Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphone coming to MWC 2015

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Chinese smartphone maker Meizu plans to unveil its first phone running Ubuntu software at Mobile World Congress next week. That will make Meizu the second company to launch a smartphone running the mobile version of Canonical’s Linux-based operating system. BQ launched a limited number of Aquaris E4.5 smartphones with Ubuntu earlier this month. While BQ […]

Deals of the Day (2-27-2015)

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Microsoft’s Surface tablets make decent laptops when you add a keyboard… but the official keyboards can often add $100 or more to the price tag. But Groupon is running a sale on Surface Pro 2 tablets with Power Covers. For $700 you can get a 10.6 inch tablet with a Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB of […]

Swiss watches tap MotionX for activity tracking

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Like the idea of a smartwatch or fitness tracker, but don’t want to give up on classic watch design for something with a digital screen? A group of Swiss watchmakers are starting to build smart features into their wristwear. 10 different models from Mondaine, Frederique Constant, and Alpina are expected to ship this summer. The […]

VLC updates media player apps for Android, Windows, iOS, and more

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Cross-platform, open source media player VLC just became even more cross-platformy. Developers released updated versions of VLC for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android as well as for new versions of the app for platforms including Android TV, Windows Phone, and Windows RT. VLC has also returned to iOS. This marks the first time the VLC team […]

What do you use tablets for?

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Last year tablet shipments were down for the first time since 2010. That’s led a lot of folks to try to come up with explanations. Maybe big-screened smartphones are eating into tablet sales. Maybe people who already own tablets don’t feel the need to upgrade to new models as quickly as they would upgrade phones. […]

VAIO’s first smartphones launching in Japan on March 12th

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Sony spun off its PC division in 2014, creating a new company called VAIO which sells computers exclusively in Japan. Now VAIO is getting ready to launch its first smartphones, which is kind of funny, since Sony is considering spinning off its own PC business. VAIO and wireless carrier Japan Communications plan to introduce the […]

Nickelodeon launched Noggin: $6 per month mobile video service

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Children’s TV provider Nickelodeon is launching a new subscription-based streaming video service that will let toddlers (or adults with childish tastes) watch kid’s shows on a smartphone or tablet. Noggin launches March 5th, and subscriptions for the ad-free service run $5.99 per month. At launch Noggin will be iOS-only, which means you’ll need an iPhone, […]

Ubuntu MATE joins the Ubuntu family

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Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is set to launch in April, but if you like living on the edge you can try the first beta version of the operating system, which was released today. Well, sort of. There are several different official flavors of Ubuntu. The main version uses the Unity desktop environment, and while you […]

Imagination unveils PowerVR GT7900 graphics for low-cost game consoles

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Imagination Technologies is launching its most powerful graphics processor yet. The PowerVR GT7900 GPU features 512 ALU cores, 16 shader clusters, and when clocked at 800 MHz, the GT7900 run at speeds of up to 800 gigaflops in floating point 32 mode, or 1.6 teraflops in the low-power FP16 mode. Don’t expect to find this chip in […]

Archos to launch budget smartphones, phablets at MWC 2015

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French electronics company Archos has unveiled 4 new low-cost smartphones the company will launch at Mobile World Congress next week. The new phones are all powered by MediaTek processors, feature screen sizes ranging from 5 inches to 6.3 inches, and they’re all priced under $200. The top-of-the-line model is a 5 inch phone called the […]