Amazon running a holiday sale on several Chromebooks

Chromebook_GenericAmazon typically runs sales on their wide assortment of Chromebooks, and the week before Christmas is as good of a time as any. Right now, they’re offering multiple models of Chromebooks from different manufacturers for as much as 30% off, which is a great discount. Right now it doesn’t look like any Samsung models are on sale, but if you’re okay with an Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo or Toshiba Chromebook, you might want to glance over some of the sales.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2S shows up in AnTuTu benchmark with slightly improved hardware

Xiaomi-Redmi-2-TENAAXiaomi’s Redmi successor showed up in a TENAA certification not too long ago, but there still hasn’t been any official announcement or release for the device. A new benchmark has leaked clarifying some of the hardware in the device, however.

The specs for the Redmi 2S aren’t significantly improved from the original Redmi 1s, but considering it’s a budget phone that’s trying to stick a fairly low price point, that makes sense. The processor has seen an upgrade to a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 instead of the Snapdragon 400, and the front-facing camera has been bumped to a full 2 megapixels. Other specs include 1 GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 720p screen, and Android 4.4 on board. The rear camera looks like an 8 megapixel shooter, and Xiaomi’s MIUI software will likely be on the device.
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Maps’ Street View comes to a Google Cardboard near you

google_cardboard_500k_unitsWhen Google said it was getting serious about Cardboard, it meant it. The search giant has added VR functionality to Google Maps, allowing you to take Street View to the little VR set that could. A newly added easter egg in the Maps app on Android allows Cardboard owners to activate the Street View VR function. By double-tapping the navigation circle in the lower right corner of the the Maps app, the VR view pops up allowing Cardboard users to take tours of various cities.

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[RUMOR] – Galaxy S6 could come in second quarter and sport side-sloping display


While there have been rumors going back and forth regarding the curved display on the next Galaxy S series flagship, much like that of the Note Edge, there are rumors coming from an Italian tech blog suggesting that the sides will indeed slope, but to a lot less of a degree than the Edge does. The reason being that Samsung is attempting to keep the dual-edged display from affecting grip ergonomics. The phone is also rumored to sport a unibody aluminum chassis. But that’s not it as far as rumors are concerned.

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JINS MEME ‘Smart Eyewear’ coming to the U.S. in 2015


Google Glass is still catching on despite being available for a couple of years. In the meantime, Japanese eyewear manufacturer JINS has decided to bring its MEME wearable to the U.S., with a showcase expected at next month’s CES event in Las Vegas. This Google Glass competitor will most likely be likely sold with a cheaper price tag, although the manufacturer hasn’t shared details on the pricing yet.
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Nexus 6 users can now enable the double tap to wake function without root access


The ever active developer community over at the XDA forums found a way to enable the double tap to wake function on Nexus 6 smartphones after the feature was removed by Google at the very last minute. However, this feature was limited to customers who have root access on the device which meant that those without it were left in the dark.
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Micromax launches Yureka smartphone with Cyanogen OS 11 in India


Dubbed as the “Zeus of phones“, Indian OEM Micromax has just announced the Yureka handset in the country. This is officially the first Cyanogen OS running smartphone in India ever since Micromax struck an exclusive deal with Cyanogen for the use of its custom ROM. This whole ordeal has even led to the ban of the OnePlus One in India as it also runs Cyanogen OS by default.
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