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Acer Android All-In-One TA272HUL review

Running Android on a 27-inch all-in-one style desktop isn't something we thought about all that much. Sure, we saw Acer announce the Android AIO TA272HUL back in January during CES, but the setup wasn't shipping and any thoughts we had simply faded away. Acer reached out in March offering to send us a review unit, and while eager to accept, we do have to admit we were a bit skeptical going into this review. At risk of offering a spoiler, we were surprised with how much use and attention the computer received.

Acer Android AIO TA272HUL: hands-on and first-impressions

Acer originally unveiled the TA272HUL Android All-in-One back in January. The announcement arrived during CES. More to the point for today -- Acer recently provided us with a unit for review. We have to admit that having Android (in this case 4.2 Jelly Bean with the Play Store) running on a 27-inch display seems a bit crazy. We'll likely have more to say as we get deeper into the review, but for now we wanted to share some images and some first impression style thoughts.

Google Now desktop notifications arriving with latest Chrome beta

About a week earlier we saw mention of Google Now arriving with the latest Chrome Canary update. Due to that release, as well as the previous leaks, it was just a matter of time before things progressed and Google Now began arriving for more desktop users. Well, it seems there has been a bit of progress made and Google Now has begun arriving for desktop users running the latest Chrome beta.

Google Now arrives on desktop with latest Chrome Canary build

This is far from the first time there has been talk of getting Google Now on your desktop system, however this is something that is possible as of today. The Google Now support is available for those using Chrome on either Mac or Windows. Or more specifically, the Canary build of Chrome, which basically means this is an early release and likely one that is not quite ready for primetime use.

Google to remove black bar in favor of new “App Launcher” soon [Update]

This morning we're getting multiple reports that Google has changed up their usual black navigation bar on their homepage, and replaced it with a brand new Android-style app launcher. The horizontal black bar for navigation to Search, Images, Maps, Gmail, Play, YouTube and more have all been moved to an app launcher menu. Blending the lines between Android and desktop even more.

ASUS Transformer AIO PC getting update to 4.2 Jelly Bean

Last year at Computex ASUS revealed their new Transformer AiO (All in One) Windows 8 PC that doubles as an Android tablet, and today we have good news for anyone that owns this unique device. While most smartphones and tablets are still waiting for the latest version of Android, ASUS has just started pushing out Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean for this beast of a device.

Samsung SideSync seamlessly blends your PC and Galaxy together

Earlier this month we heard a few comments regarding Samsung SideSync with their Windows ATIV branding announcement, but today we're now getting additional details. Samsung has introduced what they're calling SideSync, which will allow your PC and Galaxy smartphone to work together as one. It doubles as a backup solution, and can you even use your keyboard and mouse on your phone.

MySMS updated with MMS cloud sync and 1080p support

Today the extremely useful application mysms has just been updated with a few new features that makes it even more useful and one of my favorite apps. If you've never used mysms, it lets you send and receive text messages on your phone but it also lets you do the same from your desktop, laptop, tablet, and even a browser. It's pretty powerful so check it out.
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