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HP's New Touchscreen Chromebook is Android-Ready

HP has quietly been making Chromebooks for quite a while now and their latest unit is scheduled to arrive in October. It will be an 11.6-inch unit that features a touchscreen - and as such, will easily work with Android Applications that are already available on a select few machines. Google is pushing big to get Android on ChromeOS and with the help of hardware partners like HP, this will become a reality soon. The question I have is, "Is this a good move, or should everything get the native Android treatment?"

Enter the HP Chromebook 11 G5, an 11.6-inch laptop which features a touchscreen, meaning it'll support Android apps when Google rolls that service out later in 2016. Additionally, the new lightweight (2.51 lbs) Chromebook comes with an Intel Celeron N3060 processor and, according to HP, up to 12.5 hours of battery life. But the best part, perhaps, is that the 11 G5 will only cost $189 when it hits stores in October.

Source: Engadget

Most Anticipated Games Yet to Come in 2016

E3 showed us that there are quite a few games yet to be released this year that are worth waiting for. While there will always be the standard NHL and other sport games - as well as the annual rushed Call of Duty update, there are some other games that are more original, better polished sequels and some other titles that have the guys over at CNET, as well as myself a little eager to log some couch time.

How vast is No Man's Sky? Developer Hello Games estimates that it has 18 quintillion planets to explore. So don't make any other plans for the month of August.

Source: CNET

$4 Smartphone Shipping Next Week

Some people are happy with "free" phones on contract, while others won't settle for anything less than the most flaggy (that's a word right?) flagship device available. Other people are content with any device as long as they can afford it. This is where the $4 smartphone comes in. It actually as pretty decent specifications - but the screen is nothing that amazing. Still, they are only losing $2 each, but the initiative to get phones into the hands of everyone in India is noble. More details at the link below.

The Freedom 251 is now set to start shipping on June 30 to those who pre-ordered the device. Built by India’s Ringing Bell, the phone sports some very ho-hum specs when compared to other devices — but it’s four dollars. It has a 4-inch screen, and an 8MP camera around back (but a 3.2MP front-facing shooter for selfies!). An 1800mAh battery powers the 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. There is also a mere 8GB storage.

Source: TheNextWeb

Google Entering the Handset Business

Google makes a solid OS for mobile devices, and they draft other companies to make "Nexus" devices that are barebones Android and built to Google's specifications. Google also bought (then later sold) Motorola - a handset company that they did absolutly nothing with. Now that Motorola has been absorbed by Lenovo, Google is once again debating on making their own non-Nexus handset that will be more Google-controlled than ever. Is this their start to take on Apple when it comes to hardware and software? I'm thinking it won't last as there is very little money to be made in hardware.

Google is best known for its internet software but has taken steps into hardware in recent years by releasing its own tablet computer, laptops and other gadgets. Earlier this year it hired Rick Osterloh, the former president of Motorola, to lead a new hardware division in a sign of its growing ambitions.

Source: Telegraph

Chrome OS Gets Storage Manager

I've been using Chrome OS for a while now and while I wasn't on the first-generation of Chromebooks, I have been using them since the second generation. One thing that makes them great is their simplicity, but this is also a bit of a flaw. Things like managing your files on the Chromebook has been tedious - and next to impossible, but that is changing with the latest update coming very soon. You will finally be able to manage your stored files - much like you can on a Windows PC. This is a nice and much needed addition.

You can get your total free space via the Files App, but that doesn't give you any info about how it's being used. It can also break things down file-by-file, but that can be too much info for many folks. Luckily, Google is about to unveil a storage manager for Chromebooks that gives you just the right amount of info at a glance, according to insider François Beaufort.

Source: Engadget

What's next for the Microsoft Surface?

Last year when the Microsoft Surface 3 launched people were genuinely impressed. You would think after you come up with a successful product that you'd be working on the next version to keep people talking, however, in typical Microsoft fashion, people aren't sure what is happening. So far we've heard nothing in regards to the successor to the Surface 3 and the stock levels are dropping to the point that only a few configurations are available. Basically it seems like Microsoft is either really good at keeping a secret and is going to come out with something to replace the Surface 3 or they are looking to get out of the hardware business. ArsTechnica has the full story.

