Acer unveils Selfie-Hat (pink sombrero with a tablet)

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I’m a t-shirt and jeans guy… so the fashion world kind of eludes me. But I’m still pretty sure that Acer’s new hat is pushing the boundaries of fashionable head gear. Acer partnered with designer Christian Cowan-Sanluis to create something they’re calling the Acer Selfie-Hat. It’s a giant pink sombrero with a tablet case that […]

AARP RealPad is an unnecessary Android tablet for seniors


The American Association of Retired Persons is now selling a tablet aimed at people over the age of 50 who might not be comfortable just buying any old tablet. The AARP RealPad is a $189 tablet which is about the size of an iPad mini, but which runs Google Android 4.4 with a custom app […]

Intel provides guidelines for thin, fanless systems with Core M chips

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Intel’s new Core M processor is a low-power, high-performance chip aimed at thin, light and fanless computers including notebooks, tablets, and 2-in-1 systems. At least 8 portable computers with Intel Core M chips are on the way this year, and early benchmarks suggest the little tablets and notebooks won’t use a lot of power, but […]

Intel Atom “Cherry Trail” 14nm chips coming in 2015

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After Intel launched its low-power, low-cost Atom processors in 2008 the chip family sort of stagnated for a while. There wasn’t really that much difference between an Atom chip from 2009 and one from 2011 in terms of performance. Things changed with the introduction of Intel’s Bay Trail architecture in 2013. Low-cost notebooks and tablets […]

Now you can run (some) Android apps on a Chromebook

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As promised, Google is bringing support for Android apps to its Chrome operating system. That means in addition to running thousands of web-based apps, you can now use a Chromebook to run some apps that had previously only been available on smartphones or tablets running Android. There are only 4 Android apps available for Chrome […]

Deals of the Day (9-11-2014)

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The Asus C200 Chromebook is an 11.6 inch notebook with an Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Google’s Chrome OS software. It’s not the fastest Chromebook on the market, but it’s also certainly not the slowest… and it’s a 2.5 pound laptop that offers up to 12 hours of […]

Intel prepares for even smaller (and cheaper) mini PCs

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Intel’s been offering a line of tiny desktop computers as part of its NUC (Next Unit of Computing) initiative for a few years. And Intel’s not the only company shrinking the desktop PC. Gigabyte, ECS, Dell, Lenovo, Zotac, and others offer compact desktop computers with Intel or AMD processors and support for Windows, Linux, and […]

Windows 9 previewed in series of leaked photos

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Microsoft’s next version of Windows is expected to launch in early 2015, but the company’s also expected to release a preview version this fall. Now a couple of websites including Computer Base and WinFuture have published photos from an early version of Windows 9 Technical Preview that give us a better idea of how the operating system […]

Lilbits (9-10-2014): Intel Core M Broadwell chip benchmarked

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Intel’s first Broadwell chip is ready to go and the first laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1s featuring the new processor should hit the streets soon. The Intel Core M processor is a 4.5 watt chip that has the kind of power consumption (and efficiency) you’d expect from a cheap Intel Atom processor. But early benchmark tests […]

Intel demonstrates a laptop with a second E Ink screen on the lid

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Dual-screen laptops haven’t really taken off… but maybe that’s just because device makers haven’t found the right way to put a second screen on a portable computer just yet. The Asus Taichi line of notebooks feature screens on both sides of the lid — so when the lid is closed you find yourself holding a tablet. […]

T-Mobile unveils next-gen WiFi calling

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According to T-Mobile, more than half of all wireless customers report that there’s a dead spot somewhere in their house, where they can’t make calls, get text messages, or use mobile internet. So the company’s enlisting the help of your home WiFi router. T-Mobile’s next-gen WiFi calling feature will work on all new phones available […]