Lenovo’s tough, hybrid Chromebooks are built for education

Lenovo has launched a handful of new laptops designed for classrooms, including three new Chromebooks. The new devices were designed to be tough enough to survive students' rough handling and have rubber bumpers, reinforced hinges and mechanically an…
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Google hires former Xbox, PlayStation exec Phil Harrison

Phil Harrison followed up almost two decades as an executive for both Sony and Microsoft as an investor in computer and video game companies. But he's moving back to the tech world with a new role as Vice President and GM of Google, Harrison announce…
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BlueStacks releases the first Android gaming platform to run Android Nougat

While many consumers in the smartphone market are looking at new devices running Android Oreo or hoping their existing devices get an update to the latest version of the Android operating system, there is a group that is looking for Android Nougat support. Those users are those who want to run an Android compatible gaming […]

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New Nokia flagship leaks with five camera lenses and Snapdragon 845

New year, new leaks. This time, it’s Nokia with a pretty incredible rumored device that’ll sport both a Snapdragon 845 and a five camera lens system. Unbelievable? Maybe, but we’re intrigued either way. The leak comes from Chinese forum Baidu and claims that not only with the next Nokia Android flagship use Qualcomm’s next-gen processor, […]

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Sphero cuts jobs and refocuses on education

Sphero was supposed to have a banner holiday with a slew of toys themed around Star Wars, Cars 3 and Spider-Man on top of its own self-branded creations. However, things turned out very differently. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it rec…
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Android 8.0 Oreo will roll out to Sprint HTC U11 on Monday

HTC has some big news for anyone that owns a U11, at least on Sprint. HTC has received technical certification for the latest software update from the carrier, which means you can expect the Android Oreo 8.0 update to start rolling out on Monday. Good way to start the week, no? This update will bring […]

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Google Play services update fixes Chromecast Wi-Fi bug

Google is now rolling out a promised fix for Chromecast built-in devices, such as Google Home, Android TV, Chromecast, etc., to kill a bug wreaking havoc on Wi-Fi connections with slowdowns and even outages. Affected routers include those from TP-Link, ASUS, Linksys, Netgear and Synology. The issue was described as one that in certain situations, a […]

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Verizon’s lower-cost unlimited plan now works in Canada and Mexico

Verizon's latest unlimited plans may have some undesirable… limits, but at least you won't have to pay for the more expensive plan the next time you're on a North American vacation. As of January 25th, the $ 75 Go Unlimited plan will include calling…
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Skagen Falster smartwatches are now available to buy

The new Skagen Falster smartwatches were the most exciting Android Wear devices to hit CES 2018 earlier this month. The clean, simple designs and relatively small size at 42mm were refreshing compared to the heavy, oversized devices that usually carry Android Wear. The black with leather strap models are now available to buy at Skagen’s […]

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What we’re buying: Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer

This month, Associate Editor Swapna Krishna is singing the praises of Dyson's advanced but pricey hair dryer. Compared with her old model, it's like night and day.
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New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries

The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries' six episodes…
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[TA Deals] Save 95% on the Microsoft Excel + Advanced Excel bundle

Microsoft Excel is very important in many businesses and career roles, so why not get better at it? That’s exactly what our highly discounted Ultimate Microsoft Excel bundle is here to do. This bundle features 48 hours of material covering everything from creating formulas to analyzing table data to automating spreadsheets. There’s a ton of […]

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US regulators charge three bitcoin operators with fraud

Today the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it has filed a federal civil enforcement action against three virtual currency operators. The details of one case remain sealed, but the other two companies facing charges are CabbageTe…
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Microsoft adds real-time collaboration to Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft's latest update for Office 2016 on Mac adds features that make it a much better tool for collaborative projects. (Or worse, depending on how you prefer attacking group work.) It gives you the ability to work with others in real time &agrave…
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Snap announces more layoffs amid content struggles

Snap has just laid off 22 employees, a sign that the company is continuing to struggle with slow user growth. The staff cuts affected teams across the company, but the content team was particularly hard hit. According to The Information, Snap's conte…
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The Morning After: Thursday, January 18th 2018

The next big Nintendo gaming accessory? Cardboard. The games maker unveiled Labo, a DIY add-on system for kids to fold and stick together peripherals from cardboard — proving once again that Nintendo is the good kind of crazy. Elsewhere we've got iP…
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Redbox says Disney lawsuit is a baseless attempt to stamp out rivals

Last month, Disney filed a lawsuit against Redbox claiming that the rental company was violating Disney's copyrights. Redbox buys the Disney discs it rents at retail and when those discs come with download codes for digital copies, Redbox sells them…
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Samsung has produced a stunning Limited Edition Galaxy Note 8 for the Winter Olympics that you can’t buy

