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  • Samsung to launch Tizen phones this year, but Android remains key

    16 April 2014, 5:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Samsung hopes to ship the first two smartphones running the Tizen operating system this year. The company has been one of the key backers of the Linux-based operating system (as is Intel), and the Samsung Gear 2 line of smartwatches already run a version of…
  • Lenovo doubles down on Flex with the Flex 2 laptops

    16 April 2014, 4:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    Lenovo’s Flex line of laptops are notebooks with screens that can rotate 300 degrees until they face away from the keyboard instead of toward it. While the company’s Yoga devices feature 360 degree hinges that let you use the systems like tablets, Flex…
  • Google redesigns Android camera app, puts it in the Play Store

    16 April 2014, 3:03 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google has given the stock camera app for Android a makeover with a new user interface and a few new features. Google Camera is now available as a standalone app from the Google Play Store for the first time. That lets users update the app without updating…
  • Google launches Chrome Remote Desktop for mobile

    16 April 2014, 2:22 pm by: Brad Linder

    Want to remote control your PC from your phone or tablet? You could use a VNC app or a dedicated tool like TeamViewer or SplashTop. But if you’re using the Chrome browser on your desktop, now there’s a new option: Google has launched Chrome Remote Desktop…
  • LG plans to produce its own chips for smart devices

    16 April 2014, 1:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    LG Electronics produces everything from washing machines to laptops. But up until now, the company’s relied on outside sources for a key component of its smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices such as televisions and smartwatches. Now the Korea Herald…
  • Deals of the Day (4-16-2014)

    16 April 2014, 12:13 pm by: Brad Linder

    In the market for a thin and light laptop with a full HD touchscreen display, an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, a 16GB SSD, 500GB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM? Best Buy is knocking $100 off the list price of an Asus Zenbook UX302LA and selling it for $900. Not…
  • OnePlus confirms sub-$400 price for its first smartphone

    16 April 2014, 11:19 am by: Brad Linder

    Chinese startup OnePlus has been generating a lot of buzz for its first smartphone by promising top tier specs at an affordable price. Now we have a better idea of just what that price will be. The OnePlus One will be available in 16 countries at launch,…
  • Bay Trail-powered Asus Chromebooks to sell for $250 and up

    16 April 2014, 10:58 am by: Brad Linder

    Asus launched its first Chrome OS device this year: the $180 Asus Chromebox. It’s a tiny, affordable desktop computer with a Celeron CPU that’s a surprisingly capable device for the price. An even more powerful model with a Core i3 Haswell CPU should be…
  • iFixit Project Tango teardown: Google’s 3D-scanning smartphone prototype

    16 April 2014, 9:56 am by: Brad Linder

    Google’s Project Tango is an effort to build a smartphone that can create a 3D map of the world around it so that you can use mobile apps to interact with physical objects. For example you could use apps to choose paint colors for your house or conduct other…
  • Amazon moves Kindle personal documents to Cloud Drive

    16 April 2014, 9:02 am by: Brad Linder

    Amazon’s Kindle eReaders and tablets are designed to let you read books, magazines, and newspapers from the Kindle Store. But an added perk has long been that customers can use a “Send to Kindle” feature to read text, HTML, Word, and PDF documents, clips…
  • Lilbits (4-15-2014): Intel’s mobile struggles

    15 April 2014, 6:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    With PC sales leveling off, Intel, Microsoft and other companies that have built enormous business around desktop and laptop computers are trying their hardest to make a dent in the newfangled mobile space… with mixed results. Intel reported its quarterly…
  • Pipo unveils tablets powered by MediaTek, Rockchip processors

    15 April 2014, 4:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Chinese device maker Pipo is showing off its latest tablets and at least one new smartphone (with a tablet-sized screen) in Hong Kong this week. As expected, some of Pipo’s new tablets are powered by the new Rockchip’s RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core…
  • Now you can get Microsoft Office for $70 per year (or $7 per month)

    15 April 2014, 2:47 pm by: Brad Linder

    As promised, Microsoft is now offering a cheaper option for Office 365 subscribers. Don’t want to pay $10 per month to use Office on up to 5 computers? Now for less than the cost of a Netflix subscription, you can get an Office 365 Personal account which…
  • Deals of the Day (4-15-2014)

    15 April 2014, 1:15 pm by: Brad Linder

    Amazon is running a sale on Kindle Fire tablets, knocking about $20 to $40 off the price of a 7 or 8.9 inch tablet. But if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber you can save even more. While the Prime perk isn’t mentioned on the sales page, if you’re a Prime…
  • This is how Google’s Project Ara smartphones will look

    15 April 2014, 12:29 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google’s Project Ara is an effort to build a modular smartphone platform. The company has developed a hardware design that involves a smartphone skeleton which can use a series of modules for everything from the processor to the display. If all goes…
  • Toshiba P55t 4K Ultra HD ultrabook launches April 22nd for $1500

    15 April 2014, 11:30 am by: Brad Linder

    One of the first laptops to feature a 3840 x 2160 pixel display is about to hit the streets. The Toshiba Satellite P55t features a 15.6 inch, 4K Ultra HD display and a starting price of $1500. It’ll be available in the United States starting April 22nd,…
  • Is this Amazon’s smartphone (prototype)?

    15 April 2014, 10:54 am by: Brad Linder

    Amazon is reportedly planning to launch its first smartphone this summer. Now the folks at BGR have posted a few photos of what may be a prototype of Amazon’s phone. The most noticeable difference between this phone and other touchscreen smartphones are the…
  • 3 new Asus budget tablets with Android 4.4 on the way

    15 April 2014, 10:15 am by: Brad Linder

    Asus is working on at least three new Android tablets with low-end specs. Details about the unannounced 7, 8, and 10 inch tablets popped up recently at the Bluetooth and WiFi certification websites, painting a picture of several new affordable tablets which…
  • Hisense launches Sero 8 budget Android tablet

    15 April 2014, 9:12 am by: Brad Linder

    Chinese tablet maker Hisense made a little splash by launching the Sero 7 line of low-cost tablets with Nexus 7-like specs in 2013. Now the company’s tackling the 8 inch tablet space with the Hisense Sero 8. The new tablet’s already available for pre-order…
  • Chrome OS multitasking update: Dock small windows to the side of the screen

    15 April 2014, 8:00 am by: Brad Linder

    Google’s Chrome OS has received a minor update that makes multitasking a bit easier. You could already resize and rearrange browser windows to view multiple apps or pages side-by-side. But now if you’re running a small app like Hangouts or Google Keep, you…

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