Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) review: Everything you need

The Samsung Chromebook Plus was 2017’s best overall Chromebook for most of us. It came with enough power to do all those Chromebook things we want to do, a good keyboard and trackpad, an amazing display and best of all, a reasonable price tag. There were more powerful Chromebooks released last year, and there were cheaper Chromebooks released last year. But the overall value of the Chromebook plus couldn’t be beaten.

That’s a tough act to follow, but Samsung is used to it — we see them do it every year with their Galaxy line of phones. The company sent me the new Chromebook Plus (V2) to check out and I’ve been using it for a week. Let’s see if the best Chromebook of 2018 isstiill the Chromebook Plus.

Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2)

Price: $499

Bottom line: Samsung’s Chromebook Plus (V2) is a sturdy and great looking Chromebook that brings everything you need — and most everything you would want — to the table and is one of 2018’s best.

The Good

  • Solid Aluminum build
  • Legacy USB 3.0 port
  • Light and comfortable to hold
  • Improved performance from the 2017 version
  • A beautiful bright HD display

The Bad

  • Only 32GB of storage
  • No keyboard backlighting
  • Secondary camera is slow to start
  • The resolution and aspect ratio have been downgraded from the 2017 model
  • See at BestBuy

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 Hardware and build


5 Best Gaming Headsets For PC Of 2018

Best Gaming Headsets for PC

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We buy our own products and put them under the same testing methodology so that you can easily compare them. Unlike most websites, we do not get our products directly from the manufacturers, which means our units aren’t handpicked and actually represent what you would buy yourself. We spend a lot of time comparing the products side-by-side to validate our results and we keep them until they are discontinued so we can continually go back and make sure our reviews are always accurate.

With the rising popularity of multiplayer games like Fortnite, Overwatch or the most recent Call of Duty, having a good gaming headset can sometimes make the difference between a clutch, well-coordinated victory and crushing defeat. Typical wired headphones may give you good enough audio for gaming but may lack a compatible microphone and chat support. If you’re a PC gamer, you won’t necessarily need wireless technology as much as on consoles, but you’ll still need a comfortable headset for long gaming hours and great audio reproduction to hear everything around you. We’ve tested 283 headphones so far and below are our top picks for the best PC gaming headsets to buy in 2018.


How to link Apple Music to your Amazon Echo and set it as the default service

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Listen up, Apple Music subscribers—HomePod isn’t the only smart speaker that can handle your tunes anymore. Apple has teamed up with Amazon to allow streaming on Echo devices, so all of your songs, albums, and playlists are good to go. Here’s how to set it all up:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone.
  2. Tap the menu icon in the top left corner.
  3. Navigate to Settings.
  4. Tap Music under Alexa Preferences.
  5. Tap the plus symbol next to Link New Service.
  6. Select Apple Music.
  7. Enter your username and password and two-factor authentication code.
  8. Tap Enable to Use on the Alexa Skill page.
  9. Tap Allow on the Apple authentication page.
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Setting up Apple Music on your Echo device takes just a few taps.

And that’s it. Now you can say, “Alexa, play ‘Imagine’ by Ariana Grande on Apple Music” and it’ll start playing. You can also ask Alexa to stream playlists, charts, and Beats 1 radio. But saying “Apple Music” every time isn’t fun. Thankfully Amazon lets you set a default music service on your Echo (unlike HomePod), so here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to Settings in the Alexa app.
  2. Tap Music and scroll down to Default Services.
  3. Choose Apple Music as the default music library and default station.
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You can set Apple Music to be the default service on your Echo.

Now all you need to do is ask Alexa to play something and it will automatically search Apple Music rather than Amazon Music or Spotify. Depending on your Echo, the song probably won’t sound as good as it would on HomePod, but any Echo you buy will be a heck of a lot cheaper. And besides, you can always hook up a Bluetooth speaker to amplify the sound.


