Lenovo’s huge Yoga Chromebook now comes with a 4K display and backlit keyboard

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook

Announced at IFA 2018, the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook has only been available with a 1080p display. Starting today, you can pick up the Yoga Chromebook with a 4K display and backlit keyboard from Lenovo’s website for $899.99.

That’s a tough price to swallow for those who aren’t sold on Chrome OS yet. That said, the 15.6-inch display with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, aluminum build, and powerful internals have the makings for a great experience when navigating Google’s desktop OS.

You’ll have to wait a bit to get the 4K version of the Yoga Chromebook, however — the laptop ships in “more than 5 weeks.” If you can’t wait that long, you can go to Best Buy and pick up the 1080p variant.

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Apart from the 4K display and backlit keyboard, everything about this Yoga Chromebook variant is the same as the version available through Best Buy. That means a 360-degree hinge, island-style keyboard, glass-covered trackpad, a quad-core eight-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 56Wh battery.

Keep in mind that the Yoga Chromebook sold through Lenovo and Best Buy might differ when it comes to the keyboard. According to Chrome Unboxed, the Yoga Chromebooks available on Lenovo’s website come with backlit keys — the version available through Best Buy do not feature backlit keys.

You can pick up the 4K Yoga Chromebook at the link below.

End of Google+ is close: No new profiles starting next week, full schedule here

If you were thinking about joining the hot new social media platform Google+ next week, we have some bad news for you: starting February 4, this coming Monday, the creation of new consumer-level Google+ profiles won’t be possible.

Google revealed the profile creation termination date in a new support article. The post also describes other notable dates coming up for the previously announced planned demise of the beleaguered consumer version of the social network.

Check out the notable dates below:

  • February 4, 2019 — You will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities, or events.
  • February 4 to March 7, 2019 — The Google+ feature for website comments will be removed by Blogger on February 4 and other sites by March 7.
  • Mid-February or early March 2019 — Google+ sign-in buttons will stop working, but in some cases will be replaced by a Google sign-in button.
  • Early March 2019 — Google+ Community owners and moderators who are downloading data from their Community will gain additional access to data such as author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community.
  • April 2, 2019 — All Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted. Additionally, all Google+ accounts and pages will be shut down and Google will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in users’ Album Archive and Google+ pages will also be deleted. Photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
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Google is providing plenty of ways for you to prepare for the shutdown of Google+. You can use the company’s Takeout program to back up some of your data, but Google is also providing a Google+ backup tool that will do a more thorough job. The Google+ Exporter app will export your data and keep everything nicely organized. It’s free for the most recent 3,000 posts in your Google+ profile.

It should be noted that Google+ for G Suite users isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the platform received a promise of new 2019 updates in October 2018.

While the end of Google+ is no doubt sad, especially for the small subset of users who still use it on a day-to-day basis, there’s no way around it, now: Google+ is coming to a close. It’s time to start backing up your data and moving on.

NEXT: Here lies Google+: Why it never scored (a lasting audience)

You can now use YouTube Music with your Sonos speakers

YouTube Music icon

If you’ve been waiting to use YouTube Music with your Sonos speaker, today’s your lucky day — Google announced that the music streaming service is now available to play on all Sonos speakers.

So long as you have either a YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium subscription, you can play your entire YouTube Music library through the Sonos Controller app. You also have access to YouTube Music’s “recommended” listening suggestions, new releases, YouTube Charts, and the “Your Mixtape” personalized playlist.

Here are the full instructions to add YouTube Music to the Sonos Controller app:

  1. Open the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap More from the menu on the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap Add Music Services.
  4. Select YouTube Music > Add to Sonos.
  5. Tap I’m already a member.
  6. Tap Authorize and paste the code presented on the previous screen.
  7. Tap Next and sign in to or select your YouTube Music account.
  8. Return to the Sonos app.
  9. Enter an account and then click Done.

You’ll have to go back to the YouTube Music app if you want to search for songs and videos, however. The announcement post doesn’t mention the ability to use the standard YouTube Music app with Sonos speakers, so keep that in mind.

