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Acer Chromebook Spin 311 review, one month later: A good laptop with forgivable flaws

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 review, one month later: A good laptop with forgivable 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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Look for this new badge the next time you buy a Google Assistant-compatible gadget — it means a simpler setup process

Look for this new badge the next time you buy a Google Assistant-compatible gadget — it means a simpler setup process

One of the worst things about smart home hardware is the setup process. Some Assistant-compatible devices are almost plug and play, while others need third party integrations with linked services and a long, convoluted setup. Back in 2019, Google added a feature called "seamless setup" that makes the process a whole lot easier, though over a year later, only a handful of things support it. But in the future, smart home gadgets with the feature will get a badge on the box to make them easier to spot.

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Marvel Realm of Champions bursts onto the Play Store, and reviews haven't been kind

Marvel Realm of Champions bursts onto the Play Store, and reviews haven't been kind

Kabam and Netmarble are teaming up once again with Marvel to bring a new real-time RPG to Android. This title is known as Marvel Realm of Champions, and it will serve duty as the followup to Marvel Contest of Champions. It's expected to land sometime in 2020. Apparently, Realm of Champions will offer a reimagining of the Marvel Universe that's set on Battleworld, a forbidden planet hidden behind the Space-Time Barrier recently disrupted by the death of Maestro, the God-King. This results in a universe-wide battle themed around the Secret Wars event from 1984.

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Samsung thinks it's Pixar now, gives Up the one thing it was missing: SoC product placement

Samsung thinks it's Pixar now, gives Up the one thing it was missing: SoC product placement

Samsung makes phones, tablets, watches, and more, but did you know it also makes movies? Well, kind of — in a new video promoting Exynos processors, the company plays at being Pixar by recreating Up in some of the strangest ways imaginable. And while there's no adorable wilderness explorer present, there are a lot of musically gifted mutant mascot characters.

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Google’s Blob Opera experiment lets you create festive music — no talent required

Google’s Blob Opera experiment lets you create festive music — no talent required

This year has been drab but that doesn't mean we can't end it on a good note. In fact, Google's new machine learning experiment, called Blob Opera, aims to do just that. With the help of some adorable little blobs — reminiscent of Google's much-loved old emoji — you can create festive songs before sharing them with friends and family.

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Google wants to beam multi-gigabit internet to India’s most remote areas

Google wants to beam multi-gigabit internet to India’s most remote areas

Google’s got a bunch of nifty side projects going on that aim to make the internet accessible for all. Loon is one example, while the company’s drive to bring high-speed internet to Indian railway stations made some good headway before being discontinued. Now, the search giant wants to use light beams to bring the internet to some underserved regions in India. And to make it possible, Google is reportedly teaming up with a couple of local telcos.

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Nest Hub Max doubles down on video calls with new Zoom support and big Google Meet improvements

Nest Hub Max doubles down on video calls with new Zoom support and big Google Meet improvements

For a year defined by videoconferencing, our smart displays have not been able to keep up as a worthy companion — mostly because the apps either aren't there or aren't very good. But there's a giant improvement due for the cross-section of Nest Hub Max owners and Google Meet users and even bigger news for those on Zoom.

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24 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (12/07/20 - 12/13/20)

24 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (12/07/20 - 12/13/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the newest release in the Drawn to Life action-adventure series, a gorgeous adventure game themed around Orwell's Animal Farm novella, and an enjoyable survival game published by Humble Bundle. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of December 7th, 2020.

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16 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Look to Speak, Synology Photos, and Samsung GameDriver (12/5/20 - 12/12/20)

16 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Look to Speak, Synology Photos, and Samsung GameDriver (12/5/20 - 12/12/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have an awesome app from Google Creative Lab that allows people to use their eyes to highlight text. I also have a few Synology apps for managing the company's NAS systems as well as a couple of Samsung video drivers for the GPUs in the S20/N20 models. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last week.

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UGREEN’s new ergonomic laptop hub stand supports good posture and has all the ports you'll need (Sponsored)

UGREEN’s new ergonomic laptop hub stand supports good posture and has all the ports you'll need (Sponsored)

Whether you're working at the kitchen table, your home office, or anywhere else you can find a flat surface, you're likely spending a lot of time hunched over a laptop these days, trying to be as productive as possible. But if you and your computer aren't at an optimal angle, you could walk away every evening with a stiff neck, back pain, and achy wrists. Over time, these can really take a toll on your health and work productivity, but it doesn't have to be that way. Introducing X-Kit, the "world's first '5+4' foldable ergonomic hub-stand" by UGREEN.

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