Delhi Food Truck Festival 2018 Is Happening This Weekend: Food, Fun, Games And More

Delhi Food Truck Festival 2018 Is Happening This Weekend: Food, Fun, Games And More

It’s the season of food festivals in Delhi. The third edition of the Delhi Food Truck Festival is coming to the national capital on the coming weekend, that is, December 14 to December 16, 2018. The venue for the food festival is Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium and the festival will feature a number of popular and lesser-known food trucks, music and dance performances, games, contests and more. The third edition of the food truck festival will see foodies flocking to food trucks and stalls of various categories such as ‘Flavours of India’, ‘Delhi 6 Lane’ etc. It will also feature a Delhi Food Truck Festival Haat (market), snow dance, a gaming/experience zone and even live performances by bands, artists and celebrities. From street foods and chaats like dahi bhalla, aloo chaat and pani puri etc., to momos, pizzas, waffles and milkshakes, the Delhi Food Truck Festival 2018 will feature a whole range of dishes and cuisines made by some of the best food trucks of the city.

Even fruit chaats, kathi rolls and kebabs, and juices will be available for those wanting to partake during the third edition of DFTF. Some of the brands showcasing their food and beverage at the DFTF 2018 include Keventers, Bhookh Box, Chicago Pizza, Wow Momos, Jacket Aloo, Firangi and More, Love, Bites, Momos, Masca Bites, Cane Hub and even hard candy experts House of Candy. A total of over 40 food trucks are said to be present in the grounds of JLN Stadium, ready to serve you for the three days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week. Some of the music bands and artists featured in the line-up at Delhi Food Truck Festival 2018 include The Soul Curry, Rock ‘N’ Raaga, Dhun – The Band The Project Raag – Sufi Saga , The Aamil Band, and The White Walkers etc.

The tickets for the festival start from Rs. 99 and go up to Rs. 249 per day and are available on However, if you want to buy a season pass, you will get the same for Rs. 499, which allows you access for all three days of the festival. Weekend plans sorted you say? Well, duh!


Adobe CEO on Magento, Marketo deals: ‘We’re now the only comprehensive platform’ for enterprise-level marketing

Adobe CEO on Magento, Marketo deals

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With its acquisitions of Magento Commerce and Marketo, Adobe has officially become the “only” one-stop shop for both consumer- and business-facing enterprises, CEO Shantanu Narayen told CNBC on Thursday.

“When you think about what Magento does, it really completely closes the loop with respect to everything we’ve been doing for [business-to-consumer] companies in terms of having the leading commerce solution, and that’s off to a great start,” Narayen told Jim Cramer in an exclusive “Mad Money” interview after earnings.

In its fiscal fourth quarter, the software giant generated year-over-year revenue growth of more than 20 percent for its digital media and digital experience segments and delivered slightly higher-than-expected top- and bottom-line results.

Magento, an open-source e-commerce platform on which businesses can build online marketplaces, exceeded Adobe’s internal revenue expectations in the few months since the deal closed, Narayen said.

Now, with the addition of Marketo, a software company that specializes in digital marketing automation, Adobe has become a “comprehensive platform” for all businesses to control their marketing streams, he told Cramer.

“When you think about Marketo and what it does with respect to [business-to-business], we’re now the only comprehensive platform that can help every single enterprise with … high-volume email campaigns, personalization across all channels, and driving, basically, from leads to revenue across B2B and B2C,” the CEO said.

On Thursday, Adobe raised its fiscal full-year guidance for 2019, adding to its initial boost from October. The company, which offers end-to-end creative and marketing solutions for both consumers and businesses, expects its digital media segment to grow by 20 percent year over year and its digital experience segment to grow by 34 percent.

According to Adobe, digital media refers largely to its Creative Cloud segment, which includes popular paid programs like Photoshop and Premiere Pro. Digital experience refers to its marketing and data services ecosystem, which Adobe is enhancing with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

Adobe’s stock rose 1 percent to $248.08 a share on Thursday before falling 1.24 percent in after-hours trading.


Counterclockwise: gaming phones vs. portable consoles, fight!

