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Lenovo's latest education-focused Chromebooks are cheap and cheerfully impenetrable

The box says "education," but they're for everyone. Logic would dictate that a trio of Chromebooks, all selling for under $350, wouldn't be particularly interesting. But in 2018, where most of the innovation in Android phones is happening...Show More Summary

Spotify: Everything you need to know

Come for the easy setup, stay for the algorithm-based recommendations One of the most popular names in the music world today isn't a band or a record label: it's an app called Spotify. Spotify was one of the earliest and most popular music streaming services on the market today. Show More Summary

Google Assistant gets support for more languages and deeper app integration

Assistant is expected to be on 95% of Android phones by year's end and support for them all is on its way. Last week Google said it would be adding some language support and other tools for Google Assistant soon because it has plans to support 30 more languages by year's end. Show More Summary

Where to find the best Playstation Plus deals

Stock up now. PlayStation Plus subscriptions normally start at $17.99 for a three-month membership and go up to $59.99 for a year of access. Being that you can purchase and stack multiple years of subscriptions at once, odds are that...Show More Summary

Get the party started with the $60 UE Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker

Connect wirelessly to this compact Wonderboom speaker from up to 100 feet away. UE's Wonderboom portable Bluetooth speaker is now on sale at Amazon for just $59.99 in your choice of six different colors. At just 50 cents above its lowest price ever, today is a perfect day to make this speaker your own. Show More Summary

Subgrid positioning is the feature that keeps me coming back to Nova Launcher

Double the options, double the home screen possibilities There are features on most good launchers that keep you coming back. Action Launcher has Quickdrawer. Nova Launcher's got quite a few features that keep users coming back year after year, theme after theme. Show More Summary

O2 will begin testing its 5G network at The O2 in 2018

The entire venue will have 5G access by 2020. While we often talk about U.S. carriers developing their 5G networks here at AC, there are exciting things happening in these regards in other parts of the world, too. Earlier this month,...Show More Summary

Huawei P20 leaks in the flesh with display notch and two cameras

Say hello to Shirley. There are a lot of phones being announced at MWC this week, but that doesn't stop the leak train from chugging along at full steam. Just about a month before it's set to be unveiled in Paris, the Huawei P20 hasShow More Summary

Essential Phone 2 — How Essential can have a much more successful year two

Essential's biggest task is to learn from the mistakes of the PH-1. One of 2017's most polarizing devices was the Essential Phone. There was a lot of hype for the startup headed by Android father Andy Rubin, and while the Essential Phone's...Show More Summary

Vivo's Apex concept phone has tiny bezels, pop-up camera and in-display fingerprint sensor

A glimpse into the (near) future of smartphones. It's no secret that smartphone screen bezels are getting smaller. With curved displays and miniaturization of common smartphone components, the idea of a "bezel-free" phone is gettingShow More Summary

Delta, Sprint, and others team up to offer better in-flight internet access

The Seamless Air Alliance wants to offer 5G speeds via satellites. Being able to access your emails, social media sites, and more while traveling at 30,000 feet in the air is pretty amazing, but as anyone that's used in-flight Wi-Fi knows, getting everything working with your devices can sometimes be a pain in the butt. Show More Summary

Best Battle Royale games for PlayStation 4

In the market for some fast-paced battle royale action? Check these PS4 titles out! For many years running first-person shooters were the reigning champs of gaming. Games like Call of Duty and Halo dominated the release cycle and for a while, it seemed that no other style of game could stand a hope of taking the crown. Show More Summary

Samsung's AR Emoji are better than Animoji in every way but the one that matters

You're going to see way more AR Emoji than you ever will Animoji. Apple's iPhone X launched with a quirky little emoji thing where you can use your face to animate an emoji message to send to your friends. It's cute, but Samsung's Galaxy S9 is launching with something far more feature complete and accessible. Show More Summary

Will you be upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S9?

You know you want it. After months of leaks and rumors, Samsung finally took the stage in Barcelona yesterday to officially unveil the all-new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. These are Samsung's top two phones until the Note 9 makes its debut...Show More Summary

Nokia 7 Plus hands-on: A Pixel 2 XL for the frugal set

It may not be flashy, but this is a great phone. Nokia's new 8 Sirocco may be stealing the show, but it's the lineup of less expensive phones that will be selling in big numbers. Anchoring the core mid-range spot in its lineup is the...Show More Summary

How to declutter your phone with Google Files Go

Files Go is an elegant solution to a long-standing problem on Android. Managing internal storage has always been a problem on Android, particularly on devices with limited storage. For instance, a phone with 16GB of storage has just over 10GB of usable space at best, with the rest of the storage taken up by the operating system itself. Show More Summary

Qualcomm's simulated 5G tests show a 20x increase in download speeds over 4G

Qualcomm's simulation tests in Frankfurt and San Francisco highlight 5G's real-world potential. Qualcomm is touting up its advances in the field of 5G, announcing last week that its upcoming 5G-enabled chipset will be built on Samsung's 7nm node. Show More Summary

Sony Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 Compact specs

The numbers behind the phones you may want to buy. Sony knows how to tell a specs story, but it often lacks a compelling narrative for why someone would want to buy the phone in the first place. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact don't change...Show More Summary

Sony Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 Compact preview: Slimmer bezels, wider appeal

The right direction. The wrong carrier strategy. I have a confession: I really like Sony phones. More accurately, I like the idea of Sony phones — the ones that, over the years, have debuted to passionate pleas by reviewers to improve...Show More Summary

Vivo's APEX has an insane 98% screen-to-body ratio and retractable front camera

Vivo is showcasing the future of smartphone authentication with its latest concept phone. Earlier this year, Vivo rolled out the first phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor in the X20 Plus UD. At Mobile World Congress, the company...Show More Summary

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