Deals of the Day (8-14-2014)

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The Asus MeMO Pad 7 ME176CX is a 7 inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel display, an Intel Bay Trail processor, and Android 4.4 KitKat software. It’s a lot like the 8 inch MeMO Pad 8 I reviewed recently… and quite liked. But it’s a little smaller and a lot cheaper — especially […]

Samsung launches Exynos 5430 octa-core, 20nm processor

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Samsung is launching its first processor based on a 20nm manufacturing process. The Exynos 5430 is an 8-core processor which pairs 4 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores with 4 Cortex-A7 cores. It’s a lot like the company’s last few octa-core chips… but thanks to the move from 28nm to 20nm, among other things, the new chip […]

Verizon 8 inch tablet coming soon?

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Verizon sells a number of tablets for use on its cellular network. Most are Verizon-compatible versions of devices from Apple, Samsung, LG, Asus, and Nokia. But there’s also the 7 inch Verizon Ellipsis Android tablet which was designed specifically for the wireless carrier. Soon there may be an 8 inch Verizon tablet too. Taiwanese device maker […]

HP Chromebook 11 G3 replaces ARM with Bay Trail

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It looks like HP is getting ready to update its 11 inch Chromebook… again. This time instead of just giving the laptop a lousier display and a new case design, the company is swapping out the ARM-based processor for an Intel chip. Say goodbye to the Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and hello to an Intel Celeron N2830. […]

Asus smartwatch could launch in September

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Asus is preparing to launch its first smartwatch, powered by Google’s Android Wear software. It’s expected to be more affordable than similar devices from Samsung, LG, and others and we could get our first look at the watch at the IFA show in Berlin in September. We’d seen reports that Asus would launch the watch in […]

Deals of the Day (8-13-2014)

amazon fire tv

The Amazon Fire TV lets you watch internet video or play games on your TV and generally turns any old TV into a smart TV. It’s not the only game in town — it competes with Apple TV and Roku devices, among others. But it’s got a speedy processor, a nifty voice search feature and […]

HTC to bring its Android apps to non-HTC phones

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HTC makes some of the best Android smartphones available… but they haven’t been best-selling devices in a while. So while HTC tries to compete with rivals including Samsung, LG, and Huawei in the hardware space the company is also investing in a different approach: it will start offering Android apps for competing phones. The first app from […]

Samsung Ativ Book M portable Bay Trail notebook hits Korea

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The Samsung Ativ Book M is an 11.6 inch notebook with an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor and up to 8 hours of battery life. It’s available in South Korea for about 790,000 Won or about $767 US. While that makes this notebook a bit expensive compared with other Bay Trail notebooks, the Ativ Book […]

Samsung goes metal with the Galaxy Alpha smartphone

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Samsung sells more smartphones than any other company. But Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones with plastic cases lack some of the elegance of competing products like Apple’s iPhone. Now Samsung is trying something a bit different. The new Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a plastic on the front and back, but a metal frame around the sides. […]