Maybe you’ll be able to block Windows 10 updates after all

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Microsoft says Windows 10 represents a new stage for its flagship operating system: the transition to Windows as a Service. This means that the company plans to treat Windows 10 as a platform that evolves and grows over time… but that only works if users regularly download and install software updates. That’s at least one […]

Next-gen Android One phone hits India (with better specs)

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Google’s Android One initiative is an effort to help smartphone makers delivery high-quality hardware and software at low prices for customers in developing markets. The first crop of Android One handsets featured pretty basic specs, but at least they were cheap: prices started at around $100. But there’s no shortage of dirt cheap Android phones, […]

Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu launches for $100

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The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny PC that plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor. A model with Windows software launched earlier this year for $150. Now you can buy a model with Ubuntu Linux for $100. It’s available in the United States from Best Buy, Micro Center and Newegg. […]

Plasma Mobile: Linux-based smartphone operating system

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There’s a new player in the smartphone operating system space: the folks behind the KDE desktop environment for Linux-based desktop computers have just unveiled Plasma Mobile. Plasma Mobile is basically a mobile version of the desktop Plasma user interface. It’s free and open source software, and while there aren’t any phones that ship with Plasma Phone […]

Amazon Echo: Automate tasks with a talking Raspberry Pi

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Amazon’s Echo is a voice controlled device that you can use to play music, set reminders, get answers to questions and more. It has a microphone array system designed to let Echo hear your voice requests even in a noisy environment. But Echo also comes with a remote control with media playback buttons and a […]

Set up a virtual private network at home with Raspberry Pi

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Want to make it tougher for anyone to track your internet activity? You could pay for a VPN service… or you could build your own. If you have a bit of patience and a Rasberry Pi, the BBC has published a guide for creating your own, personal virtual private network (VPN) to browse the Web […]

Braven Fuse Bluetooth portable audio mixer coming soon for $100

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Braven makes a line of Bluetooth speakers. But in January the company unveiled something a bit different: a Bluetooth portable audio mixer called the Braven Fuse. It’s a small device that can connect to multiple devices to let you mix audio in real-time. The Braven Fuse should be available soon for $100, and the portable mixer […]

Lenovo seeks input on its Retro ThinkPad concept

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Lenovo is considering building a modern ThinkPad laptop using some vintage design elements. Chief Design Officer David Hill unveiled the concept last month, and while the company hasn’t committed to actually building a Retro ThinkPad, Lenovo is running a series of surveys to solicit feedback. The third survey just went live, asking users what kind of hardware […]

ASRock Beebox Braswell-powered mini PC now available for $140


The ASRock Beebox N3000 is a tiny desktop computer with a low-power Intel Celeron N3000 Braswell processor. We first learned about this mini PC in May, and now it’s available in the United States. Newegg is selling the Beebox N3000 for $140. That price gets you a barebones computer with Intel’s Braswell processor and Intel […]

Deals of the Day (7-24-2015)

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Looking for a small Windows laptop priced at under $200? No problem. There are a bunch to choose from these days. Want one with more than 32GB of solid state storage? That’s a bit harder to find… but right now Best Buy is selling the Toshiba Satellite L15 with an 11.6 inch display, an Intel […]

Google Voice gets better at transcribing voicemails

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One of the coolest things about Google Voice (in theory) is its ability to automatically transcribe your voicemail messages so you can read them when you don’t have time to listen. In practice, the transcriptions can sometimes be so awful that it’s hard to get even a vague idea of what the message is about. […]