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Haier $149 Chromebook

Haier's Chromebook 11 may be priced at just $149, but it's definitely no slouch, or at least for mobile warriors on-the-go who only need a laptop for web surfing. Featuring a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 1.8-GHz processor, 2.0GB of DDR3L SDRAM, 16GB of eMMC Flash storage, and a crisp 11.6-inch display. It boots up within 8-seconds, and has auto-updates built-in, so you can get the latest virus protection and the latest features, hassle-free. Product page. Continue reading for a video preview of the HiSense model, which has the same specs.

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Pac-Man Google Maps

Google is always coming up with quirky ways of sprucing up their services, and their latest project is PAC-Maps. This turns any Google Maps view into a playable game of Pac-Man, and to launch it, just find the desired location and activate the game by pressing a button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen next to the Google Earth button. Or, just select the Pac-Man pin on the map where available. Try it out here. For those who don't have access to Google Maps for whatever reason, continue reading to see what it looks like when played on a smartphone using the app.

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ASUS Chromebook

ASUS' 13" Chromebook may not have all the bells and whistles of high-end laptops, but you can pick up a reconditioned model for just $127.64 shipped, this weekend only. Featuring an Intel Dual-Core 2.16 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB local flash storage, gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and a 13.3" HD LED display. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Google Tips and Tricks

For those who aren't gaming aficionados, Breakout is an arcade game developed and published by Atari, Inc. It was originally conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, influenced by the 1972 Atari arcade game Pong, and built by Steve Wozniak aided by Steve Jobs. The game was ported to multiple platforms and upgraded to video games such as Super Breakout. Now, you can enjoy a version of this game by simply typing "Atari Breakout" into the Google Images search bar. Continue reading for more.

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Google Street View

Google Street View is a great way to go on a virtual vacation during your free time, but sometimes, you end up stumbling upon things that even money can't buy, like a rare image of your late grandmother sitting on her porch. Sure, seeing an expensive hypercar might lift an eyebrow or two, but family is one thing you can't buy, no matter how wealthy you are. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today - including the world's unluckiest buzzer beater.

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Acer Chromebook 11

This 11" Acer Chromebook - offered at $159.99 shipped, today only - not only has an 8.5-hour battery life, but also a 2.16-GHz Intel Celeron N2830 Dual-Core Processor with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.41-GHz. This third-generation Chromebook is one of the slimmest Chromebooks on the market. Its ultra-thin 11.6" frame makes it easy to slip into a purse, backpack or brief case and travel along with you. Up to 3x faster than the previous generation, its wireless 802.11ac connection offers improved coverage for distance and range. With the latest wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies stay unplug and stay connected - to the net, to wireless devices, and to the world. Product page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Google Earth Pro Free

Previously, you had to pay $399 to enjoy the feature sof Google Earth Pro, but now the service is free for everyone to use. You can use it to plan hikes, where to put solar panels on rooftops, measuring 3D buildings, and even printing high-resolution images for presentations or reports. The fun doesn't stop there, Pro can also record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world. For those interested, just grab a key and download Google Earth Pro here. If you want to see the Google Earth Flight Simulator in-action, continue reading for a video

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Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Toshiba's Chromebook 2 is currently the "best Chromebook you can buy", according to Business Insider. Featuring an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16-GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3L SDRAM, 16GB SSD, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out, and Intel HD graphics. Priced at just $249.99 shipped, it weighs just 3 pounds, and features an all-new sleek design that's able to house a gorgeous 13.3-inch diagonal, HD display in a 12-inch body. There's also an integrated Skullcandy-tuned speaker system and the latest dual-antenna 802.11ac Wi-Fi, complete with 12 free Gogo in-air internet passes. Product page. Continue reading for a video hands-on, more pictures and additional information.

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Project Ara

Project Ara by Google is basically an open platform for creating highly modular smartphones that will include a structural frame (endoskeleton that holds smartphone modules of the owner's choice), such as a display, camera or an extra battery. It would allow users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste. It's hitting Puerto Rico later this year, but there's no word yet on pricing of the individual components nor a complete handset. Continue reading for more hands-on pictures, a video and additional information.

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Acer Chromebook 15

The Acer Chromebook 15 aims to replace your Windows and OS X based laptops with something more streamlined, and at a much lower price point. At $249, this 4.85-pound laptop features a fifth-generation Intel Celeron processor, 16GB-32GB of built-in SSD storage, a 1920 x 1080 HD resolution display, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, USB 3.0, and HDMI ports. Continue reading for another video preview, more hands-on pictures and additional information.

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