Acer wireless HDMI dongle hits the FCC

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Acer appears to be preparing to launch a wireless display adapter which you could connect to a TV to beam content from a PC or mobile device… or something. An Acer device called the MWIR1 showed up at the FCC this week, and it’s described as a “Wireless for HDMI 60 GHz” device, but there […]

Lilbits (1-29-2015): Redefining broadband


Once upon a time “broadband” internet access was basically anything faster than a dialup modem. But these days it takes a bit more bandwidth than that to really take advantage of all that the internet has to offer. So the Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband. Up until recently an […]

LibreOffice 4.4 released (free and open office suite)


Microsoft isn’t the only company launching new office apps today. The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 4.4, a new version of the popular cross-platform, free and open source office suite. The latest version features a revised user interface and new features including support for digital signing of PDF files you export. LibreOffice is an office […]

Report: Microsoft will invest in Cyanogen

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The makers of the custom version of Android that runs on smartphones including the OnePlus One and Micromax Yu have said their plans for the future include software that’s free from reliance on Google. Now it looks like the folks at Cyanogen Inc may have a new partner in making that happen: The Wall Street […]

Asus VivoMini barebones PC now available for $160


The Asus VivoMini is a little desktop computer with an Intel Haswell processor, support for Microsoft Windows, and a design that makes this little guy look like it wouldn’t be out of place by your TV in the living room, although the company’s positioning the computer as a device for commercial users. Asus unveiled the VivoMini […]

Deals of the Day (1-29-2015)


There was a time when Zotac’s line of tiny desktop computers shipped without an operating system. While you can still pick up a barebones model, there are now a handful of models that come preloaded with Windows 8.1 with Bing software… and they don’t cost much more than the barebones versions. Right now Newegg is […]

MIPS Creator CI20 dev board now available for $65


The MIPS Creator CI20 is a single-board computer aimed at developers and hobbyists. In other words it’s a lot like a Raspberry Pi… but while the Raspberry Pi has an ARM-based processor the CI20 features a MIPS-based processor. First introduced in December, the MIPS Creatore CI20 is now shipping. It’s available for purchase for $65 or £50. […]

Saygus V² starts taking pre-orders for its $600 superphone

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The Saygus V² starts taking pre-orders for its $600 superphoneis a smartphone with a 5 inch full HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and other specs you’d expect from a high-end phone including 802.11ac WiFi, wireless charging, and a big battery. But the phone also has a few really surprising features: there are 2 […]

Microsoft releases Outlook for iOS and Android

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Microsoft has released Outlook for iOS and a preview of a new version of the calendar and email app for Android. The company acquired email app maker Acompli last year, and the new apps are largely based on the Acompli app for iOS. Outlook is now available as a free download from the App Store and Google […]

Microsoft Office now available for Android tablets

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Microsoft released preview versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android a few months ago. Now the company says they’re ready for prime time. Office for Android tablets is now available for free. You can download Word, PowerPoint, or Excel from the Google Play Store for free and use them to create, view, and edit […]

Intel launches Broadwell chips with vPro for enterprise

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Earlier this month Intel launched its 5th-gen Intel Core “Broadwell” processors for consumer devices. Now the company is adding 5th-gen Intel Core vPro chips to its lineup. These chips are aimed at the enterprise market and Intel says they’ll enable new types of notebooks, 2-in-1 tablets, and mini PCs for use in the workplace. Intel uses […]

LG’s new OLED displays are the most flexible yet

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LG is expected to start mass production of a new type of flexible display this summer. The folks at OLED report the new plastic OLED screens can bend further than existing solutions. Does that mean we’ll finally start to see smartphones and tablets that you can roll up and put in your pocket? Probably not. But […]

FTC fines TracFone $40 million for throttling “unlimited” data

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The Federal Trade Commission is ordering US wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million as a penalty for promising “unlimited” data to customers, but then throttling connection speeds or canceling service altogether after customers use more than a certain amount of data. The FTC isn’t saying that there’s anything wrong with throttling data or terminating […]