Samsung is launching a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy A8 smartphone… and it’s still called the Galaxy A8.
Like last year’s model, the Galaxy A8 (2016) is a phone with a big-screen, mid-range (by modern standards) specs, and a slim design.
The 5.7 inch phone will be available from SK Telecom starting October 1st for ₩ 649,000 ($590).
The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) features a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 3,300 mAh battery, and a Samsung Exynos 7420 processors.
If you haven’t upgraded your WiFi router in a while, now’s as good a time as any to make the move to a model with dual-band 802.11ac capabilities.
Newegg is offering an Asus AC1200 router for $50 (after rebate), which is about half the list price for this model.
Amazon also has a Linksys AC1200 router for a similar price. And if you’re looking for something a little different (and faster), the TP-Link/Google OnHub router is on sale for $155, which is about $45 off the list price.
Purism is a company that’s been developing laptops and tablets that run Linux-based, free and open source software for a few years.
Now Purism is considering building a smartphone and the company is soliciting feedback from potential customers.
The idea would be to release a Librem Phone that runs GNU/Linux rather than Android, and which offers security and privacy features to help set it apart from most other phones on the market.
This November Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition game console will go on sale for $60. It looks like a smaller version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System and comes with a game controller and 30 games pre-loaded.
But while the NES may hold a special place in the hearts of Western gamers of a certain age, it wasn’t Nintendo’s first home game console. Two years before launching the NES in North America, Nintendo released the Famicom “family computer” in Japan.
The Huawei MediaPad M3 is an 8.4 inch Android tablet with the same processor that powers the company’s Honor 8 smartphone. But the tablet has a bigger, higher-resolution display, a battery good for 11 hours of run time, and options or WiFi-only or LTE models.
Huawei unveiled the MediaPad M3 at the IFA show in Berlin in early September. But now the company has confirmed that the tablet is coming to the United States.
Virtual Reality devices like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR have gotten a lot of attention from gamers. But you can also use a VR headset to explore distant lands… or the bottom of the sea or the night sky. You can watch 360 degree movies, make music, or create paintings.
So HTC is launching an app store for VR apps other than games. It’s called Viveport. It went live today.
The Google app for Android lets you use your voice to search the web, set reminders, open apps, and do a lot of other things. You can use it by tapping the microphone icon on your phone, but if you enable “OK Google” hotword detection, you can also interact with your phone without ever touching it… assuming you’re willing to put up with a little extra battery drain and the chance that your phone might mishear something else you’ve said and start trying to answer questions when you aren’t asking.
Want to run Android apps on your Chromebook? Right now there are three models that can do that: and if you’re looking for a reasonably good deal on one, Groupon is selling a refurbished Acer Chromebook R11 convertible notebook with 4GB of RAM and a Celeron N3060 for $200.
That’s one of the best prices you’ll find right now for a Chromebook that already supports Android apps. But support is coming to dozens of additional Chromebooks in the coming months… and you can find plenty of new or refurbished Chrome OS laptops for even lower prices if you’re not hung up on the idea of getting one with a touchscreen display.
There’s good news and bad news for folks that have been waiting for new features to hit their Android Wear smartwatches. The good news is that Android Wear Developer Preview 3 is now available and it does have some new goodies, including the ability to browser the Google Play Store for smartwatch apps on your smartwatch (rather than by using your phone).
The bad news? Google has decided to extend the preview program… which means that the company won’t officially release Android Wear 2.0 until early 2017.
Chinese company LeEco offers a range of products in its home country including smartphones, smart TVs, smart bicycles, and more. Now the company is getting ready to do the same thing in the United States.
LeEco has been showing off some of its China-only products at events in the US since the Consumer Electronics Show in January. This summer the company announced that it was acquiring Vizio, one of the biggest players in the US TV space.
What Apple taketh away, third-party smartphone case makers giveth back. Fuze is a smartphone case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that features a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The new case also has a built-in battery, allowing you to squeeze some extra run time out of the phones.
