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Jelly Bean spills onto 60 percent of Android devices

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Analyzing Google Play data from the seven days ending Tuesday, Google's Android developer dashboard pegged Jelly Bean's collective reach at about 60.5 percent. Breaking down those beans, 4.1.x held the highest share with 35.5 percent, followed by 4.2.x with 16.3 percent and Android 4.3 with 8.9 percent

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The Red Nexus 5 is here in all its glory (Edited)

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In a released a statement, LG stated; “The Nexus line has always been about doing things differently and consumers who share this philosophy have been among our most loyal fans,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We’re carrying this thinking over to the red Nexus 5, which we think will catch the eye of consumers who want to make an even bolder statement.”

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Google Nexus 5 vs. Apple iPhone 5s

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The Nexus line, which evolved from a developer's device to a premium phone, is now a serious threat to iPhone. But, the consumers don't care about the smartphone wars as much as we do. For them, it's a lingering question as to which phone to invest their hard-earned money into given that both devices offer spectacular features. So, if you're confused as to which smartphone to buy, here's a quick comparison between the two giants.

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Asus mini-PC breaks Chrome OS price barrier

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When Asus jumps into the increasingly hot Chrome OS market by shipping its $179 Asus Chromebox in March, it will likely be the new price leader among computers that run Google’s Linux-based Chrome Operating System. It’s $20 cheaper than the hot-selling, $199 Acer C720 Chromebook, although it lacks the latter’s screen and keyboard. You get the same 4th Generation (“Haswell”) dual-core Intel Celeron 2955U, clocked at 1.4GHz, as you do with the C720, complete with integrated Intel HD graphics. Later this year, there will also be a Core i3-4010U version, as well as a Core i7 model that will not be offered in the U.S.

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Samsung may announce Galaxy S5 at MWC

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If it is indeed the S5,then rumours have been circling for months about this device and it is going to cause millions to either love or hate it. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the masses. This year is going to be awesome. Let us know if you’re interested in the fresh UI, the 3GB of memory or the rumoured 2K display that will be strapped to the front. This phone is definitely going to turn heads; provided that they do announce the S5.

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Google releases Chromecast SDK

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The SDK lets developers build Chromecast apps or update existing apps that can “cast” video, audio, or screen-sharing content to a Chromecast device without interfering with multitasking on the source device. According to Google, no porting is involved. Instead you simply add the SDK to your existing app to provide the Google Cast UI.

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First Look at Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux

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Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux is not yet an official release, as it’s still in development, and it resides on the official Maxthon forums for the moment, where users can grab the latest Beta versions. It’s easily installable on Debian, Red Hat and other Linux operating systems, especially Arch Linux users, as a package is already available in AUR.

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Dell cooks up an Android PC on a HDMI stick

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Once in place you can use it with a USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to turn any properly equipped display into an Android PC. If you want more than Android's goodness, and Dell and its partners certainly hope you do, the Cloud Connect also comes with Dell's Wyse Cloud Client Manager software-as-a-service (SaaS). With this IT managers can manage device so that it can be used with the appropriate thin-client, back-end programs.

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Galaxy Note 3 Neo has a hexa-core processor

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Hardware

Galaxy Note 3 Neo, the long-rumored budget version of the Note 3, has been officially announced by Samsung Poland. The device will be available in two flavors — 3G and LTE+ (offering connectivity on higher-speed Category 4 networks up to 150 Mbps down/50 Mbps up) when it will be launched globally starting February in your choice of black, white or green.

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Lenovo announces ThinkPad 11e laptops, Chromebooks for education market

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Dubbed the ThinkPad 11e family, it comprises four models: two traditional notebooks, and a pair of Yoga convertible systems that can function as either laptop or tablet. A Chromebook version of either form factor will be available. (Dell announced a education Chromebook last month.)

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Google to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $3 billion: Confirmed

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In a strange twist, it has just been reported that Google is set to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for a sum of 3 billion dollars. Google purchased Motorola in 2012 for a sum of 12.5 billion. From the surface, it seems like it’s a loss of 9.5 billion if the deal does go through, but there’s more to it. Lenovo has purchased patents and parts of IBM in the past, and have been linked with a bid for Blackberry among others as recently as last year. This news in particular comes as a major shock to us because Motorola was just turning things around with the Moto X, G and their wide variety of customizations.

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How to run Linux on a Chromebook

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Hardware

Want to run Debian or Ubuntu on your Chromebook? With Crouton, you can do that.

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Could Samsung Focus Exclusively on Chromebooks?

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How focused has Samsung become on Chromebooks--portable computers that run Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS? According to a report in DigiTimes, after cutting its targets for notebook computer sales, the company may have plans to "no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers." While there is no official confirmation from Samsung, the move would represent a big shift for Samsung and one of the biggest votes of confidence yet for Chromebooks.

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New Google Chrome 32 Release Fixes Mouse Pointer and Quicktime Issues

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Google Chrome 32.0.1700.102 is here to fix several annoying bugs, including crashes of the Quicktime plugin, mouse pointer disappearing issue after exiting the fullscreen mode, scrolling issues with combo boxes, and horizontal scrolling issues for trackpad users.

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Samsung, Google sign patent deal

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“This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry,”said Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center. “Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”

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Pwnium hackathon: Google offers over $2 million in rewards

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It’s time to showcase your security skills again! Google has announced its Pwnium 4 competition, offering a total of $2.71828 million in prizes for anyone who can crack open its browser-based operating system, Chrome OS.

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Research Shows Chromebooks Doing Very Well in the Education Market

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For more than a year now, sales have been downright dreary for PCs and PC equipment makers, but new-generation Chromebooks running Google's Chrome OS platform have shown signs of bucking the trend. Late last year, there were many reports that Chromebooks were not selling well at all. For example, a ZDNet column cited some IDC research that apparently showed Chromebooks struggling.

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Programmer Claims Chrome Browser Lets Sites Listen In on Users

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This is the kind of charge that gives people like Richard Stallman fits. Basically, if you have a microphone connected to your computer Chrome accesses it through a Web Speech API and is capable of performing speech-to-text tasks. The claim is that these features can be hijacked through pop-under windows for eavesdropping purposes.

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Google Now comes to your desktop

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You must love Google Now on your Android devices, you can have it on your desktop too. Google Now has been integrated with alpha version Chrome browser (Canary). It will provide you with notification cards, based on location, time, weather and other context specific information right on your desktop.

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Chrome 32 Has New Tab Indicators, Better Performance

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Google Chrome 32 features new tab indicators for sound / webcam / casting, automatic blocking of known malware files, a number of new apps and extension APIs, and numerous "under the hood" changes that promise to provide better stability and performance.

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