With the Winter Olympics set to run from February 9-25 in South Korea, Samsung has produced a stunning limited edition of its Galaxy Note 8 to celebrate the occasion. The special edition is appropriately called the ‘PyeongChang Winter Olympics Limited Edition’. Unfortunately, unless you are a participant or organizer of the Winter Olympics, there’s pretty much […]

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Best Battery Banks and Portable Chargers [2018]

It’s Friday night and you just left work for the weekend. You’re supposed to meet up with some friends, and, oh, wait. Your phone has 11% of its battery left. You’re not going to make it very long with that. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. The best way to […]

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Motorola’s entire 2018 lineup has leaked two weeks into the year

We’re just over two weeks into January of 2018, and to put it bluntly, someone at Motorola or Lenovo seriously screwed up. The company’s entire phone lineup for this year has supposedly leaked to Droid Life, including the Moto Z lineup, Moto G lineup, and the next Moto X. The only thing that’s missing is […]

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Breakdown between Huawei and AT&T result of U.S. lawmaker pressure

One announcement that many people expected to occur at CES 2018 last week was going to be the availability of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in the U.S. market via AT&T. In a big surprise, that announcement was scuttled the day before CES 2018 opened. Huawei was able to salvage the Mate 10 Pro launch […]

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Apple supplier accused of chemical safety and overtime violations

Apple is still struggling to improve working conditions at its suppliers. Both China Labor Watch and Bloomberg report that Catcher, a key supplier for iPhone and MacBook casings, makes workers endure harsh safety conditions and unfair work terms in…
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Google denies launching optimized version of Maps for China

Google's presence in China has increased marginally in recent times, but those excited about a rumoured optimized version of Maps for the country will be disappointed to learn the claims are untrue. Earlier this week Japan news site Nikkei reported t…
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US continues to blacklist China’s eBay over counterfeit goods

Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba's counterfeit goods problem refuses to go away. Despite noting improvements on takedown efforts, the Office of the US Trade Representative has again blacklisted Alibaba's eBay-like Taobao shopping site.
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Google freezes addiction center ads after word of sketchy referrals

Google rarely stops advertising for an entire category, but it's making that exception to halt some serious abuses. The search firm has temporarily stopped running addiction center ads worldwide after a report revealed that sketchy referral services…
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Tag Heuer announces the (slightly) cheaper Connected Modular 41 smartwatch

Luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer has just announced a smaller, slightly cheaper version of their Connected Modular 45 smartwatch from Q1 2017, the Connected Modular 41. Both watches are modular in design, meaning you can choose from different lugs, bezel designs, straps and so on, but you can’t add functionality like a Moto Mod. The new […]

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One in six Americans owns a smart speaker, according to study

There's no doubt that smart speakers are selling like hotcakes, but how many people own them, exactly? Quite a few, according to NPR and Edison Research. They've published findings of a study which estimates that one in six Americans (16 percent) o…
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[TA Deals] Save 96% on the Ultimate Microsoft Excel Bundle

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New report says HTC’s U11 EYEs will launch on January 15th with 6-inch 18:9 display

CES 2018 hasn’t exactly been a motherlode of excitement for the smartphone segment, with most announcements centering around accessories such as smart speakers with Google Assistant built-in and Razer’s Project Linda. Luckily, thanks to a certain serial leaker, we now know that HTC is planning on launching a brand new handset called the U11 EYEs […]

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Latest Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta might be the stable version

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are both getting another version of the Android Oreo beta today, which isn’t a big deal on its own. However, this might be the last version of the beta that we see before it starts to roll out as the official Android 8.0 update. This new build isn’t huge, […]

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Facebook goes back to basics: People

Over the past couple of years, Facebook has frequently tweaked its News Feed algorithms to deliver stories that are relevant and of interest to you. It was a strategy that, up until now, seemed to be the way forward for the site. But that's all about…
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Amazon’s flop of a phone made newer, better hardware possible

Amazon devices have taken root in our homes with almost alarming speed, but the tech giant hasn't gotten everything right. Back in 2014, Amazon released the Fire Phone, an ambitious smartphone that remains the company's biggest hardware flop to date….
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Samsung Galaxy S9 box image leaks ahead of MWC 2018 announcement

Samsung is holding off on the launch of the Galaxy S9, but that does not mean news about the new device was not swirling around CES 2018. While making comments at the event, Samsung head DJ Koh revealed the company plans to officially announce the Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018 in Spain. That date will […]

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Anker announces the ZOLO Model Zero speaker with Google Assistant

Known primarily for their charging solutions,at CES 2018 Anker Innovations announced their entry into the smart speaker market with the ZOLO Model Zero. The new device is scheduled to be available in the latter part of 2018. Anker is stressing the design aesthetics of the new device. According to Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations: “Speakers […]

