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Chris Mills

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Acer Chromebook 514 price,

Acer’s new 14-inch Chromebook looks way too good to cost $350

August 29th, 2018

Over the last few years, the idea of a high-end Chromebook has turned from an odd Google joke into the kind of thing that people are actually buying. Right now, high-end for a Chromebook normally means north of $500; for that, you can expect to get a premium metal build, HD screen, thin-and-light design with …

Sprint T-Mobile merger

Opposition grows to the T-Mobile Sprint merger

August 29th, 2018

Since T-Mobile and Sprint finally stopped flirting and made their union official in April, the two companies have encountered less opposition than you’d expect. Verizon and AT&T, the companies that supposedly have the most to lose from a new and bigger competitor, have been surprisingly OK with the merger, the Federal Communications Commission hasn’t said much …

Waymo driverless car updates

Report: Waymo’s driverless cars aren’t as smart as everyone thinks

August 28th, 2018

Waymo, Google’s vaunted driverless car spinoff, is widely regarded to be at the forefront of driverless car development. While Uber was busy killing a pedestrian with its dubiously-safe testbed this year, Waymo was driving real people around in fully driverless cars in a suburb of Arizona. At Google’s keynote I/O conference in May, the company …

Android crypto mining app on play store

Google’s Play Store crypto-mining ban is not going well

August 28th, 2018

30 days ago, Google announced a ban on crypto-mining apps in the Play Store, a move designed to cut down on apps that secretly mine coins in the background of devices. The company gave developers one month to change existing apps to comply with the new rules, but that time is up, and the Play …

California net neutrality bill news, lobbying

Big telecom is lobbying against California’s net neutrality bill with the dumbest possible strategy

August 28th, 2018

California is currently moving at speed to pass a state-wide net neutrality bill that would give the state’s residents some of the strongest protections in the country. Naturally, telecoms companies are running scared: The CTIA, one of the telecoms industry’s key lobbyists, described the bill as a “flawed and consumer unfriendly approach” in a recent statement, and …

Harmon Kardon Citation 500

This big-boy Google Home costs a cool $700

August 27th, 2018

When Apple first showed off the HomePod to the world, everyone’s biggest complaint was the pricetag. At $349, Apple’s smart speaker was noticeably more expensive than anything from Google and Amazon, and it even out-priced Sonos, which made its name selling expensive wireless speakers. But not even Apple would have the, uh, “courage” to release …