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The NL7X from CTL is an ultra-rugged Chromebook made for education
One of the areas where Chromebook adoption has been prevalent is in schools. To make it easier for school districts to bring this type of technology into the classroom, CTL has just announced the NL7X, an ultra-rugged and affordable Chromebook.
How to stream the 2018 NBA Draft live on Chromecast, Android, Chrome OS, and Android TV
AT&T launches two new unlimited plans that come w/ a free ‘WatchTV’ subscription
Following the successful merger with Time Warner, AT&T has debuted two new data plans. But what makes these different than the carrier’s current unlimited plans is that they come with AT&T’s brand new “WatchTV” live tv streaming service.
How to enable Google Home’s Continued Conversation
Continued Conversations is a new Google Home feature that allows users to ask the Google Assistant follow-up questions without having to repeatedly say the “Ok/Hey Google” hotword. Unfortunately, new and old Google Home users alike will need to manually turn Continued Conversations on for the feature to work. Here’s how.
After several weeks of rumors and speculation, Instagram has just announced that it will be bringing long-form vertical videos to the social network in the form of a standalone app called IGTV. To help get the ball rolling, Instagram has partnered with several well-known creators who will soon start publishing original content to the platform.
Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!
Daisy Duck and Goofy are Samsung’s latest AR Emoji
Since announcing the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung has released a handful of new AR Emoji including Donald Duck and characters from The Incredibles. Now, the partnership with Disney brings Daisy Duck and Goofy to the AR Emoji lineup.
Facer 4.6.0 update introduces interactive watch faces for Wear OS
One of the benefits of using a Wear OS smartwatch over a traditional timepiece is its ability to change watch faces whenever you want. Facer, an app that allows you to build your own watch faces or choose from thousands of others, has just been updated to allow for interactive watch faces.
Acer’s Chromebook Spin 15 is now available for pre-order for $450
Late last month, Acer announced several new Chromebooks including the Chromebook 15 Spin, one of the largest Chromebooks we’ve seen thus far. Slated for a July release, the Chromebook Spin 15 is now available for pre-order directly from Acer.
How to make Android Messages your default SMS app
With Google adding more features to Android Messages such as RCS support and the ability to text from the web, you might be interested in making it your default SMS app. If so, the steps are pretty straightforward, and once you make the switch, you won’t have to touch it again. Here’s how.
In this week’s top stories: Hands-on look at Android Messages’ Google Material Theme redesign with search filters, and GIF search, renders of what the Pixel 3 XL might look like in ‘Kinda Blue’ and ‘Panda,’ the launch of the first stable build of the popular ‘Lawnchair’ launcher, and more. expand full story
How to pin a tab in Google Chrome
If you surf the web regularly, there’s probably a high chance that you visit the same website pretty routinely. But instead of closing the tab every time, why not leave it open, but minimize it so it doesn’t take up much space? That’s where pinning tabs in Google Chrome comes into play and might help your workflow.
How to block spam calls on Google’s Phone app for Android
Nobody likes unwanted calls, so Google does its best to help identify spam phone numbers and block them. But if you want Google’s Phone app to take complete control, there are several settings you must enable. Here’s how.
Instagram will no longer notify users if someone screenshots their Story
Back in February, some Instagram users started to receive notifications whenever someone took a screenshot of their Story. After experimenting with this feature for several months, Instagram has decided to cancel it altogether.
Google Maps testing new shortcuts for directions to home and work
To enhance user experience in Maps, Google allows users to specify home and work addresses so that the app can quickly navigate them through traffic. While there are already shortcuts in the app to quickly navigate to these locations, they can sometimes be hidden.
How to stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup live on Chromecast, Android, Chrome OS, and Android TV
When the first Android P Developer Preview began to roll out, users noticed that they were no longer able to theme their devices using the Substratum theming engine. After over 11 thousand people signed a petition demanding that this “feature” be added back, Google has released a comment.
Nokia 3.1 available for pre-order from Amazon for $159
The Nokia 5.1 passed through the FCC yesterday, making it clear that HMD Global would more than likely bring the budget-friendly device to the US. Now, the even more inexpensive Android One Nokia 3.1 is up for pre-order on Amazon.
Text dictation feature is now live in the Chrome OS Canary channel
Since late last year, code commits hinted at a new system-wide text dictation feature coming to Chrome OS. At long last, it’s now live in the Chrome OS Canary channel.