New dual-boot TV boxes run Android + Ubuntu or Windows

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Like the idea of a TV box that runs Android and has access to thousands of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and XBMC, but don’t want to buy one unless it can also handle desktop apps like Office or LibreOffice? No problem: there are a handful of dual-boot devices on the market that let you […]

Deals of the Day (4-15-2015)

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Humble Bundle has made a business out of offering groups of games (or eBooks, or other items) for low prices while letting customers choose how to divvy up the sales price so the money is split between the game makers, Humble Bundle, and charity. But right now game developer Electronic Arts is offering over $100 […]

Microsoft unveils the $149 Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone

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Microsoft’s latest smartphone is an affordable phone with a 5 inch, 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, and a rather affordable price tag. The Lumia 540 Dual SIM should be available in May for about $149. As the name implies, the phone supports two SIM cards so you can use the phone on […]

Huawei introduces P8 smartphone

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Huawei’s latest flagship phone features a 5.2 inch display, a metal unbody case, and a slim design: the Huawei P8 measures just 6.4mm thick, making it thinner than an iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6. The phone also has rather slim bezels, which helped Huawei to make a phone with a 5.2 inch screen that’s […]

EU antitrust officials accuse Google of abusing its monopoly position in search, maybe smartphones

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The European Commission has been looking into questions of whether Google has been using its dominant position in search to violate European Union antitrust rules — and the commission has sent a Statement of Objection suggesting that the US-based search company’s shopping comparison system may cross that line. The Commission has also started looking into […]

OnePlus Two (and another phone) coming in second half of 2015

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Chinese startup OnePlus made a name for itself last year with the launch of the OnePlus One smartphone — a device with high-end specs at a mid-range price. Despite limited supplies and a kind of annoying invite-only system, the company managed to sell about a million phones in 2014. Now OnePlus officials tells Bloomberg the […]

Check out Windows 10 on a small tablet screen

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At the beginning of the year, Microsoft announced that new tablets with a display smaller than eight inches would be outfitted with a version of Windows 10 that would be more akin to Windows Phone than the full desktop operating system. Today, WinBeta has published a series of screenshots showing just what the truncated version […]

e-Paper display for Raspberry Pi [crowdfunding]

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The Raspberry Pi is a small, cheap single-board computer designed with tinkering in mind: there are connectors that let you add a range of existing accessories, or which you can use to design your own. Right now on Kickstarter, you can invest in the manufacturing of an e-paper display that is designed specifically to fit […]

China’s LeTV launches 3 smartphones with USB Type-C

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You know those fancy new USB Type-C connectors Apple and Google are using in their new laptops? They’re not just for laptops. China’s LeTV has just unveiled a series of smartphones that also have USB Type-C. The LeTV One, One Pro, and Max all feature the new connectors… as well as some other pretty nifty […]

Toshiba Portégé R30 is a 3.2 pound business laptop

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Toshiba is updating its line of portable notebooks with a new 3.2 pound model with a 13.3 inch display that’s aimed at the business market. The Toshiba Portégé R30 is now available for $900 and up. Unlike most compact laptops on the market today, this little guy has a DVD drive. The disc drive adds a little width […]

Lenovo shows off Cherry Trail Android tablet prototype

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The Microsoft Surface 3 may be the first tablet to ship with an Intel Atom “Cherry Trail” processor. But more are on the way… possibly including an 8 inch Android tablet that Notebook Italia spotted this month at the Intel Developer Forum in China. The tablet, which is powered by an Intel Atom X5-8300 processor […]

Report: Leaked app provides clues about Google’s wireless service

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Google plans to launch its own wireless service this year. The company has tried to temper expectations by describing it as a small scale experiment aimed at finding ways for WiFi and cellular networks to work together seamlessly. But when the company that designs the software that runs on most of the world’s smartphones starts […]

Panasonic’s 20 inch, 4K tablet gets a Broadwell update

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Panasonic launched the original Toughpad 4K tablet a little over a year ago, offering a 20 inch Windows tablet with a 3840 x 2560 pixel display, an Intel Core Ivy Bridge processor, NVIDIA graphics, and 16GB of RAM. Now the company is preparing to offer a new model with a newer processor and a starting price […]