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 […]

Deals of the Day (12-19-2014)

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The Toshiba Encore Mini is a Windows tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail quad-core processor and a kind of lousy display. But it’s cheap. The tablet has a list price of $120, but usually sells for closer to $100. Right now you can pick one up for even less though: The Microsoft Store is […]

Dell Venue 10 Android tablet specs leaked?

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Dell has a new Android tablet with a 10 inch display and a 2-in-1 design on the way, meaning you’ll be able to connect it to a keyboard station and use the tablet like a notebook. The company unveiled the Dell Venue 10 in September, but didn’t provide any details about the price or specifications. […]

Report: Android M will power in-car systems (no phone required)

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Products with Google’s Android Auto software are just getting ready to roll out, allowing users to pair their phone with supported in-car systems to play music, make or take phone calls, or use turn-by-turn navigation while driving. But Reuters reports Google is already working on next-gen software that could let you do those things without using your […]

Google Project Ara: Marvell, NVIDIA developing CPU modules

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Google plans to launch its modular smartphone code-named Project Ara in 2015. Eventually what Google hopes to sell is just the skeleton of a phone designed to run Android software. Customers will be able to choose their own screen, processor, camera, and other hardware by picking modules. Early prototypes have been powered by Texas Instruments OMAP […]

Asus introduces fanless mini PC with Celeron N2807


Earlier this year Asus introduced a tiny desktop computer with an Intel Bay Trail processor and what the company originally said would be a fanless design… until Asus decided to go ahead and put a fan in the case anyway. Now Asus has a new mini PC with a remarkably similar looking design. But this […]

Microsoft releases Denim Update for select Lumia phones

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Microsoft is starting to roll out the Denim software update for Lumia phones that the company first unveiled in September. The new software is based on Windows 8.1, but it adds improvements to the camera and Cortana voice assistant, among other things. The Denim update is initially available for the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, […]