Chromebooks to include new security unlock features, new Google Now cards, and run Android apps

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Sundar Pichai took the stage again at Google I/O to let us know what Google has up its sleeves for Chromebooks and Chrome OS.

Today, Google has 8 OEMs making 15 different Chromebook devices (with more coming), available in 28 different countries.

Pichai even noted that all 10 of the top 10 rated laptops on Amazon are all Chromebooks. Not too shabby. There’s even been a 6x growth of use of Chromebooks in K-12 schools in the past year.

Google will be adding more to Chromebooks and the Chrome OS in order to make sure these trends continue.


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Flipboard adds Google+ sign-in, CNN content, snaps up Zite for future improvements

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Flipboard has been busy and the results have surfaced over the past couple days as they announced their acquisition of Zite, a partnership with CNN, and even released an update to their app that adds better support for Google+ users. The purchase of Zite and the addition of CNN content to the app are likely linked to each other as Zite was formerly a part of CNN.
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Flipboard updates app to enable user created magazines, interaction with desktop web version

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With the demise of Google’s Reader bearing down on news readers, Flipboard has released a new update to their app that adds some interesting new features. Foremost among the changes is the ability to create your own “magazine” on Flipboard with the simple press of a big “+” button in the app and naming the magazine. This essentially gives users the ability to create their own curated sources of news with the option to make the “magazine” public or private. Along with adding content to a magazine as you read within the Flipboard app, users can also add items from their Android device like photos or they can add an article directly from the Flipboard widget or even from social networks.
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Flipboard gets minor update to support hover actions

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Flipboard, the incredibly popular news app, has gotten a slight update in the Play Store today. The biggest improvement? Support for hover actions. It’s a cool feature, but it’s clearly a preemptive update for the Galaxy S 4′s hover features, although it should work with AirView on the Galaxy Note. It does also add the option to create an account with Facebook login, so that’s a feature everyone can get some use out of.

We’ve already seen Samsung and Flipboard buddy up before now, but this is definitely solidifying their relationship. Of course, the S 4 is likely to be a pretty popular phone, so it does make sense for Flipboard to support it above other less popular phones. Hopefully we’ll see more apps take advantage of the hovering actions in the future. Hit the links below to get your hands on the update.

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Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid and an unhealthy obsession with fixing things that aren't broken. This accidentally led to being the go-to guy for anything more complicated than a toaster, which he considers more of a curse than a blessing. Jared is enrolled in online classes at the University of Phoenix, and spends his spare time on video games and listening to music.


New Flipboard update adds tablet optimization

Are you a Flipboard user who is a little disappointed with the lack of a tablet-specific interface for your favorite news application? Well, we’ve got some good news. Flipboard updated their popular application with newly added tablet optimization today. Any screen size over 7 inches gets a new tablet interface that includes four stories per “page” of tiles to make flipping through news stories even quicker and more convenient. That’s a great improvement for folks on the higher end of the market with 10 inch screens. Hit the links below to get your tablet optimized news fix.

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Flipboard Graduates from Beta, Now Available in the Play Store

For those of you who weren’t apart to the Flipboard beta program, you may be pleased to know that the app is now available to everyone and can be downloaded from the Play Store, Amazon App Store, Nook Store and Samsung Apps. As most beta programs do, the Flipboard team was able to iron out all the wrinkles to the point where they feel it is ready for the masses. Not only does the official release bring localized versions for many countries, it can now be your one stop shop for checking in on the 12 most popular Social Networking sites including YouTube, Google+, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more. Check it out through either of the links below.


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Google+ coming to Flipboard soon

We’re still waiting for Google+ integration with other apps. It’s vital that Google shares its API if it wants Google+ to compete with the likes of Facebook. Well we have some good news as Bradley Horowitz, Vice President of Product Management of Google+ announced Flipboard as a “trusted” partner. The Google+ API will allow Flipboard users to comment, +1 Flipboard items, and send individualized pieces of content to Google+ Circles. “It works like it should,” said Horowitz, “Flipboard has done an amazing job. “

At this point there was no information on when we can expect to see this Google+ functionality, but it should hopefully be sometime this year or hopefully when it leaves the Beta stage for Android.


