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  • Lilbits (7-29-2014): Why the Vivaldi open source tablet failed

    29 July 2014, 4:38 pm by: Brad Linder

    Once upon a time a group of developers working on the open source KDE Plasma Active desktop environment for mobile devices figured it’d be cool if there was a tablet designed specifically to run the software. So they tried to find a device maker to offer…
  • Epson Endeavor TB20S Windows tablet hits Japan

    29 July 2014, 2:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    Epson’s probably best known in the United States for its printers. But in Japan the company just launched a new 10 inch Windows 8 tablet called the Endeavor TB20S. It’s a relatively inexpensive tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel display and an Intel Bay Trail…
  • Hardkernel ODROID-W is a tiny, Raspberry Pi-compatible PC

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

    The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, small, low-power single-board computer that can run Linux-based software and which developers and hobbyists have used to create home media centers, handheld game consoles, robots, and more. But if the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi…
  • Deals of the Day (7-29-2014)

    29 July 2014, 11:50 am by: Brad Linder

    Toshiba is one of the first device makers to offer a Windows 8.1 tablet for under $200. But you can score an even better deal on an 8 inch Windows tablet if you don’t mind buying refurbished devices. Toshiba is selling recertified Encore WT8 tablets through…
  • Sharks Cove Intel Atom dev board goes on sale for $299

    29 July 2014, 10:20 am by: Brad Linder

    Intel’s Sharks Cove is a single-board computer aimed at Windows and Android developers. It has an Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, HDMI output, and a range of input and output options including USB, GPIO, UART, and other pins.…
  • NVIDIA Shield Tablet and game controller is now available

    29 July 2014, 9:24 am by: Brad Linder

    NVIDIA’s latest handheld gaming machine is now available… and this time it’s a tablet. The NVIDIA Shield Tablet features an 8 inch, full HD display, a Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, stereo front-facing speakers, and an emphasis on gaming. The tablet…
  • Next-gen Amazon Kindle Fire to sport Snapdragon 805 power?

    29 July 2014, 8:56 am by: Brad Linder

    Amazon’s Fire Phone may have just begun shipping, but there’s a good chance the company is already getting ready to launch its next device. It’s been nearly a year since the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX line of tablets hit the streets, and if leaked…
  • Lilbits (7-28-2014): Motorola Nexus 6 confirmed?

    28 July 2014, 4:34 pm by: Brad Linder

    Every year Google works with a device maker to offer a new phone for developers and enthusiasts as part of its Nexus lineup. These phones ship with Google’s stock Android software, receive software updates directly from Google, and tend to feature some of…
  • TouchPico: Pocket-sized device projects Android onto any wall (crowdfunding)

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

    Looking for a portable projector that lets you stream videos, PowerPoint presentations, or other content onto a wall… without connecting to a computer? TouchPico is a tiny projector that runs Google Android, allowing you to project just about anything that…
  • Samsung confirms its first Tizen phone is on hold… for now

    28 July 2014, 12:45 pm by: Brad Linder

    Samsung’s first smartphone powered by the Tizen operating system was supposed to launch in Russia this month, but launch day came and went and the phone was nowhere to be seen. Now Samsung has confirmed to the Associated Press and CNET that the Samsung Z is…
  • Deals of the Day (7-28-2014)

    28 July 2014, 11:30 am by: Brad Linder

    The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a cheap 10 inch Windows tablet that gets long battery life, offers decent performance, and comes with a keyboard dock that lets you use the system like a notebook. Now it’s even cheaper: Newegg is selling a refurbished model…
  • Allwinner’s $4 quad-core chip now shipping in $60 Android tablets

    28 July 2014, 10:20 am by: Brad Linder

    Allwinner has begun mass production of the Allwinner A33 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor and the company is selling the chip to device makers for as little as $4. That means it’s showing up in some pretty cheap tablets. You can already find a handful of…
  • LG unveils Tab Book Android convertible with Intel Core i5

    28 July 2014, 9:33 am by: Brad Linder

    There are a growing number of Android tablets with Intel Atom processors. But LG’s going a bit higher up the food chain with its new Tab Book 11. It’s an 11.6 inch Andorid tablet with an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor and a built-in keyboard that lets you…
  • Leaks: 5.9 inch Nexus “Shamu,” Moto X+1, and Sony Xperia Z3

    27 July 2014, 9:43 am by: Brad Linder

    Google probably won’t unveil the next Nexus phones or tablets for a few months, but that hasn’t stopped information about next-gen Nexuses (or Nexusi?) from leaking. But the tech industry has a hard time keeping anything secret for long and recently…
  • Lenovo Yoga 2 10 inch convertible tablet on the way?

    26 July 2014, 9:05 am by: Brad Linder

    Lenovo may be preparing to expand its Yoga tablet family with a new 10 inch model called the Yoga 2 10. It’s not clear if this is a Windows or Android tablet, although there’s reason to believe it’s a new addition to the company’s line of Android…
  • Lilbits (7-25-2014): Fire Phone dissected, Firefly dev board unveiled

    25 July 2014, 6:42 pm by: Brad Linder

    The tech world is on fire… or something. Amazon’s Fire Phone hit the streets this week and underwent the usual rite of passage: several different groups took it upon themselves to rip the phone apart and see what’s under the hood. Meanwhile there’s a…
  • Custom recoveries for the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live crack Android Wear wide open

    25 July 2014, 4:12 pm by: Brad Linder

    Android Wear is a version of Google’s Android operating system that’s designed for wearable devices such as smartwatches. But under the hood it’s a lot like the Android software you run on phones and tablets… so it’s not surprising that you can hack…
  • Unlocking your cellphone in the US is about to become legal (again)

    25 July 2014, 3:51 pm by: Brad Linder

    Congress has approved a bill which will make it legal to unlock a cellphone in the United States so you can use it with a different wireless carrier. That was actually legal from 2006 through 2012… but only due to an exemption from the Digital Millennium…
  • Firstview S1162 notebook is an Android-powered Lenovo Yoga clone

    25 July 2014, 1:46 pm by: Brad Linder

    Firstview’s new S1162 is a convertible notebook with an 11.6 inch display, a Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processor, and Google Android software. It also looks an awful lot like a Lenovo Yoga tablet. Firstview is currently looking for distributors, but a…
  • New Acer Aspire Switch 10 tablet models to offer more storage, high-res display?

    25 July 2014, 12:45 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet with an Intel Bay Trail processor and a keyboard dock that lets you use the system like a notebook. It earns the Switch name not only by letting you not only switch between notebook and tablet modes, but…

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