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Acer announces the first Snapdragon 7c Chromebook along with a new Chromebox

Acer announces the first Snapdragon 7c Chromebook along with a new Chromebox

Acer's products are undoubtedly among the better options when it comes to Chrome OS, as our own Ryan Whitwam would tell you in his Chromebook Spin 713 review. And as part of its annual GPC event, the company has announced a significant milestone for Chrome OS hardware, the Chromebook Spin 513. It's the first to be equipped with the Snapdragon 7c platform, allowing for a fanless design, extraordinary battery life, and optional 4G LTE connectivity. Acer has also unveiled the follow-up to its 2018 desktop Chrome OS machine, the Chromebox CXI4. Both will be available starting Q1 next year.

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Acer wants you to party like it's 1999 with its new Google Assistant-powered smart speaker

Acer wants you to party like it's 1999 with its new Google Assistant-powered smart speaker

As part of its annual GPC event, Acer has announced a whole slew of new products, including laptops, desktops, beamers, displays, concept devices, and much more. The Chrome OS expert has also presented a new Chromebook and Chromebox, the Spin 513 and the CXI4. They're joined by a Google Assistant-equipped smart speaker with a low-res LED display and RGB lighting, making for some crazy Nest-Audio-meets-gamer-hardware aesthetics.

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This digital card from the guys behind Samsung Pay lets you tap to pay without your phone

This digital card from the guys behind Samsung Pay lets you tap to pay without your phone

NFC payments are quick, easy, and less germy than swiping a card — but they aren't as widespread as one might think. Samsung uses magnetic secure transmission (MST) technology to make Samsung Pay available at almost any payment terminal around the world, even if the merchant doesn't support NFC platforms like Google Pay or Apple Pay. Now the people behind that tech are back with a new product that promises to simplify the payment process for everyone.

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Parallels brings Windows apps to Chrome OS, but you probably can't use it yet

Parallels brings Windows apps to Chrome OS, but you probably can't use it yet

Hot on the heels of its competitor CrossOver, Parallels has announced that its Windows virtualization service is now available on Chrome OS for Enterprise, allowing businesses to run a full Windows emulation right on their Chromebooks. This follows months and years of preparation work, with initial teasers landing in June and August.

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Puppy love for the Pixels spills over in latest Google ads

Puppy love for the Pixels spills over in latest Google ads

Despite being the largest advertising company in the world, Google hasn't made many unique or interesting ads for its own products. The company switched things up last month with a new 'Pixel vs. Pixel' campaign, a set of adorable videos pitting Pixel phones against a pug named Pixel. Now there are seven new fun videos in the series, comparing software features, price, and other factors.

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Terraria update Journey's End comes to Android with new content and fixes

Terraria update Journey's End comes to Android with new content and fixes

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Stadia is offering three days of free demos, starting today

Stadia is offering three days of free demos, starting today

In a bid to drive interest in its game-streaming platform, Google is running a three-day event during which you can play some demos of upcoming titles free of charge. Each game is available for seven days, so you'll have plenty of time to give them a try. The demos are available to new or existing Stadia users — and don't worry, if you're signing up for the first time, you won't need to hand over any card details or anything.

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A lot more goes into good smartphone haptics than you'd think

A lot more goes into good smartphone haptics than you'd think

In the wake of our Pixel 5 review, we were left thinking about the subject of haptics and what, precisely, separates good haptics from bad. It's hard to quantify a sensory experience, and that's part of why phone reviews are a thing. But we've dug into the subject, and even sat down with Cirrus Logic (who makes haptic solutions for phones) for a quick educational course.

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Omni's crowdfunding campaign for its giant $2,099 battery is now live

Omni's crowdfunding campaign for its giant $2,099 battery is now live

Even the most sophisticated technology is rendered useless without power. In a roundup of our favorite USB-C charging banks, Omni's 20+ portable power bank made the top 5. Now Omnicharge is back with the Omni Off-Grid. It's being billed as the world's first power station with integrated off-grid connectivity — and it costs over $2,099, though interested buyers can save some money by backing the crowdfunding campaign.

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Xiaomi announces ridiculous 80W wireless charging technology

Xiaomi announces ridiculous 80W wireless charging technology

Fast charging has been one of the key battlegrounds in the smartphone wars in recent years, and Xiaomi has often been at the forefront. Last year, the Chinese OEM announced that it was working on a 100W wired charger that could fully fill a 4,000mAh battery in just 17 minutes. It's now going one step further with 80W Mi Wireless Charging that takes almost as little time to do the same job sans wires.

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