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  • Ubuntu for smartphones hits RTM (release to manufacturing) stage

    18 September 2014, 4:45 pm by: Brad Linder

    The first smartphones to run Ubuntu software could ship later this year, and they’re expected to sell for between $200 and $400. Development of the open source operating system for smartphones and tablets has been taking place in public view, and there are…
  • Acer C720 Chromebook with Core i3 review

    18 September 2014, 3:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Acer was one of the first companies to launch a laptop running Google’s Chrome operating system, and the company has updated its Chrome OS laptops a number of times over the past few years. This year’s lineup includes models with bigger screens, ARM and…
  • Toshiba shifts its PC business to focus on… business customers

    18 September 2014, 2:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    We might not really be living in a post-PC world, but traditional notebook and desktop computers now compete with smartphones, tablets, and a range of other devices. Meanwhile, PC makers seem to be racing to the bottom to see who can offer the cheapest laptops…
  • Deals of the Day (9-18-2014)

    18 September 2014, 1:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    In the market for a big discount on an ultrabook or tablet? If you don’t mind buying refurbished models, today might be your day. Woot is running a sale on Asus Zenbook thin and light laptops with models starting at just $500 (although I’d recommend…
  • OnePlus One smartphone “pre-order” period begins in October

    18 September 2014, 12:25 pm by: Brad Linder

    The OnePlus One smartphone features top-tier specs at a mid-range price. For $299 you get a phone with a 5.5 inch, full HD display, 3GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. But it’s tough to actually get your hands on the first phone form…
  • Now you can run most Android apps on a Chromebook (unofficially)

    18 September 2014, 11:30 am by: Brad Linder

    Google recently rolled limited support for running Android apps on a Chromebook. At launch only 4 Android apps were added to the Chrome Web Store: Duolingo, Evernote, Vine, and Sight Words. But while you’re waiting for more Android apps to hit Chrome’s app…
  • Notion Ink launches a $330 Windows tablet for India

    18 September 2014, 10:28 am by: Brad Linder

    Notion Ink grabbed headlines a few years ago when the Indian company designed one of the first Android tablets with an NVIDIA Tegra processor and unusual features including a custom user interface and a sunlight viewable display from Pixel Qi. But the Notion…
  • Polaroid Socialmatic camera features WiFi, Bluetooth, Android, and a built-in printer

    18 September 2014, 9:27 am by: Brad Linder

    Polaroid’s new Socialmatic Camera gets back to the company’s roots by letting you print photos on the fly. But it does it with a modern twist. The camera has a built-in zero ink printer that can shoot out a 2″ x 3″ photo in less than a minute. But…
  • Amazon unveils Fire OS 4 “Sangria” for smartphones, tablets

    17 September 2014, 10:54 pm by: Brad Linder

    Amazon is updating the software that runs on its tablets and smartphones. Fire OS 4 “Sangria” is based on Google Android 4.4 KitKat, but like earlier versions of the operating system it features a distinctly Amazon design. The home screen, settings panel,…
  • Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 gets a speed boost, better audio

    17 September 2014, 10:40 pm by: Brad Linder

    Amazon is giving its most powerful tablet a spec bump. The new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 still has a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, but Amazon has replaced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU from last year’s model with a faster Snapdragon 805 chip. The company…
  • Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition tablets come with 2-year worry-free guarantees

    17 September 2014, 10:27 pm by: Brad Linder

    Most parents will probably tell you that any tablet is a kid’s tablet… just try to keep little ones from playing with your iPad. But there are plenty of companies offering tablets designed specifically for kids… and now Amazon is entering the fray. The…
  • New Amazon Fire HD 7 launches for $139 and up

    17 September 2014, 10:10 pm by: Brad Linder

    Like the look of Amazon’s new 6 inch tablet, but wish it came with a 7 inch screen? It does. The new Fire HD 7 is basically the same tablet as the Fire HD 6… it’s just a bit bigger, has stereo speakers instead of mono, and has a starting price of $139…
  • $99 Fire HD 6 is Amazon’s cheapest, smallest tablet

    17 September 2014, 10:01 pm by: Brad Linder

    Amazon’s been selling Kindle Fire tablets for a few years, but the new Fire HD 6 is both the cheapest and the smallest model to date. This little tablet features a 6 inch screen (making it smaller than some smartphones) and sells for just $99 and up. The…
  • Amazon Kindle Voyage eReader now available for $199

    17 September 2014, 9:47 pm by: Brad Linder

    As expected, Amazon is expanding its line of Kindle eReaders with a new model called the Kindle Voyage. It’s a $199 device with a high-resolution, front-lit display, a touchscreen, and touch sensors built into the sides of the display so you can turn pages…
  • Amazon launches $79 Kindle with a touchscreen

    17 September 2014, 9:32 pm by: Brad Linder

    Amazon is updating its line of Kindle eReaders and tablets, and the new entry-level Kindle is a $79 device that has a touchscreen display and a processor that’s twice as fast as the model it replaces. The new Kindle features a 6 inch, Pearl E Ink display…
  • Samsung Chromebook with Intel Celeron Bay Trail coming soon

    17 September 2014, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Samsung was one of the first companies to begin offering laptops with Google’s Chrome Operating System. But for the past few years the company has been offering models that are a bit different from the competition. While Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and HP have…
  • Modbook raises over $300 thousand to turn Macbooks into pro tablets

    17 September 2014, 4:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Apple offers a line of tablets for $299 and up. But Apple’s iPads all run the same operating system as the company’s iPhones. If you want a tablet that runs OS X you’ll need to build your own… or pay someone else to do it. This summer a company called…
  • Opera and MediaTek bring data compression to 2 new chips

    17 September 2014, 2:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Opera makes web browsers for desktop and mobile devices… and one of the nifty features the company has been offering for a few years is a data compression tool that lets you cut your mobile data usage in half when using one of Opera’s mobile browsers.…
  • pcDuino3 nano is a smaller, cheaper mini PC with Arduino support

    17 September 2014, 1:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    The makers of the pcDuino line of products offer several small, low-power single-board computers with ARM processors and support for Arduino Shields. The latest model is the smallest (and cheapest) to date. The pcDuino3 nano is now available for $39. This tiny…
  • Deals of the Day (9-17-2014)

    17 September 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Toshiba’s Excite Go is a 7 inch Android 4.4 tablet with an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor and a 1024 x 600 pixel display. It’s not the most powerful tablet around, but it’s one of the cheapest to come from a major PC maker. It normally sells for…

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