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Dirt-cheap laptops might be this year's stocking stuffer

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Chromebooks, the low-cost compute devices that run Google’s Chrome OS, haven’t necessarily been showcased in Black Friday circulars, but they’re making an impression nonetheless. Although prices vary, Chromebooks generally range from $200 to $350 or so, and now come loaded with up to 1TB of Google Drive storage, too.

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Counterclockwise: Jolla, Nokia N1, Nexus and HTC One GPE

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The end of the year is coming and we've seen pretty much all devices that will be unveiled this year. Let's go back in time with Counterclockwise, our (almost) weekly trip back memory lane, and see what announcements late November has seen over the years.

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Several Linux distros borrow Google’s Material Design ideas

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Google introduced a new design language with Android 5.0 called Material Design. It relies on vivid colors, a lot of white space, and animations designed to make different on-screen elements feel like real materials.

For instance, switching between two screens in an app is meant to feel like sliding one sheet of paper over another.

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Also: Material Design hits the desktop with Quantum OS Linux distro

Android 5.0 dev kits simplify octacore Snapdragon designs

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Intrinsyc unveiled an Android 5.0 dev platform for the Snapdragon 810 SoC in phone, tablet, SBC, and COM versions that debut DDR4 and TransferJet tech.

Intrinsyc Technologies has released three Android 5.0 development platforms, as well as a computer-on-module, supporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 system-on-chip:

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Android projector offers 400 lumens on battery power

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AAXA’s Android-based M4 is claimed as “the world’s brightest battery powered projector,” with 400 lumens running on battery power, or 800 lumens plugged-in.

AAXA Technologies offers a wide variety of projection systems, including a recent Android-based LED Pico Projector selling for $499. The LE Pico received a “Good” rating earlier this week from PCMag, which lauded the 550-lumen projector for its image quality, but dinged it for its poor video quality.

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Run Linux on Android – part 2

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If you want to make full use of Linux on your Android device, the best solutions require rooting it and unlocking its bootloader (see ‘Rooting questions’ section below). Whichever way you do it, this a major step as it will void your warranty and also runs a risk of ‘soft-bricking’ the device – although it can be made to work again if that happens. Another drawback is that unlocking the bootloader will factory-reset your phone and erase all its apps and data, so ensure that you make a backup beforehand.

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16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat

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After what feels like a long time since we saw the L Preview first appear, Google is now rolling out the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop to its existing Nexus devices, and it also appears on the brand new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 gadgets. Get to know the best version of Android yet by working through this selection of tips and tricks, covering all of the new features, major and minor, that are built into the operating system.

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Gallery: Android 5.0 Lollipop, before and after

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Android 5.0 Lollipop—and the app updates that were released with it—changed the look of Android quite a bit. Google's new design style, called "Material Design," makes the OS more colorful, more consistent, and even more of a "light OS" than before. While we covered the OS in detail in our Lollipop review, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how the apps have changed during the journey from KitKat to Lollipop. In the above gallery, we've rounded up before-and-after shots of the major changes.

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15 Android Apps That Will Make Your iPhone Friends Jealous

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One of the best things about Android is that apps have a lot more freedom compared to those found on iPhones.

Today, most apps launch on both Android and iOS, but the most interesting Android apps are exclusive to Android because they do something Apple wouldn't allow.

From an app that lets you message your friends while still watching Netflix to an app that lets you hack your smartphone's LED lights for custom notifications, you're guaranteed to find something new.

Just remember you can't recommend them to your friends with iPhones.

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After Divorcing Microsoft, Nokia Reveals The N1, An Android Tablet Hitting China First

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“They said Nokia is dead,” Nokia’s head of devices Sebastian Nyström, pictured below, said as he started out his presentation today. “I say, they couldn’t be more wrong.” After the N1, there will be more products to come.

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