a decent price cut in the UK


£114 will get you Sony's little hockey puck style connected camera 

The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 has only been with us for a few months, but it's already seen a decent price reduction since those early RRP's. For Brits, Clove Technology has dropped both the black and white versions to the lowest price we've seen so far; £114 including delivery. 

We've been pleasantly surprised by the QX10, and had way more fun using it than we ever thought we would. It's not perfect, but it's also more camera, and more zoom, than you'll get on a regular Android smartphone camera. Grab one while stocks last at the source link below, and check out our full review for more. 

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

South Korea says smartphone bloatware be gone!


Don't want those apps on your phone? You should be able to delete them!

If you've ever seen a Korean phone up close, you'll know that those things come absolutely stacked to the rafters with pre-installed, bloatware apps. Be they from carriers or OEM's, the result leaves a brand new phone coming out of the box filled with apps. But, while the pre-installing can continue, new guidelines there say that those apps must be user deletable.

"The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players,"

Filling up a phone with non-removable apps just hurts a big portion of the folks who buy it. Less storage space is available for one. A positive move for our Korean friends then, and the new guidelines will come into effect from April. I'm guessing there are more than a few folks out there who'd like to see a similar practice over in Europe and North America? 

via ZDNet

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3 years ago

LG G Flex on AT&T now available to pre-order


$299.99 on a two-year contract, shipping February 4

More good news this morning for folks in the U.S. interested in the LG G Flex, particularly those of an AT&T persuasion. The carrier has now made LG's 6-inch curved behemoth available to pre-order for $299.99 on a new two-year contract. It won't be in hand for a little while yet, with shipping dates currently stated as February 4. 

You can also pick up the G Flex on AT&T Next from $26.73 a month, or with no annual contract for $694.99. The G Flex is certainly an interesting device, with that huge display and very pronounced curve on the front, and the 'self-healing' back that LG was proudly showing off to the gathered masses at CES just a couple of weeks ago. With a Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM inside, it packs the sort of internals we'd expect from a high-end Android smartphone, and we've been impressed with our earlier hands on time with it. 

Of course, we're more interested in getting hold of a proper, U.S. version and putting it through its paces. If you're considering picking one of these up on AT&T, be sure to check out the latest coverage maps before parting with your money. And for more on the G Flex, check out our hands on video after the break. 

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

This is the 'teak finish' Moto X


Vertical stripes are slimming, I'm told

When Motorola announced the customizable Moto X on August 1st of last year, they unveiled a series of four wood backs that would be options. Eventually. The phone launched later in August with a full range of color customizations on AT&T, which eventually spread to the other carriers. But what of those elusive backs hewn from natural materials?

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3 years ago

LG tablet with Verizon LTE hits FCC, could be the G Pad 8.3


LG's G Pad 8.3 tablet could be headed to Verizon in the U.S., based on info from a recent FCC filing. Details of the LG-VK810, described in the official documents as a "portable tablet," show it as a device with LTE support on Bands 4 + 13 — the freqs used by Verizon — and with dimensions matching those of LG's existing G Pads.

These latest details corroborate info posted by Twitter leaker @evleaks last week, stating that the G Pad was indeed Verizon-bound.

If the G Pad 8.3 does show up on Verizon in the near future, customers would be getting a compelling mid-sized tablet with a Snapdragon 600 processor, a 1920x1200-resolution display and a metal-based chassis — though they'd also have to deal with LG's polarizing, brightly-colored Android UI. Check out our review, linked below, for the full picture.

More: LG G Pad 8.3 review

Source: FCC via PhoneArena, @evleaks

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3 years ago

Don't forget to claim a year of PlayStation Plus with your new Sony Xperia Z1s


Offer applies to phones bought from both Sony and T-Mobile

During the official announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1s at CES, we were told about the pretty fantastic content offering that Sony was throwing in with the handset. What they didn't mention at the time was a special offer involving PlayStation Plus. But if you've bought one, or are planning to buy one soon, you'll get a free 1-year subscription to PlayStation Plus thrown in for good measure. 

Sure, if you're an Xbox owner, this is probably the least interesting thing you'll hear all day. But, if you purchase an Xperia Z1s either from Sony or T-Mobile between January 13 and February 12 then you're eligible to claim the reward. All you need to do is head to the link below to redeem, and send Sony a photo of the IMEI number on the box as well as your purchase receipt for the phone. Do this by March 5 and you'll have it delivered to you by March 21. 

If you've not yet tried PlayStation Plus, then it's well worth cashing in here. Sony regularly offers members content free of charge, including this month the epic Bioshock Infinite for PS3. Just be sure not to lose your receipt! 

Source: Sony via Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

New Nexus 5 colors looking more likely following latest leaks


Red model pictured as fresh information comes to light

It's looking more likely this morning that Google and LG could release the Nexus 5 in additional colors, after a flurry of online activity in the past 24 hours. First came videos and pictures claiming to show the new colors in the Google Play Store, though these showed telltale signs of being little more than Photoshop jobs based on existing renders. But since then the first compelling photographic evidence has emerged, and one reliable individual in the smartphone community is saying there's some truth behind the rumors.

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