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Acer TravelMate Spin B3 budget education laptop coming in April for $330 and up

In addition to launching four new Chromebooks during this week’s BETT 2021 education show, Acer is adding a new small, low-power, and rugged Windows laptop to its line of classroom-friendly PCs. The new Acer TravelMate Spin B3 is a convertible laptop with an 11.6 inch touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge, and an Intel “Jasper Lake” Celeron or […]

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Lilbits: Color E Ink, Huawei’s new laptops, more trouble for Huawei, and Linux phones

The upcoming Astro Slide 5G from Planet Computers is a smartphone with a 6.5 inch touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard that lets you use it like a little laptop. First announced last year, the phone has been available for pre-order through crowdfunding and we learned last week that it’s now expected to ship in June. […]

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Daily Deals (1-18-2021)

Amazon is running a sale on Fire tablets, which means you can save $10 to $55, depending on the model. You can also save some money on USB wall chargers and power banks today, pick up an unlocked Google Pixel 4a 5G smartphone for $40 off the list price, or pay half price for a […]

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Rotary Un-Smartphone is up for pre-order, ships this spring

After designing and building a cellphone with a rotary dial and an intentionally limited feature set last year, engineer Justine Haupt started selling a basic kit for under $100 last June, but customers still had to source some parts on their own. Now Haupt’s company, Sky’s Edge, is taking pre-orders for a full-fledged Rotary Un-Smartphone Kit […]

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Lilbits: Linux phones and laptops, S-Pen for more phones, and an RK3566 single-board computer

Pine64, the company behind a line of geeky, inexpensive, and hackable smartphones, laptops, and single-board computers designed to run open source software tend to only publish one blog post each month. But it’s always a doozy, and the January update is no exception. Among other things, Pine64 unveiled that The next PinePhone Community Edition smartphone […]

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AYA Neo handheld gaming PC with Ryzen 4500U ships in April, crowdfunding begins in Feb for $699 and up

The AYA Neo is a handheld gaming computer with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Renoir processor, AMD Radeon Vega 6 graphics, and a 7 inch touchscreen display sandwiched between two game controllers. First announced last May, the Neo has been in development for much of the past year and it went up for pre-order in […]

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Daily Deals (1-15-2021)

Laptops with 11th-gen Intel Core chips are already widely available and models with AMD Ryzen 5000 processors should begin hitting the streets soon. And that means PC makers and online retailers are pricing some models with older (but still decent) chips to move. You can pick up a Lenovo 14 inch laptop with an Intel […]

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US labels Xiaomi a Communist Chinese military company, pushing US investors to divest

The United States Department of Defense has updated a list of companies it considers “Communist Chinese military companies,” and one of the most notable additions is Xiaomi, the world’s third-largest phone maker in terms of shipments. Thanks to an executive order signed by president Donald Trump in November, that means US investors to sell or […]

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HP Launches ProBook x360 11 G7 for education (Intel Jasper Lake PC with classroom features)

HP’s newest laptop designed for use in classrooms features an 11.6 inch touchscreen display, a 360 degree hinge, cameras that face the front and back, and a sturdy MIL-STD-810H tested design with metal-reinforced corners, and a Gorilla Glass display and spill-resistant keyboard that can be wiped clean with “commonly used household wipes.” The HP ProBook x360 […]