Toshiba announces updated Chromebook 2 Threads

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Toshiba today has announced the followup to the company’s original Chromeboook 2, an *ahem* updated Chromebook 2.

The new Chromebook 2 launches this October starting at $329 and goes up to $429, depending on which model you purchase. Base specs include a 8.5 hour battery, 13.3-inch full HD display, backlit keyboard, 802.11ac WiFi, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, up to 4GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron Processor. For more money, users will see a major processor bump up to a 5th gen Intel Core i3.

Look for the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 to launch at major retailers in just a few weeks’ time.


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LG’s Nexus 5X leaked again, color schemes shown off for good measure Threads

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Earlier today, an image leaked that showcased the Nexus 6P and all of its colored options, preparing those waiting to see what Google officially announces on September 29 for their color of choice. Now the Nexus 5X from LG has received the same treatment in a pair of leaks.

The first of which showcases the front and back of the handset, showcasing that familiar black front, along with a white back plate that features a camera that sticks out a bit, a fingerprint reader, that bold Nexus logo, and the standard camera flash.

LG Nexus 5X color leak

The other image shows the back of the handset again, but this time with a little more color. Below the Quartz White option there’s the Ice Blue and Charcoal Black variants. Just as it was with the Nexus 6P leak, we can’t see the front of the colored options, but the safest bet at this point is that they’ll be black, too.

If you could buy any of the three options right now, which color would you go for?


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Xiaomi Mi 4c offers solid specs and clean design for $204 Threads

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Xiaomi today continued its tradition of launching well-specced Android phones at affordable prices with the debut of the Mi 4c. The Xiaomi Mi 4c boasts a 5-inch 1920×1080 display with Sunlight Display and Night Reading Mode, the former of which will pump up the screen brightness so that you can see the display outdoors, and the latter of which will dim the screen so you can use it at night without being blinded.

Xiaomi has also included a couple of tricks with the Mi 4c. First up is Edge Tap, which will let you tap the edge of the unit once to take a selfie or twice to go back. You can check out a video of Edge Tap below. Also included is Double Tap to Wake, which will wake the Mi 4c’s display when you tap it twice.

The back of the Mi 4c’s got a 13-megapixel camera with Sony IMX258/Samsung S5K3M2 ISOCELL sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus, and two-tone flash. If you ever decide to take a selfie with the Mi 4c, you’ll do so with a 5-megapixel shooter with a wide-angle lens and Beautify mode.

Powering Xiaomi’s newest phone is a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808, which also brings Quick Charge 2.0 for the Mi 4c’s 3080mAh battery. Also included is 2/3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, dual SIM slots, and a USB Type-C connector. Xiaomi has also thrown an infrared remote control into the Mi 4c that’ll let you control your TV with your phone.

The Xiaomi Mi 4c will be available in China starting September 23 at a price of ¥1,299 ($204 USD) for the 2GB/16GB model and ¥1,499 ($235 USD) for the 3GB/32GB version. While the Mi 4c may not he the most high-end Android phone around, it’s got a perfectly respectable feature set, and it’s an awesome value for $204. The bad news is that we don’t know when or if we’ll ever see the Mi 4c outside of China, so most of us probably won’t ever have the opportunity to buy one.

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Google adding unsubscribe and block features to Gmail app for Android Threads

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Email is still one of the most popular ways of correspondence, but sometimes an email arrives that you just don’t want to see, specifically when it comes from the same address over and over again. Luckily for Gmail users, a big change is coming to help with that.

Google has announced that Gmail for Android is picking up a pair of new features in the next week (it’s already available on the web). The first of which is “block,” which, as the name implies, will let users block a sender so that any future emails that they receive will immediately go into the Spam folder. This is certainly a welcomed addition, and for anyone that wants to unblock someone, that can be handled from the Settings option in the app.

And, if that wasn’t enough, Gmail is also picking up the unsubscribe feature in the app, which means that users can delist themselves from eligible mailing lists right from the app. Ditching a newsletter will hopefully be much easier than ever before on a mobile device.

Gmail’s update should be rolling out over the next week, so keep an eye out for those new features.


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Pebble unveils Pebble Time Round, pre-order today and ships in November Threads

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It’s been quite the year for Pebble already, with a return to Kickstarter with the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel netting them over $20 million. This in the face of an ever growing number of Android Wear watches, the launch of Apple Watch, and new Tizen-based offerings from Samsung.

Pebble was holding one more piece of hardware up its sleeve this year, and today announced the Pebble Time Round. As the name suggests, the Pebble Time Round diverts from the now familiar rectangular Pebble screen in favor of the more traditional round face that is proving popular with many buyers. Along with the change in shape, the Pebble Time Round is considerably thinner and lighter than previous models at just 7.5mm and 28 grams, down from 9.5mm and 42.5 grams on the Pebble Time. This will make it the thinnest and lightest smartwatch on the market when it launches in November.