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Also keep in mind that you can use YouTube Music with your Sonos speaker if you have a Google Play Music subscription. YouTube Music is free to use, but you’ll need some sort of premium subscription to use it with your Sonos speaker.

On a related note, Sonos speakers already work with Google Play Music if you don’t like YouTube Music.

Kodi 18.0 integrates DRM decryption tools, among other new features

  • Kodi 18.0 was released today, an upgrade two years in the making.
  • The new version features a DRM decryption tool, allowing you to stream media content from third-parties within Kodi.
  • Kodi 18.0 also features an upgraded music player, support for game emulators, and Android Leanback and voice controls.

Today, Kodi 18.0 is finally live and available to all. The update — two years in the making — brings a bevy of new features to give users total control over their media library. It also, notably, officially allows you access to libraries you don’t control.

The biggest new feature of Kodi 18.0 — which was codenamed “Leia” — is a new DRM decryption tool. Using this, a Kodi user can connect a protected streaming service to their Kodi interface and then access that content without having to leave Kodi.

In other words, you can consume media content from a provider you legally pay for — something like Netflix, for example — without having to swap to your Netflix app. You can do it all right in Kodi.

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You might be thinking that this new tool sounds legally dubious, and you’re sort of right. According to the Kodi team itself, they had “a hard time figuring out if being able to play DRMed content in this way would be considered unethical.” That quote is from a 2017 blog post penned by Kodi developer “h.udo,” when work on version 18.0 was just beginning.

While there’s nothing patently illegal about streaming content from Netflix, HBO, Amazon, or other media companies in this way, it’s a sure bet that the companies would rather you didn’t. Media streaming networks prefer to have control over how you view their content, and there’s no evidence to suggest any of the major platforms condone this usage.

However, the Kodi development team has always danced on the thin line between legal and illegal, so this new tool isn’t too surprising.

It should be noted that Plex — Kodi’s main competitor in the streaming space — is rumored to be considering a similar feature. However, it appears Plex is going the decidedly ethical route of working with streaming platforms directly, as it did with music streaming service Tidal.

These new Kodi features make the service even more powerful than it already is.

The latest version of Kodi also introduces support for gaming emulators, ROMs, and controls. This will surely be a welcome addition for folks who love to play retro games and haven’t already integrated their libraries with something like RetroArch or Launchbox.

Kodi 18.0 also introduces new music player upgrades (including the ability to sort by an artist’s gender, for some reason), live TV improvements, and Android Leanback and voice controls.

That last one is pretty cool because it allows you to use Google Assistant to control Kodi within an Android TV environment. For example, you could launch Kodi using Google Assistant and then use your voice to “type” into search bars and text boxes within Kodi.

You can see all the latest changes to Kodi 18.0 on its changelog here.

NEXT: Problems with Kodi not working and how to fix them

This 4K outdoor action cam is $20 off

4K Ultra HD Action Cam

If you’re the type of person who likes to ride their motorcycle at top speed down mountain roads, or backflip out of airplanes, or backflip your motorcycle out of airplanes, you should check out the 4K Ultra HD Action Cam. It’s a great way to capture your daredevil side in crisp 4K definition.

Not only does this 4K camera record all of your thrilling escapades in the highest resolution available, but the included mounts also allow you to attach it to literally anything – your helmet, your car, your bike, or possibly an angry dog. You can even mount it on your dashboard if you’re off-roading or blazing down the Autobahn.

The camera’s waterproof casing lets you record your undersea adventures up to 98 feet below the surface, and its wireless wrist remote allows you to snap photographs from up to 33 feet away. It gives you total freedom to compose amazing shots virtually anywhere.

Here’s what you get:

  • Action camera
  • Wireless wrist remote
  • Waterproof case and mount
  • Car dash mount
  • Bike mount
  • Handlebar/pole mount
  • Head strap
  • Cleaning cloth
  • USB charging cable

Normally the 4K Ultra HD Action Cam retails for $89.99, but right now you can take 22 percent off that price and get one for only $69.99.

