Acer and ASUS debut new education-focused, USB-C & Play Store wielding Chromebooks

Today at the BETT Show in London, two new Chromebooks have been announced. The first is from Acer, the Spin 11 while the second comes from ASUS, the C213. These new Chromebooks are designed specifically for education customers, packing a strong build, compact design, and special features for the target audience.

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Google Play services tells dreams to be their own boss in bizarre Play Store ad listing

Okay, so bear with me on this one. We’ve seen some strange stuff on Google’s various services through the years, but today Ron Amadeo of ArsTechnica may have stumbled upon one of the most bizarre. There’s an ad for Google Play Services in Google Play, with a really weird “inspirational” quote…

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Google Play Movies lands in 10 new Middle Eastern countries, Vietnam

Google is continually updating its “country availability for apps & digital content” support document, and today it was updated with 11 new countries for Google Play Movies. Ten new countries in the Middle East, plus Vietnam, will as of today be able to buy and rent films straight from the Google-run service.

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The unlocked Moto Z2 Play is now available for preorder for $499

So far this year, Motorola has announced two entries to its Z series – the Moto Z2 Play and the Moto Z2 Force. The latter was just unveiled earlier this week (and met with less than stellar reception), and the former has been available for Verizon customers for a few weeks. Starting today, you can finally purchase an unlocked model of the Z2 Play through Motorola’s website for use on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

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LG partnering with B&O Play to bring ‘Signature Sound’ to the G5

In a press release this morning, LG announced that it has partnered with renowned audio company, B&O Play to bring high quality sound performance to the LG G5. The Korean tech giant notes that it has been working with the audio firm to ensure that the G5 has “the best sound experience” available to smartphone users.

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Will Google ever reopen signups for its Google Play Books self-publishing platform?

Google “temporarily” stopped allowing new publishers to sign up for its Google Play Books Partner Center more than a year ago, largely due to rampant piracy on the service. Now, a year and a half later (it was originally shuttered in May of 2015), the Partner Center still hasn’t opened back up…

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Google Play Developer Console is now ‘Google Play Console,’ gets Material Design facelift

The Google Play Console — previously known as the Google Play Developer Console — has today received a Material Design facelift. The Play Console serves as a place for app developers to track the status of the Android apps they’ve published to the store, and now it’s just a bit prettier…

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Microsoft Office Android apps are no longer ‘compatible’ with some Play Store-enabled Chromebooks [Updated]

One of the big advantages of the Google Play Store on Chrome OS is the hundreds of thousands of extra apps that it brings to the OS. Among those apps is Microsoft’s Office suite. Office has long been a downside for many users for Chromebooks, but this addition takes that cause for concern away, or at least it did…

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