Microsoft Band fitness tracker shows up in app store listings

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Microsoft is expected to enter the wearable space soon, but the company has yet to announce a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or any other sort of wearable gadget. But Microsoft may have spilled the beans ahead of schedule by submitting a series of apps for synchronizing data between a device called the Microsoft Band and a […]

Lenovo Tablet 2 family gets a 13 inch Windows model

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As expected, Lenovo is expanding the line of Yoga 2 tablets it unveiled earlier in October with a new model featuring a 13 inch display and Windows 8.1 software. The new Yoga 13 inch Tablet 2 launches in early November for $700. Like other Yoga 2 models, the new tablet features an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay […]

Microsoft ends Windows 7 OEM sales Oct 31st


This Halloween could be a scary one… for folks who aren’t fans of Microsoft Windows 8 or later. That’s because Microsoft is pulling the plug on Windows 7 OEM sales on October 31st. In other words, PC makers will soon stop offering notebook and desktop computers with Windows 7 pre-installed. You may still be able […]

UT One tablet with Ubuntu Touch coming in December?

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The makers of the Ubuntu Linux operating system for notebooks, desktops, and servers have been working on a version for phones and tablets… and hope to see the first of those devices ship later this year or early in 2015. Meizu and bq have already announced plans to sell phones with Ubuntu Touch software, and […]

Deals of the Day (10-29-2014)

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Samsung may have a new Galaxy Note tablet on the way, but you don’t have to wait for a new model to get a Galaxy Note with a high-resolution screen, fast processor, and pressure-sensitive pen. Groupon is selling refurbished Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablets for $350 and up (or about $200 off the list […]

Google shows working prototype of Project Ara modular phone

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Google’s Project Ara is an effort to create a modular smartphone. Google will sell you a skeleton and you’ll be able to select the screen, processor, storage, battery, and just about everything else. A group at the company’s ATAP special projects team has been developing Project Ara for over a year and hopes to bring the project […]

HP unveils Sprout 3D scanning system, Multi Jet 3D printing technology

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HP is betting big on 3D printing technology as part of its future. The computer giant recently announced plans to split into two companies, one of which will focus on enterprise software and services and the other of which will focus on consumer devices including notebooks, tablets, and printers… along with 3D printers. Now HP […]

HP Stream 11 Pro notebook on the way

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The HP Stream 11 is a $200 laptop with an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor, an 11.6 inch display, and Windows 8.1 software. It’s basically a Windows alternative to a Chromebook: a dirt cheap laptop that should offer decent performance for basic computing tasks. So would it make any sense for HP to launch a […]

Oppo R5 smartphone is just 0.19 inches thick

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Oppo hast just introduce what it’s calling the world’s thinnest smartphone… and it’s kind of tough to argue with that claim. The Oppo R5 measures just 4.85mm or about 0.19 inches thick. The phone isn’t just thin… it’s also reasonably powerful. Oppo manage to pack some decent hardware between the screen and the back cover, […]

Kindle Voyage is first Kindle not to support third-party apps

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Amazon has been offering third-party apps and games for its Kindle eReaders for years… and I’m not talking about tablet apps for the Kindle Fire. There are a few hundred games and apps available for the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Keyboard, and other eReaders with E Ink screens. But you can’t run any of them on […]

Alienware 13 gaming laptop supports optional desktop graphics cards

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Dell unveiled a new 13 inch gaming laptop this summer, and now the Alienware 13 available for purchase for $999 and up. It’s the company’s smallest laptop designed for gaming and it combines an Intel Haswell processor with NVIDA GeForce GTX 860M graphics, 802.11ac WiFi an Ethernet jack, HDMI and mini DisplayPort, and 52 Whr battery. […]

Windows 10 to get OS X-style touchpad gestures

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The next preview version of Windows 10 will include better support for users with multiple monitors as well as support for new touchpad gestures that let you minimize apps or switch between apps. Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore showed off an early preview of Windows 10 Build 9865 at an event in Europe. Some of those […]