Matchstick’s Firefox OS TV streamer smashes crowdfunding goal


This week Matchstick launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $100 thousand to mass produce a TV streaming device that runs Firefox OS. They raised that much in about a day. MatchStick is a lot like Google’s Chromecast. It’s a small device that you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV. Connect a […]

ARM launches mbed operating system for Internet of Things

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Chip designer ARM makes the processors that power millions of smartphones and tablets. But the company also designs lower-power processors aimed at wearable devices, home automation systems, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. While there are a number of companies working to make sure your refrigerator can talk to your toaster, your smartphone, your […]

Zotac ZBOX MI521nano XS is a tiny desktop with Core i3 Haswell

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Zotac’s latest mini-desktop computer takes the nano XS series case the company introduced a few years ago and swaps out the AMD chip for an Intel Core i3 Haswell processor. The Zotac ZBOX MI521 nano XS features a Core i3-4030U dual-core processor and Intel HD graphics. Zotac will offer two models. There’s a barebones version […]

Google Nexus 6 spotted in the wild (maybe)

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Google’s next Nexus smartphone is expected to feature a high-resolution 5.9 inch display. Google hasn’t announced the device yet, but it’s reportedly being built by Motorola and over the past few weeks we’ve seen a couple of blogs post mockups of the phone based on leaked info from tipsters. Now Android Police has a real-world […]

Windows Phone on a budget: BLU Win Jr, Win HD launch for $89 and up

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Thinking about picking up a smartphone with Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars? You could pick up an older model like a $49 contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 for AT&T, or you could buy a brand new phone that’s not locked to any wireless carrier for as little as $89. Earlier […]

Deals of the Day (10-01-2014)

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Toshiba offers some of the most affordable Windows tablets on the market, including the Encore Mini tablet with a 7 inch screen and the Encore 2 with an 8 inch display, priced at $120 and $200 respectively. But the older Toshiba Encore 8 is arguably a better tablet. It has a more powerful processor and […]

Microsoft: 50 new companies making Windows phones, tablets this year

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Earlier this year Microsoft started offering Windows and Windows Phone software free of charge to device makers producing phones and and tablets with 9 inch or smaller screens. The move effectively made Windows as cheap to use as Android… possibly cheaper, since Microsoft collects royalty fees from many companies that use Android on their devices. […]

FreedomPop launches a $89 tablet

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FreedomPop is launching its first Android tablet… and the best thing you can say about it is that the FreedomPop Liberty is cheap. It’s a $89 tablet with a 7 inch WiFi-only tablet. Why would a wireless carrier like FreedomPop launch a WiFi-only device? Because you don’t need a 3G or 4G connection to make voice calls or […]

Hands-on: Acer Switch 11 2-in-1 convertible tablet

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The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a Windows tablet with an 11.6 inch display. It comes with a detachable keyboard dock, which is part of the reason it’s called the “Switch,” since it lets you switch from tablet to notebook mode and back again. But you the connectors on the dock work whether the tablet […]

Hands-on: Toshiba Encore Mini $120 Windows tablet

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The Toshiba Encore Mini is a 7 inch tablet that sells for $120. Oh yeah, it also runs Windows 8.1. That means this inexpensive tablet can run apps from the Windows Store as well as desktop Windows apps. It even comes with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. So can a $120 Windows tablet […]

Withings Activité fitness-tracking watch hits the FCC


The next wearable device from Withings is on the way. The Withings Activité watch showed up at the FCC this week. Withings already offers a fitness tracker called the Pulse O2 which you can either clip to your belt or clothing to monitor your steps and other activity. Or you can attach it to a wristband […]

Windows 10 Technical Preview launches October 1st

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The next version of Microsoft Windows will hit the streets in mid-2015. But you’ll be able to test drive early builds of the Windows 10 starting October 1st, 2014. That’s when Microsoft will open the doors to its new Windows Insider Program, which lets anyone sign up to test technical preview builds of Windows 10. […]