It’s been just over a week since Andromium launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $50,000 to produce a device that lets you use an Android smartphone like a laptop.
With 21 days left to go in the Superbook campaign, the project has received over $1.1 million in pledges, which means that it’s hit a few key stretch goals. The team is adding an extra USB port and a bigger battery. And backers willing to pay $30 extra for the option can now get a higher-quality, higher-resolution display.
This November Nintendo will ship the $60 NES Classic Edition. It’s a tiny replica of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System game console that comes with 30 games pre-loaded… and no way to add or remove any of those games.
Meanwhile, folks have been building their own NES Classic-style devices for years by putting a Raspberry Pi or similar mini PC into an NES-style case and installing RetroPie or other emulation software.
But daftmike’s NES Classic is one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen.
Last year a startup called Endless Computers launched a line of inexpensive desktop PCs designed for use in developing markets, among other places. They currently sell for $79 to $229 and run a Linux-based operating system called Endless OS, which comes pre-loaded with apps and educational tools intended to make a PC useful even if you don’t have an internet connection.
In June, Endless announced that it was making the operating system available for download free of charge for anyone that wants to install it on their own.
I picked up a pair of cheap Bluetooth earbuds last year, and while they’re not the best sounding headphones I own, they’re my go-to headphones for listening to podcasts while walking or tuning into conference calls when I’m working because it’s just so convenient to be able to listen without fumbling over wires.
I actually bought them to use while exercising, and they’re good for that too. But after a year of use, the charging port on my Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth headphones is a little finicky, and it can be hard to get the battery to charge.
It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Windows software for smartphones has a relatively tiny market share. But the same week that Apple is trumpeting the sale of its billionth iPhone, Microsoft has released financial documents showing that the company sold just 13.8 million Lumia phones in 2016… and just about 1.2 million in the last quarter.
The decline in sales is part of a trend, but the news comes two months after Microsoft announced a major shift in strategy for its phone hardware: the company is streamlining its smartphone plans to focus on the enterprise market and enthusiasts, selling off its feature phone division, and eliminating 1,850 related jobs.
Computer-on-a-stick products have gotten a lot more powerful in 2016. A few years ago you could find models with ARM-based processors and Android software. In 2015 we started to see models with Intel Atom Bay Trail chips. And this year saw the launch of new Intel Compute Stick models, with some featuring Atom Cherry Trail chips and others sporting Core M Skylake processors.
While the Core M models are the most powerful PC sticks to date, there’s a new Japanese model that seems to split the difference by using a mid-range Cherry Trail processor and 4GB of RAM instead of the usual 2GB.
Sure, Motorola is selling a $300 projector that you can snap onto the back of the company’s Moto Z smartphones. But every now and again we see phones or tablets that have built-in projectors.
A startup called Akyumen seems to be building an entire line of products around the concept. This September company plans to begin selling a 10.1 inch Windows tablet, a 5.5 inch Android phone, and an odd 7 inch phablet that can run both operating systems.
Alcatel recently launched two new smartphones, the $400 Alcatel Idol 4S and the smaller, cheaper $200 Alcatel Idol 4.
But it looks like the company that produces phones sold under the Alcatel brand has another model on the way, and leaks paint a picture of a phone with a faster processor, more RAM, and a higher resolution camera.
The TCL 950 showed up at the GFXBench website a few months ago, and now it’s made its way to the website of Chinese regulatory agency TENAA.
It’s been more than two years since Google added support for add-ons to its web-based Docs and Sheets office suite, allowing you to integrate third-party tools to sort sheets, add fonts to documents, create forms, merge labels, use additional types of charts, and more.
Now Google Docs and Sheets for Android also supports add-ons.
There are 9 available at launch, including add-ons from DocuSign (for digitally “signing” documents,” Scanbot (for scanning documents using optical character recognition), and AppSheet (for turning a spreadsheet into a mobile app).
The Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA is a 3 pound convertible notebook with a 13.3 inch full HD touchscreen display and a 360 degree hinge that lets you flip the screen around and hold the computer as a tablet.