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4 best smart plugs you can buy

Forgot to switch off the TV before leaving home? Don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning to make coffee? Smart plugs are your one-stop solution to upgrading your conventional home appliances into smart devices.

A smart plug is a simple device that can control almost any electronic device straight from your smartphone or a smart speaker. While they can’t do much more than turn them off or on, there’s plenty of scenarios where these could come in handy, as mentioned above.

We’ve narrowed down a list of the best smart plugs for 2019, so lets jump right in.

Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug

Wemo Mini Smart Plug

With the Wemo Mini smart plug you can effortlessly manage all your connected devices irrespective of where you are. Being wireless, this smart plug allows you to control your gadgets by a simple on/off button through your smartphone or tablet. Another positive thing to consider is its remarkably compact size. Furthermore, when used with virtual assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, this plug offers you a full voice control support. 

You can buy this product for just $ 18.99 and can explore its exceptional features.

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Belkin Wemo Insight Smart Plug

Wemo Insight Smart Plug

Another one from Wemo, the Belkin Wemo Insight Smart Plug can control other devices in your home using the WiFi, and can remotely turn them on and off. This gives you access and control over these devices from anywhere.

It informs you about the power your device is using, how long it’s been on, and how much money it costs you in terms of energy consumption. You can also use it with an IFTT recipe and can schedule it according to your convenience.

Wemo Insight also works with Google Assistant and Alexa. It even has a feature that connects to Nest so it can tell your Wemo when you’re home or away. This way your electrical appliances can turn off to conserve energy when the house is empty or your lights can turn on automatically when you walk in the door.

Smart and exciting, right? However, this one costs $35 which makes it the most expensive smart plug on our list. However, it is also the most advanced and high-tech, so you get the best value for your money.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Plug

 Xiaomi Smart WiFi Socket

The third on our list of the top-ranked smart plugs is the Mi Smart Plug, a product by China’s third largest e-commerce company and tech giant, Xiaomi. It stands out because of its super affordable price and compact design. Its tiny glossy case is made of flame-resistant material and can withstand a temperature of up to 750°C.

You can wirelessly control the functions of your home devices from anywhere simply by using either your smartphone or voice control via Google Assistant. In addition, it used a 5V/1A USB port, that allows you to easily charge a USB device. Available for only $17, this one makes the cheapest smart plug on our list.

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Aukey Wi-Fi Smart Plug

AUKEY Wi-Fi Smart Plug

What’s better than a single smart plug? Its two manual, App and voice assistant controlled outlet plugs for the price of one! Aukey’s unique compact form lets two smart plugs to fit together perfectly in one duplex outlet.

Using Google Assistant, Alexa or the Aukey Home App, you can easily change settings on your electric devices from anywhere. You can even program your home appliances so that they switch on and off on their own based on your daily routine.

Available for only $27.99, this one is not only a smart plug, but also makes for a smart investment. You also get two smart plugs in a set for this price.

With the advent of ‘smart’ technology and the constant need to upgrade our lives along with it, smart plugs are a simple way to bring just a little bit of smarts to your devices without investing much. The above-listed options are some of the best smart plugs in 2019, and your first step into transforming your traditional home into a high-tech one. Of course there are plenty of other options out there. Did we miss a good one? Let us know in the comments.

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Oppo is making its way to the UK with the RX17 Pro, RX17 Neo, and Find X

Xiaomi made a big splash in the U.K. late last year, when it finally brought its mobile wares to the country. Now, Oppo is bringing its rival Chinese brand to the market, starting with three phones — the Oppo RX17 Pro, RX17 Neo, and its experimental flagship, the Oppo Find X.

The BBK company confirmed the news at a launch event in London on Jan. 29. It follows previous launches in France, Italy, Spain, and other Western European regions, with Oppo seemingly looking to gain a foothold in the wider European market.

