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  • Amazon Fire TV Stick: overview of the $39 media streamer

    21 November 2014, 5:54 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a media streaming device is a stick that you can plug into the HDMI port on your TV to stream music, movies, and other content from the internet. You can also use it to play games, view your photo collection, and run a variety of…
  • Several Linux distros borrow Google’s Material Design ideas

    21 November 2014, 4:43 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google introduced a new design language with Android 5.0 called Material Design. It relies on vivid colors, a lot of white space, and animations designed to make different on-screen elements feel like real materials. For instance, switching between two screens…
  • Alienware Alpha (Dell’s littlest gaming PC) now shipping

    21 November 2014, 4:03 pm by: Brad Linder

    Dell introduced a small form-factor gaming desktop PC called the Alienware Alpha this summer, and now it’s shipping. Originally designed to be a Steam Machine running Valve’s Linux-based Steam operating system, the Alienware Alpha is currently shipping…
  • How to install XBMC/Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

    21 November 2014, 3:28 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a $39, pocket-sized device that you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV to stream music, movies, TV shows, and other media from the internet. It supports a handful of popular media streaming services including Netflix, YouTube,…
  • Deals of the Day (11-21-2014)

    21 November 2014, 2:05 pm by: Brad Linder

    Black Friday may be a week away, but Amazon is running 8 days of deals… starting with some great bargains on notebooks and tablets. Some of Amazon’s best deals today include deep discounts on Asus Chromebooks and tablets, HP notebooks and 2-in-1s, and…
  • Buy a Chromebook, get 1TB of cloud storage for 2 years

    21 November 2014, 1:21 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google has been offering 100GB of free cloud storage to customers who buy Chromebooks fro a while. Now the company is stepping up its game: if you buy an eligible Chromebook between now and January 1st you’ll get 1TB of Google Drive storage space for free.…
  • Imp mini PC is a tiny, ARM-based Ubuntu computer

    21 November 2014, 12:20 pm by: Brad Linder

    Want a small, low-power desktop computer that runs Ubuntu Linux, but don’t want to go through the hassle of installing and configuring the operating system yourself? A company called Imp wants to deliver a tiny desktop with an ARM-based CPU, 2GB of RAM, and…
  • 10moons D9i is an Intel-powered TV box mini PC

    21 November 2014, 10:12 am by: Brad Linder

    The 10moons D9i is a small box that you can plug into a TV to run Android apps. But this 4.2″ x 4.2″ x 1.1″ box which sells for about $82 in China isn’t only good for running Android apps. It has the guts of a cheap Windows PC, and there’s even a…
  • Pebble smartwatch update adds support for all Android notifications

    20 November 2014, 6:40 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Pebble smartwatch may not have a color screen or support for voice controls like the Apple Watch or Android Wear devices from LG, Samsung, and Motorola. But it does have long battery life, an always-on, sunlight readable display, a week of battery life,…
  • Lilbits (11-20-2014): Encryption, Lollipop, and fart apps for TV

    20 November 2014, 4:19 pm by: Brad Linder

    Shortly after Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop, folks started finding ways to gain root access on devices like the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Yes, it’s generally pretty easy to unlock the bootloader on Nexus devices, but Google has stepped up security…
  • Meizu MX4 Pro smartphone launches in China (5.5 inch, 2560 x 1536px display)

    20 November 2014, 2:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Chinese phone maker Meizu’s latest phone probably has a higher resolution display than your phone (or tablet, or laptop): The Meizu MX4 Pro has a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1536 pixel display. But that’s not the only thing that makes this phone unusual. It also has…
  • Minix launches Neo X8-H Plus TV box with Amlogic S812

    20 November 2014, 12:45 pm by: Brad Linder

    Minix has launched a new TV box which lets you run Android apps, stream 4K video, and surf the web over WiFi or Ethernet on your TV. The Minix Neo X8-H Plus is now available for about $160. That makes it one of the more expensive Android-powered TV boxes on…
  • Deals of the Day (11-20-2014)

    20 November 2014, 11:35 am by: Brad Linder

    The Asus Transformer Book T100 may be about a year old, but this 10 inch Windows tablet with a laptop-style keyboard dock is still one of the best low-cost 2-in-1 tablets around… especially when you can pick one up for just $200. That’s how much Newegg is…
  • Google Play might be headed to Chinese phones

    20 November 2014, 10:30 am by: Brad Linder

    If you buy an Android phone in North America, Europe, ore most other parts of the globe it probably comes with the Google Play Store and other Google apps and services preloaded. But if you buy one in China, it probably comes with a third-party app store…
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 promises better drop protection for smartphone, tablet screens

    20 November 2014, 9:52 am by: Brad Linder

    Corning is introducing its next generation of damage resistant glass which can be used for smartphone and tablet screens. The company tested Gorilla Glass 4 by dropping it face-down ontro a rough surface from one meter and found that the glass survived the…
  • Fujitsu unveils Stylistic Q555 2-in-1 tablet with pen support

    19 November 2014, 4:45 pm by: Brad Linder

    Fujitsu is showing off a new Windows tablet with a 10 inch touchscreen display, a keyboard dock that turns the tablet into a laptop, and support for pressure-sensitive pen input. The tablet’s called the Fujitsu Stylistic Q555 and it should be available in…
  • Chuwi Vi8 Windows tablet launches in December for under $100

    19 November 2014, 3:37 pm by: Brad Linder

    Now that HP, Toshiba, and other big name companies are offering Windows tablets for under $100, what’s a Chinese electronics company known for producing inexpensive hardware to do? How about introducing a Windows tablet with better hardware for the same…
  • Acer TravelMate B115 portable laptop comes to North America

    19 November 2014, 2:20 pm by: Brad Linder

    Acer launched the Travelmate B115 notebook in Europe earlier this year, and now the company is bringing a version of the 11.6 inch portable notebook to North America. The Acer TravelMate B115 is now available in the US for around $380, and in Canada for around…
  • Deals of the Day (11-19-2014)

    19 November 2014, 1:04 pm by: Brad Linder

    The HP Stream line of laptops are normally cheap, with pries starting at $199. But if you buy one right now you can also get $25 to spend on apps and games in the Windows Store. Microsoft is offering Signature Edition Stream 11 and 13 laptops with gift cards…
  • Purism hopes to crowdfund a high-end, open source laptop

    19 November 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Want a laptop that runs open source software, and only open source software? The folks behind the Purism Librem 15 want to build one… and sell it to you. Purism is running a crowdfunding campaign at Crowd Supply in hopes of raising $250,000 to build a…

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