Fuze isn’t actually available yet: but the makers of the case are running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and offering cases as rewards for $69 (or less if you score one of the early bird specials).
After HP blocks third-party ink from working with printers, company promises optional update to remove the ban
A few weeks ago HP activated a firmware update for many of its recent printers. The company said the update was meant to “ensure the best consumer experience,” but what the update did was stop HP’s printers from working with third-party ink cartridges.
Even customers who had already purchased those cartridges, put them in their printers, and used them for months found that after the update they could no longer print.
This left many users frustrated, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation called on HP to roll back the update and promise never to describe this sort of thing as a “security” update again.
The Acer Chromebook R 13 is a convertible notebook with a 13.3 inch touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of storage. It has a 360 degree hinge that lets you fold the screen back when you want to hold the Chromebook like a tablet. And the system is the first Chromebook powered by a MediaTek processor.
Announced in August, the Acer Chromebook R 13 should begin shipping next month. But it’s already available for pre-order from B&H (and maybe a few other retailers).
Raspbian is a Linux-based operating system optimized to run on Raspberry Pi’s tiny, inexpensive, low-power computers. It’s not the only OS that you can run on a Raspberry Pi, but it’s one of the more popular options… especially for beginners.
And now Raspbian is getting a new look, thanks to a new desktop environment called PIXEL (Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight).
The PIXEL desktop environment is basically a heavily modified version of LXDE with a bunch of Raspberry Pi-specific features included.
For the last few years Narrative has been offering small wearable cameras designed to snap thousands of pictures a day without any user intervention. The idea was to create a record of your day, allowing you to find the best pictures online. But it looks like building a profitable business around the concept of “lifelogging” may have been tougher than Narrative expected.
The company is telling users that it’s filed for voluntary dissolution and will no longer be selling or supporting its Narrative Clip cameras.
NVIDIA may not be developing smartphone and tablet chips anymore. But the company is still making system-on-a-chip (SoC) products that pick up where the Tegra line of mobile chips left off.
Today NVIDIA revealed its next-gen chip for autonomous vehicles. The chip is code-named Xavier and it’s said to be able to be able to handle 20 trillion operations per second while using only about 20 watts of power.
Unlike the company’s earlier Tegra chips, which have been used in devices such as NVIDIA’s Shield tablet, handheld game console, and Android TV box, the new Xavier chip is designed specifically for self-driving cars.
CompuLab and the developers of Linux Mint have been partnering to offer a series of small desktop computers with Linux Mint software (and a minty green color) for a few years. One of the most recent is the nearly 2-year-old MintBox Mini. But now there’s a new model with a faster processor, more memory and storage, and other improvements.
It’s called the Mintbox Mini Pro, and CompuLab will be selling the new computer soon for $395.
Microsoft introduced a new secure login system called Windows Hello with Windows 10. It allows you to login on some devices using a fingerprint reader, facial recognition, or iris scanner. But for up until recently the only way to use Windows Hello was to buy a PC or smartphone that already had the required hardware.
Now you can add Windows Hello compatibility to just about any Windows 10 PC buy purchasing a $40 accessory.
For the past four years I’ve been using a Samsung Series 9 notebook as my go-to device for on-the-go computing. Four years later I’m still amazed at how sturdy, yet thin-and-light this 2.4 pound laptop is.
But the Sandy Bridge processor are non-removable battery are starting to show their age. So when The Microsoft Store launched a sale on Acer Aspire S13 laptops with prices as low as $599 last week, I jumped on that deal and bought a model with a Core i7 Skylake chip, a matte touchscreen display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
About two years after introducing a tiny media streamer that plugs into the back of any TV with an HDMI port, Amazon is updating its Fire TV Stick with a new model sporting an updated processor, faster wireless connectivity, and a new remote control that has a built-in microphone and support for Amazon’s Alexa voice service.
But there’s one thing that’s not changing: the price. The new Fire TV Stick is up for pre-order for $40 and expected to ship starting October 20th.