Umi Hammer S: $130 phone with USB Type-C

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The new USB Type-C is starting to show up in laptops, smartphones, and tablets. The connectors are reversible, which means there’s no way to accidentally insert a cable upside down. So far most of the products we’ve seen with USB-C ports have been premium devices like the 2015 MacBook. But there technology doesn’t have to be […]

Deals of the Day (7-23-2015)


Another day, another $150 laptop. This time it’s Acer’s turn. The Acer Aspire E11 is a notebook with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Normally this notebook sells for $200, but right now Newegg is selling it for $50 […]

NVIDIA Shield Portable adds Chromecast support (drops Miracast)

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NVIDIA has rolled out an update for its Shield Portable game console, bringing Android 5.1 to the handheld game console and adding support for Google Chromecast. This lets you stream content from the Shield Portable to a TV with a Chromecast, Android TV device, or any other hardware that supports the Google Cast protocol. But the […]

Xiaomi uses Uber to deliver smartphones in minutes (in select markets)

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Want to order the latest smartphone online, but don’t want to actually wait for it to arrive? Xiaomi has a solution: the company is using Uber drivers to deliver smartphones to customers in Singapore and Malaysia. Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says shoppers can order a Mi Note smartphone and get it delivered “within a few minutes.” […]

Install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the 2GB Intel Compute Stick

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The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny computer that lets you run desktop apps on a TV when you plug the stick into an HDMI port. Intel offers Windows and Ubuntu Linux versions of the Compute Stick: but the operating system isn’t the only thing that makes one model different from the other. If you […]

Qualcomm to cut jobs, reduce spending by $1.4 billion

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Chip maker Qualcomm has pretty much dominated the smartphone space in recent years, but the company faces growing competition from rivals including MediaTek, Intel, Samsung, and Apple. The company’s latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 810, has also been getting mixed reviews. So maybe it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that the company is considering some […]

Asus Zenfone 2E smartphone hits AT&T for $120

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The Asus Zenfone 2 is a low-cost smartphone with surprisingly strong specs. Asus offers a $299 model with 4GB of RAM, a 5.5 inch full HD display and a powerful Intel Atom Moorefield processor and a $199 model with half the RAM and a slightly less powerful chip. Want something smaller and cheaper? Now Asus […]

Apple Watch nets Apple more than $1 billion in revenue (so far)

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The Apple Watch may be one of the most expensive smartwatches on the market, but it’s also probably one of the most profitable. Apple hasn’t said exactly how many watches it has sold since the company launched its first wearable in April. But the Associated Press reports that it we “well over” $950 million dollars. […]

Deals of the Day (7-22-2015)

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The Asus Chromebook Flip is a convertible notebook with a 10.1 inch display that can be pushed back 360 degrees to let you hold the computer like a tablet. It features a Rockchip RK3288 processor and Google’s Chrome operating system. While some retailers were offering limited quantities of the Chromebook Flip earlier this month, it […]

Acer One 10 is a $200 2-in-1 Windows tablet

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Acer has launched its most affordable 2-in-1 Windows tablet to date. The Acer One 10 is a tablet with a 10.1 inch display, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, and a $200 price tag. It’s available for purchase from Acer or Best Buy. This isn’t Acer’s first 10 inch, 2-in-1 model. The company also offers several models […]

Nokia rumored to enter the virtual reality market

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Nokia Technologies, the development company left behind when Microsoft acquired the phone-related portion of the business, is hosting a special VIP event in Los Angeles next week. Rumor has it that Nokia Tech will unveil a virtual reality product at the event. According to Re/Code, sources familiar with Nokia’s plans claims the company is set […]

Pipo unveils its first Windows PC Stick

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Chinese device maker Pipo is showing off its first PC-on-a-stick with an Intel Atom processor and support for Windows or Android software. Notebook Italia got a look at an early prototype of the new Pipo X1 at Computex last month, and now the specs for the upcoming PC stick have been confirmed. Not surprisingly, the Pipo […]

OnePlus 2 smartphone hits TENAA: Here’s what it looks like

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OnePlus plans to unveil its second smartphone next week. But there’s not actually much mystery left: the company has already revealed most of the specs for the Oneplus 2. Now we even know what it’ll look like. The Chinese wireless regulatory agency TENAA is basically China’s version of the FCC. And just like the FCC, […]

Lilbits 304: Maybe Microsoft makes more money next year

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Microsoft has just released its earnings report for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. As expected, the company took a nearly $8 billion write-off for costs associated with its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business. So it’s probably not all that surprising that the company says revenue from its Devices and Consumer business declined. Windows OEM […]