ZTE LivePro is a mobile hotspot, projector, and power bank

ZZTE LivePro

The ZTE LivePro is a mobile hotspot that you can use to connect up to 8 devices to the internet at once using a cellular data plan. Oh yeah, and it’s got a video projector built in. ZTE unveiled the LivePro at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, where it was called the Projector Hotspot. Now the company has […]

Custom ROMs for Android Wear watches emerge

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Days after the first Android Wear devices started shipping, we’re starting to see custom ROMs for those watches. That’s not too surprising since Android Wear is based on Android… and people have been installing custom versions of Android on phones and tablets for ages. But it’s nice to know you’re not necessarily stuck with the […]

Hardkernel launches ODROID-XU3 dev board with Exynos 5422 octa-core CPU

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Hardkernel is updating its line of ARM-based developer boards with a new model featuring one of the speediest ARM chips available. The new ODROID-XU3 is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5422 octa-core processor with 4 ARM Cortex-A15 and 4 ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores. It’s available for pre-order for $179 and should begin shipping in mid-August. […]

Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch get the teardown treatment

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Now that the first smartwatches featuring Android Wear software are shipping, the folks at iFixit decided to rip them apart and see what they could learn about the hardware behind those watches. It turns out the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch are easier to take apart and repair than a typical smartphone, earning […]

Meet the new competitor for an Internet of Things standard

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As device makers crank out a growing number of gadgets that can connect to the internet (and to one another), it’s starting to look like we need a standard for how your thermostat, light bulbs, refrigerator, and other things should talk to one another. Some major industry players including Qualcomm, LG, Microsoft, and Sharp have already […]

BlackBerry is for squares (or meet the Passport: a phone with a square screen)

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As expected, BlackBerry’s newest and most unusual phone features a square screen. While most smartphones these days have aspect ratios you’re used to seeing on TVs and laptops like 16:9 or maybe 16:10, the BlackBerry Passport has a 1:1 display. The handset features a 4.5 inch, 1440 x 1440 pixel touchscreen display with just as […]