ECS LIVA mini desktop PC with Intel Core M on the way

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Elitegroup Computer Systems offers a line of tiny, low-power desktop computers under the ECS LIVA name. The first few models have featured Intel Celeron Bay Trail processors, but the company plans to unveil new versions with more powerful chips at the CeBIT trade show in Germany next week. At least one model will have an Intel […]

Report: Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant heading to Android, iOS


Apple’s phones and tablets have Siri. Google Android has “OK Google.” And Windows Phone has Cortana. But the lines might get blurry soon. Reuters reports that Microsoft plans to launch Cortana apps for Android and iOS. Cortana is Microsoft’s voice assistant software which lets you search the web, set reminders, initiate phone calls, and much […]

Apple launches iOS 8.3 public beta (no developer account required)

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Apple is not exactly known for being open with its behind-the-scenes stuff. It’s sort of like the Disneyland of the tech world. You know, to keep the illusion of perfection, the sweaty characters are hidden behind closed doors until showtime. Traditionally, beta versions of Apple software updates have only been available to developers. However, last […]

Philips launches Two-in-One dual-screen monitor

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Like the idea of a dual-monitor setup but don’t actually want to go through the hassle of hooking up two separate displays? Philips offers a 2-in-1 monitor that basically puts two 19 inch displays on a single stand and allows you to adjust the viewing angles. The Philips Two-in-One LCD monitor is available from Newegg […]

Meet a $48 Windows tablet

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Want a Windows tablet but don’t want to spend a lot of money? In the United States your cheapest option is probably the Winbook TW700 which is available from Amazon or Micro Center for $70. In China there’s an even cheaper option.The Ployer MOMO7W is a Windows tablet that sells for just 299 Yuan. That’s […]

HP Pavilion x360 convertible notebook gets a Core M Broadwell update

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The HP Pavilion x360 is an 11.6 inch Windows laptop that becomes a tablet when you push the screen back 360 degrees. It’s basically HP’s answer to the Lenovo Yoga line of convertible notebooks… but cheaper. HP offers models with Intel Bay Trail processors and starting prices as low as $350. I reviewed a model last year and […]

Deals of the Day (3-12-2015)

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The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro convertible notebook/tablet with a Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel touchscreen display has a list price of $1400, but Lenovo is currently selling it for $879. While it’s not the company’s newest Yoga Pro model, and it doesn’t […]

Aloguya M1 is a dual-boot Windows/Android PC stick


There are a growing number of PC-on-a-stick devices featuring Intel Atom processors. Some run Windows. Others run Android. With a little elbow grease you can get some to run Ubuntu. But now we’re also starting to see models that are said to dual boot both Android and Windows. The Aoluguya M1 is a dual-boot PC […]

VAIO launches its first smartphone in Japan (and it looks familiar)

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VAIO is launching its first smartphone since the company spun off from Sony last year. The new VAIO Phone is a mid-range handset that will be available to customers of Japanese MVNO (budget wireless carrier) b-mobile. It sports a 5 inch, 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and a familiar design that suggests VAIO […]

BBC to give a million mini PCs to school kids this fall

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The BBC has announced a plan to distribute a million tiny computers to students starting secondary school this fall. The 11-year-olds will get one of the BBC’s new Micro Bit devices which are designed to help kids learn to code and use technology. The Micro Bit hardware is still under development, but it’s expected to be […]

Google Nexus 5 is “no longer available for purchase”

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Google launched a new store for hardware this week, showcasing the latest phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and other devices. One thing you won’t find in the new Google Store? The Nexus 5 smartphone. You can still pick one up from some third-party retailers, but according to a page on the Google Store, “The Nexus 5 is […]

Play Cards Against Humanity online, even without the Big Black Box

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Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. At least that’s what the creators say. It is actually a card game that crosses all of the lines of polite behavior by requiring players to respond to questions with some of the most hysterically offensive content imaginable. Almost everyone I know who has ever played […]

Steam for Linux now offers more than 1,000 games

The first Steam Machines are set to launch in November, and they’re basically small but reasonably powerful desktop computers design for gaming. They will ship with Steam OS which is a Linux-based operating system developed by Valve, the company behind the popular Steam game platform. But will there actually be any games available? Yes. At […]

A tale of two laptops with USB Type-C ports (Apple and Google)

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Apple and Google both introduced new laptops featuring USB Type-C ports this week. The new 2 pound Apple MacBook and the 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel both use the new type of USB connector. Both take advantage of some of the key features of USB Type-C: You can use the same port to charge your laptop, […]

Cubieboard4 octa-core mini PC launches for $125


The maker of the Cubieboard line of mini-computers and dev boards have released the most powerful version to date. The Cubieboard4 is a single-board computer with an Allwinner A80 octa-core processor, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and VGA ports, and USB 3.0 support. Cubietech has announced the the Cubieboard4 (also called the CC-A80) is now available for about […]