How to get Windows 10 right now

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Microsoft is providing Windows 10 as a free update for most computers running Windows 7 or later. But the company is doing a phased rollout, which means that even if you signed up for the free update, you might not be prompted to download and install Windows 10 today. For the most part that’s a […]

Install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the 2GB Intel Compute Stick

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The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny computer that lets you run desktop apps on a TV when you plug the stick into an HDMI port. Intel offers Windows and Ubuntu Linux versions of the Compute Stick: but the operating system isn’t the only thing that makes one model different from the other. If you […]

Intel Compute Stick mini-computer (with Windows) review

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The Intel Compute Stick is a desktop computer that’s so small it doesn’t have to sit on your desk at all. Just plug the HDMI connector into a TV or monitor, connect a power source, and you can basically turn any display into a fully functional PC. The Compute Stick comes in two models: there’s […]

What’s new in Android 5.1 Lollipop?

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Google began rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop this week, and while some of the most important updates since Android 5.0 include bug fixes and stability improvements, there are a few new features that are more visible. If you have hardware that supports HD Voice features, Android 5.1 now include support (for T-Mobile and Verizon customers […]

Dell XPS 13 Broadwell notebook review

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It’s tough to make a laptop that stands out in 2015. There’s plenty of competition for the title of thinnest, lightest, best display, longest battery life, or best overall performance. But Dell managed to make a splash when the company introduced the latest version of its XPS 13 notebook at CES in January. It’s now available […]

10 Windows tablets for $150 or less

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There are dozens, of not hundreds of cheap tablets on the market. Many run Google Android software, but there are a growing number of inexpensive tablets which run Windows 8.1 software. Last year I put together a list of 6 Windows tablets that sold for $199 or less, but I had to do a bit […]

Dell Chromebook 11 (with Core i3) review

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Most Chromebooks are small, inexpensive laptops designed to run Google’s Chrome OS software. But Dell’s Chromebook 11 stands out from the crowd thanks to a business-like design, a sturdy case, and a decent keyboard, among other things. Dell’s Chromebooks are targeted at the education market, but they’re available for anyone to purchase. Prices start at […]

Asus EeeBook X205 budget Windows laptop review

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Asus practically invented the netbook with the launch of the Eee PC line of low-cost, mini-laptops in 2007. While the netbook moniker has fallen out of fashion in recent years, there’s no shortage of inexpensive portable computers these days, including Chromebooks, 2-in-1 tablets, and more basic laptops. Still, Asus has a longer history in this space […]

Rikomagic MK80 octa-core TV box mini-review

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Rikomagic’s MK80 TV box is one of the most powerful, versatile Android boxes I’ve tested to date. It’s also one of the most expensive, priced at around $150 and up. But while there are plenty of devices that let you run Android apps on a TV, the MK80 stands apart thanks to its speedy octa-core processor, […]

Tronsmart Orion R28 Android box mini-review

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Tronsmart offers a pretty wide range of boxes designed to bring Android apps to your TV. They come in different shapes and sizes, sport a range of processor and storage options, and sell for as little as $50 or as much as $150 or more. The Tronsmart Orion R28 is one of the company’s more recent […]

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review (Bay Trail and full HD)

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Over the past few years we’ve seen most major PC makers release inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome operating system. Most have the kind of features you’d expect from a low-cost laptop, including 1366 x 768 pixel displays, 2GB of RAM, and other entry-level specs. But Toshiba’s taken a slightly different approach with the Chromebook 2. […]

How to install XBMC/Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a $39, pocket-sized device that you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV to stream music, movies, TV shows, and other media from the internet. It supports a handful of popular media streaming services including Netflix, YouTube, and of course Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Music, and […]