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Hands-On With Jide Remix 2.0 For PCs: A Promising Start For Android On The Desktop

Despite Google's late attempts to compartmentalize its mobile operating system, the open source nature of Android remains one of its biggest strengths. Without it we wouldn't have marvelous projects like CM13 on (relatively) ancient Barnes & Noble hardware, or various Android-powered console emulators, or a hundred million $60 Walgreens tablets crowding Craigslist. (OK, that last one isn't marvelous, but you get my point.) And we wouldn't have Jide's Remix OS, an attempt to create a desktop-style operating system on the bones of Android. Remix is now on its third incarnation, and unlike the original I-Can-Certainly-Believe-It's-Not-A-Surface tablet or the recent and lamentably underpowered "desktop," this one is completely free.

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Google+ Preview Lets You Pin Posts On Your Profile, Simply Move Any Of Your Posts Into A Collection, And More

Stop me if you've heard this one before, Google+ on the web now lets you pin posts to the top of your profile page. Okay, maybe you have. See, when Google recently redesigned the web interface for its version of addition (still available as a preview, not an official launch), the company left off some previous functionality. These days it's working on bringing some of those things back.

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Google Drive On The Desktop Lets You Drag And Drop From Search Results, Inbox By Gmail Provides Easier Access To Recent Attachments

There's a solid chance that if you're using Google Drive or Inbox by Gmail on your phone, you probably use the desktop versions too. Google has recently rolled out some improvements to both.

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Remix OS For PC Coming Mid-January, Will Let You Install Android Onto Whatever Intel-Based Hardware You Want

I like Android. There, I said it. Sometimes I feel so attached that I wish I could use the platform on my laptop as well. I've done most of my blogging for the past few years from a Chromebook, so I'm used to accepting constraints.

The folks at Jide apparently had the same desire, because they managed to adapt much of the software to a traditional desktop interface. The end result was surprisingly well-done. The problem is that the Remix Mini, Jide's desktop PC with a disappointing 1.2GHz Allwinner A53 processor, could not deliver more than a slow and janky experience.

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Crowdfunded Console OS Accused Of 'Stealing' Android-x86 Project's Open Source Code

The world of open source collaborative projects can be murky at times, and throwing crowdfunding into the mix doesn't make it any clearer. This odd intersection is the source of much drama in the small but passionate community that wants to see Android become as widespread on the desktop as it is on mobile. Members of the open source development team over at the Android-x86 Project, which aims to make Android operable on standard PC hardware, claim that Kickstarter project Console OS has "stolen" Android x86 code and presented it, at least in part, as its own creation.

This is where things start to get complicated.

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Jide Remix Mini Android Desktop PC Review: Interesting Software Let Down By Bargain-Bin Hardware

Android is many things. A mobile operating system, a tool for smart watches and set-top boxes, any much more. But one of the things it most certainly is not is a desktop OS... at least in its current form. That said, it's also the world's biggest piece of open-source software, so when Jide decided to make what it calls "the world's first true Android PC," they were more than free to do so. Whether or not it's a good idea is a subject for discussion... and this review.

Specs

Processor 1.2GHz quad-core Allwinner A53
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB, MicroSD card slot
Wireless Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Battery AC Adapter
OS Android 5.1
Dimensions 124 x 88 x 26mm
Price $69.99
Colors Black
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With the Remix Mini, you get a tiny Roku-sized box that, at least technically, works like a desktop PC.

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PSA: Inbox By Gmail Can Now Handle Mailto: Links On Desktop


You click an email address in a web browser on your laptop all ready to type out a message and boom.

What is this?

You find yourself staring at the wrong compose window.

Instead of Inbox by Gmail, you're back in plain old Gmail. Sure, it's the same email account, and it will still get the job done, but come on.

Well, now you can set Inbox as your default option.

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Samsung Shows Off A Desktop Monitor With A Built-In Qi Wireless Charging Pad

Samsung makes some really cool monitors. Aside from looking nicer than your usual plastic-wrapped panels, they have versions with 4K resolution, curved screens, and advanced gaming sync tech. And now they've got one with a built in wireless charging port for your Samsung phone. Well, it'll work with any phone with Qi-compatible wireless charging. But I'm sure they'd prefer you to use it with a Samsung phone, preferably a new flagship model bought at full price.

The SE370 comes in 23.6-inch and 27-inch versions, and includes a little circular pad on the base that can charge a Qi-enabled phone or tablet.

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Google Announces New Drive Plug-in For Microsoft Office, For Now Only Works On Windows And Not With The 2016 Beta

It's one thing to claim you have an open approach and another thing to make it easier to use your competitor's product. Google is putting their money where their mouth is as they release a Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office, though there is still some work to do. While on one hand you can see this as a way to help users avoid Docs, Sheets, and Slides, it also provides feature parity with Drive's own competitors OneDrive and Dropbox, both of whom enjoy deep integration with the office suite.

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At this point, the plug-in only works on Windows and users are reporting that it doesn't function on the Office 2016 pre-release versions which will launch very shortly alongside Windows 10.

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[Update: It's Fixed] Google Play Music All Access Web App Is Not Working In Firefox, Internet Explorer, Or Safari On Desktops

As of this morning, most users are finding it back up and running normally

Starting early in the AM on July 14th, reports started coming in that Firefox and Safari can both use the web app again. IE users should be good to go, too. My own testing confirms this as well. Happy listening!

With no obvious cause, numerous subscribers to Google Play Music All Access have suddenly found that just about any non-Chrome browser cannot use the web app to stream songs.

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