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Google Pixel C Android Tablet: Australian Review

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Android tablets don’t get much love these days. Team them with a good keyboard and they’re useful for basic productivity tasks, as proven by our time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. And beyond that they’re still great for playing games, reading books, watching TV shows and listening to music like any other Android device. But hey’re just a little less cool than iPads. And a little less useful than laptops.

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Acer goes gaga for Google's Linux-based OS with Chromebase 24 and Chromebook 11

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Welcome to 2016, dear BetaNews readers. Another year is here, and some trends will continue as before. The most intriguing being Google's push into both education and home with its wonderful Chrome OS. While a bit limited, devices with Google's Linux-based desktop operating system are perfection for many; especially as more and more time is spent in the browser.

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Leftovers: Software and Games

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  • Best Command Line PNG Tools

    Portable Network Graphics (PNG) is a raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression. This means all image information is restored when the file is decompressed during viewing. The compression engine is based on the Deflate method designed by PKWare and originally used in PKZIP, a file archiving computer program.

  • ircb 0.1 released!

    Please feel free to give ircb a run and share your feedback here. Your suggestions and feedback are extremely valuable to us and will help us in developing this product accordingly.

  • RcppTOML 0.0.5

    After a short hiatus, a new version of the (wonderfully useful, if I dare say so Wink RcppTOML package is now on CRAN. RcppTOML lets R read the (absolutely awesome) TOML configuration file format--which is simply fabulous as it emphasizes strong readability for humans while at the same time supporting strong typing as well as immediate and clear error reports. At work, we're all fans now.

  • Bombernauts, bomberman for mental people now on Linux & SteamOS

    Bombernauts is pretty much bomberman on a year long diet of steroids, as it's insane. We should get a game of this going sometime. This is definitely a contender for the next multiplayer GOL livestream that's for sure. It's in Early Access, so we might leave it to bake in the oven a bit longer, it seems to run quite well though, with no obvious bugs I could find.

  • GOL Cast: Wandering Around Morrowind in OpenMW

    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is an RPG from 2002. You are released from prison and sent to the province of Morrowind by the emperor of Tamriel to complete a task that will take you on a great journey throughout Morrowind.

Will Chromebooks surpass Macs and Windows computers?

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Chromebooks have been big sellers on Amazon for quite some time now, and their popularity among some users is simply undeniable. But will Chromebooks eventually surpass Macs and Windows computers? A writer at the San Francisco Chronicle recently examined that possibility. I’ll share my thoughts below, but here’s a snippet from the SFC article.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Google debuts designer watch faces for Android Wear

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With companies like TAG Heuer and Fossil now investing in Android Wear, Google knows how important it is to keep smartwatches looking stylish. As such, the company has revealed a set of fashion-centric watch faces for Android Wear devices, as part of a partnership with nine different brands. This includes designs from Asics, Harajuku Kawaii!, Mango, Melissa Joy Manning, Nicole Miller, Ted Baker, Vivienne Tam, Y-3 and Zoe Jordan.

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Google to train 2M new Android developers in India over next 3 years

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Google announced Wednesday that it plans to ramp up its engineering presence in India. Part of that push will involve launching a program to train two million new Android developers over the next three years, the company said. To do so, it will partner with more than 30 universities in India.

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Nexus 6P Android 6.0.1 Update: Impressions & Performance

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Google’s brand new flagship Nexus 6P smartphone has only been in the hands of owners for a little over a month, but it’s already getting a quick software update. Below is everything owners need to know about the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. From installing it right now, how it’s performing, what’s new and more.

On October 5th Google finally released Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the public, and for manufacturers. Along with it was the Nexus 5X, and the impressive new Nexus 6P smartphones. Now less than two month later Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is arriving for owners.

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Google Nexus 6 2016 Rumors: Early Details Surface, Android N, Snapdragon 820 Chipset Expected

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For the first time Google chose to collaborate with Huawei to manufacture the Nexus 6P smartphone. Now, fresh rumors suggest that both companies again will work together in building the Google Nexus 6 (2016) smartphone.

According to Gizmo China, industry expert Pan Jiutang has revealed that the alleged Google Nexus 6P successor will be a Huawei product. However, since it will be a flagship smartphone, it is likely to be powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset.

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Google Pixel C Review: Android's Not Ready For a Tablet This Good

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With the Pixel C, Google imagines a tablet as more than just a portable window into the internet. These things have to be good for more than endless Candy Crush and Netflix, right?

The current thinking is tablets needs to evolve, and so Google, like its rivals, has created its own, kinda-sorta work tablet, complete with keyboard accessory. Although I did manage to get work done on this thing, the hefty price didn’t justify the minimal convenience.

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