Microsoft's Surface 3 impressed us when it launched last spring. It's a smaller, cheaper iteration of its Surface Pro concept, and this setup struck us as a pretty compelling mix. But there are signs that the device is not long for this world. Brad Sams at Thurrott.com writes that many versions are listed as out of stock in Microsoft's online store, with no expected availability. Online, only the 2GB RAM/64GB storage/LTE version is in stock.

In-store stock levels show a bit more availability, but the Surface 3 remains limited, with only some configurations on offer.

Will Netflix finally allow downloads?

Once again the "Netflix is finally going to allow downloads" rumor is swirling. Every few months people who are wanting to use Netflix on the go without having to pay for mobile data get excited but apparently thanks to "creditable sources" we might finally see a download feature maybe even by the end of 2016. Take this with a grain of salt as this isn't the first time that people have predicted that Netflix will add this feature. LightReading has the full story.

Following similar moves by Amazon, Comcast and others, Netflix is now working on a feature that will allow subscribers to download certain programs for offline viewing, according to industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz. And Taitz thinks there will be a landscape shift when the new Netflix feature arrives.

"We know from our sources within the industry that Netflix is going to launch this product," says Taitz. "My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers."

Sony agrees to pay PS3 Linux users

Six years ago Sony decided to end Linux support on the PS3 with a firmware update. Fast forward 6 years and a lawsuit later and Sony has agreed to pay users who this decision affected. Basically if you can prove that the end of Linux support affected you in a negative way you could be eligible to get $55 bucks back. If you were going to use the feature but never got around to it you could still be eligible for $9, The settlement is in the final stages of being settled and then you'll be able to file a claim if you were an affected PS3 user. ArsTechnica has the full story and all the details.

After six years of litigation, Sony is now agreeing to pay the price for its 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating system in the PlayStation 3.

Sony and lawyers representing as many as 10 million console owners reached the deal on Friday. Under the terms of the accord, which has not been approved by a California federal judge yet, gamers are eligible to receive $55 if they used Linux on the console. The proposed settlement, which will be vetted by a judge next month, also provides $9 to each console owner that bought a PS3 based on Sony's claims about "Other OS" functionality.

Netflix users don't want ads

Netflix is like any other company on the planet and is looking at how to increase profits. Hulu has gone the route of offering ads instead of increasing prices but apparently according to a new survey Netflix users aren't so receptive. Of the people polled, 90% said they'd rather pay more than see ads. 74% of people polled said that they'd rather cancel their subscription than see ads. It's interesting to see the numbers as high as they are as typically internet users like cheap or free and will put up with a fair amount of hassle. Seeing as Netflix has raised their prices recently it appears that their surveys have suggested the same. AllFlicks has the full story.

In its early days as a streaming service, Netflix wasn’t just the biggest and best company on the block – it was the only one. In those heady days, Netflix was able to charge low subscription rates and still provide a catalog that included just about everything.

As we’ve seen, that’s been changing. With new competition from companies like Hulu and Amazon, Netflix has seen streaming deals get pricier and customers get antsier. For a few years now, Netflix’s catalog has been shrinking while its prices have been rising.

What is Zuckerberg Hiding?

Facebook likes to know our business and have made millions studying our habits. While Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg was celebrating Instagram reaching 500 million monthly users, people noticed from his post that he had tape covering over his webcam and mic. This low-tech solution is assumed to be his way of trying to protect himself from hackers turning it on, and it's not a bad idea I guess because apparently Zuckerberg doesn't like people spying on him...

Zuckerberg is apparently paranoid enough about hackers that he took the extra security step, in a move to shut down any prying eyes savvy enough to gain control of the camera. There also appears to be some sort of obstruction on his mic jack, although it's unclear what - tape, or some kind of dummy plug?

Source: TheVerge

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