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  • ARM launches mbed operating system for Internet of Things

    1 October 2014, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Chip designer ARM makes the processors that power millions of smartphones and tablets. But the company also designs lower-power processors aimed at wearable devices, home automation systems, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. While there are a number…
  • Zotac ZBOX MI521nano XS is a tiny desktop with Core i3 Haswell

    1 October 2014, 4:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Zotac’s latest mini-desktop computer takes the nano XS series case the company introduced a few years ago and swaps out the AMD chip for an Intel Core i3 Haswell processor. The Zotac ZBOX MI521 nano XS features a Core i3-4030U dual-core processor and Intel…
  • Google Nexus 6 spotted in the wild (maybe)

    1 October 2014, 3:03 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google’s next Nexus smartphone is expected to feature a high-resolution 5.9 inch display. Google hasn’t announced the device yet, but it’s reportedly being built by Motorola and over the past few weeks we’ve seen a couple of blogs post mockups of the…
  • First look: Windows 10 technical preview (you can download it now)

    1 October 2014, 2:08 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft plans to launch Windows 10 in mid-2015, but you can download a preview of the company’s next operating system today. Just sign up for the free Windows Insider Program and Microsoft will provide you with a license and a choice of 32-bit or 64-bit…
  • Windows Phone on a budget: BLU Win Jr, Win HD launch for $89 and up

    1 October 2014, 1:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Thinking about picking up a smartphone with Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars? You could pick up an older model like a $49 contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 for AT&T, or you could buy a brand new phone that’s…
  • Deals of the Day (10-01-2014)

    1 October 2014, 12:03 pm by: Brad Linder

    Toshiba offers some of the most affordable Windows tablets on the market, including the Encore Mini tablet with a 7 inch screen and the Encore 2 with an 8 inch display, priced at $120 and $200 respectively. But the older Toshiba Encore 8 is arguably a better…
  • Microsoft: 50 new companies making Windows phones, tablets this year

    1 October 2014, 10:45 am by: Brad Linder

    Earlier this year Microsoft started offering Windows and Windows Phone software free of charge to device makers producing phones and and tablets with 9 inch or smaller screens. The move effectively made Windows as cheap to use as Android… possibly cheaper,…
  • FreedomPop launches a $89 tablet

    1 October 2014, 9:50 am by: Brad Linder

    FreedomPop is launching its first Android tablet… and the best thing you can say about it is that the FreedomPop Liberty is cheap. It’s a $89 tablet with a 7 inch WiFi-only tablet. Why would a wireless carrier like FreedomPop launch a WiFi-only device?…
  • Hands-on: Acer Switch 11 2-in-1 convertible tablet

    1 October 2014, 7:00 am by: Brad Linder

    The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a Windows tablet with an 11.6 inch display. It comes with a detachable keyboard dock, which is part of the reason it’s called the “Switch,” since it lets you switch from tablet to notebook mode and back again. But you the…
  • Lilbits (9-30-2014): Monitor and kill battery-draining tabs in a Chromebook

    30 September 2014, 5:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Most operating systems can give you an idea of which apps are using the most CPU power or memory. But there’s a new feature in the dev channel for Chrome OS that goes a bit further and lets you see which apps or web pages are draining the most power from…
  • Hands-on: Toshiba Encore Mini $120 Windows tablet

    30 September 2014, 4:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Toshiba Encore Mini is a 7 inch tablet that sells for $120. Oh yeah, it also runs Windows 8.1. That means this inexpensive tablet can run apps from the Windows Store as well as desktop Windows apps. It even comes with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft…
  • Withings Activité fitness-tracking watch hits the FCC

    30 September 2014, 3:38 pm by: Brad Linder

    The next wearable device from Withings is on the way. The Withings Activité watch showed up at the FCC this week. Withings already offers a fitness tracker called the Pulse O2 which you can either clip to your belt or clothing to monitor your steps and other…
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview launches October 1st

    30 September 2014, 2:12 pm by: Brad Linder

    The next version of Microsoft Windows will hit the streets in mid-2015. But you’ll be able to test drive early builds of the Windows 10 starting October 1st, 2014. That’s when Microsoft will open the doors to its new Windows Insider Program, which lets…
  • Pebble’s smartwatches get price drops, new features: Now starting at $99

    30 September 2014, 1:34 pm by: Brad Linder

    Pebble was one of the first company’s to make a big splash in the smartwatch space. But now that there’s growing competition from Samsung, Apple, Motorola, LG, and others, what’s an early innovator to do? Drop prices and add new features, apparently.…
  • Microsoft skips a number, introduces Windows 10

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

    The next version of Microsoft Windows won’t be called Windows 9 or “threshold.” It’s Windows 10. The software company’s vision for its next operating system is a single OS that runs on a wide range of devices including phones, tablets, laptops,…
  • Deals of the Day (9-30-2014)

    30 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Asus Transformer Book T100 was released nearly a year ago, but it’s still one of the best 2-in-1 Windows tablets available for under $300. And right now it’s available for way under $300. The 10 inch tablet features an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail…
  • Google Drive for Education: unlimited online storage for schools and students

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

    Tired of worrying about whether you have enough online storage space? Earlier this year Google launched Google Drive for Work, offering enterprise customers unlimited cloud storage for $10 per month. Now Google is bringing unlimited storage to the education…
  • Matchstick is a $25 Firefox OS-based, Chromecast-like TV stick

    30 September 2014, 10:57 am by: Brad Linder

    Think Google’s $35 Chromecast is too expensive… or that the ecosystem isn’t open enough? Matchstick have developed their own TV stick which will sell for $25 when it goes on sale in February, 2015. The Matchstick runs Firefox OS, allows you to fling…
  • NVIDIA Shield Tablet with LTE offers PC gaming on the go… kind of

    30 September 2014, 10:15 am by: Brad Linder

    Two months after launching the NVIDIA Shield Tablet with WiFi for $299, NVIDIA is now offering a model with 4G LTE and twice as much storage for $399. For the most part, the new model is the same 8 inch tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, HDMI output,…
  • Intel’s Basis Peak fitness tracker/smartwatch coming in November for $199

    30 September 2014, 9:25 am by: Brad Linder

    The Basis B1 fitness tracker is probably one of the most powerful devices in its category… but it looks a bit more like a hardware prototype than a fashionable device. So the team behind the B1 have decided to make a new model that’s not only more…

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