Google IO 2016 Coverage

Nexus 6 gets dunked in water and survives

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Although water resistance is not a feature of the new Nexus 6 smartphone like the IP-67 certification that some other recent flagship devices come with, notably Samsung devices, Motorola does mention the capability on their site. Even though Motorola did not take the steps to seal up the device, it appears they did use a nano-coating used on other devices they produce to add in some extra protection against liquids. One intrepid soul out there in the world decided he wanted to see if that coating could be pushed to provide protection even underwater and filmed the results. Read more

Google ready to help you track Santa this year

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Google has started the December countdown to Christmas and they promise lots of goodies along the way to Christmas Eve when the Santa Tracker will be operating at full steam. Google has setup a special site at www.google.com/santatracker for all of the festivities. The fun is not limited to the night of Santa’s flight though as Google is planning to release games and other activities each day. Read more

Microsoft will acquire Acompli next Monday, December 6

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Microsoft has just issued a statement on its official website confirming that it will, in fact, be acquiring third-party email client, Acompli, next Monday, December 6. Unfortunately, the company did not reveal how much money is being exchanged during the acquisition, but according to Re/code’s reliable sources, the price was “north of $200 million.”

Hit the break to read the full press release.

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Lollipop beta on Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition gets snapped 38 times

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A series of leaked screenshots have appeared online allegedly showcasing the latest beta build of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on both the Galaxy Note 4 and Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4. These images come courtesy of SamMobile’s founder, D.Dorresteijn, and at first glance look to be much smoother and more fluid than the version previously demoed.

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Carriers might start silently installing bloatware on your devices

digital turbine igniteCarrier bloatware on Android devices is nothing new. Some are worse than others about it, especially Verizon and AT&T, but just about every service provider is guilty of tossing at least one or two apps onto every phone they sell. It looks like some carriers are investing in a way to make sure that you keep those apps installed on your devices, though. Read more

The Best Android Apps for Dieting and Nutritional Tracking

weight-loss-plateauIf there’s one thing that most of us should be doing more of, it’s paying more attention to what we eat. In this day and age, it can be tough to keep track of snacks, meals, and drinks, and even tougher to know what you should be eating altogether.

Thankfully, those little friends in our pockets and purses are here to help with all types of apps to track, coach, and assist in order to help you reach your goal weight, whether that’s gaining some mass, losing a few pounds, or maintaining your current figure.

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Acer Chromebook 13 review

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It is hard to come by a laptop at a low price that does not sacrifice quality hardware. There are trade-offs to be made. Even laptops running Windows are not alone in this. When Google launched Chrome OS in 2011, the hardware was pretty bad. It was not until very recently that hardware manufacturers started to build respectable Chromebooks. In time for the holidays, Acer released the Chromebook 13. It combines a simple design with specifications that you would find in a high-end tablet, such as the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which might make it the most powerful Chromebook ever.

Everything looks good on paper, so how does the Chromebook 13 perform in real life? Hit the break to get started.

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