ZTE Axon smartphone with flagship specs now available for $450

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The ZTE Axon is a smartphone with specs that rival those of flagship phones from other device makers, but a price that’s about $100 – $200 lower. ZTE unveiled the Axon a few weeks ago, and now it’s available for purchased for $450. The smartphone has  5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, a Qualcomm […]

MediaTek Helio X22, X30 chips with 10 cores on the way

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Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek’s upcoming Helio X20 is expected to be one of the first mobile processors with 10 CPU cores. But the company is already working on a few more deca-core chips. The Helio X22 is basically a faster version of the X20, while the Helio X30 uses a different arrangement of processor cores […]

Amazon wants Echo’s Alexa Voice Service on third-party hardware

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As promised, Amazon is taking steps to let anyone incorporate the voice assistant software used by the Amazon Echo into third-party hardware. This could let computers, TV boxes, smart speakers, or pretty much any device with a microphone, speaker, and internet connection respond to voice commands by using Amazon’s technology. Amazon has launched a developer […]

Turing Phone oddball, secure smartphone reservations now open

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The Turing Phone is an unusual smartphone that emphasizes security, unique materials, and odd design choices. It’s tough to make a phone that stands out these days, but the Turing Phone certainly manages to do so. What’s less certain is whether the phone’s worth the $610 or more that Turing Robotic Industries is asking for the […]

Phablet leaks: Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Sony xperia C5

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It’s open season on big smartphone leaks. Samsung’s expected to unveil its next-generation Galaxy Note soon, but Evan Blass has posted some pictures and specs that give us a good idea of what to expect. Sony, meanwhile, hasn’t yet officially acknowledged the existence of the upcoming Xperia C5 smartphone with super-slim side bezels. But we already […]

Windows 10: How to choose default apps

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Microsoft has introduced a few changes to the way Windows handles default applications. Want Windows 10 to treat VLC as your default media player and Firefox as your default web browser? You can do that — but you might have to jump through a few hoops. If you’re upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 […]

Samsung’s next smartwatch: Round display, rotating bezel

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Samsung launched more than half a dozen smartwatches in 2014, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen a new model from the company. So what does Samsung have in store for the second half of 2015? A smartwatch with a circular display and a bezel that rotates, allowing you to perform certain actions without […]

Goodbye live tiles: Give Windows 10 a classic start menu

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Windows 10 marks the return of the Start Menu. Microsoft did away with this classic Windows feature with the launch of Windows 8, when the company introduced a Start Screen that covers your entire display. It looked great on tablets, but some folks found it to be a bit much for notebooks and desktops. Now […]

Deals of the Day (7-31-2015)

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Looking for a really cheap laptop? Groupon is selling refurbished HP Stream 11 notebooks for as little as $120. Don’t want to buy a refurbished model? Best Buy is selling a brand new Asus EeeBook X205TA for $30 more. Want a convertible? There are some good deals on those today too… as well as a […]

Apple TV update coming in September… maybe

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Apple may be planning to launch a new version of its Apple TV this fall. BuzzFeed reports that unnamed sources familiar with Apple’s plans for its set-top box claim the company is definitely launching Apple TV 4 this September. We’ve heard this rumor before. In fact, BuzzFeed previously predicted that an Apple TV refresh was happening this […]

YotaPhone 2 US launch cancelled

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The makers of the YotaPhone 2 raised nearly $300 thousand through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to bring their dual-screen smartphone to the United States. But now it looks like the company is cancelling that effort. A number of backers of the campaign have reported that Yota Devices has sent out email messages letting them know that […]

NVIDIA Shield tablet recalled over battery issues

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NVIDIA has released a software update for its SHIELD tablet, designed to update the system to Android 5.1.1, offer performance improvements, and fix some bugs affecting audio and other features. Oh yeah… NVIDIA also wants you to know that the battery in the tablet can overheat and pose a fire hazard. So the company has […]

Don’t like Windows 10? You can roll back (within 30 days)

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So you’ve taken up Microsoft on its offer to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. How’s that working out for you? For the most part Windows 10 should be able to run on just about any hardware that could run Windows 7 or later. But if you’re running into problems, Microsoft included an escape chute: […]

Facebook’s solar airplane beams internet from above

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It’s raining internet. For the past few years Google has been testing technology that can deliver internet access to remote locations through hot air balloons. Now Facebook has built a solar-powered airplane that can do the same thing. Facebook calls the its plane Aquila, and claims it can stay in the air for up to […]

Report: Businesses testing new Google Glass hardware

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The death of Google Glass may have been exaggerated. While Google is no longer selling its wearable computer that puts a screen above your eye directly to consumers, The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is providing a new version of Google Glass to some business users. The new hardware is aimed at workers […]