HP Chromebook 11 G5

This $190 Chromebook is perfect for running Android apps

By on June 28, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

This $190 Chromebook is perfect for running Android apps

Chromebooks are big business these days! No, really: they’re outselling Macbooks, and with the recent addition of the Google Play Store, you can now run millions of Android apps on Chrome OS.

But as you can probably imagine, clicking your way through Snapchat with a keyboard and mouse is a little laborious. To solve all of your problems, HP is launching a $190 11-inch Chromebook with a touchscreen. But can a sub-$200 machine actually do anything useful?

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Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications Fixed

Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints

By on June 28, 2016 at 9:31 AM.

Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints

Earlier this year, Microsoft began pushing upgrade notifications to Windows users, suggesting they upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.

As the year marched on, the notifications became increasingly aggressive, to the point where there was no longer any way to opt out of the upgrade from the notification windows. Users were understandably livid that Microsoft wasn’t giving them a choice in the matter, but all of that changes this week.

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2016 Thunderbolt Display Upgrade

Is Apple killing the Thunderbolt Display?

By on June 24, 2016 at 8:05 AM.

Is Apple killing the Thunderbolt Display?

It’s official, folks! Starting Thursday, the Thunderbolt Display won’t be available in Apple stores, including online and retail locations. Sure, you’ll be able to snatch one up as long as supply lasts, but Apple confirmed that it’s not making more. The news isn’t necessarily surprising, considering the various rumors that preceded WWDC 2016, suggesting that Apple will unveil a more exciting Thunderbolt monitor at the show. Those reports were quickly shot down, and Apple focused on software during the event, without announcing any sort of new hardware upgrades.

What’s interesting about Apple’s announcement is that the company did not quietly announce an upgrade. Instead, Apple is currently proposing buyers alternatives from competing computer monitor makers.
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Curved Monitor Gaming

This ultra-wide curved 34-inch monitor is the stuff dreams are made of

By on June 23, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

This ultra-wide curved 34-inch monitor is the stuff dreams are made of

Sometimes you see something online and you instantly fall in love with it. Then, you see the price tag and your dream is instantly shattered. $1,000 actually isn’t a terrible price for a high-quality big curved PC display like the LG Electronics UltraWide 34UC88-B 34″ Screen LED-lit Monitor, but it’s still a pretty tall order for most shoppers. Of course, take that same high-quality screen and knock the price down to $799, and it’s a whole new ball game. More →

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Gaming PC Build 2016 Under 1000

‘Predator’ is a gaming PC that looks as mean as it sounds, and it’s discounted on Amazon

By on June 22, 2016 at 4:10 PM.

‘Predator’ is a gaming PC that looks as mean as it sounds, and it’s discounted on Amazon

Some people have the time and money to spend on picking out and assembling the perfect gaming PC piece by piece. That’s fine if you really need to customize each and every aspect of your rig, but most of us will do fine with a pre-built machine as long as it packs enough power. Well, if you’re looking for the perfect balance of power and price, you’ve come to the right place. This week only, Amazon has dropped the price of the Acer Predator AG3-710-UR53 Gaming Desktop to just $654 with free express shipping. More →

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2016 MacBook Pro Headphone Jack

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

By on June 22, 2016 at 3:40 PM.

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

Much has been written about the imminent death of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the past months, and especially this week, now that it’s almost a given that the iPhone – cough – 7 will not have one. Apple is at the receiving end of plenty of criticism, much of it being rather obtuse and unwarranted. In the grand scheme of things, the standard 3.5mm jack has to die, and there will never be a right time to do it if you ask customers who happen to own plenty of wired headphones. Not to mention that other companies have already pulled similar tricks, with Motorola being the most notorious phone maker to do it – yet nobody scolded Moto for ditching it.

But killing the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t a simple one-time murder. It has to be a serial-killing operation that would see Apple gradually removing the port from all its products, including iPads and MacBooks. In fact, there’s already speculation that this year’s MacBook Pros won’t have a 3.5mm headset jack either.
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Best Chromebook 2016

Amazon sale drops our favorite convertible Chromebook to $254

By on June 22, 2016 at 8:13 AM.

Amazon sale drops our favorite convertible Chromebook to $254

In case you haven’t heard, Android apps are coming to Chrome OS. In fact, they have already begun to arrive. Getting access to more than a million Android apps is a total game-charger for the Chrome operating system, and you’re running out of excuses for continuing to use Windows or Mac. Speaking of running out of excuses, how’s this for a killer deal: Amazon is selling the Acer Convertible Chromebook R11 (11.6-inch HD Touchscreen Notebook) for $254 shipped until the end of the day on Saturday, June 25. More →

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Best Chromebook 2016

One of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market is on sale right now

By on June 21, 2016 at 6:10 PM.

One of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market is on sale right now

When people think of Chromebooks right now, they think of price first and foremost. Sure you get Google’s great cloud-based operating system — and soon you’ll also get access to more than 1 million Android apps — but price has always been the biggest draw because Chromebooks are typically so much less expensive than Windows laptops. But with the Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-58HF, there’s something other than a killer price that’s going to pull you in: Power, and lots of it. More →

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Cheap Chromebook Laptop

Acer’s $158 Cloudbook sports 8-hour battery life and HD graphics

By on June 21, 2016 at 7:52 AM.

Acer’s $158 Cloudbook sports 8-hour battery life and HD graphics

Gone are the days when you had to spend an arm and a leg for a decent Windows laptop that would let you work, play and stream videos without running out of battery life every couple hours. Low-cost machines are remarkably affordable right now, and occasional bargains make them even cheaper. Check out this deal going on this week on Amazon: Starting at just $158, you can get a Acer Aspire One Cloudbook (11-Inch HD, 32GB, Windows 10) including a year of Office 365 Personal. More →

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Microsoft Edge Battery Life Comparison

One simple change can increase your laptop’s battery life by 50%

By on June 20, 2016 at 4:25 PM.

One simple change can increase your laptop’s battery life by 50%

It wasn’t long ago that we were celebrating the release of Opera’s power saving mode, but on Monday, Microsoft decided to prove to everyone that its own proprietary browser might be the best in the market for your battery.

In a new blog post, Microsoft Edge web platform team director Jason Weber explains how Edge can help save your computer or tablet battery.

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Windows 10 Clean Install

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

By on June 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

Windows 10 has been the center of countless controversies over the past year. But while many users have been (often justifiable) complaining about some of the software’s privacy settings and intolerable update notifications, Microsoft has been quietly working behind the scenes to improve Windows 10.

On Thursday, the company released a preview build for Windows 10 which included a new tool that makes it even easier to perform a clean installation.

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Cheap Chromebook Desktop

You have 3 weeks to grab this great Chromebox PC for just $150

By on June 16, 2016 at 5:40 PM.

You have 3 weeks to grab this great Chromebox PC for just $150

You might’ve seen the Acer Chromebox CXI2-2GKM Desktop with Keyboard and Mouse on BGR before, and the fact that you’re seeing it again is no mistake. So many families these days are looking for desktop computers that will provided a solid web browsing and media streaming experience, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get it. Acer’s entry-level Chromebox is more than good enough for many households and right now it’s on sale for just $150 shipped on Amazon. More →

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