Will transparent, solar-charged batteries see the light of day?

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Looking for an easier way to top off your smartphone battery? There are phones that support quick charging, and wireless charging. One day there may be support for solar charging — without the need for traditional solar panels. Researchers at Kogakuin University in Japan have been working on a transparent lithium-ion battery that can be recharged […]

Deals of the Day (9-01-2015)

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Most Chromebooks are cheap… but they’re not the only low-cost laptops. Sure, the new Acer Cloudbook is designed to compete on price, but Acer, HP, Asus, and others actually started releasing low-cost Windows laptops with Chromebook-like specs a while back. Priced at around $200, these systems typically have Intel Bay Trail processors, 11.6 inch displays, […]

Microsoft will support Windows 10 through 2025 (at least)

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Microsoft’s new Windows-as-a-service strategy means that the company plans to roll out updates to Windows 10 on an ongoing basis. Not only will we see regular security and stability improvements pushed through Windows Update, but Microsoft will also add new features to the operating system as they become available. So how long can we expect […]

Nextbit Robin smartphone has lots of (cloud) storage

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Tired of running out of storage space on your smartphone? There’s a new phone that could offer practically unlimited storage… kind of. Nextbit is a startup founded by former Google and HTC employees, and the company’s first smartphone is called the Robin. It has 32GB of built-in storage, but what really makes the phone special is […]

Download Amazon Prime Videos on Android and iOS

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So you’ve got an airplane trip coming up and you want to load some videos on your phone or tablet to make the flight a bit more bearable. You could rip a DVD or two or rent or purchase a title form Google Play or iTunes and save it to your device. But now there’s […]

New Moto 360, Moto 360 Sport smartwatches launch coming Sept 8th

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Lenovo has announced plans to unveil the next generation of its Motorola Moto 360 smartwatches at an event in Shanghai, China on September 8th. In other words, we probably won’t see the new watches at the IFA show in Berlin this week… but we won’t have to wait long for an official announcement. Meanwhile, details […]

Lilbits 306: IFA approaches

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The IFA consumer electronic show officially kicks off in Berlin on Thursday, but some companies will hold press events a day or two early: and plenty of news has been leaking ahead of schedule. It’s a safe bet we’ll see a number of new products featuring Intel Skylake processors, some new smartwatches, and official launches […]

Samsung Gear S2 is a round smartwatch with a rotating bezel

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Samsung’s latest smartwatch has a circular watch face and a unique control system: you control the watch by rotating the bezel or by pressing home or back buttons on the side of the watch. The press release is curiously silent on the question of whether the watch also has a touchscreen. The Samsung Gear S2 […]

Xposed Framework for Android Lollipop is now available

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Xposed Framework is a utility that makes it possible to modify the behavior of a rooted Android device by installing modules that can change anything from power consumption to notification behavior. When Google made the move from Android 4.4 to Android 5.0, there were some system-level changes that made it difficult to port Xposed to the […]

Motorola Bounce leaked: 5.4 inch phone with 3760 mAh battery?

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Motorola’s latest Moto X and Moto G smartphone might not be the only new handsets from the company this year. According to @upleaks, there’s a new phone called the Motorola Bounce coming in December. It’s said to have a big battery, but a smaller screen than the latest Moto X models. The Motorola Bounce reportedly […]

Deals of the Day (8-31-2015)

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The Toshiba Satellite CL15T is a portable Windows notebook with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and an Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail processor. It normally sells for under $300, which makes it relatively cheap for a laptop, but a bit expensive for a model with […]

New Android Wear devices work with iPhones

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Have an iPhone, but not sure you want to buy an Apple Watch? Now you can use an Android Wear device with an iPhone. Google has announced that Android Wear for iOS supports iPhone 5 and newer devices running iOS 8.2 or later. If you’re using Android Wear with an iPhone, you might not get all the […]

LG SmartThinQ Sensor makes dumb appliances smart(er)

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LG offers a line of smart home appliances under its SmartThinQ brand, letting you connect your refrigerator, oven, or other products to the internet so you can control them from a phone. Now the company is preparing to launch a device that can turn existing appliances into smart home devices. The new SmartThinQ Sensor can be […]