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Asus’s new T300 Chi: A fine Windows tablet with delusions of laptop grandeur

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Motorola has long taken the extreme route with its naming conventions and Samsung always seems to promise an entire Galaxy. But Asus’s approach is far less dramatic than much of the competition

The company has focused its efforts on taking a far more peaceful approach to consumer electronics, first through its Zen line and now in the form of its latest Transformer convertible tablet, the T300 Chi.

In Taoist philosophy, Chi represents the vital life force circulating through all living things — and more to the point, in the case of this Windows 8.1 tablet, a balance between negative and positive forces essential to harmonic living. For Asus, it’s striking the balance between the two often-at odds gadget categories of laptop and tablet, an attempt to design a product that fulfills the need for both. Read more…

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Asus’s new T300 Chi: A fine Windows tablet with delusions of laptop grandeur

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Motorola has long taken the extreme route with its naming conventions and Samsung always seems to promise an entire Galaxy. But Asus’s approach is far less dramatic than much of the competition

The company has focused its efforts on taking a far more peaceful approach to consumer electronics, first through its Zen line and now in the form of its latest Transformer convertible tablet, the T300 Chi.

In Taoist philosophy, Chi represents the vital life force circulating through all living things — and more to the point, in the case of this Windows 8.1 tablet, a balance between negative and positive forces essential to harmonic living. For Asus, it’s striking the balance between the two often-at odds gadget categories of laptop and tablet, an attempt to design a product that fulfills the need for both. Read more…

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Everywhere you can play Pac-Man in your Google Maps app

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Google’s April Fools’ prank, in which Maps users can play Pac-Man in locations around the world, is already underway.

While those using Maps on their desktop can play anywhere, those using the app are limited to (so far) 15 locations around the world. Rather than outright stating those locations, Google has released a series of clues for users to solve.

If you aren’t into puzzles or mystery or fun, we’ve gone ahead and solved all but one of the clues for you. You can enter these locations into your app’s search bar to play Pac-Man in areas ranging from New York’s Times Square to the Taj Mahal. Read more…

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How to delete all your embarrassing tweets before you become famous

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Oh, Internet. As newly-minted The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is learning, hell hath no furry like old tweets discovered to embarrass those new to the public spotlight.

Within hours of the announcement that Noah would replace Jon Stewart as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, old tweets by Noah surfaced

Whether the tweets are offensive or merely poor attempts at humor (a different kind of offense altogether), the Internet shame machine is out in full force.

Noah, like so many other individuals thrust from obscurity and into the limelight, forgot the first rule of social media: Delete that embarrassing social media paper trail! Read more…

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All that glitters isn’t (Apple) gold

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The months-long guessing game over pricing for the Apple Watch came to an end earlier this month when CEO Tim Cook announced what, to many, was its most important spec. Whereas most smartwatches to date have hovered between the $200 and $300-mark, the cheapest Apple Watch — the aluminum Sport in the smaller 38mm case with entry-level band — will clock in at $350

It’s not unusual for Apple products to fetch premium prices, but when it came time to reveal the price range for the gold Apple Watch Edition, even Cook seemed to want to put the topic behind him.

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7 big names in tech that were almost wildly different

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It’s second nature to Google something from your Mac computer, but consider this strange alternative universe: Back Rubbing a topic from your Bicycle.

Long before certain tech companies and products became household names, its monikers were in flux. That’s right, a Google search was almost called a Backrub and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs really wanted the Mac to be a Bicycle

Whether companies or products were almost named something else (or even launched with a different name), these anecdotes remind us that before empires were built, it was all a work in progress. Read more…

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IBM gets serious about Internet of Things with $3 billion investment

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If you’re driving home from work and an unexpected storm is headed your way, consider how helpful it would be to get a digital notification pushed to your windshield so you can plan your route accordingly.

Experts believe the next big wave of technology lies within the Internet of Things, which refers to things that connect to the Internet like TVs, refrigerators, garage doors and even cars that collect data about the way we live. And more and more companies are investing big on taking this data and packaging in ways that are meaningful to businesses and ultimately, the average person.

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Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

Haier Chromebook 11 A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch… Read More

Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

tile1 Tile, the lost item tracker that you can attach to purses, keys, luggage, bikes or anything else that tends to go missing at times, is today rolling out a new feature designed to make it easier for people to get help finding their items. In an update to the company’s iOS and Android applications, users will now be able to share their Tiles with others, including friends, family,… Read More

Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

pac-maps Google has created a new Easter Egg for Google Maps (pretty much just in time for actual Easter) which lets you play Pac-Man in real-world locales on the company’s Maps apps for desktop and mobie devices. It’s easy to play, by either navigating to the Google Maps website or opening the app on your Android or iOS device, and then just searching for a location where Pac-Man might… Read More