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  • Acer C720P Chromebook review: a hero of practicality

    Besides my trusty toaster, the Acer C720P Chromebook has been one of the most practical things I’ve used to date. To be fair, it’s also the very first Chromebook I’ve come across. Either way, it’s managed to convince me that internet-based devices are the way of the future. What a lasting impression it’s made. While the design doesn’t really resemble anything of a Macbook Air or a Lenovo Thinkpad, that stops being much of a problem when you start to enjoy its practicality and ease of use. Then again, the low-cost Chrome OS notebook isn’t meant to be a graphic-intensive,...

  • Motorola’s Nexus 6 steals the show as Google launches Nexus 9, Nexus Player

    After what has been ages since Android L was revealed and a few leaks of the device in the wild, Google has today unveiled its Nexus 6 — a flagship smartphone that could very well decapitate the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in one fell swoop. Launched alongside Android 5.0 L — which will be called Lollipop by its confectionery loving creators — the pocket-stretcher seems to flaunt the best set of specifications on the market right now. From the outset, it rocks a 5.96″ 1440×2560 screen, giving the Nexus 6 an insanely high pixel density (493ppi,...

  • The next best Android tablet: Nexus 9 expected to arrive Q4 2014 says HTC (accidentally)

    Who’s keen for another Nexus tablet? Well, the Nexus 9 is coming, if this report from Focus Taiwan can be trusted. One of HTC’s presidents, Jack Tong, mentioned during a New York press event that the 8.9″ Nexus 9 is “HTC’s commitment” for reentering the luscious tablet game. HTC launched the first Nexus device (the One) back in 2010, with others following due to the tablets roaring success. The Nexus 9 though, is reportedly being launched 16 October and will arrive first in Taiwan sometime in Q4. A rather prominent Android developer also tweeted the launch date, adding further credence to...

  • Chinese vision: Baidu reveals Google Glass-killer to the public

    Google Glass has caused more than a bit of a stir in both the technological and social spheres recently. As if the social stigma wasn’t enought, the device was found to cost nearly ten times its manufacturing cost, rendering it even less appealing. This is where Baidu and its “Eye” comes in. The Chinese search engine’s answer to the smart wearable is anything unlike Glass. It has no screen, it has no stigma (not yet anyway) and it won’t likely creep everyone out while you shop for groceries. And shopping, it seems is where the Eye will likely excel. The head-worn...

  • Android One incoming? Google India event penned for 15 September

    Google has much to say about Android One at I/O earlier this year, but not much was said after, until now. The Mountain View-based company has sent invites to an event taking place in India 15 September, rumoured to be the launch of its Android One platform. Back in June, Karbonn and Spice were two phone manufacturers signed up to the programme, which will benefit both manufacturers — keeping costs of smartphones down thanks to Google’s shared resources — and Google itself — the company seeks control of the enormous untapped budget smartphone market. We have seen a plethora of mobiles...

  • Chromecast screen mirroring now enabled for high-end Android gizmos

    Finally, after much ado, Google has given a select group of Android devices the ability to mirror screens across to Chromecast, an ability that had been touted at this year’s Google I/O. This new feature, announced on the Chrome blog, allows specific Android-based phones and tablets to share its screen to Google’s Chromecast dongle, granting users the power to watch videos, share pictures or view additional device content on a larger screen. Content will also appear larger but “exactly as you see it on your mobile device”, so that potentially includes anything from a 42-inch game of Angry Birds to...

  • 13 geeks playing with Google Cardboard will blow your Monday blues away

    Google Cardboard is the smartest virtual-reality innovation yet and for less than US$2, those with the Sword of Exact Zero and some hard-to-find lenses can craft a makeshift viewer that really works. Launched at last week’s Google I/O event, Google Cardboard is a DIY virtual reality headset which only needs an Android device to work. It also makes those who use it really happy. Just have a gander at the pictures below, these people can’t seem to get enough of it. Lead image via Business Insider

  • Meet Cardboard: Google’s free VR headset for anyone with an Android phone

    Google’s sidestepped Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and a bucket-load of other virtual reality headsets by doing the impossible: it’s released Cardboard, the DIY VR headset everyone can build right bloody now. With an Android smartphone and “everyday items you can find in your garage, online or at your local hardware store,” says the official site. Announced on Wednesday at Google’s I/O Conference, Cardboard looks like a late April Fool’s joke but is cold-stone reality. Most users reading this article, in fact, have all the hardware they need to make their VR dreams come true. Step 1: download the app Click the...

  • Upgraded Google Glass ships 2GB RAM, longer battery life

    Google Glass is today getting a much-needed hardware upgrade, thanks to the Explorer Program’s findings. Ironically though, Google will not be letting those Explorers trade up anytime soon. The original edition of the Glass packed a lowly 682MB RAM for the developers exclusive use and a battery that died after just 6 hours without the camera. New adopters can bask in the joy of 2GB RAM, “improved battery life by over 20%” and over a dozen software improvements, according to Google. Voice search is now 10% faster and the official Google+ page is sure to remind users of the “frames,...

  • Google’s smart home is now open as Nest API seeds to eager devs

    Nest Labs, the smart thermostat manufacturer, today opened its hardware platform for developers, making Nest the centre of Google’s smart home ecosystem. Purchased by Google for a hefty US$3.2-billion earlier this year, Nest has chiefly produced smoke detectors and smart thermostats connected to the internet. But thanks to the rapidly growing home automation market that includes Apple’s HomeKit and Quirky’s Wink among others, Nest will be the de facto Google command hub in the home. Google, curiously enough, is labeled by WSJ as a “partner,” allowing the Nest name to forego the company’s smart home efforts. Google Now will act as...