LG launches the G4 smartphone (with a leather back)

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LG’s latest flagship smartphone features the kind of hardware you’d expect from a premium phone in 2015. It has a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, 3GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a 16MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera. But it’s the phone’s design that really stands out: the back of […]

Fonkraft wants to build a modular smartphone too (crowdfunding… and probably too good to be true)


Google’s Project Ara may be the highest-profile attempt to build a modular smartphone and an ecosystem of modules and software that will let you swap out displays, batteries, processors, and just about everything else. But Google isn’t the only company working on modular designs for mobile devices. Click ARM and PuzzlePhone have their own ideas, and Chinese phone […]

Epson launches Endeavor SY01 Windows PC-on-a-stick (for Japan)


Epson is getting into the PC-on-a-stick space with the launch of a tiny Windows computer that you can plug into any display with an HDMI port. It’s basically a variation of Intel’s Compute Stick with a custom case, an Epson logo, and an optional wireless keyboard. The Epson Endeavor SY01 should be available in Japan […]

Acer Chromebox for meetings sports Intel Broadwell

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Acer may be getting ready to expand its Chromebox family with a new model sporting an Intel Broadwell processor. Right now the company sells a few models with Intel Celeron and Core i3 Haswell processors. They’re priced between $180 and $400. But at an event in new York last week Acer handed out a spec […]

LG G Watch Urbane smartwatch now available for $349


LG’s latest smartwatch is the company’s nicest looking model yet. It’s also the most expensive. The LG G Watch Urbane is now available for $349. That’s $50 more than the launch price for the company’s last smartwatch with a round face and Google Android Wear software: the G Watch R, which you can now buy […]

Marvell launches Armada 1500 Ultra chip for 4K TV boxes

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Chip maker Marvell is expanding its Armada line of system-on-a-chip solutions for set-top-boxes with a new octa-core processor with support for 4K video. The Marvell Armada 1500 Ultra is an 8-core, 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 chip with Vivante GC7000XS graphics. The company’s targeting pay TV operators and set-top-box makers. So you probably won’t find the […]

SwiftKey Clarity Android keyboard features multi-word autocorrect


SwiftKey offers a third-party keyboard app for mobile devices which is designed to save you time by, among other things, predicting the next word you’ll want to type before you’ve even finished entering the current word. Now SwiftKey has a new Android app called Clarity. It’s also a keyboard app, but instead of focusing on […]

Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox launches in June for $199 and up

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Lenovo has been offering a line of “tiny” desktop computers aimed at business customers for a few years. Up until recently these systems have shipped with Windows, but in June Lenovo will launch the first model to run Chrome OS. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny launches this summer for $199 and up. The compact desktop […]

New Bodyprint tech could be low-cost biometrics for smartphones


There are not a whole lot of smartphones with fingerprint identification features on the market. One reason is that capacitive fingerprint scanners are expensive. So, they are relegated to only top-tier mobile devices. A new lower-resolution sensor is in development at Yahoo Labs that could potentially be the future of biometrics for any smartphone with a […]

Deals of the Day (4-27-2015)

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Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro tablet may be the third-generation model which launched in 2014. But the first-generation model only is only about a year older, and it’s still a pretty good computer thanks to a 10.6 inch, full HD display, an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, digital pen support, and optional keyboard dock. While Microsoft […]

Andromium OS app makes Android more Windows-like


Android phones and tablets can run thousands of apps… but usually you’re limited to looking at one app at a time. Some companies do offer Android phones or tablets limited support for multi-window support, allowing you to run two or more apps side-by-side. But if you want a more Windows-like experience with a taskbar and […]

Imagination introduces free MIPSfpga for university use


Imagination Technologies designs the MIPS processor technology used in some low-power devices such as tablets and set-top-boxes. But MIPS-based processors aren’t nearly as popular as chips based on ARM or x86 designs. An unusual program Imagination is introducing could help change that. The company has announced that it’s offering universities un-obfuscated access to one of its […]

Debian 8 “Jessie” released (GNU/Linux-based operating system)

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After nearly two years of development, Debian 8 “Jessie” is ready for download. It’s an open source GNU/Linux operating system designed for use on a wide range of hardware and developed by thousands of volunteers. But Debian is also known for stability and performance: the popular Ubuntu operating system uses Debian as its foundation. The […]

Lenovo U31 notebook coming to America?

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Lenovo introduced a 13 inch laptop called the Lenovo U31 at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but at the time the company said the notebook would not be available in North America. But guess what just showed up at the FCC website last week? It’s still not clear if Lenovo plans to sell this notebook in […]

Acer abTouchPhone prototype: Desk phone with a built-in tablet


At an event in New York City this week, Acer unveiled a series of new notebooks, tablets, and devices that straddle the line such as the Acer Switch 10 and 11 2-in-1 tablets and Acer Aspire R 11 convertible notebook. The company also took the opportunity to show off a prototype of something a little […]