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  • Asus Zenbook UX305 ultrabook with Core M Broadwell hits the FCC

    26 November 2014, 2:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    The first Asus laptop to feature an Intel Core M processor is on the way. Asus introduced the Zenbook UX305 ultrabook with a low-power Intel Core M Broadwell processor in September. This week the thin and light laptop showed up at the FCC website. It should…
  • Micro Center is selling a $60 Windows tablet

    26 November 2014, 1:36 pm by: Brad Linder

    Prices for Windows tablets have been falling quickly… but things are just starting to get silly. US retailer Micro Center is now selling a Windows tablet for just $60. Sure, that’s a sale price, but even at full price the WinBook TW70CA-17 only sells for…
  • Karbonn’s Android One smartphone hits the UK

    26 November 2014, 1:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google’s Android One initiative is a program designed to help device makers offer low-cost Android phones with decent performance and software updates that come straight from Google. The program is initially targeting developing markets, which is why up…
  • Deals of the Day (11-25-2014)

    26 November 2014, 11:47 am by: Brad Linder

    The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is an Android tablet with a 12.2 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and support for pressure-sensitive input from a digital pen. Samsung’s biggest Android tablet normally sells for $600, but you can…
  • Meizu’s first Ubuntu phones coming in early 2015

    26 November 2014, 10:15 am by: Brad Linder

    Chinese phone maker Meizu had already announced plans to launch a smartphone running a version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Now Meizu and Canonical have signed an agreement to launch the first of those phones in early 2015. While Meizu’s phones will…
  • Amazon Fire Phone on sale for $199 (unlocked, includes 1-year Prime membership)

    26 November 2014, 9:16 am by: Brad Linder

    Amazon launched its first smartphone this summer, charging $199 for an Amazon Fire Phone with a 2-year contract or $649 for a contract-free model. The phone didn’t sell well, and Amazon dropped the price by about $200 in September. Now the company’s…
  • Microsoft’s holiday Music Deals promotion is crazy good

    25 November 2014, 4:17 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft launched Music Deals last month, offering a new crop of deeply discounted MP3 albums every week. Normally that means you can score one DRM-free album of music for $0.99 and about 100 more for $1.99 each. But Microsoft is shaking things up a bit in…
  • Dell’s Venue 8 7000 ultra-thin tablet hits the FCC

    25 November 2014, 3:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is an Android tablet with an Intel Atom Moorefield processor, a high-resolution display, an Intel RealSense Snapshot camera, and a super-slim case: the tablet measure just 6mm, or about 0.24 inches thick. Dell’s expected to start…
  • CuBoxTV: Tiny $100 Linux-based XBMC media center

    25 November 2014, 2:22 pm by: Brad Linder

    SolidRun’s CuBox line of tiny desktop computers are cubes that measure just 2 inches across. But the little boxes sport Ethernet jacks, optical audio output, 2 USB ports and a micro USB port. They also feature microSD cards for storage, dual or quad-core…
  • Deals of the Day (11-25-2014)

    25 November 2014, 12:54 pm by: Brad Linder

    Black Friday is still a few days away, but there are a ton of deals on laptops, tablets, desktops, media players, and all sorts of other goodies in today’s daily deals roundup. For instance you can pick up an Acer Chromebook with an Intel Haswell processor…
  • Chromecast gains Comedy Central, TuneIn, Nickelodeon

    25 November 2014, 11:24 am by: Brad Linder

    The Google Chromecast may not be the only cheap, pocket sized device that lets you stream content from the internet to your TV anymore. But more than a year after launch, the $35 streaming device continues to get more useful as a growing number of developers…
  • Intel’s Braswell, Broadwell, and Skylake chips coming in 2015

    25 November 2014, 11:07 am by: Brad Linder

    Intel is outlining its plans for the next year or two, and as expected we’re going to see new chips aimed at a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, low-cost computers, and high-end devices. The company introduced its first chips based on…
  • MeegoPad T01 Bay Trail Windows mini PC now available for $100

    25 November 2014, 9:51 am by: Brad Linder

    The MeegoPad T01 is a little computer-on-a-stick that looks like an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Chromecast. But it’s not just designed to let you stream music and movies to your TV: it’s a full-fledged (albeit tiny) computer that runs Windows 8.1. Actually,…
  • HP TouchPad gets Android 5.0 Lollipop (unofficially)

    24 November 2014, 4:08 pm by: Brad Linder

    HP’s long-discontinued webOS tablet continues to find new life as an Android device. The company launched the HP TouchPad in 2011 and discontinued the tablet just two months later due to disappointing sales. But when the company slashed prices and sold off…
  • Cyanogen introduces Themes app for Cyanogen OS phones

    24 November 2014, 2:28 pm by: Brad Linder

    The developers of the open source, Android-based CyanogenMod operating system have offered a theme engine for changing the color scheme, fonts, and other visual elements. Now that some of the lead developers of CyanogenMod are working on the commercial…
  • Deals of the Day (11-24-2014)

    24 November 2014, 1:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The HP Stream 13 is a low-cost, portable notebook with a 13 inch display, an Intel Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. It has a fanless design, runs Windows 8.1, and normally sells for $229. But right now the Microsoft Store is selling…
  • T-Mobile customers can stream Google Play Music, Xbox Music for free(ish)

    24 November 2014, 11:36 am by: Brad Linder

    T-Mobile’s Music Freedom program lets customers stream music from a number of online music sources without that data counting against their monthly data caps. The wireless carrier launched Music Freedom in June, added a few additional services in August, and…
  • Intrinsyc launches Snapdragon 810 tablet, smartphone devices for developers

    24 November 2014, 10:33 am by: Brad Linder

    Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor is an octa-core, 64-bit processor based on ARMv8 architecture. Qualcomm says it’s up to 30 percent faster than a Snapdragon 805 chip, supports LPDDR4 memory, and has other improvements. The new processor probably won’t…
  • HandBrake 0.10 video transcoder adds H.265, VP8 and more

    24 November 2014, 9:19 am by: Brad Linder

    HandBrake is a cross-platform, open source video transcoding tool. Need to convert a DVD or Blu-ray rip to an MP4 file with AAC, MP3, or FLAC for the audio track? No problem. Handbrake will let you do that on Windows, Mac, or Linux. It’s a powerful tool…
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick on sale for $24

    23 November 2014, 11:34 am by: Brad Linder

    The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a small, inexpensive device that lets you stream music and videos from the internet to your TV and allows you to play some video games as well. Priced at $39, it’s a few dollars more expensive than a Google Chromecast and a little…

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