Replacing the battery for a Samsung Series 9 ultrabook

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Ultrabooks are slim notebooks with Intel processors that, among other things, tend to measure less than eight tenths of an inch thick. While many ultrabooks are thin, light, and reasonably powerful laptops, there’s not a lot of room in such a svelte laptop case for things like user-upgradeable memory or storage or replaceable batteries. So […]

Deals of the Day (5-25-2015)

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The Motorola Moto 360 was the first Android Wear smartwatch with a round display, and with a list price of $250 it’s still one of the cheapest. But you know what would make it even more affordable? A $100 price cut. Right now you can pick one up from Amazon or Best Buy for just […]

Intel NUC mini PCs with Braswell chips priced at $140 and up

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Intel is adding a few new low-power models to its NUC line of tiny desktop computers. The new models feature 6 watt processors based on Intel Braswell architecture and price tags starting at around $140 or less for a barebones model. The Intel NUC5CPYH features a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processor while the NUC5PPYH has […]

Another tablet gains (some) support for Remix OS

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Remix OS is a custom version of Android aimed at making Google’s smartphone and tablet operating system feel more like a laptop or desktop OS designed for productivity. Jide, company behind the operating system, was formed by former Google employees and they unveiled the software earlier this year along with a tablet designed to run Remix […]

Running Windows on an Acer C720 Chromebook

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Most Chromebooks are affordable portable laptops that sell for around $150 and up. They ship with Google’s Chrome operating system which is designed to boot quickly, let you get online in seconds, and run web apps from the Chrome Web Store. But a Chromebook is basically just a laptop that ships with Chrome OS. Most models […]

Lilbits (5-22-2015): Android M is coming

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There are already a handful of Android phones that include fingerprint scanners which let you do things like unlock your device or authorize mobile payments using the unique pattern on your fingertip instead of a password. But makers of those phones have had to tack that feature onto the operating system, because fingerprint detection isn’t […]

Report: iPad to support split-screen multitasking

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Apple’s smartphones, tablets, and whatever the iPod touch is have supported multitasking for years. But so far that’s only meant you could switch between apps running in the background and maybe listen to music from one app while you’re looking at another. But soon you may be able to see up to three apps on the […]

Deals of the Day (5-22-2015)

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Want a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365? That’ll be $70. For that price you can run the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other apps on one PC or Mac, one tablet, and one phone. You also get 1TB of cloud storage at Microsoft OneDrive. It’s not a bad deal, especially if […]

Build the tiniest gamepad ever

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TinyCircuits, makers of tiny, open-sourced electronics, recently posted instructions for building the smallest video game console I’ve ever seen. With a few dedicated components available from the TinyCircuits’ online shop, you too can play Space Invaders on a thumbnail sized screen. The build calls for a TinyShield Joystick board, which has two analog joysticks and […]

Pebble Time color smartwatch begins shipping May 27th

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Pebble has announced that it will begin shipping its first smartwatch with a color display to backers of its Kickstarter campaign on May 27th. The goal is to ship Pebble Time watches to everyone who backed the campaign by mid-June. The team is also planning to launch updated versions of its Pebble apps for iOS […]

Jide Remix Ultra Tablet hits retail: Now available for $399

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The Jide Remix Ultra Tablet is the first tablet to ship with Remix OS. It’s an operating system designed to make Android feel more like Windows: While it supports the Google Play Store and hundreds of thousands of Android apps, Remix OS also has a Windows-like taskbar and lets you view multiple apps at once […]

Sphero has joined the Dark Side

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Sphero is a tiny, spherical robot that is powered by your smartphone. It can do tricks, teach you how to program, and let your turn your living room into an arcade game via augmented reality apps. Sphero is also the inspiration for the newest droid celebrity of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” BB-8. Sphero’s cousin, […]