Chrome for Android blurs the lines between native, web apps

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Google Chrome Beta 45 for Android is the first version of Google’s mobile web browser to support Chrome custom tabs. What that means for app developers is that if they need to incorporate web content in their apps, they can have more control over how a Chrome browser tab looks when it loads that content. What it […]

Gigabyte BRIX GB-BACE-3000 is a fanless mini PC with Intel Braswell

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Gigabyte’s latest tiny desktop computer is a model with a low-power 4 watt Intel Celeron N300 Braswell dual-core processor and a passive cooling system. In other words, the Gigabyte BRIX GB-BACE3000 is a fanless PC that should operate silently (assuming you outfit it with a quiet solid state disk rather than a noisy hard drive. A few days […]

Matchstick streaming stick to refund Kickstarter backers


Nearly a year ago, a team of developer unveiled a Firefox OS-powered TV stick called the Matchstick. It was positioned as an open source alternative to the Google Chromecast, allowing users to stream content from their phones or from the internet to a TV. The developers ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the […]

Another OnePlus smartphone coming in 2015 (and more OnePlus news)

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The OnePlus 2 smartphone starts shipping the second week of August. But Chinese startup OnePlus is already planning to launch its third smartphone. Co-founder Carl Pei tells USA Today that the company wants to launch a new phone will be available by the end of the year. Details about the upcoming phone are scarce, but in […]

Deals of the Day (8-03-2015)

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  Amazon offers a range of low-cost tablets, eReaders, and TV boxes. But if you’re looking for a deal on those devices, Amazon isn’t always the store with the lowest prices. Right now Best Buy is offering up to $60 off a number of Amazon devices. You can pick up a Kindle for as little […]

Report: Apple could launch a wireless network too

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Apple may be planning to become a wireless carrier. Business Insider reports that Apple is working on a deal that could result in the company becoming an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) in the US and Europe. That means Apple wouldn’t actually build or maintain any wireless towers. Instead, the company would use infrastructure provided by […]

Apple wants Siri to transcribe voicemails like Google Voice already has for years

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Apple may be working on a visual voicemail service that will automatically create transcripts of your voice messages. How is this different from Google Voice, which has been available for Android users for years? According to a report from Business Insider, Apple’s service will put Siri in charge of the transcription. Apple employees are reportedly already testing this […]

Moto G (2015): Root, Bootloader unlock, and custom recovery

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Less than a week after the Motorola Moto G 2015 model went on sale, folks have already figured out how to root the phone and install a custom recovery. This opens the door for running apps that require superuser permissions, making complete backups of your device, and installing custom updates, firmware, or even replacement operating […]

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M5 phone sport 13MP front cameras

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As expected, Sony has officially launched two new smartphones, including one model with a 6 inch display and super-thin side bezels, and a smaller model with a mid-range price tag, but a few unusual features. One thing that both both the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Sony Xperia M5 have in common is their selfie-friendly, front-facing […]

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


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 […]