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  • Lilbits (7-24-2014): Fire TV sales exceed Amazon’s expectations

    24 July 2014, 6:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Amazon has gotten into hardware in a big way over the past few years. The company’s first smartphone ships this week, and Kindle eReaders and tablets are among Amazon’s best-selling products. This year Amazon also launched its first smart TV box, the Fire…
  • Asus MeMO Pad 8 Android tablet review

    24 July 2014, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Asus MeMO Pad 8 ME181C is an Android tablet with an 8 inch display, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, and a $199 price tag. It’s also a surprisingly powerful machine for the price. Or maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise: after all the tablet has the…
  • Maingear Pulse 15 is a thin, light, and expensive gaming laptop

    24 July 2014, 4:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Maingear is now offering a thin and light notebook aimed at gamers. The Maingear Pulse 15 has a high-resolution 15.6 inch display, an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and NVIDIA graphics but the notebook measures just 0.75 inches thick and weighs about 4…
  • Chrome for Android gets single sign-in, Material Design

    24 July 2014, 2:38 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google is rolling out an updated version of Chrome beta for Android which starts to incorporate Material Design features borrowed from the upcoming Android L release. This version of the Chrome browser also supports single sign-in, which means that as long as…
  • Now there’s a web browser for Android Wear smartwatches

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

    Want to surf the web on a 1.6 inch screen? Now you can. Wear Internet Browser is a web browser for Android Wear which lets you load web pages on your wrist. The app supports HTTP and HTTPS sites, features bookmarks and history, and features pinch-to-zoom……
  • Deals of the Day (7-24-2014)

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

    The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and a keyboard dock that allows you to use the system as a notebook. I recently reviewed the Switch 10 and found it to be a pretty good little device for work or…
  • Razer Nabu smartband coming soon for under $100

    24 July 2014, 10:16 am by: Brad Linder

    Razer’s first wearable device is scheduled to go on sale within the next few months and it’ll sell for $100 or less. That’s according to a report from Recode, whcih interviewed Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan. The Razer Nabu is a wristband that measures activity…
  • Lenovo unveils prototype Smart Glasses

    24 July 2014, 9:16 am by: Brad Linder

    Lenovo’s answer to Google Glass may be on the way. The company introduced a prototype of a wearable device that you wear like a pair of glasses this week and the company is also partnering with Vuzix to bring that company’s smart glasses to China. The move…
  • Display tech could make eyeglasses unnecessary (when viewing a screen)

    23 July 2014, 4:44 pm by: Brad Linder

    Researchers are developing a new display technology that could let folks who wear glasses see a screen clearly without wearing their spectacles. The technology uses your eyeglass prescription to adjust a filter in front of the display so that you see a sharp…
  • HTC is probably working on a smartwatch… but it’s not ready yet

    23 July 2014, 3:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    HTC is probably developing a smartwatch. That’s not unusual… most major smartphone makers that haven’t yet launched a smartwatch seem to be working on one. What’s a little unusual is that HTC’s watch keeps showing up in leaks. Earlier this week we…
  • ARM hints at next-gen “Maya” and “Artemis” chip designs

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

    The first chips based on ARM’s 64-bit ARMv8 designs are just starting to hit the streets this year. But the company is already working on next-generation designs code-named “Maya” and “Artemis.” The company’s CEO Simon Segars name-dropped the…
  • Unlock your Moto X smartphone with a digital tattoo

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

    Worried you’ll get repetitive stress injuries if you keep unlocking your smartphone by tapping in a passcode or swiping an unlock pattern? Some you can use facial recognition to unlock many Android phones, Motorola’s also trying a new approach: digital…
  • Deals of the Day (7-23-2014)

    23 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    On the eve of the San Diego Comic-Con, there are a few great comic book-related deals today. Amazon has some great deals on digital Batman comics and you can pick up some Batman games for PC at great prices too. Marvel Unlimited is offering a 1-month…
  • HEXA Chromebook Pi Bay Trail Chrome OS laptop hits Canada

    23 July 2014, 11:00 am by: Brad Linder

    The HEXA Chromebook Pi is an 11.6 inch laptop with an Intel Bay Trail processor, a fanless design, and Google’s Chrome operating system. It’s now available in Canada for $275. On paper the system seems a lot like the Asus C200 Chromebook I reviewed…
  • HP Pavilion 10z laptop with AMD Mullins chip now available for $250

    23 July 2014, 10:15 am by: Brad Linder

    One of the first portable computers sporting an AMD “Mullins” chip is now available. The HP Pavilion 10z is a small laptop with a touchscreen display and an AMD E1 Micro-6200T processor. It’s available from HP for $250. AMD’s Mullins chips are…
  • Allwinner to launch its first 64-bit chips in 2014

    23 July 2014, 9:30 am by: Brad Linder

    Chinese chip maker Allwinner has announced plans to bring its first 64-bit processor based on ARMv8 architecture to market by the end of the year. The company will show off a demo of a new 64-bit development board at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair in…
  • Nokia Lumia 530 is an €85 Windows Phone for price-conscious shoppers

    23 July 2014, 8:47 am by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft may have axed Nokia’s Android and feature phone products since taking over the Nokia phone team. But that doesn’t Microsoft doesn’t still have big plans for the cheap smartphone space. It’s just that those plans involve handsets running…
  • Lilbits (7-22-2014): Even more tablets from Archos

    22 July 2014, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    French company Archos has bee selling Android tablets since before Google officially supported tablets. In the early days Archos tablets were among the few options available for folks that wanted Android on a device that wasn’t a phone. When other device…
  • Flexible display, battery technology advances

    22 July 2014, 3:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Try hard enough to bend your smartphone, tablet or laptop in half and you’ll probably break it. But gadgets of the future could be a bit more… flexible. Or at least damage-resistant. A handful of devices on the market already use flexible displays. That…
  • Huawei Honor H60 smartphone could sport 4GB of RAM

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

    Huawei appears to be working on a smartphone with a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor, 16GB of storage, and a full HD display. Oh yeah, it also has 4GB of RAM, which means that the Huawei Honor H60 smartphone could have more memory than many laptop computers.…

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