Deals of the Day (7-01-2015)

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Later this month HP will begin selling a new version of the Pavilion x2 2-in-1 Windows tablet with a 10 inch screen. The new model features a sturdy keyboard base that lets you use the system like a real laptop and a versatile USB Type C port that you can use to charge the device or connect peripherals […]

OnePlus is giving away Cardboard VR headsets (for your phone)

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Smartphone maker OnePlus plans to reveal its second phone on July 27th, and the company is holding an unusual press event: the whole thing will be streamed live over the internet in virtual reality. But what if you don’t have a VR headset? No problem… OnePlus is giving them away. Well, kind of. OnePlus designed […]

Now you can run Android apps on a Mac (with BlueStacks)

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BlueStacks has been offering Windows users a tool that lets them install and run Android apps on a PC for years. Now BlueStacks is also available for Mac. It’s available as a free download from BlueStacks.com. BlueStacks is basically an emulator that lets you run Android apps on a non-Android device. You can use you […]

Sony launches its own crowdfunding platform (for internal projects)

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The world probably needs another crowdfunding website about as much as it needs an meteor in the head. But that’s not stopping Sony from launching one. There’s one key difference between Sony’s First Flight program and other crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe though: First Flight is designed to showcase ideas from Sony employees. You […]

Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+ with CyanogenOS canceled before launch

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A few months after announcing plans to release a 6 inch smartphone with CyanogenOS software, Alcatel OneTouch and Cyanogen have revealed that they won’t be launching the OneTouch Hero 2+ smartphone after all. The original idea had been to offer an affordable phone with high-quality hardware and software. The smartphone was set to sell for […]

CTL H4 Chromebook is a $199 laptop with 4GB of RAM

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Looking for a portable laptop that costs less than $200? There are plenty of options including models that run Windows or Google’s Chrome OS software. Want one that has 4GB of RAM instead of 2GB? That usually drives up the price… but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a laptop with 4GB of RAM […]

Lilbits 300: Is this the new Moto G (2015)?

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The Motorola Moto G is a low-cost smartphone with entry-level specs, but software and hardware that’s good enough to have earned the phone a reputation among budget phone shoppers. Motorola has launched two models so far, and details about a third-generation model continue to leak. Recently we saw some leaked photos, and now there are […]

Huawei Honor 7 is a $320 phone with a 20MP camera

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Huawei’s latest phone has a mid-range price tag, but some surprisingly premium specs. Prices start at about 1999 yuan in China, which is about $320 US, but the phone has a reasonably fast processor, a high-resolution display, and front and rear cameras with high megapixel counts. The Huawei Honor 7 has a metal case, a […]

Linux Mint 17.2 released

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The latest version of the popular Linux Mint operating system is now available for download in two flavors. You can get Linux Mint 17.2 with the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments. Both versions should feel familiar to anyone that’s used Windows (or most desktop Linux distros) in the past decade. But unlike Windows, Linux Mint is […]

Xiaomi launches first smartphone outside of Asia

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Xiaomi has been selling smartphones in China for a few years, where the company has made a name for itself for its low-cost, high-quality devices and polished software (and also for its habit of offering products that look like they were designed by Apple). Recently the company started selling headphones, power banks, fitness trackers, and other […]

LG’s new battery could help smartwatches run longer

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Square or rectangular smartwatches have one big advantage over circular ones; traditionally shaped batteries fit better. Until now, most batteries for the smartwatches have been rectangular. However, according to a report from Korea Times LG Chem is now shipping a battery in the shape of a hexagon to smartwatch makers. A few major manufacturers produce smartwatches with round displays. LG […]

Deals of the Day (6-30-2015)

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Over the past few years, a number of low-cost notebooks running Google’s Chrome operating system have hit the market. While Google offers the operating system to PC makers free of charge, that’s not the only thing that makes these laptops cheap: they also tend to have pretty basic specs including just 2GB of RAM and […]

Meizu MX5 smartphone sports a MediaTek Helio X10

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Chinese phone maker Meizu’s latest smartphone will be one of the first phones to ship with a MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor. The Meizu MX5 will be available soon in China for about $290 and up. The smartphone features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel Super AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM a 3,150 mAh […]

Lilbits 299: Rockchip’s first 64-bit chip arrives

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Chinese chip maker Rockhip has made a bit of a splash over the past few years by offering low-cost processors for Android tablets and TV boxes. But rival MediaTek seems to have been running laps around Rockchip recently, launching new chips at a rapid fire pace and dominating the Chinese smartphone space. Earlier this year […]