It features an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, at least 256GB of storage, and while it has a list price of $749 or up, it’s been available for as little as $699 since the day the notebook first went on sale.
Motorola’s first modular smartphones are now available in the United States.
As promised, the Moto Z Droid is available for $624 and up, while the Moto Z Force Droid starts at $720. But those prices can climb pretty high if you decide to deck out your phone with extra storage and some of the Moto Mod accessories that are what truly make the Moto Z phones stand out.
Both phones are available exclusively for Verizon Wireless customers in the US.
Have a computer running Windows 7 or later? You can upgrade it to Windows 10 free of charge if you do it by the end of the day on July 29th. After that you’ll have to pay full price fro a Windows 10 license if you want to upgrade.
That means if you update today it’s free. Try to do it on Saturday and you’ll probably end up spending $120 for Windows 10 Home or $200 for Windows 10 Pro (or a little less for an OEM license).
Chinese device maker Mele’s latest mini-computer is a fanless desktop PC with an Intel Celeron N3150 Braswell quad-core processor, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, and a starting price of $149.
The computer’s available from AliExpress for $149 and up… but the entry-level price will only get you a barebones model. You’ll have to pay extra if you want memory, storage, and an operating system: there are models available with Ubuntu 16.04 or Windows 10.
It’s been nine years since Apple launched the first iPhone. And in that time, Apple says it’s sold more than a billion phones.
That’s a lot of phones… but the milestone also comes on the heels of reports suggesting that iPhone shipments will be lower this year than last.
Update: While analysts say the market contracted a bit last quarter, smartphone shipments are expected to be up a bit this quarter from the same period a year earlier.
Xiaomi isn’t the only Chinese company launching a new 13 inch ultra-thin notebook featuring an Intel Skylake processor, NVIDIA graphics, and a $750 price tag.
On the same day that Xiaomi revealed the Mi Notebook Air, PC maker Lenovo started taking orders for a new notebook called the Lenovo Air 13 Pro.
Like Xiaomi’s 13 inch laptop, the Lenovo Air 13 Pro features a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, weighs about 2.8 pounds, and measures about 0.6 inches thick.
Don’t want to pay multiple times for the same app, eBook, or movie just so that you, your spouse, and your kids can all have it on your phones? Apple has a Family Sharing feature that lets you link multiple accounts and share content between users in your household.
Now Google is launching its own version, called Family Library. It lets you share eligible apps, games, movies, TV shows, and eBooks. You only have to pay once for each app.
The days when we could get excited about a $150 Android tablet are long gone. These days you can find Windows 10 tablets for about half that price.
Of course, you can’t get a very good Windows tablet for $80… but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get a high-quality Windows tablet. Right now Micro Center is selling a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 model with a Core i5 Skylake processor for $750… and students with an .edu email address can get it for just $600.
You can take some remarkable photographs using a smartphone… if you’re a good photographer and now how to line up your shot, be aware of lighting issues, and adjust a bunch of settings before snapping the photo. Microsoft’s new camera app is designed to help those of us who aren’t great photographers.
It’s caller Microsoft Pix, and it uses the company’s artificial intelligence to adjust settings before you take a picture and then automatically apply enhancements after the image is captured.
LeEco has started to make a name for itself in China recently, where the company’s phones, smart TVs, and even smart bicycles are generating buzz. The company also started showcasing its products in the US this year, hinting at plans to enter the US market in a big way later this year.
Now it looks like the company is taking a shortcut: it’s acquiring one of the top makers of smart TVs and related products.
Xiaomi splits its smartphones into two families: the Mi line of phones tend to have flagship-level specs, while Redmi phones are typically budget models with a few premium touches.
But the company’s latest phone blurs the lines a bit: the Xiaomi Redmi Pro features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel OLED display, a fingerprint scanner, dual rear cameras, a USB Type-C prot, and a 4,050 mAh battery.
The Redmi Pro i launching in China for 1,499 yuan ($225) and up.