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Acer Chromebook 712 combines durability, a 3:2 screen, and Wi-Fi 6 for only $330

Chromebooks are tremendously successful in the US education system, and Acer in particular is among the more prominent players in this market. Thus it comes as no surprise that the company has announced a brand-new device geared to this segment, the Chromebook 712 (going as "817" for commercial customers). Its durable, hardened exterior is paired with the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies on the inside while the laptop also offers a decent selection of ports.

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Samsung’s foldable clamshell Galaxy Z Flip rumored to have a 12MP main camera, not 108MP after all

Samsung has hinted that it's planning a clamshell Galaxy Fold follow-up for this year, supposedly called Galaxy Z Flip. The phone is already rumored to be the first foldable device with a proper glass display and 5G support. There are still a few unknowns, though, so leaker Ishan Agarwal took to Twitter to share further hardware specifications.

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Pocophone F2 is coming, according to trademark application (Update: Poco confirms)

Last month, a tweet by Poco's global head Alvin Tse led to speculation that the Pocophone F2 might launch sometime in 2020. Now, we have concrete evidence that the device is on its way, thanks to a recently discovered trademark application.

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Google releases 3 new experimental apps to help cut down your phone usage

Google has been on a roll recently with its digital wellbeing initiatives, releasing Family Link for parental controls, various apps to view and manage your usage, and a Focus Mode for pausing apps you find distracting. Now it's continuing the trend by releasing 3 new apps, the most notable of which asks that you literally put your phone in an envelope so you can't use it.

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The 'Not Pink' Pixelbook Go is now available starting at $849

Google's hardware division usually throws one or two fun colors in with the usual mix of black, white, and silver devices. However, the fun colors don't always launch at the same time as the boring tones. That was the case with the Pixelbook Go, which launched late last year. Now, you can finally get the "Not Pink" variant of Google's new laptop, but it's not available in the base configuration.

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Digital Wellbeing adds 30-minute pause to Wind Down (APK Download)

Digital Wellbeing is excellent for keeping track of your smartphone usage. As well as recording how much time you spend in each app, the number of notifications you receive, and how many times you unlock your phone, the software's Wind Down feature helps ensure you get some me-time by limiting distractions and turning the display grayscale so you can focus on more important things. In the latest beta version of the app, Google is adding some flexibility by allowing you to pause Wind Down briefly.

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Google needs to fix its notoriously bad bilingual speech recognition on Assistant and Gboard

Google collects vast amounts of speech data across all of its products, and while it hasn't been too transparent about the practice, we as users profit from it for the most part. Speech recognition has consistently gotten better over the years, which has allowed impressive sci-fi tech like smart speakers to enter our homes. There's one department where Google needs to step up its game, though: multilingual speakers are having a hard time using more than one language on any Google product.

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Here are 330 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 8 more)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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Today only: The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is down to just $700 on Amazon ($300 off)

Although the Galaxy S20 lineup is just around the corner, the S10+ remains a performant and attractive device. If you missed your chance to snatch one for $300 off last month, here's another opportunity to get the same markdown on a brand new handset. The three versions are on sale, namely the 128GB model for $700, 512GB for $950, and 1TB for $1300.

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Samsung appoints new mobile chief to better combat Chinese rivals

Samsung has shuffled around its leadership quite a bit over recent years, in part due to scandals or rethought strategies. The latest restructuring falls into the latter category — the Korean conglomerate is looking to become more agile so it can better react to its rising Chinese competition. The company has thus appointed the Galaxy devices leader Roh Tae-moon as the new head of the smartphone division, making him the youngest Samsung president at 51.

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