Google Play gets new family-friendly features (video)

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Google is making it easier to find Android apps, games, videos, and other content that you’d feel comfortable letting your kids use. The Google Play Store now has a Family button for Apps, Games, and Movies & TV sections and a Children’s Books section in the Books area. Parents can also use updated controls to […]

Google Maps to support offline navigation

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Google Maps for Android already lets you download maps to view later, even when you don’t have an internet connection. But right now offline Maps have limited functionality. Later this year Google plans to roll out an update that lets you download a map for a region and then search for places and even get […]

Google Photos offers unlimited photo and video storage

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Google is launching a new service for managing, storing, and sharing your photos and videos. It’s called Google Photos and if it looks familiar, that’s because it’s the evolution of the Photos portion of Google Plus. But you don’t need a Google+ account to use the new service… and you don’t need to pay. Google Photos […]

Google unveils Brillo, an operating system for Internet of Things


As expected, Google is developing an operating system for the Internet of Things. It’s called Brillo, and it’s based on Google Android, but Brillo is designed for simple devices like connected light bulbs, refrigerators, thermostats, and ovens. Brillo will be available as a developer preview in the third quarter of 2015, and Google plans to […]

Google introduces Android M Developer Preview

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Google is introducing the next version of Android, code-named Android M. The company will be making an Android M developer preview available today for the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. A public launch of the operating system will be available later this year. Update: The Android M Developer Preview and SDK […]

HBO Now is coming to Android, Android TV, and Chromecast

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Google has announced that HBO’s subscription-based streaming video service is coming to Google Play. That means subscribers will be able to watch HBO content on an Android phone or tablet, on Android TV, or on any TV with a Google Chromecast. Speaking of Chromecast, Google has revealed that it’s sold 17 million units of the $35 […]

Deals of the Day (5-28-2015)

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Want a relatively inexpensive Microsoft Surface tablet? Microsoft sells the new Surface 3 for $499 and up. It has 10.8 inch, full HD display, an Intel Atom x7 processor, and support for an optional Surface Pen or Type Cover. But if you’ve got a little more money to spare you can buy a refurbished Surface Pro […]

Acer GT-810 tablet with Intel Atom x7 coming soon?

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The tablets with Intel Atom Cherry Trail chips are starting to arrive. The Microsoft Surface 3 was the first tablet to ship with an Intel Atom X7 processor. But it won’t be the only model available for long. Lenovo has just unveiled a new ThinkPad 10 tablet which features a choice of an Atom X5 […]

Lenovo unveils dual-screen Magic View smartwatch concept

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Smartwatches with a display that let you view notifications at a glance are cool, I guess… but you know what’s really cool? A smartwatch with two displays. Well, cool or silly. I haven’t made up my mind yet. Either way, Lenovo is showing off a concept smartwatch that has two screens, because… well, probably because it’s hard […]

Chip maker Avago to acquire Broadcom for $37 billion


Avago Technologies has announced plans to acquire Broadcom for $37 billion. That’s a lot of money. In fact, Bloomberg says it’s the biggest tech deal ever, and Avago says the combined company will be valued at $77 billion. The new company will be called Broadcom LTd, but it will be headed by Avago CEO Hock […]

Lenovo Smart Cast: Smartphone with built-in projector (concept)

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Lenovo has revealed a concept for a new smartphone with a built-in projector. It’s called the Lenovo Smart Cast, and not only would it let you beam content from your phone, but it would include sensors that let you interact with that content. For example, you could set up the phone to project a virtual display […]

Amazon Prime now includes free same-day shipping*

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Amazon Prime subscribers may get access to streaming music, movies, and other perks. But Amazon’s $99-per year membership program started off as a way to get 2-day shipping on many items for an annual fee. Over the past few years a number of other companies have started working on (or launching) programs that could compete with […]

Zotac ZBOX MA760 mini PC supports up to 4 displays


Zotac offers a wide range of tiny desktop computers. Most are low-power systems, but a few models have powerful enough specs to function as gaming PCs. Now Zotac is getting ready to launch a model with support for up to 4 external displays. Zotac is introducing the ZBOX MA760 in advance of the Computex show […]

Lenovo ThinkPad Stack modular PC accessories hit the FCC

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad Stack is a series of modular computer accessories that can be stacked on top of one another and connected to a PC with a single cable. The ThinkPad Stack system was unveiled at CES in January, and Lenovo said you’d be able to buy the some of the first components in April. The […]