Deals of the Day (8-04-2015)

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Wouldn’t take a Windows tablet if someone were giving them away? How about if someone paid you to buy one? We’re not quite there yet… but Microsoft is currently selling a Windows tablet with two add-ons that are actually worth more than the price of the tablet itself. Buy an HP Stream 7 Windows tablet with […]

Android One hits Thailand with the iQ II smartphone

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Google has announced the launch of the first smartphone for Thailand based on the company’s Android One initiative. The i-mobile iQ II is a 5 inch phone with an HD display, Android 5.1 software, and a price tag of about $126. Android One is Google’s program designed to help smartphone makers deliver low-cost smartphones with strong support for […]

Windows 10 coming to Xbox One in November

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Windows 10 may already be available for desktop and notebook computers. But later this year it’s also coming to smartphones, small tablets, and Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console. Although at this point the Xbox One is starting to look like a lot more than a video game console. You can also use the device to […]

Your Xbox One will become a DVR in 2016

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The Xbox One is already more than a video game console. You can use it to stream internet video or watch live over-the-air TV. Later this year it will gain support for some Universal Windows apps. And now Microsoft has announced the Xbox One’s next trick: starting in 2016, you’ll be able to use it […]

Leaked Sony Xperia Z5 image shows a fingerprint sensor

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It’s only been a few months since Sony introduced the Xperia Z4 smartphone in Japan (it’s sold as the Xperia Z3 Plus in other markets), but it looks like an Xperia Z5 is already be in the works. An image showing what appears to be a brand new Xperia Z-series phone, along with a smaller “Compact” model […]

Toshiba, SanDisk pack more storage into smaller NAND flash chips

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Toshiba has announced it’s now manufacturing a new type of flash memory chip that offers about twice the storage density of previous NAND flash memory chips. The company has been partnering with SanDisk to develop 3D NAND flash memory since last year, and the new chips could hit the streets in early 2016. The new BiCS […]

Acer launches Aspire One Cloudbook laptops for $170 and up

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Acer is launching a new line of low-cost laptops that ship with Windows 10 software. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook will be available in North America in August with prices starting at $170 for a model with an 11.6 inch display or $200 for a 14 inch model. This isn’t the first time Acer has […]

Chrome for Android blurs the lines between native, web apps

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Google Chrome Beta 45 for Android is the first version of Google’s mobile web browser to support Chrome custom tabs. What that means for app developers is that if they need to incorporate web content in their apps, they can have more control over how a Chrome browser tab looks when it loads that content. What it […]

Gigabyte BRIX GB-BACE-3000 is a fanless mini PC with Intel Braswell

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Gigabyte’s latest tiny desktop computer is a model with a low-power 4 watt Intel Celeron N300 Braswell dual-core processor and a passive cooling system. In other words, the Gigabyte BRIX GB-BACE3000 is a fanless PC that should operate silently (assuming you outfit it with a quiet solid state disk rather than a noisy hard drive. A few days […]

Matchstick streaming stick to refund Kickstarter backers


Nearly a year ago, a team of developer unveiled a Firefox OS-powered TV stick called the Matchstick. It was positioned as an open source alternative to the Google Chromecast, allowing users to stream content from their phones or from the internet to a TV. The developers ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the […]

Another OnePlus smartphone coming in 2015 (and more OnePlus news)

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The OnePlus 2 smartphone starts shipping the second week of August. But Chinese startup OnePlus is already planning to launch its third smartphone. Co-founder Carl Pei tells USA Today that the company wants to launch a new phone will be available by the end of the year. Details about the upcoming phone are scarce, but in […]

Deals of the Day (8-03-2015)

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  Amazon offers a range of low-cost tablets, eReaders, and TV boxes. But if you’re looking for a deal on those devices, Amazon isn’t always the store with the lowest prices. Right now Best Buy is offering up to $60 off a number of Amazon devices. You can pick up a Kindle for as little […]

Report: Apple could launch a wireless network

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Apple may be planning to become a wireless carrier. Business Insider reports that Apple is working on a deal that could result in the company becoming an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) in the US and Europe. That means Apple wouldn’t actually build or maintain any wireless towers. Instead, the company would use infrastructure provided by […]

Apple wants Siri to transcribe voicemails like Google Voice already has for years

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Apple may be working on a visual voicemail service that will automatically create transcripts of your voice messages. How is this different from Google Voice, which has been available for Android users for years? According to a report from Business Insider, Apple’s service will put Siri in charge of the transcription. Apple employees are reportedly already testing this […]

Moto G (2015): Root, Bootloader unlock, and custom recovery

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Less than a week after the Motorola Moto G 2015 model went on sale, folks have already figured out how to root the phone and install a custom recovery. This opens the door for running apps that require superuser permissions, making complete backups of your device, and installing custom updates, firmware, or even replacement operating […]

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M5 phone sport 13MP front cameras

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As expected, Sony has officially launched two new smartphones, including one model with a 6 inch display and super-thin side bezels, and a smaller model with a mid-range price tag, but a few unusual features. One thing that both both the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Sony Xperia M5 have in common is their selfie-friendly, front-facing […]