Chromebooks now more popular than iPads in U.S. schools

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For the first time ever, Chromebooks surpassed iPad sales to U.S. schools. According to IDC, 715,000 Chromebooks were sold to U.S. schools in the 3rd quarter as opposed to 702,000 iPads for the same period. It might not be by much, but the spread is likely to grow.

It’s obvious the lower costs that Chromebooks enjoy is a big factor. Schools can buy Chromebooks for as low as $199 vs the iPad Air, which runs $379 after educational discounts. Let’s also not forget the full keyboard that makes things a lot easier. Last but not least, Chromebooks are easier to manage.


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OnePlus has bricks and mortar store in Beijing in the works

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Although potential buyers in Western markets have been frustrated with OnePlus’s methods for selling the OnePlus One smartphone, consumers in Beijing will be getting a new option to experience the much sought after device. OnePlus is preparing to open a physical store in Beijing where buyers can get the smartphone and a variety of accessories. OnePlus will also be offering customer support options for those who prefer to ¬†interact with a live person when they have a problem or just a question about their device. If you are thinking this sounds similar to an Apple Store, you probably will not find anyone who disagrees.
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New E-Paper watch from Sony turns page on a new chapter

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Sources have discovered that Sony is working on a new smartwatch that focuses on fashion over function. The watch is going to be constructed out of a new e-paper display from Sony that spans not only the watch face, but the band as well. This means users will be able to change the appearance with a tap or two. The smartwatch is not only unique in eschewing functionality – it only provides the time and date – but development of the device has revealed a new business unit within Sony that is part of an effort to get the company back on track financially and in terms of innovation.
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OnePlus One owners claiming they received a refurbished device instead of a new one

never_settle_for_refurbishedOther than the price of the OnePlus one, is there anything OnePlus has done right? From crappy promotions to poor customer support, you soon realize that you get what you pay for.

This next debacle is something we don’t have first hand experience of, but many new OnePlus owners are saying they received a refurbished unit instead of a brand new one. One owner said, ¬†“I believe my first one was refurbished/used as well. Dings and other people’s desk photos upon recovery. Tried to RMA took them a month to approve it and then another 3 weeks to send me details of return. Sold the phone by then.”


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Plastc Card available for $0 up front through Monday

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Now would be a great time to pre-order the Plastc Card. Why? A promotion going on right now allows you to pre-order the Plastc Card for $0 down. You will be charged $155 in Summer 2015 when the digital card starts shipping to customers. The $155 price is the same amount being charged outside of the promotion. So while there are no direct savings, you are keeping money in your pocket for a few months longer.


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Latest Nexus 9 tablets address some HTC quality issues

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In the rush to be an early adopter of the new Google Nexus 9 tablet, some buyers discovered some quality issues with the HTC built tablet. Despite their struggles in the market, HTC generally has been viewed as a manufacturer of quality devices, so the shortcomings were probably unwelcome news for HTC executives. Based on a new post on reddit, it looks like HTC has stepped up to address at least some of the problems for buyers.

One of the issues that was identified was a problem with the volume and power buttons on the edge of the Nexus 9. Some users were reporting the buttons were difficult to press apparently because they were sitting too far in the device relative to the chassis. The reddit user who posted up the image above shows how HTC has made sure the buttons are raised up higher.

Another issue for the same reddit user, along with other early buyers, was excessive light bleed from the display. Reports indicate this was improved, though not eliminated, in the replacement unit provided by HTC.

source: reddit

LG G Flex 2 could be announced at CES 2015

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Sources are reporting that LG is preparing to launch the LG G Flex 2 at CES 2015 in January. The device will be a successor to the LG G Flex smartphone. Although not a commercial success, the LG G Flex was really a device intended to serve as a kind of proof of concept for smartphones with something other than a flat, rigid screen. According to the sources, the LG G Flex 2 will include a new curved screen using a high-resolution plastic OLED and the self-healing back material that was present on the original G Flex.

In addition to building on and extending the curved screen and self-healing materials of the original G Flex, LG supposedly has created a new hard rubber chassis that can bend much more than the current model. Other than these basics about the device, no other information about the internal hardware or specs is available yet.

Are you interested in smartphones that incorporate non-standard shapes and form factors?

source: Android Authority