Samsung Galaxy S5 mini might be called Galaxy S5 Dx


The Galaxy S5 mini could be branded as the as the Galaxy S5 Dx, according to a purported screenshot from Samsung’s UK website. This slight name change would follow suit with the company’s recent rebranding of its camera-centric phone line, now known as the Galaxy K Zoom. If you look closely, the photo’s url reveals a model number of SM-G800, so that’ll be something to keep an eye out for going forward.

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Google X says no to jetpacks, just not practical


Google X, Google’s top-secret lab thought about creating a jetpack, but determined the idea wasn’t practical. The same R&D group that didn’t shy away from trying to build a space elevator felt that such a contraption might not fit in with Google’s eco-friendly projects.

Astro Teller, Google X’s “Captain of Moonshots,” is tasked with overseeing long-term projects that think outside of the box to solve serious world problems. We’ve seen some exciting things like Glass come out of Google X, but sometimes things just don’t work. One of the team’s abandoned ideas was a secure jetpack.

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LG’s Chromebase all-in-one arrives in the US May 26 for $349

Alongside a ton of other Chrome OS related announcements today coming out of the Google/Intel event, LG announced that its previously introduced LG Chromecase desktop computer will hit US stores this month. The company originally announced the Chromebase leading up to CES in January where we got our first look at the 21.5-inch all-in-one running Chrome OS. Head below for the specifics: Read more

Google and Intel announce new Bay Trail-powered Chromebooks


Today in San Francisco, Google and Intel announced a brand new fleet of Chromebooks in various shapes and sizes. While some of these devices will be powered by Intel’s familiar Haswell processors, the big news today is that the chip maker is bringing its newer Bay Trail platform to Mountain View’s take on the notebook. Partners like ASUS, Lenovo, LG, HP and Acer will all be producing Bay Trail-powered Chromebooks. 

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Intel announces conflict-free computer micro-processors, starting with those in new Chromebooks

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In addition to the new ChromeOS and Intel-based ChromeBook announcements this morning, Intel announced an important new manufacturing initiative for its computer microprocessors. The company announced via a video that it will be moving production of its processors to completely lack conflict materials. These new chips, including the more efficient Bay Trail, will be conflict free in the new ChromeBooks. Intel’s video explicitly mentions materials such as gold, tungsten, and tin coming from war zones in the Congo. The video says that Intel is choosing to completely revamp its processor manufacturing operations and to assist these zones rather than abandoning them and moving to already conflict-free zones for sourcing materials.

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Google/Intel talk ruggedized, education-oriented Lenovo Yoga laptop with rotating display

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Also at the Intel/Google event this morning, the companies announced a new Lenovo “Yoga” ThinkPad laptop line. The computer, which was shown off earlier this year, is closer to launch and the companies announced some new details. They say that the laptop is ruggedized and oriented toward the education market. Earlier today, Google announced a stronger ChromeOS push into education.

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The Yoga laptop has a 360-degree, rotating screen. The computer runs the new “Bay Trail” Intel processor, and this chip unlocks a plethora of potential hardware advancements. The more efficient software unlocks 11 hours of battery life (up from 10 on Haswell) and makes for thinner/lighter devices, fanless designs, 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, and new form factor possibilities.

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ChromeOS taking some more features from Android: Google Now, offline Google Play Movies and TV shows

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At the Intel/Google event this morning, Google announced that a few high-profile Android features will be making their way to the ChromeOS computer operating system. First and foremost: voice actions and Google Now support.

Google Now is Google’s voice-based system for accessing information via Google Search and voice-actions will allow a user to control certain functions of their ChromeOS devices by way of voice interaction.

Other notable features coming to ChromeOS include offline support for some Google Play content. Google will be starting off with Movies and TV shows, with more content (like Music) presumably to follow in the future.

The updates announced today should be hitting ChromeOS in the coming weeks.

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Google Classroom helps teachers easily set up their lesson plans (video)


In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day, Google has announced a preview of Classroom, a new tool that will help educators arrange curriculum for their classes. This free parts of Google’s Apps for Education will serve as a platform that helps teachers create and organize assignments, provide feedback and communicate with their students. As expected, the software will lean on apps like Docs, Drive and Gmail to carry out these tasks.

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JPMorgan Chase CEO sees Google as a challenging bank


JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon isn’t just keeping an eye on other financial institutions like Wells Fargo and Bank of American. The company’s CEO is also sizing up Google and its online services like Wallet. “We move $10 trillion a day,” Dimon said today at the Euromoney Saudi Arabia conference in Riyadh. “We’re one of the largest payments systems in the world. We’re going to have competition from Google and Facebook and somebody else.”

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