Vensmile W10: Tiny Windows desktop with 64GB and a battery

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The Intel Compute Stick has been making headlines recently, but it’s not the only option if you’re looking for a tiny desktop computer that can run Windows. For about the same price you can pick up a Vensmile W10 mini PC which has twice as much built-in storage, more ports, and the same processor. It […]

Noteslate Shiro ePaper writing tablet due this fall for $199

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A few years ago a company called Noteslate promised to deliver a $99 tablet designed for writing handwritten notes. They didn’t. But now the company is back with a new model featuring a new design, technology that actually exists, and a shot of really launching this fall for $199. It’s called the Noteslate Shiro, and […]

Lilbits (5-01-2015): Building (another) open handheld game console

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The developers of the DragonBox Pyra are designing a handheld game console with a 5 inch, 720p screen, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a compact design, while still featuring game controller buttons and a QWERTY keyboard. The system is designed to be as open as possible, supporting GNU/Linux software. The project was unveiled over […]

Smartwatches prove useful to the deaf community

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Usher Syndrome Advocate Molly Watt recently wrote about her experience with the new Apple Watch. Considering she was born deaf and is legally blind, you would think the tiny touch screen would be off limits for her. However, her experience shows that smartwatches may be more useful than some folks have imagined, especially for the deaf community. […]

Deals of the Day (5-01-2015)

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May 4th is unofficially known by many fans as Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you), and this year’s a particularly big one since there’s a new movie on the way. Want to celebrate a little early? A bunch of Star Wars games for PC, Android, and iOS are on sale. For instance […]

Lenovo LaVie Z ultralight notebook now available

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As expected, Lenovo has launched the LaVie Z line of thin-and-light notebooks in the US. You can order one from Lenovo.com. Unexpectedly the laptops are a little heavier and a little more expensive than originally promised. Still, the Lenovo LaVie Z is remarkably compact machine for a notebook with a 13.3 inch display. It measures […]

Google releases Android 5.1.1 for Nexus 7, Nexus 10 tablets

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Google is expanding its rollout of Android 5.1.1. The company recently rolled out source code for the latest version of the operating system and released a factory image for the Google Nexus Player. Now there are also factory images available for the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 tablets as well as the Nexus 10. You […]

Grooveshark’s streaming music service shuts down

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After nearly 8 years of operation (and 6 years of dealing with lawsuits), online music service Grooveshark is closed for business. The company has posted a message on its website apologizing for its failure to “secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.” While most mainstream internet music services […]

Windows 10 coming to PCs this summer, phones… sometime later

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Microsoft may be calling its upcoming operating systems for phones, PCs, and other devices by the same name (Windows 10), and even using much of the same code across each of these platforms. But Windows 10 for phones and small tablets isn’t exactly the same as Windows 10 for notebooks, desktops, and larger tablets… and […]

Lenovo’s 1.7 pound LaVie Z laptop hits the FCC

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The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 is a notebook with a 13.3 inch display, an Intel Broadwell processor, and a thin-and-light design: It measures about 0.67 inches thick and weighs just 1.7 pounds. Lenovo introduced the laptop at CES in January, promising it would be available in the US starting in May. It looks like everything’s […]