Beyond the physical changes, the Pebble Time Round isn’t diverging greatly from the existing Pebble Time lineup. It is using the same color e-paper display and will offer days of battery life. Pebble also touts that a 15-minute quick charge will be able to give you another juice for another full day of battery life.

The Pebble Time Round comes in either Black, Silver or Rose Gold finishes and is paired with a 14mm or 20mm quick change leather band, with additional metal options to be introduced later in the year.

For Pebble Time Steel backers that have just received their rewards from the Kickstarter project, Pebble is offering you the ability to trade in your Pebble Time Steel for the Pebble Time Round when they are available. Details of the exchange program can be found on Pebble’s help site, but the basics are that you will have 30 days with the Pebble Time Round to make up your mind on which you prefer and can then choose to keep either watch without spending any more than you did on the Kickstarter, or you can keep both and receive a $50 discount on the Pebble Time Round.

The Pebble Time Round will retail for the same $249 as the Pebble Time Steel and is available for pre-order today shipping in November.


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Image of LG device with ticker display leaked Threads

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Secondary ticker displays aren’t exactly new. Samsung gave it a shot with the Continuum, a Verizon Galaxy S variant with a second display at the bottom that showed extra information. It didn’t work out too well due to lack of support and functionality, but it looks like LG is willing to give it a shot.

This leaked image is of the LG V10. You can see the secondary ticker display at the top displaying icons, likely quick shortcuts to some of your favorite apps. Hopefully it has a lot more functionality, instead of being a useless shortcut bar. Being at the top of the screen doesn’t really help, unless it shows important information.

There are also two cameras from the looks of it, as the sensors are by the earpiece. We’ll have to wait for more info, but it’s an intriguing device so far. Do you think a ticker display could be useful in any way?


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BlackBerry Venice leaks continue with new image, retail name reveal Threads

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The BlackBerry Venice has been the star of a number of leaks lately, including reports that suggest that it’ll launch on all four US carriers in November. Despite all of those leaks, though, we’ve never known what the Venice will be known as once it actually hits store shelves. That is, until today.

According to Evan Blass, the source of many BlackBerry Venice leaks in the past, the Venice will be known as the “BlackBerry Priv” when it launches later this year. Blass also shared a new render of the Priv that shows the device with its screen slid up and its physical keyboard exposed.

.@CrackBerry That render is getting a bit tired, dontcha think? pic.twitter.com/UZsanau6df

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 24, 2015

BlackBerry Priv certainly sounds like a strange name at first, but it’s not all that weird when you think about it. BlackBerry is all about security, and because “BlackBerry Private” might be an even weirder name, the company likely went with “BlackBerry Priv” as a way reference the security of its new Android phone, especially compared to other Android devices.

As far as specs go, so far it’s only been suggested that the Priv will sport an 18-megapixel rear camera. If the Priv is indeed slated for launch in November, though, we should get more details about BlackBerry’s Android slider soon. Stay tuned!


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Amazon Prime will be $67 this Friday only Threads

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Mark your calendars. In celebration of the Amazon original series Transparent winning 5 Emmy awards at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards this past Sunday, Amazon will be selling 1-year Prime memberships for just $67 to new members.

Amazon rarely discounts Prime memberships, so this is a great time to buy into the service. Amazon Prime doesn’t just get you free 2-day shipping on select items from Amazon, it also gives you access to Amazon Prime Video, Music, the Kindle Lending Library and Prime Photos.

To snag the deal, bookmark this page.


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Nextbit Robin picks up Sprint support as well Threads

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On September 17, Nextbit, the company that’s building a smartphone that’s focused almost entirely on the cloud, announced that its previously GSM-only device would be gaining Verizon Wireless support. For the CDMA fans out there, the good news isn’t over just yet.

On September 23, Nextbit announced that the Robin officially supports Sprint as well. Moving forward, there are now just two versions of the handset: GSM and CDMA, with the GSM variant supporting AT&T, T-Mobile and international networks, while the CDMA variant now covers Verizon and Sprint. For anyone that has already backed the Robin on Kickstarter, you’ll now be able to choose between the two options for the final device.

The inclusion of a CDMA variant of the Robin is pretty big news across the board considering that the presence of a small manufacturer like Nextbit on Verizon, or even Sprint, is pretty uncommon. Usually these phones find their way to GSM networks only, so any Verizon or Sprint subscribers out there wishing they could get the Robin, your wish has been granted.

Do you plan on picking up a Robin?


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Amazon Prime will be $67 this Friday only Threads

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Mark your calendars. In celebration of the Amazon original series Transparent winning 5 Emmy awards at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards this past Sunday, Amazon will be selling 1-year Prime memberships for just $67 to new members.

Amazon rarely discounts Prime memberships, so this is a great time to buy into the service. Amazon Prime doesn’t just get you free 2-day shipping on select items from Amazon, it also gives you access to Amazon Prime Video, Music, the Kindle Lending Library and Prime Photos.

To snag the deal, bookmark this page.


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