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Google's Project Ara Smartphone Puzzle Is Coming Together

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Google has shed fresh light on Project Ara, its modular Android smartphone initiative, including plans to pilot the project in Puerto Rico through food truck-style stores.

Project Ara will offer a smartphone endoskeleton; users will be able to add the functionality they want piece by piece, rather than being confined by the hardware configurations determined by operators and providers.

Google debuted the project's first functional prototype, known as Spiral 1, in 2013.

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Satechi Smart TV Box review: Android-based set-top box does a lot, but doesn't make it easy

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Every streaming device, from your aging Blu-ray player to your Roku, has limitations. At some point, you’re going to want to stream a service that your device doesn’t support. When that happens, your only big-screen option is to plug a laptop, tablet, or smartphone into your HDTV. That way, you get a real operating system with complete flexibility.

But that’s a hassle. These devices aren’t designed to be controlled from across a room. And even when they have remote controls, they’re usually not that good.

The Satechi Smart TV Box offers a way around this. It’s a streaming device, designed specifically for plugging into your TV and controlling from across the room. But it runs Android. If your Android phone or tablet can do it, the Smart TV Box can probably do it, too.

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Google will now allow Android and Linux USB boot on Chromebooks

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GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED that Chromebook users can now choose an alternative operating system for their prized devices.

It's only for the brave, and will involve potential permo-borkage of your machine if you get it wrong, but brand evangelist Francis Beaufort has been telling Google+ users about a new and easier process for poking around under the bonnet of Chromebooks, if that is your bag.

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Also: Crouton for Chromebooks: Run Ubuntu in a browser tab

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CES 2015: Three trends to watch from the Google and Android ecosystems

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CES is the proving ground for many new innovations in technology. Here are the Google and Android trends you need to know from CES 2015.

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New Sony Walkman runs Android 4.2, costs 1.1 kilobucks

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Sony updated its decades-old Walkman media player line with an aluminum model running Android 4.2, featuring high-res audio, and priced around $1,120.

The NW-ZX2 is the first Walkman to integrate Sony’s new LDAC codec technology. LDAC provides an enhanced wireless audio experience by transmitting digital audio data “three times more efficiently than previous Bluetooth connections,” says the company.

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CyanogenMod makes a move on Google's Android One 'next billion'

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It's still unclear how popular Google's Android One smartphones are, but consumers who've bought one of the devices can now install CyanogenMod's popular ROM.

CyanogenMod's release of the ROM for Android One phones opens up another path for the company to target the fast-growing Indian smartphone market.

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Samsung Announces the Galaxy A7

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The smartphone space is not as it was a few years ago. There's increasing competition from vendors based in countries like China and India who can put out high quality products at a very low price. In a world where vendors are squeezing them on both the high end and the low end, Samsung has been put under significant pressure to improve their mid-range devices moving into the future. We saw the beginning of this with the Galaxt A3 and A5, which had aluminum unibody designs that seemed to defy their low price point. The latest device to continue this strategy is the Galaxy A7, which is the largest and fastest device of the Galaxy A line. I've laid out its specs in the table below.

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Ubuntu vs. Fedora Linux On Lenovo's X1 Carbon With Core i7 Broadwell

The latest distribution I tried on the X1 Carbon (and the OS I'll ultimately use for running the X1 Carbon in a production capacity as my main system) is Fedora 21. Fedora 21 booted up on the X1 Carbon wonderfully without any issues aside from the trackpoint button clicks being wonky (though the button clicks in the corner of the trackpad works fine). Fedora 21 with Wayland also ran fine on this system with Intel HD Graphics 5500. Overall, it was a pleasant experience without any major problems. Read more

Plex Media Server Review – The Ultimate Steaming Server

Plex Media Server is a media center application that allows users to stream video and audio content to local and remote clients, such as mobile devices or smart TVs. We now take a closer look at this powerful server and client and see what's the fuss all about. Read more