Lilbits (4-15-2014): Intel’s mobile struggles

Intel Atom Merrifield

With PC sales leveling off, Intel, Microsoft and other companies that have built enormous business around desktop and laptop computers are trying their hardest to make a dent in the newfangled mobile space… with mixed results. Intel reported its quarterly earnings today, and while the company beat estimates, revenue dropped a bit from the same […]

Pipo unveils tablets powered by MediaTek, Rockchip processors

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Chinese device maker Pipo is showing off its latest tablets and at least one new smartphone (with a tablet-sized screen) in Hong Kong this week. As expected, some of Pipo’s new tablets are powered by the new Rockchip’s RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor. But several of the company’s new devices also feature MediaTek’s 8-core chip: […]

Deals of the Day (4-15-2014)

Amazon Prime discount

Amazon is running a sale on Kindle Fire tablets, knocking about $20 to $40 off the price of a 7 or 8.9 inch tablet. But if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber you can save even more. While the Prime perk isn’t mentioned on the sales page, if you’re a Prime member and you add a […]

This is how Google’s Project Ara smartphones will look

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Google’s Project Ara is an effort to build a modular smartphone platform. The company has developed a hardware design that involves a smartphone skeleton which can use a series of modules for everything from the processor to the display. If all goes according to plan, Google could begin shipping smartphone skeletons next year, and the […]

Is this Amazon’s smartphone (prototype)?

amazon smartphone bgr

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch its first smartphone this summer. Now the folks at BGR have posted a few photos of what may be a prototype of Amazon’s phone. The most noticeable difference between this phone and other touchscreen smartphones are the little circles above and below the display. The Amazon phone is said to […]

3 new Asus budget tablets with Android 4.4 on the way

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Asus is working on at least three new Android tablets with low-end specs. Details about the unannounced 7, 8, and 10 inch tablets popped up recently at the Bluetooth and WiFi certification websites, painting a picture of several new affordable tablets which could be part of the company’s MeMo Pad lineup. Prices, pictures, and launch […]

Hisense launches Sero 8 budget Android tablet

hisense sero 8

Chinese tablet maker Hisense made a little splash by launching the Sero 7 line of low-cost tablets with Nexus 7-like specs in 2013. Now the company’s tackling the 8 inch tablet space with the Hisense Sero 8. The new tablet’s already available for pre-order in the UK for about £90, which is $150 US… although the […]

Google Glass gets KitKat update

google glass update

Google is updating the software for its Google Glass wearable computer, bringing new features, updating the software to Android 4.4 KitKat, and removing one feature. The update should be available later this week, and it comes just as Google is opening up the platform to more users. For a limited time starting April 15th, anyone […]

Lilbits (4-14-2014): MS Office for Chrome (kinda)

Microsoft Office web apps in Chrome

Microsoft may want you to pay $99 per year or more to use Office 365. But Office isn’t the only game in town these days, and over the past few years Microsoft has been working to make its free, cloud-based version of Office a bit more competitive with Google Docs and other free alternatives. Now […]