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  • Debian 8 “Jessie” released (GNU/Linux-based operating system)

    26 April 2015, 10:00 am by: Brad Linder

    After nearly two years of development, Debian 8 “Jessie” is ready for download. It’s an open source GNU/Linux operating system designed for use on a wide range of hardware and developed by thousands of volunteers. But Debian is also known for stability…
  • Lenovo U31 notebook coming to America?

    26 April 2015, 8:00 am by: Brad Linder

    Lenovo introduced a 13 inch laptop called the Lenovo U31 at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but at the time the company said the notebook would not be available in North America. But guess what just showed up at the FCC website last week? It’s…
  • Acer abTouchPhone prototype: Desk phone with a built-in tablet

    25 April 2015, 8:00 am by: Brad Linder

    At an event in New York City this week, Acer unveiled a series of new notebooks, tablets, and devices that straddle the line such as the Acer Switch 10 and 11 2-in-1 tablets and Acer Aspire R 11 convertible notebook. The company also took the opportunity to…
  • Innovateck Windows PC Stick has 64GB of storage, two full-sized USB ports

    24 April 2015, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Intel Compute Stick is one of the smallest full-fledged Windows computers you’re likely to find, and it offers decent performance for basic computing. But the pocket-sized PC suffers from a few limitations: It has just 32GB of storage space, features…
  • Report: Next-gen Google Glass coming soon

    24 April 2015, 3:44 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google pulled the plug on its Glass Explorer program earlier this year, prompting some folks to start writing obituaries for Google’s experimental face computer. But Google never claimed Glass was dead. The company is no longer selling first-generation…
  • Lenovo K80 smartphone sports 4GB of RAM, 4000 mAh battery

    24 April 2015, 2:45 pm by: Brad Linder

    Pretty soon it’s not going to be newsworthy when smartphone makers cram 4GB of RAM into their handsets. But right now it’s enough of a novelty to note that Lenovo’s getting in on the action. The Lenovo K80 smartphone has a 5.5 inch display, a 4,000 mAh…
  • Deals of the Day (4-24-2015)

    24 April 2015, 1:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Can’t decide whether you want a notebook or a tablet? The Dell Inspiron 13 i7347 is both. It looks like a 13 inch notebook until you push the screen back 360 degrees until it’s back-to-back with the keyboard. The Microsoft Store normally sells a model…
  • Apple Watch teardown: Battery is replaceable, other upgrades unlikely

    24 April 2015, 12:30 pm by: Lory Gil

    As with practically every high-profile gadget to hit the market, the folks at iFixit took apart Apple Watch Sport to reveal what is inside. There were no new revelations on the hardware. But it looks like the Apple Watch is nearly impossible to repair. The…
  • Universal Stylus Initiative aims to simplify your choice of digital pens

    24 April 2015, 11:25 am by: Brad Linder

    A group of technology companies including Intel, Wacom, Synaptics, and Lenovo want to make it easier for you to buy a digital pen and know that it’ll work with your tablet of choice… eventually. The companies are forming a new organization called the…
  • Tronsmart Draco H3 is a $40 Android stick with Allwinner H3

    24 April 2015, 10:52 am by: Brad Linder

    The Allwinner H3 is a processor designed to bring 4K video playback to low-cost TV boxes. Allwinner unveiled the chip a few months ago, and now one of the first devices featuring an H3 processor is set to launch soon. The Tronsmart Draco H3 is a TV stick which…
  • Comcast/Time Warner merger is dead

    24 April 2015, 9:20 am by: Brad Linder

    Comcast has announced that it won’t be merging with Time Warner after all. A little over a year ago the two companies announced plans to combine in a $45 billion merger that would have created the largest cable provider in the US. The move faced plenty of…
  • Acer’s new Iconia Tab 8 and 10 tablets recognize pencil (and finger) input

    24 April 2015, 8:00 am by: Brad Linder

    Acer is launching new versions of its 8 and 10 inch Android tablets. The new 8 inch models are aimed at consumers and come in a  choice of ten different colors, while the new 10 inch tablet is designed for education and comes with Google’s education tools…
  • Acer’s latest 15 inch Chromebook costs just $200

    24 April 2015, 7:00 am by: Brad Linder

    Acer was the first company to introduce a Chromebook with a 15.6 inch display when it introduced the $250 Chromebook 15 in January. A few months later the company added a more powerful model with a Core i5 processor for $500. Now Acer is going the other way,…
  • Google Nexus sales are down (which isn’t that surprising)

    23 April 2015, 7:39 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google makes most of its money through advertising and web services, but the company also brings in money through “other revenues” and sales of devices such as Nexus phones and tablets. So when Google reported its earnings for the latest quarter, the…
  • Asus C201 Chromebook now available for pre-order for $169 (with Rockchip processor)

    23 April 2015, 6:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google unveiled the first low-cost Chrome OS laptops with Rockchip’s ARM-based processors in March. At the same time the Hisense Chromebook and Haier Chromebook 11 went up for pre-order for about $149. But if you’ve been holding out for a model from a…
  • NVIDIA Shield game console with 500GB of storage to cost $300 (Update: nope)

    23 April 2015, 4:27 pm by: Brad Linder

    Want an NVIDIA Shield video game console and Android TV box, but don’t want to settle for a model with just 16GB of storage space? It looks like there’s another option. NVIDIA has added a 500GB model to its website. It should be available soon for $300,…
  • Acer Aspire E11 goes Braswell

    23 April 2015, 4:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Acer is updating its affordable portable line of laptops with new models sporting Intel’s low-power Braswell processors.  Last year the company launched the Acer Aspire E11 and V11 notebooks with 11.6 inch displays and Intel Bay Trail chips. Now Acer is…
  • Razer Forge TV now available for pre-order for $100 and up

    23 April 2015, 3:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Razer is taking pre-orders for its Forge TV game console and media streaming device. You can order the Razer Forge TV for $100 or opt for the Forge TV Bundle for $150 to get a wireless game controller with the box. Since the Forge TV itself doesn’t come with…
  • Samsung goes round, LG Watch Urbane launches, and other smartwatch news

    23 April 2015, 2:45 pm by: Lory Gil

    Samsung today announced that it is releasing an SDK to developers for its next smartwatch so they can create content that will be compatible with the new design. In the announcement, as noted by Android Central, the company showed off a weather themed watch…
  • Acer expands Aspire Switch 10, Switch 11 line of 2-in-1 tablets

    23 April 2015, 2:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    Acer is adding a few new models to its Aspire Switch family of 2-in-1 tablets. The new Acer Aspire Switch 11 features a metal exterior, an Intel Core M Broadwell processor, and a new keyboard dock with a sturdier hinge which Acer says should keep the computer…

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