OnePlus 2 smartphone coming in August, prices start at $329

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The second smartphone from Chinese device maker OnePlus goes on sale starting August 11th. The OnePlus 2 features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 3,300 mAh battery. Like last year’s model, the OnePlus 2 features premium specs and a reasonably low price tag. Prices for this […]

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra will be a nearly bezel-free phone

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A handful of companies have introduced smartphones that are nearly bezel-free… at least on the left and right sides of the phone. Usually there’s some space above and below the screen which is used for silly things like mics, speakers, and cameras. ZTE has a model, as do Sharp, and some less well-known companies such as LeTV. Now […]

Is this the 2015 Moto X smartphone?

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Motorola’s next-gen Moto G and Moto X smartphones are on the way. The company is holding a press event to officially launch the new devices on July 28th. There’s just about no mystery left involving the new Moto G. A series of leaks have given us a pretty good idea what Motorola’s new mid-range/budget phone will […]

Budget chip maker Leadcore releases roadmap for future processors

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The company that makes the processor for Xiaomi’s $97 Redmi 2A smartphone is outlining plans for its upcoming chips. Some will still be entry-level processors aimed at low-cost devices. But they’ll be based on newer versions of ARM’s designs. Leadcore also plans to launch some higher-performance chips. Xiaomi’s low-cost phone features a Leadcore LC18260 chip, which […]

Google Chrome 45 beta brings media controls to Android notifications

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Google has released a new beta of its web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Chrome OS. Google Chrome 45 beta includes support for new JavaScript features, improved service worker features (for allowing web apps to work even when you don’t have an internet connection), and more. One of the most useful updates is […]

Google starts unbundling Google+ from services, starting with YouTube

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YouTube is going anti-social… or rather, Google is reversing its controversial decision to require users to sign up for a Google+ social network account. New users don’t need a Google+ profile to upload videos, create a channel, or leave comments anymore. And comments left on videos won’t show up on your Google+ profile should you […]

Deals of the Day (7-27-2015)

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The Acer Aspire R13 is a convertible notebook with a screen that can flip over to face away from the keyboard. You can then close the lid and hold the computer like a tablet. When Acer launched the original Aspire R13 in 2014, the company priced the notebook at $899 and up. But now you […]

OnePlus 2 launches tonight, here’s what it looks like (leaks)

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OnePlus is holding an online press event at 7:00PM Pacific Time tonight to launch its new phone. You can download an Android app to watch a standard video stream or watch the event in virtual reality. But you don’t need wait until tonight to see the OnePlus 2: an xda-developers forum member has posted some pretty […]

Maybe you’ll be able to block Windows 10 updates after all

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Microsoft says Windows 10 represents a new stage for its flagship operating system: the transition to Windows as a Service. This means that the company plans to treat Windows 10 as a platform that evolves and grows over time… but that only works if users regularly download and install software updates. That’s at least one […]

Next-gen Android One phone hits India (with better specs)

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Google’s Android One initiative is an effort to help smartphone makers delivery high-quality hardware and software at low prices for customers in developing markets. The first crop of Android One handsets featured pretty basic specs, but at least they were cheap: prices started at around $100. But there’s no shortage of dirt cheap Android phones, […]

Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu launches for $100

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The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny PC that plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor. A model with Windows software launched earlier this year for $150. Now you can buy a model with Ubuntu Linux for $100. It’s available in the United States from Best Buy, Micro Center and Newegg. […]

Plasma Mobile: Linux-based smartphone operating system

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There’s a new player in the smartphone operating system space: the folks behind the KDE desktop environment for Linux-based desktop computers have just unveiled Plasma Mobile. Plasma Mobile is basically a mobile version of the desktop Plasma user interface. It’s free and open source software, and while there aren’t any phones that ship with Plasma Phone […]