Deals of the Day (6-25-2015)

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Have an Android tablet or smartphone? Maybe you picked up one of the cheap models on sale this week. Or maybe you have an Amazon Fire Phone or tablet? Then you might be in the market for some free apps. While there’s no shortage of free apps and games for Android, right now Amazon is giving […]

Vertu’s Bentley phone costs more than some cars

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Vertu is known for its high priced, low-tech devices. Some models costs thousands of dollars, and the new Vertu Signature for Bentley edition phone has a price tag of more than $22,000. It’s the latest phone to come out a 5-year partnership with luxury car-maker Bentley, and it might not seem like that much money […]

T-Mobile lets you switch phones up to 3 times per year

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T-Mobile customers now have the option to upgrade to a new phone anytime they want, for no additional fee. The wireless carrier first launched its Jump upgrade program 2 years ago, but at the time you had to pay $10 per month for an option to swap out your old phone for a new one up […]

You can run Quake III on a Google Chromecast

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Google recently introduced new tools that make it possible to play games on your TV with the help of a $35 Chromecast and a smartphone. While the Chromecast doesn’t have the processing chops to render fancy graphics on its own, it can display HD video streamed from your phone… so Google’s Remote Display API lets your […]

Lilbits 298: When hard drives go bad

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Hard drives fail from time to time… and while it’s sometimes possible to recover some or all of your data, there are times when everything effectively disappears. That’s why it’s a good idea to back up all of your data on a regular basis. You can do that with a spare hard drive connected to […]

Qi Wireless chargers to support faster charging

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Wireless chargers may be convenient, but they’re not super-fast. It usually takes a little longer to fully charge the battery in your phone or tablet when you place it on a wireless charging pad than it does when you actually plug in a power cable. But that could change now that the Wireless Power Consortium […]

Microsoft may offer Windows 10 on USB flash drives


Want to buy a copy of Microsoft Windows? Right now you can pay for a downloadable version or buy a DVD that you can use to install the operating system. But when Windows 10 launches July 29th, it looks like Microsoft may offer another option: you may be able to buy a Windows USB flash […]

Maybe Sony’s waterproof phones should be liquid-cooled

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Sony’s flagship smartphone for 2015 features a 5.2 inch full HD display, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop software. That all sounds pretty good, but there may be one major problem with Sony Xperia Z3+. The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and there’s mounting evidence that this chip has […]

Deals of the Day (6-24-2015)


Groupon is offering a 5 percent discount on orders of most items that cost $25 or more when you use the coupon code GOODS5. That might not save you a lot of money on a $25 purchase, but once you start looking at more expensive items (which Groupon usually sells at deeply discounted prices already), you […]

Sony Smart Bluetooth Speaker now shipping (in select countries)


Sony’s Smart Bluetooth Speaker BSP60 is a little globe with stereo speakers that pop out like ears when you want to listen to music. But the BSP60 is a lot more than a simple speaker: it also supports voice controls, letting you talk to your phone and get information including weather updates, make phone calls, check […]

Roost is a cheaper, simpler smart smoke alarm solution

Roost smart battery

Roost is an Internet-of-Things gadget that makes it possible for anyone with a smoke detector to turn it into a smart home device that can connect to a mobile device. There’s no need to replace your existing smoke detector with an expensive new model, and you don’t have to permanently attach anything to your ceiling […]

Microsoft releases Office apps for Android phones

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About a month after launching a preview of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android smartphones, Microsoft has removed the preview label. Now the company’s mobile Office apps are available for anyone running Android 4.4 or later. You don’t need to sign up as a beta tester anymore. Microsoft designed the mobile apps to be compatible […]

BlackBerry: We’ll keep making phones, despite declining sales

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BlackBerry’s latest fiscal report shows that the company sold 1.1 million phones in the past quarter… which wouldn’t sound so bad if it weren’t for the fact that the company sold 2.6 million phones during the same period a year ago. But while BlackBerry has started developing software and services for Android, iOS, and Windows users, declining […]

Freescale unveils tiny Single Chip Modules for Internet of Things

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Single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi may seem small… but chip maker Freescale figures it can go smaller. The company has unveiled a new product category it calls a Single Chip Module (SCM), which measures just 17mm x 14mm x 17mm (0.67″ x 0.55″ x 0.67″). That makes the 3.4″ x 2.2″ x 0.8″ Raspberry […]