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Jide Remix Ultra tablet ships to Kickstarter backers, arrives at the FCC

The Remix Ultra Tablet from Jide looks like a Microsoft Surface thanks to a sort of boxy design with a built-in kickstand and a magnetic keyboard cover that snaps onto the tablet to transform it into a sort of laptop. But this tablet doesn’t run Windows. Instead it runs a custom version of Android called […]

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Lilbits (5-01-2015): Building (another) open handheld game console

The developers of the DragonBox Pyra are designing a handheld game console with a 5 inch, 720p screen, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a compact design, while still featuring game controller buttons and a QWERTY keyboard. The system is designed to be as open as possible, supporting GNU/Linux software. The project was unveiled over […]

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Fonkraft’s fishy modular smartphone campaign pulled from Indiegogo

A few days ago a company called Fonkraft unveiled a new design for a modular smartphone platform and launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 to turn the concept into reality. That struck me as a surprisingly small amount of money for such an ambitious project… and apparently I wasn’t the only one who was […]

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Who needs a modular phone when a modular case might do? (crowdfunding)

Google’s Project Ara, the modular smartphone that is designed to allow users to swap out parts, is still far from being ready to ship. So is Circular Devices’ PuzzlePhone. By the time they launch there might be another option though: a modular smartphone case. Nexpaq is a smartphone case that allows you to swap out modules […]

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Fonkraft wants to build a modular smartphone too (crowdfunding… and probably too good to be true) Update: it probably was

Google’s Project Ara may be the highest-profile attempt to build a modular smartphone and an ecosystem of modules and software that will let you swap out displays, batteries, processors, and just about everything else. But Google isn’t the only company working on modular designs for mobile devices. Click ARM and PuzzlePhone have their own ideas, and Chinese phone […]

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PiJuice is a portable power pack for the Raspberry Pi (crowdfunding)

The Raspberry Pi line of single-board computers are small, inexpensive systems that you can use to learn to code, set up as a media center PC, or use as the basis for hardware projects line game consoles, home automation systems, or robots. If you want to use a Raspberry Pi around the house you can just […]