HP preparing to announce first Google-blessed touchscreen Android notebook


A hidden video (embedded below) discovered on HP’s website by Notebook Italia shows off HP’s upcoming Slatebook 14. As the name implies, the machine comes with a 1080p 14″ touchscreen display. What’s really interesting about this computer is the software. Instead of the usual Windows or Chrome OS options, the Slatebook will reportedly run Android.

The machine has apparently been given Google’s blessing, since according to the video it will feature the Play Store and all of the company’s first-party apps, along with the entire catalog of third-party Android apps.

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Acer Chromebook 710 and 720 roundup: starting at $120 shipped (+Free Chromebook switchers ebook)

From 9to5Toys.com:

chromebook-bookChromebooks are inherently great deals with their free 100GB of Google Drive space ($48 value) for 2 years on new models often a great incentive to buy alone. But we’ve found some additional savings around the web. Not sure about making the switch to a Chromebook? Have a free Ebook that can help make the transition:

Like any device, Chromebooks have their advantages and their disadvantages.

Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook.

Many Chromebook users haven’t actually “switched” to a Chromebook — they’ve purchased a Chromebook as an additional device, not one that replaces their current computer entirely. A Chromebook is the simple laptop you pick up when you need to browse the web, watch videos, type emails, write documents, and do other things you can accomplish in a browser. But let’s assume you actually want to switch to a Chromebook.

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The Acer Chromebook Deals:

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Report: Google to expand capabilities of “Ok, Google” command, introduce new navigation buttons

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen rumor after rumor regarding new features for Android, as well as interface tweaks. And with Google I/O 2014 right around the corner, we don’t expect them to slow down at all. Android Police this evening published a new report detailing some more design changes coming to Android, as well as a new big feature.

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HTC One (M8) Review: It’s almost perfect (Video)

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The HTC One (M8) has been one of the most anticipated smartphone releases in 2014. Following the success of the One (M7) wasn’t going to be an easy task, but somehow the company pulled it off. Well, almost. This is nearly one of the best smartphones for your money, but there are a few things that hold the HTC One (M8) just inches away from Android perfection.

With the M8, you’re getting an even better build quality than its predecessor. HTC claims that the One (M8) has a body constructed of 90 percent metal, which is a 20 percent boost over last year’s model. There is nothing about this device that feels cheap. It’s an epic win in the quality department. It may be a little slippery (and look like a stainless steel refrigerator), but overall I’m very happy with the build quality here.

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Samsung acknowledges Galaxy S5’s camera killing bug


The Samsung Galaxy S5’s camera is a major selling point for the company’s new flagship smartphone, however a newly discovered bug may soon turn would-be buyers away from the device. There have been several reports across the web documenting an issue with the handset’s shooter — most notably its Verizon version  — that completely breaks the phone’s camera.

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HTC’s Senior Vice President of Design is leaving to focus on other projects


Shortly after shipping its new flagship (and generally well received) smartphone, HTC’s Senior Vice President of design is departing from his role at the company. Scott Croyle, who HTC hired when it acquired his company One and Co. studios six years ago, will be transitioning out of his role as he prepares to focus on non-HTC projects, The Verge reports. As part of his exit, Croyle will consult with the company as his #2, Jonah Becker, takes over his responsibilities, HTC confirmed to the site. The report also shares that Drew Bamford, who leads development of the widely-critiqued Sense user interface, will now be in charge of all software and services… Read more

Google possibly courting Nike Fuel Band castaways to join Nest team


Google recently started selling its Nest Thermostat at its Play Store, but after acquiring the climate controlling device’s parent company for $3.2 billion, Mountain View appears to be ready to expand its brand and it’ll need some new talent to make this happen. Right now the careers section of the Nest website has plethora of job openings for engineers that could be filled by folks from Beaverton, Oregon… Beaverton, Oregon?

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New Samsung Galaxy S5 commercial calls out the iPhone’s camera (video)


With the release of a new flagship smartphone, you can pretty much guarantee that Samsung will release a new marketing campaign taking jabs at the iPhone. But in the case of the Galaxy S5, the company has turned things up notch. In the past we’ve seen Sammy make subliminal references to Apple’s devices, but the company has never mentioned the iPhone by name.

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Google discusses new techniques that improve Chrome’s security and performance


Google’s recent partnership to make the internet a safer place to play hasn’t stopped the company from working on its own products. The software giant recently opened up about a set of security enhancements to Chrome that make its famed browser safer and faster. Google anti-abuse research lead, Elie Bursztein published a post on the company’s blog detailing the measures taken to improve Chrome for desktop and Android.

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More evidence Google is planning its own Wi-Fi networks in Fiber cities


More evidence that Google is preparing to roll out its own Wi-Fi networks in the U.S. has been discovered in documentation for its Fiber service that’s currently in the process of expanding. IDG News Service notes that Google Fiber documentation currently being sent out to cities in the running to receive Google Fiber next have revealed that Google has plans for WiFi in addition to the Gigabit internet and TV service:  Read more