Ubuntu MATE joins the Ubuntu family

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Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is set to launch in April, but if you like living on the edge you can try the first beta version of the operating system, which was released today. Well, sort of. There are several different official flavors of Ubuntu. The main version uses the Unity desktop environment, and while you […]

Imagination unveils PowerVR GT7900 graphics for low-cost game consoles

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Imagination Technologies is launching its most powerful graphics processor yet. The PowerVR GT7900 GPU features 512 ALU cores, 16 shader clusters, and when clocked at 800 MHz, the GT7900 run at speeds of up to 800 gigaflops in floating point 32 mode, or 1.6 teraflops in the low-power FP16 mode. Don’t expect to find this chip in […]

Archos to launch budget smartphones, phablets at MWC 2015

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French electronics company Archos has unveiled 4 new low-cost smartphones the company will launch at Mobile World Congress next week. The new phones are all powered by MediaTek processors, feature screen sizes ranging from 5 inches to 6.3 inches, and they’re all priced under $200. The top-of-the-line model is a 5 inch phone called the […]

Deals of the Day (2-26-2015)

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An Apple iPad Air 2 with 16GB of storage normally sells for $499. But there are a few ways to save money on Apple’s latest 9.7 inch tablet: you can pick up a 64GB model for $499 (which is $100 off the normal price), or save $80 on any model if you order from Best Buy before […]

Design your own Moto 360 smartwatch with Moto Maker (in March)

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Motorola’s Moto Maker tool lets smartphone shoppers customize the design of smartphones like the Moto X before placing an order. Soon you’ll be able to customize Motorola smartwatches the same way. Wired reports Motorola will launch a new version of Moto Maker in March, and this time it will have an option that lets you create a […]

LG G Flex 2 smartphone with Snapdragon 810 ships in March

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LG has announced that one of the first smartphones with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor will begin shipping in March. The LG G Flex 2 is a 5.5 inch phone with a curved plastic OLED display and Android 5.0 software. As the name suggests, it’s the second member of the G Flex family, and the […]

Android app ads coming to the Google Play Store

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You may think of Google as a company behind a search engine, mobile operating system, web browser, and self-driving cars. But Google makes most of its money through advertising… so it’s no surprise that the company is often looking for new ways to deliver ads. This week we learned that Google may be working on […]

AMD Carrizo chips to offer better performance, longer battery life

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AMD says it’s next-gen processors for notebooks and low-power desktops will use up to 40 percent less power than their predecessors, while offering a modest performance boost (and significant performance gains in some areas). While AMD isn’t providing hard numbers about power consumption or speed yet, the company says its first Carrizo chips should be […]

Intel Atom x3, x5, and x7 chips on the way

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Intel is changing the branding on its low-power Atom processors. While Intel will continue to use the Atom name for chips aimed at a broad range of devices including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops, it should be a little simpler to figure out what kind of performance to expect from a chip by glancing at […]