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Acer Predator 8 Gaming Tablet Review: It's Everything That Nobody Wants In A Tablet

My first desktop PC was an Acer many years ago. If I recall correctly, it ran Windows 95, AOL was my ISP, and it was the coolest thing on the planet to me at the time. It was like the Wild West—the rules hadn't yet been established, so the internet was just a huge playground for…whatever. I could get into a nostalgic post about all the stupid stuff I used to do on that computer when I first got the 'net, but that's another story for another day. (Or maybe never.) Either way, those were good times.

Ever since that computer, though, I've had a bit of a soft spot for Acer—oftentimes not unjustified.

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ZAGG Acquiring Battery Case Maker Mophie For $100 Million

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Opera Max Update Improves Security And Speed For Users On Public Wi-Fi

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OrangePixel's Space Grunts Is A Roguelike Turn-Based Shooter, And It's 50% Off For The Launch

When things get freaky in a moon base, who are you gonna call? Ghostbusters Space Grunts, of course. In OrangePixel's latest Android game, you take control of a Space Grunt and blast your way into said moon base to see what's going on. It's a dangerous mission, and you're going to die... a lot.

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Fitbit Introduces The Alta, A Motivational And Fashion-Oriented Fitness Band Coming In March (Now Up For Pre-Order)

Fitbit is crushing the activity tracking game. Just absolutely crushing it. And when a company is winning this hard, it doesn't like the idea of losing. Bigger competitors keep trying to eat its lunch. Other rivals keep trying to make something prettier. Smartphone makers think they should get in on this action. But Fitbit doesn't sweat the competition. It only sweats from all the jogging it's doing back and forth to the bank.

Fitbit has found success by releasing a bunch of products, so it's keeping that up. The company's newest thing you will soon be able to strap to your wrist is the Fitbit Alta.

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Asus ZenFone Zoom Now Available In The States Exclusively From B&H

Asus announced the ZenFone Zoom over a year ago, but despite how long the phone has taken to arrive stateside (after having long ago launched in other parts of the world), the phone is still a unique piece of hardware. Optical zoom is a rare thing to find in a smartphone camera, as is the dedicated camera button.

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[Mirror, Mirror On The Wall] Google Engineer Builds Android-Powered Bathroom Mirror

With each passing year, the futuristic contraptions of science fiction movies edge closer and closer into the realm of reality. Case in point: Braun has just made a smartmirror that runs Android. No, not that Braun — this Braun. An engineer at Google, Max Braun is someone who enjoys using his spare time in more productive ways than simply watching TV on the couch. Instead, he has been building his own smart bathroom mirror — and it looks amazing.

The mirror displays information such as the time, weather forecast, and latest news headlines in a clean, minimalist UI. It's still a work in progress, and Braun is still experimenting with adding other things like traffic conditions and reminders.

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Transformer Pad TF701T Leaps From Android 4.4 To 5.1 Via CyanogenMod 12.1 Nightly Builds, Xperia M Gets Marshmallow

The Asus Transformer line used to be a stalwart of Android tablets, and 2013's Transformer Pad TF701T was no slouch. The device had a beautiful 2560×1600 display that still holds up today, and like all previous Transformer devices, it had a detachable keyboard. It was intended as a productivity machine, but like all Android devices, the manufacturer only provided a couple years' worth of updates. The tablet went from Jelly Bean to KitKat, and there it stayed.

Fortunately custom ROMs have a way of breathing new life into old devices.

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Google Play Carrier Billing Comes To DNA In Finland, Smartone In Hong Kong, And Maxis In Malaysia

There are many ways to pay for apps, games, and other digital goods on Google Play, but one of the most convenient ones is direct carrier billing. It doesn't require you to have a credit or debit card, to set up a Paypal account, or to go hunt for gift cards around your country's stores. All you have to do is just buy and you'll be billed with your operator — sure, some of them like to take a big fat percentage to their pockets, but there's the matter of added convenience.

Google has updated its support pages for direct carrier billing availability to include 4 new operators in 4 different countries: DNA in Finland, Smartone in Hong Kong, and Maxis in Malaysia.

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Google Play Music's Podcasts Interface And Functionality Is Live For Some Users

We've known since last October that Google Play Music was getting ready to welcome podcasts into its fold of audio entertainment, but yesterday Sportscaster Bill Simmons broke the news that the feature was going live this month. It turns out that the option is already active for a few Android users through the weird magic of server-side A/B testing.

Our own Cody had already gone through a mini teardown of version 6.3 of Google Play Music that was released last week, and found lots of hints that podcast support was being thoroughly implemented. It seems that the feature was almost ready by then and the switch has been flipped for a few users who have started seeing a Podcasts icon in their app's side menu.

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