Ask Engadget: Should I switch to a Chromebook?

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The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fact, our community's knowledge and insights are a reason why many of you participate in the comments. We truly value the time and detail you all spend in responding to questions from your fellow tech-obsessed commenters, which is why we've decided to bring back the much-missed "Ask Engadget" column. This week's question comes to us from a reader who is looking for the best update to an Asus Transformer Pad.


The Asus Transformer Mini has dropped to $250

PCWorld

Mother's Day is coming up, and online retailers are gearing up for its arrival with some tech deals. Currently, the Microsoft Store is selling the Asus Transformer Mini T102HA-C4-GR for $250. This two-in-one convertible PC has a detachable keyboard, allowing you to use it as either a Windows 10 tablet or a laptop. When we looked at this 2-in-1 in December, it delivered a pretty good experience overall, with great battery life but lower-end performance. That's in part due to the 1.44GHz Intel "Cherry Trail" Atom x5-Z8350 processor, which goes easier on power consumption but is one of Intel's slower CPUs.


Netflix will explore Transformers' origins in upcoming animated series

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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee proved the franchise still has legs and now Netflix wants a slice of the action. The streaming service has ordered War for Cybertron, a new animated series that explores the "expansive universe" of the Autobots' home world. Netflix has drafted a wealth of behind-the-scenes talent from other Transformers cartoon spinoffs to pen the show, which hits the service in 2020. Meanwhile, WarnerMedia's Rooster Teeth is on production duties with Polygon Pictures tasked with crafting the show's "new look" animation style. Netflix signed a multi-year deal with Transformers toy-maker Hasbro in 2012 that brought its golden oldies to the streamer.


'Bumblebee' trailer shows us what a Michael Bay-less Transformers movie looks like

Mashable

Since 2007, Hollywood's one, true vision for Hasbro's Transformers has been led by a single creator: Michael Bay. Love him or hate him, the explosion-obsessed blockbuster filmmaker has led the way on every big screen treatment of Hasbro's long-lived toy brand. Bumblebee marks the first time Bay vacates the director's chair, to make room for Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight. And this trailer represents our first look at that new vision. Bumblebee follows Hailee Stanfield as she discovers and befriends the lovable, yellow Autobot.


UH Manoa Fire: Transformer Explosion In Honolulu Causes Widespread Power Outage

International Business Times

The Honolulu Fire Department in Hawaii is battling a fire near the University of Hawaii at Manoa's lower campus which sent a large cloud of smoke over the H-1 freeway visible for miles Thursday evening. Reports stated the fire broke out at a transformer at a Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) facility, on the makai side of Les Murakami Stadium near Koali Road at 6:47 p.m. local time (12:47 a.m. Hawaii Police have closed off all the roads in the area. An explosion reported at UH Manoa, Hawaii, with smoke visible for miles. In this photo, firefighters keep watch while fire and smoke burns beside a housing estate, as the Thomas wildfire continues to burn in Ojai, California, Dec. 9, 2017.