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  • Warchief Android game console has Tegra K1 chip, motion controls

    28 February 2015, 7:00 am by: Brad Linder

    A new video game console launched in China recently, featuring an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, Extreme Reality’s motion controls, and Google Android-based software. The game console is called the Warchief, and it sells for about $160, which makes a bit pricey…
  • Samsung’s 2.1 pound ATIV Book 9 ultrabook launches for $1200 and up

    27 February 2015, 4:09 pm by: Brad Linder

    Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 2015 is a portable notebook with a 12.2 inch high-resolution display, an Intel Core M processor, and a svelte design. The laptop measures 0.46 inches thick and weighs 2.09 pounds. First introduced in December, the new ATIV Book 9 goes…
  • Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphone coming to MWC 2015

    27 February 2015, 3:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Chinese smartphone maker Meizu plans to unveil its first phone running Ubuntu software at Mobile World Congress next week. That will make Meizu the second company to launch a smartphone running the mobile version of Canonical’s Linux-based operating system.…
  • Bye Bye Bloatware: Lenovo promises cleaner, safer PCs (Superfish fallout)

    27 February 2015, 2:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Lenovo says it will stop pre-loading unnecessary software on its computers later this year. In a statement released today, the company says when it launches its first PCs running Windows 10 software they’ll be free of all bloatware and adware. The…
  • Deals of the Day (2-27-2015)

    27 February 2015, 1:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft’s Surface tablets make decent laptops when you add a keyboard… but the official keyboards can often add $100 or more to the price tag. But Groupon is running a sale on Surface Pro 2 tablets with Power Covers. For $700 you can get a 10.6 inch…
  • Swiss watches tap MotionX for activity tracking

    27 February 2015, 12:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Like the idea of a smartwatch or fitness tracker, but don’t want to give up on classic watch design for something with a digital screen? A group of Swiss watchmakers are starting to build smart features into their wristwear. 10 different models from…
  • VLC updates media player apps for Android, Windows, iOS, and more

    27 February 2015, 10:59 am by: Brad Linder

    Cross-platform, open source media player VLC just became even more cross-platformy. Developers released updated versions of VLC for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android as well as for new versions of the app for platforms including Android TV, Windows Phone, and…
  • What do you use tablets for?

    27 February 2015, 10:00 am by: Brad Linder

    Last year tablet shipments were down for the first time since 2010. That’s led a lot of folks to try to come up with explanations. Maybe big-screened smartphones are eating into tablet sales. Maybe people who already own tablets don’t feel the need to…
  • VAIO’s first smartphones launching in Japan on March 12th

    27 February 2015, 8:52 am by: Brad Linder

    Sony spun off its PC division in 2014, creating a new company called VAIO which sells computers exclusively in Japan. Now VAIO is getting ready to launch its first smartphones, which is kind of funny, since Sony is considering spinning off its own PC business.…
  • Nickelodeon launches Noggin: $6 per month mobile video service

    26 February 2015, 6:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Children’s TV provider Nickelodeon is launching a new subscription-based streaming video service that will let toddlers (or adults with childish tastes) watch kid’s shows on a smartphone or tablet. Noggin launches March 5th, and subscriptions for the…
  • Ubuntu MATE joins the Ubuntu family

    26 February 2015, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is set to launch in April, but if you like living on the edge you can try the first beta version of the operating system, which was released today. Well, sort of. There are several different official flavors of Ubuntu. The main…
  • Imagination unveils PowerVR GT7900 graphics for low-cost game consoles

    26 February 2015, 4:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Imagination Technologies is launching its most powerful graphics processor yet. The PowerVR GT7900 GPU features 512 ALU cores, 16 shader clusters, and when clocked at 800 MHz, the GT7900 run at speeds of up to 800 gigaflops in floating point 32 mode, or 1.6…
  • Archos to launch budget smartphones, phablets at MWC 2015

    26 February 2015, 2:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    French electronics company Archos has unveiled 4 new low-cost smartphones the company will launch at Mobile World Congress next week. The new phones are all powered by MediaTek processors, feature screen sizes ranging from 5 inches to 6.3 inches, and they’re…
  • Deals of the Day (2-26-2015)

    26 February 2015, 1:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    An Apple iPad Air 2 with 16GB of storage normally sells for $499. But there are a few ways to save money on Apple’s latest 9.7 inch tablet: you can pick up a 64GB model for $499 (which is $100 off the normal price), or save $80 on any model if you order…
  • Design your own Moto 360 smartwatch with Moto Maker (in March)

    26 February 2015, 11:58 am by: Brad Linder

    Motorola’s Moto Maker tool lets smartphone shoppers customize the design of smartphones like the Moto X before placing an order. Soon you’ll be able to customize Motorola smartwatches the same way. Wired reports Motorola will launch a new version of Moto…
  • LG G Flex 2 smartphone with Snapdragon 810 ships in March

    26 February 2015, 11:00 am by: Brad Linder

    LG has announced that one of the first smartphones with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor will begin shipping in March. The LG G Flex 2 is a 5.5 inch phone with a curved plastic OLED display and Android 5.0 software. As the name suggests, it’s the second…
  • Android app ads coming to the Google Play Store

    26 February 2015, 10:14 am by: Brad Linder

    You may think of Google as a company behind a search engine, mobile operating system, web browser, and self-driving cars. But Google makes most of its money through advertising… so it’s no surprise that the company is often looking for new ways to deliver…
  • LG Urbane LTE luxury smartwatch makes phone calls, supports mobile payments

    26 February 2015, 9:21 am by: Brad Linder

    LG is introducing a new smartwatch that can double as a phone. The LG G Watch Urbane LTE supports phone calls and text messages, works with LTE data, and supports push-to-talk for walkie-talkie style communication on supported networks. It also features an NFC…
  • Intel NUC mini PC with Core i7 Broadwell, Iris graphics coming in Q2, 2015

    26 February 2015, 7:00 am by: Brad Linder

    Intel recently revealed that its first NUC mini computer with a Core i7 processor is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2015. But it turns out that’s not the only thing that makes the new system special. The Intel NUC5i7RYH will also be the first…
  • Samsung introduces faster storage for smartphones (like the Samsung Galaxy S6)

    25 February 2015, 8:38 pm by: Brad Linder

    Most current smartphones use a type of flash storage called eMMC. But Samsung has started mass producing a new embedded memory solution which the company says offers faster speeds without consuming any more power. Samsung says phones with its new UFS 2.0…

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