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  • More details: OnePlus One with CyanogenMod 11S

    19 April 2014, 8:03 am by: Brad Linder

    OnePlus plans to introduce their first smartphone on April 23rd, but the company’s generated a lot of buzz by promising high quality hardware at an affordable price. It doesn’t hurt that OnePlus is led by Pete Lau, a former executive at Chinese smartphone…
  • Lilbits (4-18-2014): HTC smartphones with optical zoom camera lenses?

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

    Smartphone cameras might not have all the bells and whistles you get with a high-quality DSLR. But the camera you use the most is probably going to be the one that’s always with you… so lots of folks snap lots of photos with their phones. And device…
  • BeagleBone Black Rev C features Debian Linux, 4GB storage

    18 April 2014, 3:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    The BeagleBone Black is an inexpensive computer-on-a-module that’s kind of like a cross between a Raspberry Pi and a Arduino board. You can use it as the brains of a low-power computer, or as the heart of a robot, home automation system, or other hardware…
  • AMD’s low-power Beema chips for notebooks, tablets on the way

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

    Notebooks with AMD’s new low-voltage “Beema” processors should start to arrive during the second quarter of 2014. AMD officials say we could also see Beema-powered tablets soon, along with tablets featuring lower-power AMD Mullins chips. AMD…
  • Lubuntu, Xubuntu, and Kubuntu also hit 14.04 LTS

    18 April 2014, 1:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Popular Linux distro Ubuntu launched version 14.04 this week, offering a new Long Term Support release that will be supported for the next 5 years. But it’s not just the main branch of Ubuntu that’s been updated. Other members of the Ubuntu family include…
  • Deals of the Day (4-18-2014)

    18 April 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    So you want a Chromebook, but you’re not convinced you want a laptop with an 11.6 inch display? No worries — the HP Chromebook 14 sports a nice big 14 inch screen. The laptop also has a reasonably speedy Intel Celeron 2955U dual-core Haswell processor.…
  • Google launches Chromecast Offers, starting with £4.99 Play Store credit in the uK

    18 April 2014, 11:00 am by: Brad Linder

    Google’s Chromecast is already one of the cheapest device you can attach to a TV in order to stream internet video to the big screen. But Google’s sweetening the deal a bit for UK customers. For a limited time, anyone who buys (or has already bought) a…
  • Chuwi launches Lenovo Yoga Android tablet clone for some reason

    18 April 2014, 10:30 am by: Brad Linder

    Chinese device maker Chuwi’s latest Android tablet has a familiar-looking design. It’s basically a clone of Lenovo’s Yoga line of Android tablets, complete with a built-in kickstand that lets you prop up the tablet on a table. But while Lenovo’s…
  • MSI ProBox23 is a barebones, Haswell mini PC

    18 April 2014, 9:46 am by: Brad Linder

    MSI is launching a tiny, barebones desktop PC with support for some pretty impressive internals. The MSI ProBox23 should be available later in April, and it features a Mini ITX board with support for an Intel Haswell processor. The system will support up to…
  • Lilbits (4-17-2014): Unlock your Chromebook with your phone (eventually)

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

    Tired of typing a password to unlock your laptop the old fashioned way? It looks like Google is planning to provide an “Easy Unlock” function for Chromebooks. Here’s how it works: with Easy Unlock enabled, the Chromebook will search to see if your phone…
  • LG Connect SDK lets devs stream to Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV (and LG Smart TVs)

    17 April 2014, 4:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    There are a number of ways to stream photos, video, or music to your television. You can use a Roku, a Chromecast, an Amazon Fire TV, or television with built-in smart TV capabilities. Typically app developers that want to let you stream content from your…
  • More Google Camera features coming to Android

    17 April 2014, 3:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google released a new version of its camera app for Android this week, and offered it as a free update through the Play Store for anyone running Android 4.4 or later. The most noticeable new features in the Google Camera app are its redesigned user interface…
  • Deals of the Day (4-17-2014)

    17 April 2014, 1:58 pm by: Brad Linder

    If you’re looking for an affordable Chrome laptop with long battery life and decent performance, Acer’s C720 line of Chromebooks sells for $199 to $299 offer pretty great performance for the price. But if you’re looking for something really cheap,…
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is now available

    17 April 2014, 12:46 pm by: Brad Linder

    Ubuntu 14.04 is now available for download, and the latest version on of the operating system will be around for a while. Sure, Ubuntu 14.10 will come along in October and offer some new features, but the makers of Ubuntu will support Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr…
  • MLB.TV brings live baseball games to Chromecast

    17 April 2014, 11:49 am by: Brad Linder

    Tired of using your Chromecast to watch TV, movies, and cat videos? Now you can watch live sporting events. MLB.TV has added Chromecast support to its MLB at Bat apps for mobile devices. That means you can fire up the mobile app on your iOS or Android device…
  • Asus FonePad K012 could be an even cheaper tablet-sized phone

    17 April 2014, 11:34 am by: Brad Linder

    The Asus FonePad line of devices are basically 7 inch smartphones (or tablets which you can use to make phone calls). While big-screen phones are nothing new, they’re usually high-priced devices with premium specs. But the Asus FonePad line of devices have…
  • Universal Windows apps arrive, run on PC, tablet, or phone

    17 April 2014, 10:20 am by: Brad Linder

    Microsoft recently introduced support for a new type of app: Universal Windows Apps which can run on pretty much any modern Windows device including phones, tablets, and desktop or notebook computers. Developers can distribute Universal Windows Apps through…
  • Intel launches a fanless, Bay Trail NUC mini-computer

    17 April 2014, 9:07 am by: Brad Linder

    Intel has introduced its first tiny desktop computer to use passive cooling. The Intel NUC DE3815TYKHE measures 7.5″ x 4.6″ x 1.6″ and uses a combination of low-power components and passive heat dissipation so that it doesn’t require any fans. The…
  • 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…

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