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  • Turing Phone oddball, secure smartphone reservations now open

    1 August 2015, 12:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Turing Phone is an unusual smartphone that emphasizes security, unique materials, and odd design choices. It’s tough to make a phone that stands out these days, but the Turing Phone certainly manages to do so. What’s less certain is whether the…
  • Amazon Prime benefits can only be shared with one other adult now (and four kids)

    1 August 2015, 10:33 am by: Brad Linder

    Amazon Prime is a subscription service that offers free 2-day or faster shipping on millions of items, as well the ability to stream thousands of movies and TV shows over the internet, borrow some Kindle eBooks, and listen to millions of tracks from Amazon…
  • Phablet leaks: Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Sony xperia C5

    1 August 2015, 10:09 am by: Brad Linder

    It’s open season on big smartphone leaks. Samsung’s expected to unveil its next-generation Galaxy Note soon, but Evan Blass has posted some pictures and specs that give us a good idea of what to expect. Sony, meanwhile, hasn’t yet…
  • Windows 10: How to choose default apps

    31 July 2015, 5:25 pm by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft has introduced a few changes to the way Windows handles default applications. Want Windows 10 to treat VLC as your default media player and Firefox as your default web browser? You can do that — but you might have to jump through a few hoops. If…
  • Samsung’s next smartwatch: Round display, rotating bezel

    31 July 2015, 3:45 pm by: Brad Linder

    Samsung launched more than half a dozen smartwatches in 2014, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen a new model from the company. So what does Samsung have in store for the second half of 2015? A smartwatch with a circular display and a bezel that…
  • Goodbye live tiles: Give Windows 10 a classic start menu

    31 July 2015, 2:28 pm by: Brad Linder

    Windows 10 marks the return of the Start Menu. Microsoft did away with this classic Windows feature with the launch of Windows 8, when the company introduced a Start Screen that covers your entire display. It looked great on tablets, but some folks found it to…
  • Deals of the Day (7-31-2015)

    31 July 2015, 1:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Looking for a really cheap laptop? Groupon is selling refurbished HP Stream 11 notebooks for as little as $120. Don’t want to buy a refurbished model? Best Buy is selling a brand new Asus EeeBook X205TA for $30 more. Want a convertible? There are some good…
  • Apple TV update coming in September… maybe

    31 July 2015, 12:00 pm by: Lory Gil

    Apple may be planning to launch a new version of its Apple TV this fall. BuzzFeed reports that unnamed sources familiar with Apple’s plans for its set-top box claim the company is definitely launching Apple TV 4 this September. We’ve heard this rumor…
  • YotaPhone 2 US launch cancelled

    31 July 2015, 11:10 am by: Brad Linder

    The makers of the YotaPhone 2 raised nearly $300 thousand through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to bring their dual-screen smartphone to the United States. But now it looks like the company is cancelling that effort. A number of backers of the campaign…
  • NVIDIA Shield tablet recalled over battery issues

    31 July 2015, 8:58 am by: Brad Linder

    NVIDIA has released a software update for its SHIELD tablet, designed to update the system to Android 5.1.1, offer performance improvements, and fix some bugs affecting audio and other features. Oh yeah… NVIDIA also wants you to know that the battery in the…
  • Don’t like Windows 10? You can roll back (within 30 days)

    31 July 2015, 7:00 am by: Brad Linder

    So you’ve taken up Microsoft on its offer to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. How’s that working out for you? For the most part Windows 10 should be able to run on just about any hardware that could run Windows 7 or later. But if you’re running into…
  • Facebook’s solar airplane beams internet from above

    30 July 2015, 5:55 pm by: Brad Linder

    It’s raining internet. For the past few years Google has been testing technology that can deliver internet access to remote locations through hot air balloons. Now Facebook has built a solar-powered airplane that can do the same thing. Facebook calls the its…
  • Report: Businesses testing new Google Glass hardware

    30 July 2015, 5:36 pm by: Brad Linder

    The death of Google Glass may have been exaggerated. While Google is no longer selling its wearable computer that puts a screen above your eye directly to consumers, The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is providing a new version of Google Glass to…
  • Verizon’s next Motorola Droid: A metal Moto X?

    30 July 2015, 4:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    Motorola may not have any plans to sell the Moto X Play or Moto X Style smartphones through US carriers, instead offering the Moto X Pure Edition directly to consumers for $400. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to buy a new Motorola phone from a US…
  • Deals of the Day (7-30-2015)

    30 July 2015, 3:43 pm by: Brad Linder

    Windows 10 is here. It runs on all sorts of hardware, including cheap tablets and powerful desktops… or something in between like the latest Microsoft Surface tablets. Don’t want to spend $499 or more for a Surface? How about $390? That’s how much…
  • Toshiba Encore 10 tablets coming soon for $299 and up

    30 July 2015, 2:45 pm by: Brad Linder

    Toshiba is launching a new line of 10.1 inch tablets with full HD displays, Intel Atom x5 Cherry Trail processors, and Windows 10 software. The Toshiba Encore 10 and Encore 10K will be available in September for $299 and $479, respectively. What’s the…
  • Toshiba unveils Silmee W20/W21 health trackers

    30 July 2015, 1:56 pm by: Brad Linder

    There’s no shortage of cheap fitness and activity trackers which you can wear on your wrist or clip to your shirt, belt, or pocket to keep track of your daily step count, distance traveled, and other stats. But Toshiba’s Silmee line of health trackers go a…
  • Amazon Dash $5 shopping button now available… might be useful for more than shopping

    30 July 2015, 12:15 pm by: Lory Gil

    Amazon Dash buttons are tiny internet-connected buttons that you can put anywhere in your house and tap to order re-fills of items you regularly purchase. First unveiled earlier this year, Amazon Dash buttons are now available for $5 each. With this…
  • Asus unveils Zenfone 2 Deluxe and Laser editions

    30 July 2015, 11:08 am by: Brad Linder

    The Zenfone 2 is probably one of the most popular smartphones Asus has released to date. But it’s not just a single phone. There’s a whole family of products that Asus sells under the Zenfone 2 name, and now that family is getting a little bigger. Asus has…
  • MSI launches fanless mini PC with Intel Broadwell

    30 July 2015, 10:24 am by: Brad Linder

    MSI is updating its WindBox III line of mini computers with new models sporting Intel Broadwell processors. The new WindBox III MS-9A75 is a slim, fanless computer designed for digital signage, kiosks, security systems, or other commercial applications… but…

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