BlackBerry’s Android phones coming soon?

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BlackBerry is reportedly getting ready to launch its first smartphone(s) powered by Google’s Android operating system. While the company hasn’t acknowledged plans to ship Android phones, BlackBerry has been dancing with Google for a while. Phones running BlackBerry OS can now run many Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore, and BlackBerry Messenger software is […]

Egreat i6 mini PC giveaway

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The Egreat i6 is a small computer with Windows 8.1 with Bing software, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, HDMI and VGA ports, and dual-band WiFi. Geekbuying sells the Egreat i6 for about $140, but the store provided us with a demo unit to review. While it has a few odd software quirks, it offers […]

LibreBox mini-PC ships with Ubuntu MATE software

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Portuguese company LibreTrend is partnering with the developers of Ubuntu MATE to offer a small, low-power desktop computer that will ship with the Ubuntu MATE operating system. Perhaps more importantly, LibreTrend says its computers ship without any proprietary blobs for the drivers, which means that they’re designed to run entirely free and open software. The […]

Oukitel smartphones to offer extra-long battery life

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Oukitel plans to launch a series of smartphones that put long battery life front and center. The company made headlines recently by teasing a smartphone with a 10,000 mAh battery. Now more details about that Oukitel K10000 smartphone are emerging… and it looks like the company plans to offer half a dozen other smartphones with big […]

Lilbits 301: Nintendo Wii games on the NVIDIA Shield Android game console

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There’s been rumors that Nintendo’s next game console could have an Android-based operating system, although that’s something the company has denied. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play Nintendo games on an Android device. A few years ago the developers of the Dolphin GameCube and Wii emulator released the first build of Dolphin for Android. […]

CyanogenMod is building a Chromium-based web browser

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The developers of one of the most popular custom ROMs for Android devices are building a web browser, but they’re not doing it from scratch. The CyanogenMod team is working on a browser called Gello, and it’s based on the source code for Google’s Chrome web browser for Android. Google released most of the source […]

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 […]