Samsung’s first Tizen phone heading to India in January (maybe)


Samsung may finally be getting ready to launch its first smartphone running the Linux-based Tizen operating system. Of course, we’ve heard that before — Samsung has repeatedly pushed back the launch of Tizen-based phones. But if Samsung goes through with it this time, it looks like customers in India might be able to pick up […]

Orange Pi is an Allwinner-powered Raspberry Pi clone

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The Raspberry Pi is a small, low-cost, low-power single board computer with an ARM processor. It’s not exactly a speed demon, but the Raspberry Pi Foundation has shipped millions of units thanks to a combination of the little computer’s $35 (or under) price tag and a growing community of educators, hackers, and enthusiasts who have […]

Deals of the Day (12-22-2014)

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The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a 2-in-1 tablet that comes with a keyboard dock that lets you use the 10 inch tablet like a notebook. The screen is also reversible, so you can flip it around 180 degrees and just use the keyboard as a sort of kickstand. I was reasonably impressed with the […]

Android One to bring low-cost Android phones to more countries

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Google’s Android One initiative is a program aimed at delivering low-cost smartphones with a high-quality user experience, particularly in developing markets where customers might not have a lot of money to spend on top tier smartphones. The first Android One phones launched in India a few months ago. Now Google has announced that Android One […]

Snag an Amazon Kindle for just $29 (after rebate)


In the market for an eBook reader and don’t need all the bells and whistles? Amazon’s entry-level Kindle has a 6 inch, E Ink touchscreen display and a list price of $79. But Amazon is currently selling that model for just $59… and Staples has it for the same price. What’s more, Staples is offering […]

Power Pen is a stylus, power pack, and pen

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Peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate: some things just go well together (or with peanut butter anyway). The makers of the Power Pen figure pens and portable battery packs fit into that category (except for the peanut butter part). The Power Pen looks like a normal pen, and you can use it as […]

“OK Google” can now work on any unlocked Chromebook (kinda)

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The Google Chrome web browser and Chrome OS have supported “OK Google” hotword detection for over a year. Just type chrome://flags into the location bar, find the experimental OK Google feature and click the enable button. Up  until recently this has only let you use your voice to search the web after opening a new tab. Now there’s a […]

InFocus 7 inch octa-core tablet giveaway


The InFocus C2107 is a tablet with a 7 inch, full HD display, an 8-core Allwinner A83 processor, and Android 4.4 software. It’s a nice little device with reasonably speedy performance, a good display, and a compact design (it’s a bit smaller than a Nexus 7 tablet). Allwinner sent me a demo unit to review, […]

Lilbits (12-19-2014): Return of the Palm?

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Once upon a time Palm was a leading company in the mobile device space. Then Palm lost some serious market share, tried some new things that didn’t go over too well, and was eventually acquired by HP… who then canceled all Palm-related projects and dismantled the team before selling most of the remaining assets to […]

Google releases Android 5.0.2 for the Nexus 7 (2012)


So you thought Google Android 5.0.1 was all new and stuff? Meet Android 5.0.2. Google just released a new factory image for the 2012 WiFi-only Nexus 7 tablet, and it’s based on Android 5.0.2. The LRX22G firmware is available for download from Google’s Nexus factory images website. There are also new binaries available, with updated […]

ZTE launches Star 2 smartphone with enhanced voice controls

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Voice control features have been available for smartphones for a while, letting you do things like search the web or make phone calls just by talking to your phone. But the ZTE Star 2 takes things a bit further. You can unlock and turn on this 5 inch Android phone, take a picture, play music, […]

Meet the (unannounced) Lenovo Yoga 3 11

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Lenovo’s next convertible ultrabook will likely have an 11.6 inch screen and an Intel Core M Broadwell processor. The company hasn’t officially introduced the Yoga 3 11 yet, but some basic specs showed up in an Amazon Germany product listing earlier this month. Now that page has been removed, but before that happened the listing had […]