Gaming phones are back and this time they look here to stay. The industry has seen several attempts at the genre, but some of them are remembered as a joke, others had their fans, but simply fizzled out.

Nokia’s first entry was modest – the Nokia 6110 introduced Snake to the world. But it was with the Nokia N-Gage that the Finns seriously tried to challenge Nintendo. Let’s see how well they did.

In the red corner, the N-Gage has what came to be known as the “taco” form factor. The D-pad on the side was a nice touch, but the buttons on the right were uncomfortable to use. The phone supported multiplayer over Bluetooth and the Internet. Yes, this was a Symbian phone with all the communication skills that entailed. It even had a decent selection of games to choose from.

In the blue corner, the Game Boy Advance had a larger screen (though its CPU was wimpier) and much more comfortable controls. It could do multiplayer too, over the GameLink cable (a wireless adapter was available).

Nokia N-Gage Game Boy Advance
Screen size 2.1″ 2.9″
Resolution 176 x 208px 240 x 160px
CPU ARM9 (104 MHz) ARM7 (16.8 MHz)
Released 2003 2001
Price $300 $100

The winner: The Game Boy Advance. It went on to sell tens of millions of units over almost a decade while the N-Gage fizzled out within a year.

Sony also wanted to challenge Nintendo in the portable market. The PSP didn’t quite cut it, so the company had the same idea as Nokia – combine a console with a phone. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was a slider with physical controls that put it leagues ahead of touchscreen-only gaming. No analog joysticks, unfortunately, and worse – this was at a time when Xperias lagged behind the Android competition in terms of processing power.

The PlayStation Vita had a beefier GPU and a larger AMOLED screen, plus an overall better array of physical controls. The Vita runs proprietary software, which may have hurt the Play. Sony coaxed some large game developers to bring some heavyweight titles to the platform: Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, God of War, Minecraft, Assassin’s Creed were all available.

Unfortunately, those weren’t compatible with Android and Sony’s mobile division had much less pull than Sony Interactive Entertainment. This meant there was little dedicated content for the Xperia Play. A popular use for it was emulators, the hardware controls made it great for old school games.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Sony PlayStation Vita
Screen size 4.0″ 5.0″
Resolution 480 x 800px 960 x 544px
CPU Scorpion (1,000 MHz) 4x Cortex-A9 (333 MHz)
GPU Adreno 205 PowerVR SGX543 MP4+
GPU GFLOPS 8.5 28.4
RAM 512 MB 512 MB + 128 MB
Released 2011 2012
Price €650 $250

The winner: None. Both devices failed to live up to expectations and neither has gotten a sequel.

Let’s jump to today. The Nintendo Switch is a massive success, washing away the disappointment of the Wii U. It’s essentially a tablet with wireless controllers that can dock to its side or be used as motion controllers. It’s even powered by an Nvidia chipset, even though the GPU maker bowed out of the mobile field.

The Asus ROG Phone also has accessories, including hardware controls and even a second screen to turn it into something like the Nintendo 3DS. Where the Xperia was a console-like device, the ROG traces its heritage to PCs – gaming PCs.

This means it has a high refresh rate screen, a binned chipset for higher clock speeds, air cooling and even a dock to hook up a desktop monitor, keyboard and mouse. This power advantage is a double-edged sword, however, if all goes well this phone will have a successor next year. Frequent releases of newer, more powerful hardware is par for the course for PC gaming (and even more so for smartphones). Consoles, including the Switch, are designed to last many years.

Asus ROG Phone Nintendo Switch
Screen size 6.0″ 6.2″
Resolution 1,080 x 2,160px 1,280 x 720px
CPU 4x Kryo 385 Gold (2.96 GHz) + 4x Silver (1.7 GHz) 4x A57 (1.02 GHz) + 4x A53
GPU Adreno 630 GN20B Maxwell
GPU GFLOPS 727 157.2 (undocked)
Released 2018 2017
Price $900 $300

The winner: Nintendo Switch. It is admittedly early in the lifecycle of the current gaming smartphones, but Nintendo’s profits have skyrocketed since the Switch launched. Gaming phones (the ROG, the Razers, Black Sharks, Red Magics and others) aren’t boasting record sales. Not yet, anyway.


