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Acer Chromebook Spin 311 review: A good Chromebook held back by glaring flaws

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 review: A good Chromebook held back by glaring flaws

The bounty of budget Chromebooks continues to grow year by year, but most of them aren’t worth your time or money. Lenovo recently launched its C340 Chromebook, which shook up the budget segment by offering great specs at a low price. Now, Acer has a similar offering, the Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-3H-K5GD), offering decent hardware and incredible battery life for just $320. The mediocre touchpad and disappointing display keep me from whole-heartedly recommending this device for everyone, but in broad strokes, the Spin 311 is a fantastic value for students and basic personal use if you're not too picky.

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Citizen reveals its first Wear OS watch, the CZ Smart

Citizen reveals its first Wear OS watch, the CZ Smart

While it seems like most of today's Wear OS watches come from Fossil, premium watch maker Citizen is finally introducing a device running Google's wearable OS. Citizen may be a major name in the watchmaking world, but the CZ Smart seems perfectly average for a smartwatch — although that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Ting Mobile replaces pay-as-you-go model with simpler plans following Dish acquisition

Ting Mobile replaces pay-as-you-go model with simpler plans following Dish acquisition

Ting Mobile's main draw over the years has been its customizable pricing, where you only pay for the calls, texts, and data you actually use. That resulted in lower prices for people who didn't use much cellular data, but Google Fi, Visible, other MVNOs have put up more of a fight recently. Under new leadership by Dish, Ting today announced that its pay-as-you-go scheme is being replaced with more traditional plans.

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Verizon releases new Stream TV app and Android TV box with upgraded content-discovery UI

Verizon releases new Stream TV app and Android TV box with upgraded content-discovery UI

Verizon might be known for making questionable 5G claims, but the nation's largest wireless provider also makes Android TV devices. It released the first Stream TV box back in February, and now a sequel is available. The next-gen Stream TV comes in a sleek new form factor and runs Verizon's new Android TV skin that emphasizes content-discovery.

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Jackery Explorer 300 review: Hitting the capacity sweet-spot

Jackery Explorer 300 review: Hitting the capacity sweet-spot

If nothing else, mobile technology is about striking a balance. You might be super-productive if you always had your laptop around, but that's hardly practical to carry on your person everywhere — enter: the smartphone. Earlier this year I took a look at the Jackery Explorer 1000, an absolute unit of a battery pack. And while it has capacity for days, at 22lbs it's also a lot of heft to be hauling around. Is there a better balance we could find here? Jackery's got a number of options running the gamuts of size and capacity, and now the latest entry might just nail that equilibrium: the Jackery Explorer 300.

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Hulu raises live TV subscription cost for the second time in a year

Hulu raises live TV subscription cost for the second time in a year

To quote Batman, "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." That certainly applies to TV streaming services, which all started as cheaper alternatives to cable, but later became just as expensive as cable with the rising costs of bundling channels. YouTube TV recently increased its monthly cost to $65, and now Hulu's live TV option is following suit.

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Beat Google's Black Friday Pixel 5 discount with this open-box deal at Best Buy

Beat Google's Black Friday Pixel 5 discount with this open-box deal at Best Buy

The Pixel 5 is a pretty good phone, but it's overpriced compared to other upper-mid-range devices released this year (including Google's own Pixel 4a 5G, which is a full $200 cheaper at MSRP). Google's offering a discount for Black Friday, but it's not much — just 50 bucks off. If you don't mind a phone that's been handled by someone else before you, you can get a better deal going open-box at Best Buy: the retailer has Pixel 5s in "excellent" condition for $615.99, $83 under retail.

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Destiny 2 is going free-to-play for everyone on Stadia, no subscription required

Destiny 2 is going free-to-play for everyone on Stadia, no subscription required

Stadia has been consistently adding new games and features since its launch late last year, and today, the cloud gaming service has a few more announcements. Destiny 2 will be free for everyone — Pro subscription or not — starting later this week. In addition, a number of new titles are arriving in the Stadia Store, such as PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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Forget foldables — Oppo's latest concept phone is rollable

Forget foldables — Oppo's latest concept phone is rollable

There are a lot of weird phones out there, but I've never seen one quite like this before. Oppo's new concept phone, the Oppo X 2021, might at first appear to be a standard 2020 phone with a 6.7" display. One quick swipe on the side, however, and the screen expands to a more tablet-like 7.4" size. Magic? Almost — it's thanks to a flexible screen and a motorized scroll mechanism.

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Google gets ready to share Google Pay's big makeover

Google gets ready to share Google Pay's big makeover

Google Pay is teasing a major redesign to users with an announcement video scheduled for release tomorrow just before 9:30 a.m. PST.

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