Report: Chinese smartphone market may be done growing


Research firm IDC reports that nearly 100 million smartphones shipped within China during the first quarter of 2015. That’s a lot of phones… but it’s 4 percent fewer than the number from a year earlier. That’s the first time in 6 years that IDC has seen a year-over-year decline and it could suggest that the […]

Deals of the Day (5-11-2015)


Asus offers a wide range of Android and Windows tablets, notebooks, and 2-in-1 devices and the company that introduced the first consumer netbook has a reputation for offering some of the most affordable models around. But if you don’t like to pay full price, you could always shop for refurbished models: right now Woot is […]

You can root nearly any Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge with PingPong Root

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Rooting an Android phone or tablet gives you access to permissions that would otherwise be unavailable, allowing you to install and run apps like Titanium Backup and Xposed Framework or to access advanced features of apps including Greenify and Tasker. Some devices can be rooted extraordinarily easily (I’m looking at you, Nexus devices). Others can be […]

Asus VivoWatch now available for $200ish (via eBay)

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The Asus VivoWatch is a smartwatch with fitness tracking features and a promise of up to 10 days of battery life. Asus unveiled the VivoWatch in April, and now it looks like you can buy one for a little over $200… if you don’t mind buying a smartwatch from an eBay store that will ship […]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 premium tablets show up in leaks

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Last year Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab S line of premium tablets with high-res Super AMOLED displays and other premium specs. Now it looks like the company could be getting ready to launch updated models. Several leaks suggest Samsung Galaxy S2 tablets are on the way. The first leak pretty muc confirms that there’s something called the […]

Cube i6 Air 3G dual-boot tablet giveaway

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  The Cube i6 Air 3G is a tablet with a 9.7 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, and surprisingly strong performance at some tasks such as transcoding videos, according to tests I ran while reviewing the tablet. But the most interesting thing about the Cube i6 Air 3G […]

Kore: A Kodi remote app for Android (official and open source)


Kodi is a free, cross-platform app that turns your PC, tablet, or Amazon Fire TV Stick (among other things) into a media center. The software is designed to give you a full screen user interface that looks good on a TV and which you can control with either a remote control or a keyboard and mouse. […]

Deals of the Day (5-08-2015)

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In the past year or so, Asus, Acer, and HP have all released notebooks with 11.6 inch displays, Intel Bay Trail processors, and price tags in the $200 range. And right now two out of three of those computers are on sale — you can pick up a new Asus EeeBook X205 for $170 or […]

Report: Android to offer better privacy controls

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Don’t want to let an Android app have access to your contact list? Right now you basically have two choices: don’t install the app, or root your phone and install a tool like XPrivacy which lets you send fake data to apps. But it’s possible Google could change the way Android works to give users […]

CHIP mini PC runs Debian Linux, costs $9 (sort of)

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Remember when the $35 Raspberry Pi mini-computer seemed crazy cheap? Actually that is still a pretty good price for a computer that’s as versatile as the Pi. But the developers of the CHIP figure there’s room to go lower: they’re running a Kickstarter campaign to bring this computer to market with prices as low as […]

Teclast X70 3G: First tablet with Intel Atom x3

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The Intel Atom processors are low-power chips designed for smartphones, tablets, and other small and relatively affordable devices. This year Intel is introducing several new members of the Atom family ranging from the reasonably powerful Atom x7 chips used in devices like the $499 Microsoft Surface 3, mid-range Atom x5 chips for devices that will […]