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The 1080p Toshiba Chromebook 13 is down to $250 today: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/toshiba-13-3-chromebook-2-intel-celeron-4gb-memory-16gb-solid-state-drive-silver/8790147.p

Killer deal on one of the best Chromebooks around. 

(My review: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2837806/toshiba-chromebook-2-review-an-attractive-chrome-os-experience.html)

UPDATE: Looks like the deal may have ended already. It's back up to $300 now, which is still $30 off the original cost but not quite as crazy as that $250 price.

UPDATE 2: It's back -- Wal-Mart is now matching the $250 price! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Toshiba-Satin-Gold-13.3-2-CB35-B3340-Chromebook-PC-with-Intel-Celeron-N2840-Processor-4GB-Memory-16GB-SSD-and-Chrome-OS/39371227
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I have an acer 720 do we think this is a better model???
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Woohoo! Android 5.1 on the 2014 Moto X.

(Pure edition, U.S. Should now be hitting all such devices, according to Motorola.)
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+Leo Costa yes, i'm thinking of hitting "No, maybe later" indefinitely. I don't really want that ugly Lollipop UI.

(They've already pushed the Materials design on me via GMail and a number of other apps. But just because they've made me deal with some ugly doesn't mean i should volunteer for more of the same.)
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This week's +All About Android: USB-C, convertible Android tablets, and more! (And me!)

Had a grand time as always hangin' with +Jason Howell and +Ron Richards. Check out the video version of the show below or snag the audio podcast here:

https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android/episodes/219?autostart=false
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Love when you're on there. Be really cool if you were added as a co-host (hint, hint +Jason Howell​).

Just saying...
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Having USB Type-C on Android will be great in the long run, but man -- that transition is gonna be a pain.

Some devices on Type-C, some on micro-USB. And years of accumulated chargers/adapters that no longer work with everything.

Serenity now.
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+JR Raphael​ Why would it be such a pain? It's just a cable you gotta get the charger will be the same. Plus I'm sure China will be pumping $1 adapters like there was no tomorrow. Also, finally it won't matter what phone ecosystem your friends is using, your chargers will be the same.
I think most people will jump at the chance to step into the one cable future... 
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Hey, nice -- a standalone version of the Android Clock app, now with official Wear integration.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.deskclock
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I've been using Timely for ages now as it syncs across the devices (phone, tablet). I think Google purchased them so I was hopeing the stock clock would have this functionality. 
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It baffles me that the command to archive a conversation is buried three steps deep in the Hangouts Chrome app.
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Ok ill look it up 
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A new chapter in my "How I use Android" series: Hello, +SwiftKey!

Keyboards are a core part of the customization puzzle, so I thought it'd be interesting to see how someone involved with one of Android's most popular keyboards uses the platform himself.

Suffice it to say, his home screen setup is a bit different than most. See for yourself:
SwiftKey has transformed the way many of us use our Android devices -- so how does one of the guys behind it use Android himself?
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The only reason I don't use Swiftkey is because it doesn't support Japanese. I use Swype instead, even though I have to put up with auto correct errors regulator regularly.

For English, I think Swiftkey is superior.
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It's funny how an invite-only system for ordering a product makes it seem like a privilege when you're finally "allowed" to buy without an invite.

Genius bit of marketing, I suppose. Or something.
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+Stephen Wardell I totally agree. It is almost as if those who believe this is a good strategy never finished their marketing courses in college. 
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This is a pleasant surprise.
Lenovo and Moto are growing closer together in their approaches to Android -- but not in the way some feared that might happen.
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The icons feel odd, like most skins
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Highly recommended.
One minute and two dollars can make your Android Lollipop experience much more pleasant.
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Has anyone else noticed that G+ notifications no longer sync properly between devices?

It's been going on for a little while now, at least on my account. Not sure what changed, but I sure wish it'd get corrected.
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+JR Raphael both g+  and Hangouts for me .. randomly some notifications only show on Chrome (desktop) & don't make it to my N5, SM 3 or 360 .. 
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One of the most impressive devices I've reviewed. And I don't give those kinds of compliments lightly.

My two weeks with Dell's Venue 10 7000 tablet:
Premium hardware, a stunning display, and stellar software help make this convertible 10-in. tablet stand out for both productivity and play.
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This is what I think would be a much better purchase, than such an expensive Android device:  http://www.meetchrome.com/acer-to-release-c738t-a-convertible-intel-braswell-ips-display-chromebook/
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Syndicated writer. Author of Android Power. Occasional exotic dancer.
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I write about Android, Chrome OS, and other titillating technology. You may have seen me in such places as PCWorld, Computerworld, and SeaWorld (hey, that Shamu is all right). I'm the guy behind Android Power and eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. I also make one hell of a turkey sandwich.

In my spare time, I enjoy flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

If you'd like to stalk me, consider these helpful starting points:

• My website: jrstart.com
• My Twitter account: @JRRaphael
• The webcam installed on my left fibula [not yet available]

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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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