WSJ: Amazon’s first smartphone coming in 2014

Amazon phones

Rumors that Amazon is working on a smartphone have been making the rounds for at least as long as rumors about Amazon’s TV box. So a week after the Amazon Fire TV was launched, it’s not surprising that there’s a new report suggesting Amazon’s first smartphone is on the way. According to the Wall Street […]

Lilbits (4-11-2014): Amazon Fire TV sales are on fire… maybe

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon launched the Fire TV about a week ago, and already it looks like the company’s having a hard time keeping its TV box in stock. As of April 11th, the Fire TV page on Amazon says the online video streaming, game playing device will be “in stock on April 18th.” Amazon says it’s building […]

Intel Education 2-in-1 is a rugged tablet for students

Intel Education 2-in-1

Intel is updating its line of education-oriented tablet and notebook reference designs with its first 2-in-1 device. The Intel Education 2-in-1 looks a bit like the Classmate PC convertible netbooks of yesteryear, but instead of a notebook with a hinge that lets you twist the screen around for tablet use, the 2-in-1 is a tablet with […]

Allwinner A80 octa-core chip coming in Q2, 2014

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Allwinner has announced that the first products featuring its new octa-core processors should arrive by the end of the second quarter of 2014. The Chinese chip maker also says its A80 Optimus Board developer platform should ship in May. The Allwinner UltraOcta A80 features an 8-core CPU with 4 ARM Cortex-A15 cores and 4 lower-power […]

This is Ubuntu running on the Meizu MX3 smartphone (video)

meizu mx3 ubuntu

Later this year the Meizu MX3 will become one of the first smartphone to ship with Ubuntu Linux. An Android version of the 5.1 inch smartphone is already available, but the Chinese phone maker started showing of an Ubuntu version at Mobile World Congress in February. Now Meizu has posted a video providing an overview […]

Deals of the Day (4-11-2014)

B&N NOOK HD 7

In the market for an Android tablet, like to read eBooks, and don’t want to spend a lot of money? No problem — just skip the latest Kindle Fire and pick up a refurbished older model. Or better yet — get a refurbished B&N NOOK HD for just $85. You can pick one up for […]

More cores, less money: KingSing T1 is a $160 octa-core phone

kingsing t1

There was a time when octa-core chips were only available in relatively expensive smartphones and tablets. Then along came MediaTek with its affordable MT6592 8-core ARM Cortex-A7 chip. MediaTek’s processor may not be as powerful as some octa-core chips, but it’s cheap enough that at least one company plans to use the chip in a smartphone […]

AUO unveils 5.7 inch WQHD AMOLED display

AUO 5.7 inch curved WQHD display

AU Optronics is showing off a new 5.7 inch display that could show up in future smartphones. What makes it different from most phone displays (aside from the fact that it’s rather big), is that it’s a 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED display, making it one of the first WQHD AMOLED screens for phones. Samsung […]

Wrist-on: Samsung Gear Fit (now with screen rotation)

Samsung Gear Fit

The Samsung Gear Fit wearable activity tracker launches in the United States today (along with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches). And just in time for launch, Samsung has released a software update that lets you use the Gear Fit in either landscape or portrait mode. That sounds like a small thing — […]

First look: Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook (and Yoga tablet)

thinkpad 11e_angle

Lenovo’s ThinkPad 11e is an 11.6 inch notebook aimed at the education market. It’ll be available in the coming months with prices starting at $349 for a Chromebook with an Intel Celeron Bay trail processor and going up to $699 for a Windows convertible tablet with an Intel Haswell processor. Both Windows and Chrome OS […]

Chrome beta for Android gets Undo Tab Close and more

Chrome Beta

Google is pushing out a new version of its Chrome web browser for Android with new features including support for full screen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls and the ability to re-open tabs you’ve just closed. The update will be available first to Chrome Beta users, and should eventually make their way into the […]

Google now constantly scans your installed Android apps for malware

verify apps

Google is adding a new layer of security to Android. The company already scanned apps uploaded to the Google Play Store for known malware, and offered users an option of monitoring all the apps you install on your device to detect malware if you’re using apps from other sources. But sometimes a problem is discovered […]