ZTE launches Nubia 5S mini LTE smartphone for $280

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The ZTE Nubia 5S mini LTE is a smartphone with a 4.7 inch display, 4G LTE support, and a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. But it’s not really the specs that make this phone stand out: it’s the price. It sells for just $280 without a contract, which makes […]

Lilbits (8-19-2014): OneNote for Android tablets

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Microsoft OneNote lets you scribble notes, create checklists, add audio or video notes, and sync your notes across a range of devices. OneNote used to be bundled with Microsoft Office but over the past few years it’s taken on a life of its own — especially on mobile devices including phones and tablets. Now Microsoft has […]

Icarus Illumina HD eReader runs Android, comes with Kindle app

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While Google Android was designed for phones and tablets with color displays, there are a number of eBook readers with E Paper displays that feature Android-based software. Barnes & Noble’s NOOK eReaders, for instance, are powered by Android. But they feature a custom user interface so that you’d hardly know Google’s software was under the […]

Sony launches Xperia M2 Aqua waterproof mid-range smartphone

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Sony’s last few flagship smartphones have had water and dust-proof cases. Now the Japanese device maker is bringing waterproof design to a more affordable phone. The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua has the same basic features as the Xperia M2 phone which launched earlier this year. But you can submerge the new phone in up to 5 […]

Deals of the Day (8-19-2014)

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The HP Chromebox is a small, cheap desktop computer with an Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Google’s Chrome operating system. It has a list price of $179, but right now you can pick one up for just $150 from Amazon. Or you can grab one for $155 from […]

HTC launches One (M8) with Windows Phone software

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What happens if you take HTC’s latest flagship phone and replace the Android operating system with Windows Phone? Apparently you get the HTC One (M8) for Windows… a new phone that’s available in the United States exclusively from Verizon. Update: And AT&T. You can pick one up starting this afternoon for $100 when you sign up […]

HTC J Butterfly waterproof smartphone launches in Asia

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What do you get if you take the HTC One (M8), add a waterproof and dustproof (but plastic) case? Apparently you get the HTC J Butterfly, which the company just introduced for the Japanese market. A similar phone called the HTC Butterfly 2 will also launch in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Asian markets starting in […]

This is (the outline of) the first Asus smartwatch

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Asus plans to unveil its first smartwatch at the IFA trade show in Berlin this September. Now we have our first glimpse of… part of the watch. The company has a habit of posting teasers ahead of major launches, and today’s clue is pretty clearly an outline of a watch. Asus is expected to use […]

Now you can buy a TV with Roku baked in (or just buy a Roku box)

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Roku makes some of the most popular boxes that you can plug into a TV to stream content from Netflix, HBO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and hundreds of other internet services. Now you don’t need a separate box anymore… provided one of the new TVs that has Roku software pre-loaded. TV makers TCL and Hisense are now […]

Nabi Big Tab is a kid-friendly tablet with a TV-sized screen

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Fuhu offers a range of tablets for kids, featuring 5 to 10 inch screens and a custom, kid-friendly version of Google Android. Now the company is thinking big… real big. The company’s latest tablet is called the Big Tab and it’ll come with a choice of 20 inch or 24 inch displays. Arguably these devices are […]

MK903V TV stick is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 processor

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A handful of TV boxes featuring Rockchip’s new ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor have popped up recently, but the MK903V is one of the first that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. The device looks a bit like a chunky USB flash drive, except it has an HDMI port on one end and an antenna […]