CTL H4 Chromebook is a $199 laptop with 4GB of RAM

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Looking for a portable laptop that costs less than $200? There are plenty of options including models that run Windows or Google’s Chrome OS software. Want one that has 4GB of RAM instead of 2GB? That usually drives up the price… but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a laptop with 4GB of RAM […]

Lilbits 300: Is this the new Moto G (2015)?

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The Motorola Moto G is a low-cost smartphone with entry-level specs, but software and hardware that’s good enough to have earned the phone a reputation among budget phone shoppers. Motorola has launched two models so far, and details about a third-generation model continue to leak. Recently we saw some leaked photos, and now there are […]

Huawei Honor 7 is a $320 phone with a 20MP camera

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Huawei’s latest phone has a mid-range price tag, but some surprisingly premium specs. Prices start at about 1999 yuan in China, which is about $320 US, but the phone has a reasonably fast processor, a high-resolution display, and front and rear cameras with high megapixel counts. The Huawei Honor 7 has a metal case, a […]

Linux Mint 17.2 released

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The latest version of the popular Linux Mint operating system is now available for download in two flavors. You can get Linux Mint 17.2 with the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments. Both versions should feel familiar to anyone that’s used Windows (or most desktop Linux distros) in the past decade. But unlike Windows, Linux Mint is […]

Xiaomi launches first smartphone outside of Asia

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Xiaomi has been selling smartphones in China for a few years, where the company has made a name for itself for its low-cost, high-quality devices and polished software (and also for its habit of offering products that look like they were designed by Apple). Recently the company started selling headphones, power banks, fitness trackers, and other […]

LG’s new battery could help smartwatches run longer

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Square or rectangular smartwatches have one big advantage over circular ones; traditionally shaped batteries fit better. Until now, most batteries for the smartwatches have been rectangular. However, according to a report from Korea Times LG Chem is now shipping a battery in the shape of a hexagon to smartwatch makers. A few major manufacturers produce smartwatches with round displays. LG […]

Deals of the Day (6-30-2015)

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Over the past few years, a number of low-cost notebooks running Google’s Chrome operating system have hit the market. While Google offers the operating system to PC makers free of charge, that’s not the only thing that makes these laptops cheap: they also tend to have pretty basic specs including just 2GB of RAM and […]

Meizu MX5 smartphone sports a MediaTek Helio X10

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Chinese phone maker Meizu’s latest smartphone will be one of the first phones to ship with a MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor. The Meizu MX5 will be available soon in China for about $290 and up. The smartphone features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel Super AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM a 3,150 mAh […]

Lilbits 299: Rockchip’s first 64-bit chip arrives

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Chinese chip maker Rockhip has made a bit of a splash over the past few years by offering low-cost processors for Android tablets and TV boxes. But rival MediaTek seems to have been running laps around Rockchip recently, launching new chips at a rapid fire pace and dominating the Chinese smartphone space. Earlier this year […]

HP introduces Chromebook 11 G4 for $199 and up

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As expected, HP is getting ready to launch a new Chrome OS laptop. The HP Chromebook 11 G4 looks a lot like last year’s model, but it has a lower starting price and a few new options.   The biggest difference between the new model and last year’s Chromebook 11 G3 is that the HP […]

Conductive Ink could be the next big thing in wearable tech

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo published an article describing a new form of conductive ink that allows electronics to be printed onto stretchable textiles through a single-step printing process. Thanks to the silver flakes mixed into the ink, it can be stretched more than three times its original length. When we think of wearable […]

Deals of the Day (6-29-2015)

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The Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi is a tablet with a 12.5 inch, full HD display, an Intel Core M Broadwell processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of solid state storage. It’s also a laptop: connect the included keyboard dock and this tablet becomes a notebook. Normally Asus sells the Transformer Book T300 Chi for […]

HP x360 310 G2: Convertible laptop for education and business

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HP is launching education-focused versions of some of its recent computers. The HP Spectre Pro x360 is basically the same as the HP Spectre x360 ultrabook and the HP Chromebook 11 G4 is a minor update to last year’s model. One of the more interesting models is the HP Pro x360 G2, which is basically the education […]

Turning a classic typewriter into a printer

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Printers are pretty cheap these days (it’s the ink that’s expensive). But what if you want to print your documents in way that’s a bit more… Rube Goldberg-esque? Chris Gregg (with a little help from his friends) has figured out how to turn a Smith Corona typewriter from the 1960s into a printer that works with […]

Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone: 1 million units sold

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Samsung sells more smartphones running Google Android software than any other company. But Samsung has also been hedging its bets by contributing heavily to the development of Tizen, another Linux-based operating system designed for mobile devices, smart TVs, and other gadgets. Most of Samsung’s smartwatches run software based on Tizen, and after numerous delays, the […]