Google ends Play Store support for this operating system

Google ends Play Store support for this operating system
NEW DELHI: Tech giant Google has announced it will no longer offer support and update for Google Play Store for devices running Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Sam Spencer, Technical Program Manager, Google Play, said, “The Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platform is seven years old and the active device count has been below 1% for some time. Consequently, we are deprecating support for ICS in future releases of Google Play services. For devices running ICS, the Google Play Store will no longer update Play Services APK beyond version 14.7.99.”

This means that the Android devices which are still running Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android operating system will not be able to update the apps that they have installed on the devices. This also means that Google is officially killing suport for the Android version which was launched on October 19, 2011. Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the first device which came with Android Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box.

Recently, Google has revealed that it has removed 22 malicious apps from the Google Play store. These apps were involved in Click fraud according to an online report. The report also mentioned that the apps which are removed by the company have more than 2 million downloads. Some of the apps were developed last year but most of them were created in June this year.

The apps removed by the search giant used malware to pretend to be other apps which are running on various iOS and Android phones. The apps were used to request for ads via command and control server. Some of the names of the 22 apps removed from Google Play Store are — Tak A Trip, Math Solver, Snake Attack, Zombie Killer, Join Up, Just Flashlight and others.


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It’s official, Lenovo will announce the Z5s on December 18 at its global headquarters in Beijing.

The company went about announcing the date through a series of posters on Weibo, moving past the previous official date of December 6.

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Lenovo’s teaser for the Z5s

The posters themselves don’t reveal many specifics – we get an outline of the Lenovo Z5s, a promise of Speed and a look at the (distinctly reminiscent of the Huawei P20 Pro) triple camera array on the rear.

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Lenovo’s second and third teaser for the Z5s

We know very little of the Lenovo Z5s – a 6.39-inch display on the front (likely sporting some kind of notch) and a 3,210mAh battery are all that’s been confirmed so far.

If we’re to go by the Lenovo Z5 Pro, the Z5s could use a Snapdragon 710 or even a Snapdragon 845. Earlier rumors pointed to a Snapdragon 855, but the device is going live too early to have that silicone inside.


Pocophone F1 beta software enables 960 fps slow-motion video recording

Xiaomi just started pushing MIUI beta update for the Pocophone F1 for users who participated in the beta testing program and it come complete with some pretty exciting features. They are mostly camera-related even if the promised [email protected] video recording mode isn’t available yet.

The Pocophone F1 gains the 960fps super slow-mo aswell as 120 and 240fps video modes. As for stills Xiaomi delivers a new Super low-light mode for dimly-lit scenarios. It stacks 8 images at different exposures and merges them into one bright picture.

Another minor change is a revamp of the Apps section in the Settings menu.

If you are a beta tester, you should be getting the OTA update pretty soon -a 184MB download.


Samsung, Verizon to Launch 5G Smartphone in First Half of 2019

Samsung, Verizon to Launch 5G Smartphone in First Half of 2019

US telecom carrier Verizon and Samsung have announced to jointly launch one of the first commercial 5G smartphones in the US in the first half of 2019.

The two companies are set to unveil a proof of concept, powered by the upcoming flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii, this week.

“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other in ways never thought possible,” said Brian Higgins, Vice President, Wireless Device and Product Marketing at Verizon.

“Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we are partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand,” he added.

5G mobility service will provide massive bandwidth, greater opportunities for connectivity and improved network reliability.

When fully implemented, it will offer capacity and download speed many times faster than today’s 4G LTE network. Along with network latency that is faster than the blink of an eye.

“We’re proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play,” said Justin Denison, Senior Vice President, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

Samsung, which is set to launch world’s first foldable smartphone early 2019, has partnered with Verizon on its 5G Home offering since the beginning of 2018.