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  • Lilbits (5-22-2015): Android M is coming

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

    There are already a handful of Android phones that include fingerprint scanners which let you do things like unlock your device or authorize mobile payments using the unique pattern on your fingertip instead of a password. But makers of those phones have had…
  • Firefox OS isn’t just for cheap phones: Mozilla to focus on quality and user experience

    22 May 2015, 3:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Firefox OS is an operating system from Mozilla, the makers of the Firefox web browser. It’s designed to run applications written using web technologies including HTML5 and JavaScript. And it’s designed to run on a range of devices including smartphones and…
  • Report: iPad to support split-screen multitasking

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

    Apple’s smartphones, tablets, and whatever the iPod touch is have supported multitasking for years. But so far that’s only meant you could switch between apps running in the background and maybe listen to music from one app while you’re looking at…
  • Microsoft OneClip: Cloud clipboard shares content between Android, iOS, and Windows (leaks)

    22 May 2015, 1:01 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft is working on a new app which quickly share links, photos, text, or other content between devices. Copy a phone number to your clipboard on your computer and it’s instantly available on your iPhone. Save a photo on your phone and you can view it on…
  • Deals of the Day (5-22-2015)

    22 May 2015, 12:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Want a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365? That’ll be $70. For that price you can run the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other apps on one PC or Mac, one tablet, and one phone. You also get 1TB of cloud storage at Microsoft…
  • Build the tiniest gamepad ever

    22 May 2015, 11:00 am by: Lory Gil

    TinyCircuits, makers of tiny, open-sourced electronics, recently posted instructions for building the smallest video game console I’ve ever seen. With a few dedicated components available from the TinyCircuits’ online shop, you too can play Space Invaders…
  • Pebble Time color smartwatch begins shipping May 27th

    22 May 2015, 10:05 am by: Brad Linder

    Pebble has announced that it will begin shipping its first smartwatch with a color display to backers of its Kickstarter campaign on May 27th. The goal is to ship Pebble Time watches to everyone who backed the campaign by mid-June. The team is also planning to…
  • Jide Remix Ultra Tablet hits retail: Now available for $399

    22 May 2015, 7:00 am by: Brad Linder

    The Jide Remix Ultra Tablet is the first tablet to ship with Remix OS. It’s an operating system designed to make Android feel more like Windows: While it supports the Google Play Store and hundreds of thousands of Android apps, Remix OS also has a…
  • Most source code for Chrome for Android now available: build your own browser

    21 May 2015, 7:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google’s Chrome browser for desktop computers is based on the open source Chromium project. Want to inspect the code, compile the browser yourself, or make your own browser that’s based on Chromium? You can do that. But up until recently it wasn’t as…
  • Sphero has joined the Dark Side

    21 May 2015, 6:00 pm by: Lory Gil

    Sphero is a tiny, spherical robot that is powered by your smartphone. It can do tricks, teach you how to program, and let your turn your living room into an arcade game via augmented reality apps. Sphero is also the inspiration for the newest droid celebrity…
  • eBay’s Amazon Prime-like customer loyalty program coming this year

    21 May 2015, 5:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Amazon Prime subscribers get free 2-day shipping on millions of items, plus a bunch of other perks including access to streaming movies and videos. But the $99 per year subscription fee might be a bit high for some. So Walmart, Newegg, and other retailers have…
  • Neo900 inches closer to reality (project to update the Nokia N900 hardware)

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

    The Nokia N900 smartphone was the last phone to ship with the open source, Linux-based Maemo operating system. It was released in late 2009, shortly before Maemo was merged with Moblin to become MeeGo… and then Nokia stopped supporting both operating…
  • Cyanogen Platform SDK lets developers build on CyanogenMod features

    21 May 2015, 3:41 pm by: Brad Linder

    The open source CyanogenMod operating system is a customized version of Google Android which you can install on dozens of phones and tablets. CyanogenMod gives users more control over the behavior of their device… but now the developers of CyanogenMod also…
  • VAIO Z Canvas hits Japan, coming to the US this fall

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

    The VAIO Z Canvas is a 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard, a high-resolution display, and an active digitizer and pen for writing and drawing. VAIO, which is also known as the company that used to be Sony’s PC division, unveiled the Vaio Z Canvas in…
  • Deals of the Day (5-21-2015)

    21 May 2015, 1:29 pm by: Brad Linder

    Asus offers a few different inexpensive laptops with 11.6 inch displays, and while the Asus EeeBook X205 has been getting a lot of attention due to its $199 list price,  some folks might prefer a model with a touchscreen display, twice as much RAM and far…
  • Google to launch “Brillo” OS for Internet of Things (maybe)

    21 May 2015, 12:11 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google has an operating system for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and TVs. It also has one for laptops and desktops. Soon Google may also have an operating system for refrigerators, light bulbs, locks, and other smart devices that make up the “Internet of…
  • LG G Pad F 8.0 tablet hits AT&T for $150

    21 May 2015, 11:37 am by: Brad Linder

    Starting May 29th, AT&T will begin offering an 8 inch Android tablet for $150 with a 2-year contract. It’s called the LG G Pad F 8.0 and at first glance it looks a lot like a standard LG G Pad 8.0. But AT&T says its model has a few interesting features that…
  • BLU Studio C is a $100 Android 5.0 smartphone

    21 May 2015, 11:11 am by: Brad Linder

    Budget smartphone company BLU’s latest phone is a $100 handset with entry-level specs… but entry-level specs in 2015 aren’t all that bad. The BLU Studio C has a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display, a quad-core processor, and it’s also the company’s…
  • Sling TV brings live, streaming TV to Android TV

    21 May 2015, 10:52 am by: Brad Linder

    Sling TV is an internet video service that lets you stream live and on-demand TV from channels including TNT, TBS, AMC, ESPN, Disney, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, with prices starting at $20 per month. The service launched for select devices earlier this…
  • HTC H7 tablet with entry-level specs on the way?

    21 May 2015, 9:40 am by: Brad Linder

    It’s been a while since HTC has released an Android tablet (unless you count the 2014 Nexus 9 which HTC built for Google). Now it looks like the phone maker may be getting ready to launch another tablet under its own brand name. HTC hasn’t officially made…

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