CrowdGadgets | February 27, 2013

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Features

Google’s recently-announced Chromebook Pixel is very expensive on the surface, but John thinks the pricing actually makes sense. We also have the second part in our series of how to edit photos on your Chromebook. On the other end of the spectrum, Andreas walks you through how to use an external hard drive on an iPad, while William shows you how to enable the full virtual keyboard in Windows 8.

Reviews

If you’re someone who likes to listen to audiobooks, there’s a good chance that you’re an Audible customer. But as great as the service is, Andreas hasn’t been a big fan of the company’s apps in the past. Is the recently-released iOS app – complete with iPad support – any better? Read our full review to find out. We also have reviews of the CLIMAWARE mobile Cryothermic Scarf and FlixChip Muvifi with GoChips.

Good and EVO

The Play Store is somewhat fractured, with perfectly compatible apps blocked on various devices for no good reason. Thankfully, a root-only app called Market Helper allows you to spoof popular devices like the Galaxy S III, Kindle, and Nexus 7, opening up a wide range of app download possibilities. And is Sprint’s Connections Optimizer a friend or a foe?

Community Q&A

One of our readers, Mark, wants to know which phone is the best to use in both the US and Japan. Not being too familiar with Japanese phones, carriers, and mobile plans, we decided to turn to our community for suggestions. The responses so far have been excellent. If you’re in the same situation as Mark or you have some advice, let us know in the comments!

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/Outlook.com Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.