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Flipboard for Android receives minor update

Super fancy virtual magazine app, Flipboard strutted its stuff at the Galaxy S III event in London last month and has caught the eye of several Android users. Now the popular app has just been updated to version 1.8.4 beta 2.

The changelog is as follows:

  • Added sharing via other applications
  • Fixed authentication bug which could cause repeated logins
  • Remember the position in a section if you accidentally leave it
  • Improved stability and performance

The update notification will automatically display once you start up the app and is not available in the Play Store. At the moment, GSIII owners and beta testers are the only ones enjoying the goods but Flipboard intends to be available for all Android devices in the near future.

 

Flipboard Beta coming to all of Android soon [Updated - It's already here]

If you’re familiar with Flipboard, you are a little jealous of iOS users since it’s yet to be available on Android. Well actually, in a way it’s available, but only to Samsung Galaxy S III owners. It comes pre-installed on the device but we were never sure of what kind of exclusive agreement there is in place.

It looks like the GSIII is just part of the plan. With Android, one of the big issues is screen sizes and compatibility with so many devices. The company wanted to get this going with one screen size to see how things go. It certainly isn’t a bad device to start with since they already sold nearly 10 million units. The good news is that they are close to releasing a beta version for all. The interesting thing is that it won’t be in the Google Play Store just yet, but they plan on releasing it as an APK that can be sideloaded. This is the best way in my opinion because only astute Android users will install it and that’s what they want. They also want these users to provide feedback to make sure that when they release the full version, it will be as polished as the iOS version.

Of course if you can’t wait, you can grab the leaked APK from Samsung.

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Wow that didn’t take long. You can grab the beta APK now and give it a try. Here’s the instructions:

  1. Go to the security section in your phone settings and allow the installation of apps from unknown sources.
  2. Click on this link to install the beta.

Also, it’s very important to give them feedback. You can do this by going to the About section in the app Settings and then tap the Flipboard logo or just email them directly at android-feedback AT flipboard dot com.

source: engadget

 


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


Flipboard for Android Squeezed from the Galaxy S III, Now Available for Download

During Samsung’s Galaxy S III event we learned that the popular news app Flipboard was on its way to Android and would be exclusive to the GSIII for an unknown amount of time. Although it will eventually be available in the Google Play store, it’s always nice to check things out before they are officially available to the public. Thanks to XDA developer Velecho, we now have just that – early access to the app as it appeared on the GSIII.

Velecho had a GSIII demo unit for a short while and during that time he managed to pull the Flipboard apk from the device and is now sharing with anyone who is interested. In order to run the app you are going to want to make sure you allow third-party installations on you device before trying to install it. After you do that, simply grab the download from the source link below and be sure to thank the dev while you are there! After you are up and running come on back here and let us know what you think!

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Stacy Bruce was born and raised in Spokane Washington. He attended the University of Washington to study pre-med only to change his course study a year later to forensic science. Although currently not a doctor or a scientist, some believe he posseses the knowledge of both. He was a resident of San Diego California for ten years, lived beachside and sometimes wonders why the hell he moved back to Spokane. A multi-talented man, Stacy is a fabricator, an artist, a gear head, a tech junkie and at most, the disciple of Casanova. Growing up, he was always enthralled with electronics, gadgets and gizmos. Throughout his life he has had one, if not two, of every cool and new electronic device available. He began his smartphone experience with the original iPhone. After realizing it was more like theirPhone, he decided he wanted the ability to customize, so Stacy moved to the OG Droid and has been a loyal Android fanatic ever since. Moving through all of the top tier Verizon phones, he recently retired his Droid Charge in favor of the Galaxy Nexus, only to wonder what great device Samsung will come out with next. Stacy is a busy new homeowner in where he lives with his beautiful girlfriend and two dogs.