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CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device categ…
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YouTube may review its most popular channels for offensive content

It became pretty clear last year that YouTube has a content problem. Last spring, companies like AT&T and Verizon pulled ads because they were found to be appearing alongside extremist videos. And it was hit with another round of ad-pulling later…
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LG puts Google Assistant in its own touchscreen-equipped speaker

Google Assistant's fingerprints are all over the CES 2018 show floor, but it's especially easy to see on a few new Android Things-powered devices. This LG ThinQ Google Assistant Touch Screen Speaker is one of them, and like Lenovo's Smart Display, it…
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OnePlus 3T beta software was accidentally sending clipboard data off to Chinese servers

There’s some not-so-great news about the beta update for the OnePlus 3T; apparently, it was accidentally sending copied clipboard information to a Chinese server owned by Alibaba. Oops. The beta update for Oreo with December’s security update was caught trying to access a suspicious IP address with the built-in clipboard application, and after some digging […]

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Gaming laptops are cheap and portable at CES 2018

Buying a laptop has traditionally meant juggling price, graphics performance, weight and battery life. You want a powerful gaming laptop with good battery life? Sorry about that six-pound weight, bro. Looking for a lightweight, inexpensive laptop to…
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Android Wear gets a boost with the new Skagen Falster

Android Wear has been a little stagnate lately, feeling as if Google has moved it to the back burner. We have yet to get a Google “Pixel Watch” and Fossil, along with other actual watch brands, have largely been responsible for new models. The tech industry seems to be in a wait-and-see pattern for now (with […]

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[TA Deals] Name your price for the Ultimate White Hat Hacker Bundle 2018

White hat hacking is a rapidly growing market of ethical hacking to help prevent security and data breaches. Instead of maliciously trying to compromise a network, a white hat hacker would try and discover exploits for the sole purpose of getting those exploits addressed and patched, instead of stealing information. Getting started with network or […]

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Vivo has the first phone with a fingerprint scanner under the screen

Stuffing a fingerprint scanner under the screen of a smartphone has been a highly rumored feature for a while now, with tons and tons of companies filing for patents and testing the concept out. We’ve never seen it in a commercial device, but Vivo has finally closed in on making that a reality. At CES, […]

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How HP plans to sell laptops to millennials in 2018

In 2017, HP chose some surprising places to launch its laptops and show off its technology — music festivals like Coachella and Panorama. Here at a more conventional tech launchpad, the company unveiled a couple of new laptops — the Spectre x360 15…
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JBL joins the Google Smart Display platform with the JBL Link View

We’re incredibly excited about Google’s Smart Display platform, and it looks like other manufacturers are, too. Lenovo is likely the most high profile name making a device for the platform, but JBL is throwing their hat in the ring, too. Called the JBL Link View, the device sports a high-resolution 8-inch display with stereo speakers. […]

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Logan Paul may face ‘further consequences’ from YouTube

Earlier this month, YouTube star Logan Paul was hit with a wave of criticism over his decision to post a video showing a suicide victim in Japan's Aokigahara forest. Posted to his YouTube channel, the video showed him and his friends entering the for…
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French officials investigate Apple for iPhone slowdowns

Last month, French organization HOP (which stands for Stop Planned Obsolescence in French) filed legal complaints against Apple after the company admitted to slowing older models of iPhones. Now, Bloomberg reports that French authorities have begun a…
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Lenovo’s Smart Display comes with 8 or 10-inch HD displays and Google Assistant baked in

It’s long been rumored that Google has plans to release a Google Home device with a built-in display. Indeed, it’s perhaps one of the reasons that the search giant pulled YouTube support for Amazon’s Echo Show, a direct competitor. One such product is the Lenovo Smart Display, developed in partnership with Google. The Smart Display features […]

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Corsair’s wireless gaming keyboard has a 75-hour battery life

If Logitech's no-lag wireless gaming keyboard converted you into a fan of no-wires gaming, you'll love Corsair's new offerings. The peripheral-maker has launched a handful of devices at CES 2018, including a wireless gaming keyboard of its own, as we…
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Wireless earbuds will soon have triple the battery life with Qualcomm’s new chipset

Wireless earbuds are one of the latest advancements in audio tech, but two major problems continue to hold them back – battery life and wireless reception. Qualcomm’s latest wireless earbud chipset (QCC5100) promises a huge leap forward in battery life, almost tripling what current generation devices can get. In addition, better wireless transmit power should […]

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GoPro cuts nearly 300 jobs as it quits making drones

GoPro still isn't in the best of health, and that's leading it to make some tough decisions about its future. The action camera maker has confirmed that it's cutting nearly 300 jobs (from 1,254 to "fewer than 1,000"), and is exiting the drone market…
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