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Google announces new Nexus devices and the newest version of Android, “Lollipop”

Today, Google announced (a day ahead of Apple’s own big new product news) several new products, as well as the newest version of Android, “Lollipop.” There’d been much debate over what the new Android OS name would be, including “licorice” or another licensed product (a la KitKat). Of course, now there’ll probably be various jokes about how “Lollipop sucks” or somesuch. Anyway, the new Nexus devices include: Nexus 6 The Nexus 6 is Google’s newest plain-Android smartphone, produced by Motorola. Unlike the previous few generations, including…

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Two months with the Chromebook

It’s actually slightly over two months with my Chromebook (as of late September), but thought I’d chime in anyway. My Chromebook’s still working well, serving its goal of a lightweight laptop to carry around. It also has the advantage of letting me sit on my couch as needed; it’s more comfortable than sitting at a desk chair for long stretches, and it lets me watch TV more easily. The only recent oddity to report was my Chromebook suddenly shutting off earlier this week, though I’m not…

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Chrome OS finally receives its first four Android apps

Chrome OS’ web-based orientation means its apps are either just bookmarks to websites or actual stand-alone programs. Meanwhile, Android’s much longer history and smartphone dominance means there’s a vast number of apps available. Thus, Google’s promised to bring integration between the two operating systems, which should make Chrome OS more appealing. Last week, Google finally made good on its promise by introducing its first four Android apps for Chrome OS: Duolingo: an app used to learn foreign languages. Evernote: the popular note-taking app. Sight Words: a…

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My favorite Chrome OS apps

I thought I’d list what Chrome OS apps I’m using on my Chromebook. I should note that since Chrome OS’ functionality is heavily web-based, some of the “apps” under its launcher are just bookmarks to a particular website. However, for this post’s purposes, I won’t bother distinguishing those from stand-alone programs like the calculator app. TweetDeck I already use TweetDeck on my Mac and on Linux Mint, since it provides more functionality than the plain Twitter website. Among TweetDeck’s uses are the ability to set up…

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Thoughts on the Chromebook two weeks later

It’s been a bit over two weeks since I’ve bought the Acer C720 Chromebook. So far, I’m enjoying owning the Chromebook, and have put it through its paces to see if my initial ideas about Chrome OS paid off. My thoughts on it so far: Typing is OK, though it’s taken getting used to not having physical buttons on the trackpad, unlike the ones on my old HP laptop. Fortunately, one can plug in an external mouse (corded or wireless) to use the Chromebook that…

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Anthony buys a Chromebook

As of last night, I’m the proud owner of a brand-new Chromebook. Like the other tech purchases I’ve made, I’d given the matter plenty of thought, before deciding to buy one of the cheap laptops running Google’s own Chrome OS. (See the previous posts I’ve written about Chromebooks’ merits.) I’m even typing this blog post on the Chromebook, which isn’t much different from my usual typing posts from within my browser. The model I bought was the Acer C720, which is an 11″ model that’s selling…

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Can Chrome (and a Chromebook) fill in for my usual computing tasks?

Lately, I’ve been reading (and writing) about Chromebooks, the simplified laptops backed by Google’s Chrome OS that basically use the Chrome browser (and Linux) as the operating system. Besides the allure of a new gadget, I’m also interested in a laptop that’d be less heavy to carry around than my two-year-old Linux Mint-running HP laptop, which weighs in at a hefty 5.3 lbs./2.4 kg (per its specs). While I’d like a MacBook of some sort, I currently don’t have the money or means to buy one. A…

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Déjà vu: Microsoft to release cheap Windows 8 laptops this fall to compete with Chromebooks

In my previous post on Chromebooks, I remarked that Microsoft wouldn’t try the same trick twice (as it did to kill Linux on netbooks) by releasing cheap WIndows 8 notebooks to try to kill off Chromebooks, especially since they still had the Surface’s lackluster sales to grapple with. However, it turns out Microsoft does plan to do just that, after all. Coming this fall will be two cheap laptops: a 15.6″ Acer for $249 (with specs that don’t seem any different from the current cheap Windows laptops), and a Toshiba with Chromebook-like…

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Coming soon: Android TV

Coming this fall is Google’s latest effort at competing with Apple TV, Roku, and video game consoles: “Android TV.” Unlike previous efforts Google TV and Chromecast, Android TV will be an operating system rather than a specific set-top box brand name. Smart TV makers will be able to embed it into their sets, while third-party set-top box makers (Asus, etc.) can use the operating system. Similar to Android and Roku/Apple TV, it’ll come with an easy-to-use interface with support for Chromecast. It’ll also come with its…

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Another Google service shut down…this time, it’s Orkut

Google announced today that it’s planning to shut down another service, though this time it’s one that’s not as popular as it should’ve been. Orkut, Google’s first stab at social networking, is the service in question: Google kills Orkut to focus on YouTube, Blogger and Google+ (Engadget) Orkut never really gained popularity in the US, but was popular in India and Brazil for some time. I always wondered why Google opted to try to “reinvent the wheel” with creating Google+ instead of just trying to spruce…

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