Oppo RX17 Pro

The RX17 Pro features an in-display fingerprint sensor, a triple-lens camera (which includes a 3D Time of Flight sensor), and two batteries. The latter enables Oppo’s patented SuperVOOC charging technology which is capable of providing 40 percent battery in 10 minutes. Check out our Oppo R17 review for more details.

The RX17 Neo keeps the in-display fingerprint sensor, but loses a bit of processing power. Instead of the RX17 Pro’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, the Neo switches to the Snapdragon 670. It also drops from 8GB RAM on the Pro to 4GB RAM and only features a dual-lens camera (16MP + 2MP).

Both RX17 series phones offer up 25MP selfie cameras, as well as Oppo’s much vaunted AI camera features. In addition, both phones feature “waterdrop” notches which should be familiar to U.K. buyers thanks to the OnePlus 6T from Oppo’s BBK stablemate.

The main attraction, however, is the Oppo Find X and its mechanized “periscope” camera. In a novel solution to the notch problem plaguing near bezel-less phones, Oppo hides the front camera and the sensors used for 3D face unlocking in a mechanized panel that slides out the top of the handset.

The Find X also features Qualcomm’s (currently) top-tier Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8GB of RAM a 6.42-inch AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 percent, VOOC fast-charging, and a dual-lens rear camera (16MP + 20MP).

Related: Oppo Find X specs: Is this the most stacked phone of 2018?

The Oppo RX17 Neo will go for 319 GBP, the RX17 Pro will cost 549 GBP, and the Find X will unsurprisingly cost a premium at 799 GBP. You can pre-order all three devices from the Carphone Warehouse website (links below), with the devices official going on sale February 13. 

Oppo will face tough competition in the U.K. market, including from other Chinese brands like Huawei, Honor, and Xiaomi. While Oppo’s main market share comes from more affordable devices, the U.K., like most of Europe, is dominated by big-money flagships.

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The Find X should guarantee some attention in the short term at least. While Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3, which recently hit shelves in the U.K., technically snagged the spotlight for slider phones, the Find X is the only rival with a mechanized pop-up as the Vivo Nex never made it to U.K. shore.

Oppo is going beyond just a few product launches in the region too. The company confirmed a collaboration with London’s Royal College of Arts on a “product-designing project,” and reaffirmed plans to build a design center in the capital — making it the only Oppo design center outside of China.

Up next: Best Chinese Android phones

The Realme C1 (2019) might be the entry-level phone of your entry-level dreams

If you’re looking for a long-lasting phone that won’t break the bank, your search might be over — Realme announced the Realme C1 (2019), the company’s latest entry-level smartphone.

On the outside, the Realme C1 (2019) features a 6.2-inch display with HD+ (1,520 x 720) resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. There’s no fingerprint sensor, but the front-facing 5-megapixel camera supports facial recognition. The software identifies 128 facial points to unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds.

Around back are dual 13 and 2MP cameras that support beauty and portrait modes.

Under the hood, the Realme C1 (2019) features Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor, either 2 or 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage. The phone runs ColorOS 5.1, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

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The real head-turner is with the huge 4,230mAh battery. Thanks to the large battery, low-end processor, and undemanding specs, the Realme C1 (2019) lets you make calls for 44 hours, listen to music for 18 hours, and browse websites for 18 hours.

The software further extends the battery life by restricting apps in the background and cutting off apps randomly waking up in the background. With the features enabled, the phone saves anywhere between five and 11 percent of power.

The Realme C1 (2019) will be available starting February 5 in India. Residents can pick up the phone in either Navy Blue or Mirror Black through Flipkart. The 2GB/32GB variant will sell for 7,499 rupees (~$106), while the 3GB/32GB version will sell for 8,499 rupees (~$120).

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Secure a Radix .tech domain name for 10 years and save hundreds

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Got a new business? Don’t try searching for a .com domain for it as you won’t find anything that’s worth paying for. Try, instead, a Radix ‘.tech’ domain subscription offered at the severely discounted price of just $49.99 for a 10-year term.

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