Cyanogen introduces Themes app for Cyanogen OS phones

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The developers of the open source, Android-based CyanogenMod operating system have offered a theme engine for changing the color scheme, fonts, and other visual elements. Now that some of the lead developers of CyanogenMod are working on the commercial Cyanogen OS, they’re planning to bring enhanced support for themes to phones like the Oppo N1 […]

Deals of the Day (11-24-2014)

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The HP Stream 13 is a low-cost, portable notebook with a 13 inch display, an Intel Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. It has a fanless design, runs Windows 8.1, and normally sells for $229. But right now the Microsoft Store is selling the laptop for $199. Plus you get […]

T-Mobile customers can stream Google Play Music, Xbox Music for free(ish)

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T-Mobile’s Music Freedom program lets customers stream music from a number of online music sources without that data counting against their monthly data caps. The wireless carrier launched Music Freedom in June, added a few additional services in August, and now the company is more than doubling the number of online music services that are […]

Intrinsyc launches Snapdragon 810 tablet, smartphone devices for developers

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor is an octa-core, 64-bit processor based on ARMv8 architecture. Qualcomm says it’s up to 30 percent faster than a Snapdragon 805 chip, supports LPDDR4 memory, and has other improvements. The new processor probably won’t be available in consumer devices until 2015. But developers who want to get a head start working […]

HandBrake 0.10 video transcoder adds H.265, VP8 and more

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HandBrake is a cross-platform, open source video transcoding tool. Need to convert a DVD or Blu-ray rip to an MP4 file with AAC, MP3, or FLAC for the audio track? No problem. Handbrake will let you do that on Windows, Mac, or Linux. It’s a powerful tool that’s been around for years… but the developers […]

Amazon Fire TV Stick on sale for $24

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a small, inexpensive device that lets you stream music and videos from the internet to your TV and allows you to play some video games as well. Priced at $39, it’s a few dollars more expensive than a Google Chromecast and a little cheaper than a Roku. When Amazon […]

Samsung launches WiFi-only Gear S Smartwatch (in Japan)

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The Samsung Gear S is a smartwatch with a large, 2 inch curved display, Samsung’s Tizen-based software, and the ability to display notifications from your phone. But what really makes the Gear S stand out is the fact that you don’t need to use it with a phone: it can connect to the internet whether it’s […]

Amazon Fire TV Stick: overview of the $39 media streamer

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a media streaming device is a stick that you can plug into the HDMI port on your TV to stream music, movies, and other content from the internet. You can also use it to play games, view your photo collection, and run a variety of third party apps. It’s not the […]

Several Linux distros borrow Google’s Material Design ideas

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Google introduced a new design language with Android 5.0 called Material Design. It relies on vivid colors, a lot of white space, and animations designed to make different on-screen elements feel like real materials. For instance, switching between two screens in an app is meant to feel like sliding one sheet of paper over another. […]

Alienware Alpha (Dell’s littlest gaming PC) now shipping

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Dell introduced a small form-factor gaming desktop PC called the Alienware Alpha this summer, and now it’s shipping. Originally designed to be a Steam Machine running Valve’s Linux-based Steam operating system, the Alienware Alpha is currently shipping with Windows. You can thank Valve’s decision to delay launch of Steam OS until 2015 for that. Prices for […]

How to install XBMC/Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a $39, pocket-sized device that you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV to stream music, movies, TV shows, and other media from the internet. It supports a handful of popular media streaming services including Netflix, YouTube, and of course Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Music, and […]

Deals of the Day (11-21-2014)

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Black Friday may be a week away, but Amazon is running 8 days of deals… starting with some great bargains on notebooks and tablets. Some of Amazon’s best deals today include deep discounts on Asus Chromebooks and tablets, HP notebooks and 2-in-1s, and more. Don’t feel like spending any money at all today? Hit up […]

Buy a Chromebook, get 1TB of cloud storage for 2 years


Google has been offering 100GB of free cloud storage to customers who buy Chromebooks fro a while. Now the company is stepping up its game: if you buy an eligible Chromebook between now and January 1st you’ll get 1TB of Google Drive storage space for free. That’s a pretty good deal when you consider that […]

Imp mini PC is a tiny, ARM-based Ubuntu computer


Want a small, low-power desktop computer that runs Ubuntu Linux, but don’t want to go through the hassle of installing and configuring the operating system yourself? A company called Imp wants to deliver a tiny desktop with an ARM-based CPU, 2GB of RAM, and open source software. They’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to fund the project […]