Lilbits (3-26-2015): Freeze your eReader in a block of ice

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Some companies boast that their gadgets are waterproof. But what about ice-proof? Last year PocketBook launced a water-resistant eReader called the PocketBook Aqua. A year later the folks at Vido decided to see just how sturdy this thing was… so they didn’t just get it wet. They froze it solid. I first read about the experiment […]

Pipo X7S is a dual-boot, Windows and Android TV box

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A few months ago Chinese gadget maker Pipo launched a small computer/TV box with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and Windows 8.1 with Bing software. It’s called the Pipo X7 and it sells for about $114 and up at AliExpress. Now the company has a new model called the Pipo X7S. It has the […]

Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 is a big, powerful ultrabook

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The latest member of the Asus Zenbook line of portable laptops isn’t the company’s smallest or lightest ultrabook to date. But it’s one of the most powerful. The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 features an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics, speedy storage, and a high-resolution display. It also weighs about 4.5 […]

Panoramic Pod facilitates straight-line panos

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It’s pretty easy to take a panoramic photo if you have a camera or smartphone that can stitch multiple shots together, no matter how shaky. However, there is always room for improvement. The Panoramic Pod is a tripod with a rotating disc that helps you take precision panoramic pictures so you don’t have to worry about […]

Microsoft: Universal apps are Windows apps, classic apps are Desktop apps

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Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 is an operating system designed to run on a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, game consoles, and even the company’s upcoming HoloLens virtual reality system. While Windows will look a little different on phones than notebooks or Xbox consoles (and it’ll include different components), each version will share […]

Deals of the Day (3-26-2015)

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The Asus Transformer Book T100 offered a great bang for the buck when the 2-in-1 Windows tablet with a detachable keyboard launched in late 2013. It offers long battery life, decent performance, and decent functionality as a laptop or a tablet. When Asus first introduced the Transformer Book T100 it was priced at $350 and […]

Twitter launches Periscope for live video streaming from your iPhone

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Meerkat move over… there’s another app that lets you stream live video from your smartphone and share it through Twitter. It’s called Periscope, and it’s run by Twitter. That helps explain why Twitter cut off rival Meerkat’s access to its social graph recently. So what is Periscope, and does it spell Meerkat’s doom? Taking the second part […]

Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-orders begin March 27

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The HTC One M9 isn’t the only flagship smartphone going up for pre-order at midnight. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will also be available for pre-order starting March 27th. Like the HTC One M9, Samsung’s new phones will be available in US stores starting April 10th. Samsung isn’t talking pricing […]

HTC One M9 pre-orders open March 27 ($649 unlocked)

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The HTC One M9 smartphone will be available in stores starting April 10th. But if you don’t want to wait that long… and have $649 burning a hole in your pocket you’ll be able to order an unlocked HTC One M9 from HTC.com at 12:01 AM. Or you could save some money and just buy […]

Mele PCG03 Windows mini PC giveaway

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The Mele PCG03 is a small desktop computer with an Intel Atom processor, a nice array of ports, and Windows 8.1 software. It sells for about $150 and up, but the folks at Mele sent me a demo unit. Now that I’m finished reviewing the little PC, it’s time for a giveaway! The Mele PCG03 […]

Gizmo 3D’s speedy printer could create objects in minutes

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Recently, Carbon3D unveiled a new process for 3-D printing wowed observers by using Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology to print print objects up to 100 times faster than the hours-long traditional 3-D printers available now. Now another company called Gizmo 3D is showing off technology that uses a top-down process which is potentially even faster. According to 3DPrint.com, […]

Report: Microsoft Surface 3 Windows tablet coming soon

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Microsoft may be planning to launch a new tablet featuring a low-power processor and a relatively low price tag. WinBeta reports that the upcoming Surface 3 tablet will be the successor to last year’s Surface 2. But it’ll have an Intel processor rather than an ARM chip and it’ll run the full Windows operating system […]

Remix Tablet aims to bring productivity to Android (Crowdfunding)

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Want a tablet that can run the thousands of apps and games available in the Google Play Store, but which handles multitasking the way a Windows notebook would? Jide’s Remix Ultra Tablet promises to do just that. It’s a 2-in-1 tablet with an 11.6 inch display, a built-in dual-angle kickstand, and a wireless keyboard. It […]

Facebook Messenger becomes a platform (with support for third-party apps)

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Facebook is opening up its Messenger app to third-party developers. Basically the app which currently lets Facebook users send messages to one another will become a platform with support for additional features. Popular Chinese messaging app WeChat and others already offer similar features. But Facebook’s entry into the space could be huge: Messenger already has […]