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  • Microsoft Lumia phones with premium specs launching with Windows 10 (rumors)

    4 May 2015, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft plans to launch Windows 10 for desktop, notebook and tablet computers this summer. Later this year the company will also release Windows 10 for phones… and according to several reports, Microsoft will launch at least two new phones that will ship…
  • Next-gen Intel Compute Stick may feature Core M processor

    4 May 2015, 3:47 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny computer which plugs into the HDMI port of nearly any display turning your TV or monitor into a fully functional PC (once you add a keyboard and mouse). The first Compute Stick went on sale in April for $150 (or less), and it…
  • Deals of the Day (5-04-2015)

    4 May 2015, 2:00 pm by: Brad Linder

      Looking for an eReader for Mother’s Day? Amazon and Kobo both have models on sale for $20 or more off their normal list prices. Amazon is also continuing its Fire HD tablet sale if you want a device with a full-color screen, support for videos, games, and…
  • Ubuntu phone that works as a desktop PC coming in 2015

    4 May 2015, 12:54 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft recently announced that upcoming Windows Phone devices would be able to operate like desktop computers when you connect an external display, mouse and keyboard. That doesn’t just mean that you can run smartphone apps blown up for a big screen:…
  • Microsoft releases Office 2016 Public Preview

    4 May 2015, 11:55 am by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft is working on the next version of Office for Windows computers and it’s set to launch this fall. But now you can take an early build for a test. Microsoft has released Office 2016 Public Preview and it’s available as a free download. Office has…
  • Ever wonder what is inside a lightsaber? Here’s a teardown guide

    4 May 2015, 11:18 am by: Lory Gil

    To celebrate Star Wars Day, (May the Fourth bet with your),  iFixit has a very special teardown. The do-it-yourselfers are known for being the first to get a new gadget and subsequently taking it apart, piece-by-piece. For this teardown, they’ve gone back a…
  • This is what Firefox OS looks like on TVs

    4 May 2015, 10:20 am by: Brad Linder

    Firefox OS is an operating system designed around the technologies used in the Firefox web browser. It can run apps that use web technologies such as HTML5 and JavaScript which makes it easy for developers to convert existing web apps into Firefox OS apps. The…
  • Alternatives to Windows Media Center (Make your own Home Theater PC)

    3 May 2015, 2:16 pm by: Brad Linder

    Want to turn your PC into a digital video recorder and media center box? For more than a decade Microsoft has made that by offering Windows Media Center. But when Windows 10 ships in the summer of 2015 it won’t include Media Center. The good news is that…
  • Vensmile W10: Tiny Windows desktop with 64GB and a battery

    3 May 2015, 10:22 am by: Brad Linder

    The Intel Compute Stick has been making headlines recently, but it’s not the only option if you’re looking for a tiny desktop computer that can run Windows. For about the same price you can pick up a Vensmile W10 mini PC which has twice as much built-in…
  • Windows Media Center is dead, won’t be available in Windows 10

    2 May 2015, 2:26 pm by: Brad Linder

    It’s the end of the road for Windows Media Center. Microsoft has confirmed that not only will Windows 10 not ship with the media center software built-in, but you won’t be able to pay for any sort of upgrade pack to obtain it. Die-hard Windows Media Center…
  • Noteslate Shiro ePaper writing tablet due this fall for $199

    2 May 2015, 9:23 am by: Brad Linder

    A few years ago a company called Noteslate promised to deliver a $99 tablet designed for writing handwritten notes. They didn’t. But now the company is back with a new model featuring a new design, technology that actually exists, and a shot of really…
  • Lilbits (5-01-2015): Building (another) open handheld game console

    1 May 2015, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The developers of the DragonBox Pyra are designing a handheld game console with a 5 inch, 720p screen, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a compact design, while still featuring game controller buttons and a QWERTY keyboard. The…
  • Smartwatches prove useful to the deaf community

    1 May 2015, 3:45 pm by: Lory Gil

    Usher Syndrome Advocate Molly Watt recently wrote about her experience with the new Apple Watch. Considering she was born deaf and is legally blind, you would think the tiny touch screen would be off limits for her. However, her experience shows that…
  • Fonkraft’s fishy modular smartphone campaign pulled from Indiegogo

    1 May 2015, 2:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    A few days ago a company called Fonkraft unveiled a new design for a modular smartphone platform and launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 to turn the concept into reality. That struck me as a surprisingly small amount of money for such an…
  • Deals of the Day (5-01-2015)

    1 May 2015, 1:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    May 4th is unofficially known by many fans as Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you), and this year’s a particularly big one since there’s a new movie on the way. Want to celebrate a little early? A bunch of Star Wars games for PC, Android, and iOS are…
  • Microsoft buys digital pen tech from N-trig, maker of the Surface Pen

    1 May 2015, 12:09 pm by: Brad Linder

    There are (at least) two things that set Microsoft’s Surface tablets apart from Apple’s iPads and most Android tablets. First, they run Windows. Second, they can work with an optional Surface Pen which lets you write, draw, or hover over icons, text, or…
  • Lenovo LaVie Z ultralight notebook now available

    1 May 2015, 10:57 am by: Brad Linder

    As expected, Lenovo has launched the LaVie Z line of thin-and-light notebooks in the US. You can order one from Lenovo.com. Unexpectedly the laptops are a little heavier and a little more expensive than originally promised. Still, the Lenovo LaVie Z is…
  • Google releases Android 5.1.1 for Nexus 7, Nexus 10 tablets

    1 May 2015, 9:45 am by: Brad Linder

    Google is expanding its rollout of Android 5.1.1. The company recently rolled out source code for the latest version of the operating system and released a factory image for the Google Nexus Player. Now there are also factory images available for the 2012 and…
  • Grooveshark’s streaming music service shuts down

    30 April 2015, 11:52 pm by: Brad Linder

    After nearly 8 years of operation (and 6 years of dealing with lawsuits), online music service Grooveshark is closed for business. The company has posted a message on its website apologizing for its failure to “secure licenses from rights holders for the…
  • Windows 10 coming to PCs this summer, phones… sometime later

    30 April 2015, 6:54 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft may be calling its upcoming operating systems for phones, PCs, and other devices by the same name (Windows 10), and even using much of the same code across each of these platforms. But Windows 10 for phones and small tablets isn’t exactly the same…

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