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  • “OK Google” can now work on any unlocked Chromebook (kinda)

    20 December 2014, 8:00 am by: Brad Linder

    The Google Chrome web browser and Chrome OS have supported “OK Google” hotword detection for over a year. Just type chrome://flags into the location bar, find the experimental OK Google feature and click the enable button. Up  until recently this has…
  • InFocus 7 inch octa-core tablet giveaway

    19 December 2014, 7:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    The InFocus C2107 is a tablet with a 7 inch, full HD display, an 8-core Allwinner A83 processor, and Android 4.4 software. It’s a nice little device with reasonably speedy performance, a good display, and a compact design (it’s a bit smaller than a Nexus 7…
  • Lilbits (12-19-2014): Return of the Palm?

    19 December 2014, 5:50 pm by: Brad Linder

    Once upon a time Palm was a leading company in the mobile device space. Then Palm lost some serious market share, tried some new things that didn’t go over too well, and was eventually acquired by HP… who then canceled all Palm-related projects and…
  • Google releases Android 5.0.2 for the Nexus 7 (2012)

    19 December 2014, 4:47 pm by: Brad Linder

    So you thought Google Android 5.0.1 was all new and stuff? Meet Android 5.0.2. Google just released a new factory image for the 2012 WiFi-only Nexus 7 tablet, and it’s based on Android 5.0.2. The LRX22G firmware is available for download from Google’s…
  • Hisense Sero 8 Pro tablet hits the FCC, high-res display and all

    19 December 2014, 3:41 pm by: Brad Linder

    The Hisense Sero 8 Pro is an Android tablet with an iPad mini-like screen. This little tablet sports a 7.85 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display. Hisense started showing off the tablet in September, but it just showed up at the FCC website, which suggests that a US…
  • ZTE launches Star 2 smartphone with enhanced voice controls

    19 December 2014, 2:39 pm by: Brad Linder

    Voice control features have been available for smartphones for a while, letting you do things like search the web or make phone calls just by talking to your phone. But the ZTE Star 2 takes things a bit further. You can unlock and turn on this 5 inch Android…
  • Meet the (unannounced) Lenovo Yoga 3 11

    19 December 2014, 1:00 pm by: Brad Linder

    Lenovo’s next convertible ultrabook will likely have an 11.6 inch screen and an Intel Core M Broadwell processor. The company hasn’t officially introduced the Yoga 3 11 yet, but some basic specs showed up in an Amazon Germany product listing earlier this…
  • Deals of the Day (12-19-2014)

    19 December 2014, 11:45 am by: Brad Linder

    The Toshiba Encore Mini is a Windows tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail quad-core processor and a kind of lousy display. But it’s cheap. The tablet has a list price of $120, but usually sells for closer to $100. Right now you can pick one up for even less…
  • Dell Venue 10 Android tablet specs leaked?

    19 December 2014, 10:30 am by: Brad Linder

    Dell has a new Android tablet with a 10 inch display and a 2-in-1 design on the way, meaning you’ll be able to connect it to a keyboard station and use the tablet like a notebook. The company unveiled the Dell Venue 10 in September, but didn’t provide any…
  • Report: Android M will power in-car systems (no phone required)

    19 December 2014, 9:45 am by: Brad Linder

    Products with Google’s Android Auto software are just getting ready to roll out, allowing users to pair their phone with supported in-car systems to play music, make or take phone calls, or use turn-by-turn navigation while driving. But Reuters reports…
  • Google Project Ara: Marvell, NVIDIA developing CPU modules

    19 December 2014, 9:04 am by: Brad Linder

    Google plans to launch its modular smartphone code-named Project Ara in 2015. Eventually what Google hopes to sell is just the skeleton of a phone designed to run Android software. Customers will be able to choose their own screen, processor, camera, and…
  • Asus introduces fanless mini PC with Celeron N2807

    18 December 2014, 4:30 pm by: Brad Linder

    Earlier this year Asus introduced a tiny desktop computer with an Intel Bay Trail processor and what the company originally said would be a fanless design… until Asus decided to go ahead and put a fan in the case anyway. Now Asus has a new mini PC with a…
  • Microsoft releases Denim Update for select Lumia phones

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

    Microsoft is starting to roll out the Denim software update for Lumia phones that the company first unveiled in September. The new software is based on Windows 8.1, but it adds improvements to the camera and Cortana voice assistant, among other things. The…
  • Deals of the Day (12-18-2014)

    18 December 2014, 1:44 pm by: Brad Linder

    Looking for an iPod-like portable media player that runs Android instead of iOS? Your best bet might be to buy a cheap smartphone and use it without a SIM card. One of the best options might be a Motorola Moto G which offers decent specs for a device that…
  • Giada F110D is a small, fanless Bay Trail computer

    18 December 2014, 12:52 pm by: Brad Linder

    Chinese computer maker Giada has offers a line of tiny desktop computers in a variety of shapes and configurations. One of the company’s newest models is a slim, low-power computer called the Giada F110D. Notebook Italia reports it will be available with a…
  • LG to launch webOS 2.0 for smart TVs in 2015

    18 December 2014, 11:21 am by: Brad Linder

    LG started shipping smart TVs with webOS software this year, bringing a relatively easy-to-use way to stream content from the internet to a television. Now LG has announced that webOS 2.0 for smart TVs is coming next year. The company plans to begin showing…
  • Amazon Prime Now: 1-hour delivery (in New York City)

    18 December 2014, 9:15 am by: Brad Linder

    Want to get your Amazon delivery quickly? You can pay for same-day or 1-day delivery on many items. In less of a rush? There’s free 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members. But what if you’re in more of a rush? Now you can choose 1-hour delivery… if you…
  • Yureka smartphone packs 64-bit CPU, Cyanogen OS for under $150

    18 December 2014, 8:31 am by: Brad Linder

    Indian smartphone maker Micromax has launched a new brand called Yu which aims to deliver high quality smartphones and entry-level prices thanks in part to a partnership with software maker Cyanogen. The first member of the Yu family is now available in India.…
  • Amazon Fire Phone software update brings camera, phone, other improvements

    17 December 2014, 5:03 pm by: Brad Linder

    Amazon is rolling out a major software update for its first smartphone, bringing new features and improvements to the camera, SMS, Kindle, and other apps. The company says the update also kills hundreds of bugs and improves battery life. The Fire Phone…
  • Android Text To Speech update improves voice quality

    17 December 2014, 3:02 pm by: Brad Linder

    Google has released an update to its Text-to-speech app for Android, and it removes the “high quality” voices the company introduced earlier this year. Don’t worry though… they’re only gone because Google says its standard voices now sound better…

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