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  • Microsoft Band is a $199 fitness tracker, works with Windows, Android, iOS

    30 October 2014, 8:40 am by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft’s first wearable device is a fitness tracker called the Microsoft Band. It’s a wristband with activity-tracking sensors, a display for notifications, and support for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps. The $199 Microsoft Band is part of a new…
  • Microsoft Band fitness tracker shows up in app store listings

    29 October 2014, 10:16 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft is expected to enter the wearable space soon, but the company has yet to announce a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or any other sort of wearable gadget. But Microsoft may have spilled the beans ahead of schedule by submitting a series of apps for…
  • Lenovo Tablet 2 family gets a 13 inch Windows model

    29 October 2014, 9:54 pm by: Brad Linder

    As expected, Lenovo is expanding the line of Yoga 2 tablets it unveiled earlier in October with a new model featuring a 13 inch display and Windows 8.1 software. The new Yoga 13 inch Tablet 2 launches in early November for $700. Like other Yoga 2 models, the…
  • HP Pavilion x2 10 inch Windows tablet now available (in some countries)

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

    The HP Pavilion x2 10 inch tablet is a Windows tablet with an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB to 64GB of storage. It’s designed to be used either as a tablet or as a notebook thanks to detachable keyboard cover. And HP says the…
  • Microsoft ends Windows 7 OEM sales Oct 31st

    29 October 2014, 4:25 pm by: Brad Linder

    This Halloween could be a scary one… for folks who aren’t fans of Microsoft Windows 8 or later. That’s because Microsoft is pulling the plug on Windows 7 OEM sales on October 31st. In other words, PC makers will soon stop offering notebook and desktop…
  • UT One tablet with Ubuntu Touch coming in December?

    29 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The makers of the Ubuntu Linux operating system for notebooks, desktops, and servers have been working on a version for phones and tablets… and hope to see the first of those devices ship later this year or early in 2015. Meizu and bq have already announced…
  • Deals of the Day (10-29-2014)

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

    Samsung may have a new Galaxy Note tablet on the way, but you don’t have to wait for a new model to get a Galaxy Note with a high-resolution screen, fast processor, and pressure-sensitive pen. Groupon is selling refurbished Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition…
  • Google shows working prototype of Project Ara modular phone

    29 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google’s Project Ara is an effort to create a modular smartphone. Google will sell you a skeleton and you’ll be able to select the screen, processor, storage, battery, and just about everything else. A group at the company’s ATAP special projects team…
  • HP unveils Sprout 3D scanning system, Multi Jet 3D printing technology

    29 October 2014, 10:44 am by: Brad Linder

    HP is betting big on 3D printing technology as part of its future. The computer giant recently announced plans to split into two companies, one of which will focus on enterprise software and services and the other of which will focus on consumer devices…
  • HP Stream 11 Pro notebook on the way

    29 October 2014, 10:16 am by: Brad Linder

    The HP Stream 11 is a $200 laptop with an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor, an 11.6 inch display, and Windows 8.1 software. It’s basically a Windows alternative to a Chromebook: a dirt cheap laptop that should offer decent performance for basic computing…
  • Oppo N3 smartphone’s motorized camera swivels to face the front or back

    29 October 2014, 9:13 am by: Brad Linder

    Some smartphone makers help users take better selfies by building phones with high-quality front-facing cameras. Others just give you a high-quality rear camera… and a swivel that lets you rotate the camera so it faces the front of the phone. Last year Oppo…
  • Oppo R5 smartphone is just 0.19 inches thick

    29 October 2014, 8:47 am by: Brad Linder

    Oppo hast just introduce what it’s calling the world’s thinnest smartphone… and it’s kind of tough to argue with that claim. The Oppo R5 measures just 4.85mm or about 0.19 inches thick. The phone isn’t just thin… it’s also reasonably powerful.…
  • Kindle Voyage is first Kindle not to support third-party apps

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

    Amazon has been offering third-party apps and games for its Kindle eReaders for years… and I’m not talking about tablet apps for the Kindle Fire. There are a few hundred games and apps available for the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Keyboard, and…
  • Alienware 13 gaming laptop supports optional desktop graphics cards

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

    Dell unveiled a new 13 inch gaming laptop this summer, and now the Alienware 13 available for purchase for $999 and up. It’s the company’s smallest laptop designed for gaming and it combines an Intel Haswell processor with NVIDA GeForce GTX 860M graphics,…
  • Windows 10 to get OS X-style touchpad gestures

    28 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The next preview version of Windows 10 will include better support for users with multiple monitors as well as support for new touchpad gestures that let you minimize apps or switch between apps. Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore showed off an early preview of Windows…
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2015) tablet on the way

    28 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Samsung appears to have a new 10.1 inch Android tablet with support for pen input on the way. Several pages on the Samsung website mention a new device called the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2015). That doesn’t look like a typo either — the same page also…
  • Deals of the Day (10-28-2014)

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

    Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is a 14 inch ultrabook that weighs about 3 pounds, features a Lenovo TrackPoint button, a carbon fiber case, and 4-digit price tag. Right now the cheapest model available from Lenovo.com is selling for $1,124. But Woot has…
  • Verizon says Motorola Droid Turbo gets 2-days batterylife

    28 October 2014, 11:47 am by: Brad Linder

    The Motorola Droid Turbo smartphone will be available from Verizon starting October 30th for $200 and up. As expected, the newest member of the Droid family has a high-resolution display, a fast processor, and some of the same software features that make…
  • ARM’s next-gen graphics promise 4K support, better efficiency

    28 October 2014, 10:30 am by: Brad Linder

    Chip designer ARM has unveiled its next-gen graphics, video, and display technologies. ARM licenses its designs to other companies so it’ll be a while before the first processors with ARM’s new technology hit the streets. The first products with ARM…
  • HP Pro Slate 12 and Pro Slate 8 Android tablets mean business

    28 October 2014, 9:54 am by: Brad Linder

    HP plans to launch two new Android tablets aimed at business users. The HP Pro Slate 12 features s 12.3 inch, 1600 x 1200 pixel display, while the HP Pro Slate 8 has a smaller, but sharper 2048 x 1536 pixel screen. Don’t get confused by the name — the…

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