Report: Proactive is Apple’s answer to Google Now

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Apple may be preparing to launch a new feature for iPhones designed to automatically show you relevant information before you even ask for it. According to 9to5Mac, the new feature is called Proactive, and it’s basically the iPhone equivalent of Google Now. Proactive is said to pull together features from Siri, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, and […]

Baikal-T1 is a dual-core MIPS chips for Russian communications tech

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Last year Russian government officials said they wanted to reduce reliance on Intel and AMD chips and move to processors designed and built in the country. Now the folks at Imagination Technology have announced that they’re working with a group of engineers to create a dual-core MIPS-based processor for communications applications. It’s called the Baikal-T1, […]

Deals of the Day (5-27-2015)

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Acer and Asus both offer Windows laptops with 11.6 inch displays, low-power processors, and price tags of $199 or less. And right now you can buy one or the other for a even less money. B&H is selling the Acer Aspire E11 for $179, while VooduBlue has an Asus EeeBook X205 for about $20 less. Here […]

Bring Super Mario Bros to any screen on a Mac with Screentendo


Ever find yourself staring at your computer screen and wishing you were looking at a game rather than a spreadsheet? Now there’s a way to turn pretty much anything on your screen into a game… if you’re using a Mac. Software developer Aaron Randall recently created an OS X application that can transform a portion of […]

Lenovo IdeaPad 100: Windows laptop with Chromebook-like price

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Lenovo is introducing a few new low-cost laptops, including a model that looks like a typical Windows notebook, but which has a price (and some of the features) you’d expect to find from a Chromebook. The Lenovo IdeaPad 100 is a Windows PC with a starting price of $249. It should be available starting in […]

Gionee M5 smartphone: 2 batteries = 4 days of run time

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Want a smartphone that offers long battery life? Your best option today is usually to find a model with the biggest possible battery (and/or the most efficient hardware). But Chinese phone maker Gionee is taking a slightly different approach. The company’s upcoming Gionee M5 smartphone doesn’t just have a  big battery. It has two batteries. Gionee isn’t […]

Lilbits (5-26-2015): Asus ZenPad tablets coming soon


Asus has a few new tablets on the way, and at least some models are expected to bear the ZenPad name (which makes sense, since the company already offers Zenfone smartphones and Zenbook laptops). A few more details about the upcoming tablets have been uncovered in the past few days… which also makes sense, since […]

SanDisk introduces Z400s SSD, promises hard-drive like prices

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Solid state drives have a lot of advantages over hard drives. They consume less power, generate less heat, and usually offer faster read and write speeds. Since an SSD has no moving parts, it’s also less likely to break than a HDD if you drop your laptop or other device. But there’s one area where […]

Deals of the Day (5-26-2015)

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Lenovo’s Miix 2 11 is a Windows tablet with an 11.6 inch full HD display and a detachable keyboard dock that lets you use the computer like a notebook (assuming you don’t need to adjust the angle of the display, because the Miix 2 11 dock doesn’t have an adjustable hinge). There’s no shortage of 2-in-1 […]

Fedora 22 released (GNU/Linux operating systems)

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Fedora is a free and open source operating system developed by a community of coders, but backed by the folks who make the commercial Red Hat Linux project. Fedora 22 is now available for download. The operating system comes in three basic versions: workstation, server, and cloud. For most folks who want to run Fedora […]

Charter plans to merge with Time Warner Cable

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Time Warner and Comcast may not be merging anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean Time Warner isn’t looking for another way to grow: Charter Communications has just announced a plan to merge with Time Warner in a deal that would create a new company that would be the nation’s second-largest cable provider (behind Comcast).   While […]

Sony Xperia Z3+ coming in June, already launched as Xperia Z4 in Japan


Sony’s latest flagship smartphone looks awfully familiar… for two reasons. First, the Sony Xperia Z3+ is virtually identical to the Xperia Z4 the company introduced in April. Second, both of those phones look almost exactly like last year’s Xperia Z3. So what’s new? Unlike the Xperia Z4, which is only available in Japan, the Sony Xperia […]