Cablevision to launch mobile phone service based on WiFi hotspots

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US cable TV and internet provider Cablevision plans to launch a mobile phone network in February. It’s called Freewheel, and existing Cablevision subscribers will be able to sign up for unlimited talk, text, and data plans for just $10 per month. Folks who aren’t already Cablevision customers will be able to use Freewheel for $30 […]

Project Ara smartphone modules: Sennheiser audio, Innolux displays

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Google hopes to launch a pilot program to sell modular smartphone kits based on Project Ara later this year. But a modular smartphone is only as good as the modules you can use to customize the device. Fortunately there are already third-party developers working on modules. The folks at Phonebloks are highlighting some of them, including […]

Intel unveils NUC mini PC with Core i7 Broadwell

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This year Intel will launch its first NUC mini-desktop computer to feature an Intel Core i7 processor. The NUC line of computers are tiny desktop PCs with Intel chips. They’ve been around for a few years, but up until now you haven’t been able to find one with anything more powerful than a Core i5 chip. […]

Cyanogen wants to make Google-free version of Android

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Cyanogen Inc produces a custom version of Android for smartphones including the OnePlus One and Micromax Yu line of devices. Right now that means users get some special features and more control over settings than they’d get if they were running a phone running the stock version of Android that runs on phones like the […]

HP Pavilion Mini desktop is now available

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HP introduced two tiny desktop computers at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, and now select models are available for purchase. The HP Stream Mini is an entry-level model with a starting price of $180, while the HP Pavilion Mini has more powerful hardware and a starting price of $320. Update: As of January 25th, 2015 the […]

HP Spectre 13 x360 is a premium convertible laptop with Broadwell

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HP is expanding its x360 line of 2-in-1 laptops with a new premium model called the HP Spectre 13 x360. It’s a notebook with a 13.3 inch high-resolution display, a case that measures just 0.6 inches thick, and a 5th-gen Intel Core “Broadwell” processor. But if you push the screen back 360 degrees so it’s […]

Walmart’s $25 Vudu Spark media streaming stick for your TV

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Vudu is an online video service operated by Walmart. It offers movie and TV show rentals and purchases with prices starting at 99 cents, and you can stream media to a PC, a mobile device, or to a TV using a Roku, Chromecast, game console, or a number of other devices. Now there’s another option: Walmart is […]

Deals of the Day (1-24-2015): Amazon Prime for $72

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Amazon Prime membership grants subscribers access to free 2-day shipping on many items, access to online streaming of music, movies, and TV shows, and a range of other perks that makes it kind of unlike any other rewards or online media service around. Normally Amazon charges $99 per year for a Prime membership. But today […]

Alcatel OneTouch Smart Control is a tiny remote for your phone

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Alcatel OneTouch plans to launch a tiny, wireless button that you can use to remote control a handful of functions on a smartphone. The Alcatel OneTouch RC20 Smart Control showed up at the FCC this week, and according to the user manual it’s a Bluetooth device that you can use to locate your phone, snap […]

Lilbits (1-22-2015): SkyMall flies into the sunset

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Need a Bigfoot statue for your front lawn, a stepladder to let your dog climb up onto the bed, or luggage that also functions as a skateboard? For a quarter of a century, SkyMall has had you covered. But now the company is declaring bankruptcy. SkyMall doesn’t have a captive audience anymore. Growing support for […]

DLP Android Pico Projector available to ship to the U.S.

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A new Android-based mini projector showed up on the FCC recently The digital projector from Mego Optoeletronics runs on Android 4.2 with built-in Wi-Fi has already been on sale for a while via import resellers such as AliExpress and eBay for about $300 – $330. The pico projector offers playback of PDFs, photos, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, […]

Windows 10 Preview now includes Cortana (and more)

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Microsoft has released a new preview of Windows 10 to members of the Windows Insider Program, and it includes some of the new features the company unveiled at an event earlier this week. Among other things, the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview includes Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant software, the Continuum feature that lets software automatically transition […]

Deals of the Day (1-23-2015)

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The Lenovo Miix 2 10 is a Windows tablet with a full HD display, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, and 2GB of RAM. It also works with a detachable keyboard, letting you use the tablet like a notebook (although the screen angle isn’t adjustable when using the machine with a dock). Lenovo charged $499 […]