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 […]

NVIDIA: HTC Nexus 9 tablet coming in Q3, 2014

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Whoops. Google hasn’t announced plans for its next Nexus tablet yet, and neither has HTC… but the companies are widely expected to be working together on a 9 inch tablet sporting an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. And you know what? Those expectations appear to be right on the money. A legal filing from NVIDA related to […]

HP 7 Plus G2 budget tablet on the way

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HP’s most affordable Android tablet could be getting an update soon. The HP 7 Plus is an entry-level tablet with pretty basic specs and a $100 price tag. Now it looks like an updated model is on the way. An unannounced tablet called the HP 7 Plus G2 showed up at the FCC website this week. […]

Report: Microsoft to drop the Nokia, Windows Phone brand names

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Microsoft acquired Nokia’s phone business recently, and now that the deal is done the company is reportedly preparing to stop using the Nokia name to describe its Lumia smartphones. That’s not a big surprise. When Microsoft announced the Lumia 730 and 830 this month the promotional materials barely mentioned Nokia by name. What’s a little […]

Deals of the Day (9-10-2014)

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Barnes & Noble may be partnering with Samsung on NOOK tablets and Amazon may have the new(ish) Kindle Fire HDX tablet these days… but if you’re just looking for a simple device for surfing the web, playing some games, and performing other basic tasks it might be worth considering older tablets from those companies. Right […]

Google Voice is merging with Hangouts

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Hangouts is Google’s app for text and video chats. You can use it as an instant messenger, use it to make video calls, or create group hangouts for either voice or text chats. If you have an Android smartphone, Hangouts also recently became the default SMS app. Now Google is starting to bring its long-neglected Google […]

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 210 chip for entry-level phones and tablets

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Qualcomm is updating its chip family with a new quad-core processor aimed at entry-level smartphones and tablets. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 is an ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Adreno 304 graphics and support for 3G and 4G LTE networks. Other features include Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11n WiFI, and support for 1080p HD video playback with hardware acceleration for […]

How much would you pay for a smartwatch?

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The Apple Watch won’t ship until early 2015, but when it does arrive Apple’s first smartwatch won’t exactly be cheap. Prices will start at $349 for a basic model, but Apple will offer models with a range of materials and wrist straps. Something tells me the 18K gold model will cost a bit more than […]