Chinese device maker Onda has a new laptop on the way, featuring a 12.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Celeron N3450 Apollo Lake CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
The Onda Xiaoma 21 also has a compact design: the laptop measures about half an inch thick and weighs about 2.4 pounds and has slim bezels around the display, to reduce the screen-to-border ratio.
One feature that’s a bit unusual for a budget laptop?
Lenovo’s Yoga Book was one of the most unusual laptops to launch in 2016. The 1.5 pound computer features a 10 inch touchscreen display and a 360 degree hinge that allows you to hold the machine like a notebook or a tablet. But instead of a physical keyboard, it has pressure-sensitive Wacom graphics tablet/digitizer that you can use as a touchpad, virtual keyboard, or writing surface.
The original Yoga Book sells for $500 and up and comes in two versions: there’s an Android model that sells for $500 and a Windows version priced at $549.
Logitech’s C920 webcam has long been a popular option for folks looking for a PC camera with 1080p video support, H.264 compression, dual stereo mics, and low-light correction, among other features.
While Logitech has rolled out an updated model called the C922 Pro, the older camera is still a pretty solid option… especially today, since Staples is selling it for $50, or about half the list price for the C920.
FYI, this is the webcam I currently use in my home office.
Google Voice is a free service that allows you to sign up for a single phone number that you can use to manage all of your phone lines. Give people that one number and Google will ring all you phones, let you receive automatic transcripts of voicemail messages and filter or record calls.
The service launched to the public in 2010, after a year in beta. And it’s long had a loyal, but small (by Google standards) following.
Acer launched the “Spin” line of convertible notebooks last year, offering customers the option of using computers with 13 or 14 inch displays in laptop or tablet modes.
Now Acer is bringing Spin design to its TravelMate line of notebooks, which are typically aimed at business and/or education markets.
The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 is a notebook with an 11.6 inch display, a durable display, stylus support, and long battery life.
This one’s for all the regular (or occasional) Liliputing commenters. This site has used the Disqus comment system since we first launched in April, 2008. At the time, Disqus offered clear benefits over the default WordPress comment system, including support for threaded comments, upvotes, spam detection (which clearly doesn’t always work), comment moderation tools.
At the time Disqus was also completely free for most publishers. Over the years Disqus has rolled out a few different monetization options.
Mobile World Congress is coming up in a little over a month, and companies including Sony, LG, Nokia, and Motorola have scheduled events where they’re expected to reveal their flagship phones for 2017.
One company that won’t be announcing a new flagship? Samsung.
Following a press conference where the company revealed results of an investigation into the cause of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone fires, Samsung mobile president Koh Dong-jin revealed that the company would not introduce the Samsung Galaxy S8 at MWC.
Google began rolling out support for Android apps to select Chromebooks in 2016. The list of supported models started pretty small, but it’s been growing month by month, and Google says that many models which don’t yet support Android apps will in the future.
Not sure if the Chromebook you already own or one you plan to buy is supported? Google has a handy list.
And as Android Police noticed, that list has been updated with an important new note: every Chromebook released in 2017 or later will support Android apps.
Samsung has announced the results of its investigation into the cause of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire and, as expected, the problem has to do with two battery flaws. The company used batteries from two suppliers, and in one case the batteries were too small to safely fit all the components, which led to short circuits, and others had a different manufacturing defect.
When early reports for phones catching fire came in, Samsung thought it had identified and fixed the problem, but the replacement devices were still defecting, prompting the company to halt production, cancel the Note 7 altogether, and start a massive recall campaign.
It’s hard to make a phone that truly stands out from all the other rectangular slabs of glass and metal (or plastic). But ZTE’s Hawkeye phone certainly fits the bill. It’s a phone with an adhesive back and eye-tracking technology that allows you to scroll through web pages and apps without touching the device.
The ZTE Hawkeye concept came from a contest last year, where ZTE asked people to come up with unusual ideas for new products and then vote on their favorites.
The former developers of CyanogenMod are getting ready to start releasing their new Android-based operating system called LineageOS. There are already a number of unofficial builds, and more than 50,000 devices are running some of those builds.
But soon you’ll be able to get official versions of LineageOS for more than 80 different phones and other devices, with updates coming about once a week.
The developers suggest performing a clean install, which means wiping data on your device before loading LineageOS.
Android has a baked-in tethering feature for a while, allowing you to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot so you can use your mobile data with your laptop, tablet, or other devices. But you have to set up a hotspot and connect to it manually, and who has time for that?
Now Google is starting to roll out a simpler solution called “Instant Tethering.”
First spotted by Android Police, Instant Tethering allows any device connected to your Google account to share its cellular connection or look for cellular connections on other devices.
Asus is the latest company to launch a single-board computer aimed at makers, developers, and other hobbyists. It’s called the Asus Tinker Board, and at first glance this tiny computer looks a lot like a Raspberry Pi device.
But the Asus Tinker Board features a faster processor and more memory than a Raspberry Pi 3. It also support 4K video, Gigabit Ethernet, and 192kHz/24-bit audio.
The Tinker Board is now available in the UK and Europe for about $60 (before tax).
Microsoft is adding an eBook store to Windows 10. It’s just one of the updates included in the latest preview of Windows 10 that’s now available for members of the Windows Insider Preview program.
Windows 10 Build 15014 also includes tweaks to the user interface of the operating system, new customization options, and a new way to automatically free up disk space.
Microsoft is also gathering feedback on an interesting new feature: a power slider that will make it easier for users to adjust power and performance settings from the taskbar.
Need a new router? You could shell out big bucks for one of those fancy new whole-home solutions like Eero or Google WiFi. or you could just invest in a decent 802.11ac router which is probably all you need for a 1,500 – 2,000 square foot house.
And right now there are some great deals on routers. Newegg is selling an AC1200 model for just $40 after rebate. But if you want something with a bit more power, the Netgear R7500 Nighthawk X4 AC2350 router is also on sale for $180, and Newegg is also throwing in a uninterruptible power supply as a bonus.
Amazon Dash buttons are tiny buttons that you can use around the home to order refills on things you order regularly, like laundry detergent, trash bags, or snacks. Amazon has been selling Dash buttons to customer for $5 since 2015.
But now you don’t need to buy a physical Dash button to use the one-click ordering system anymore.
Dash buttons have gone virtual. Now you can visit the Amazon website or open the Amazon app on a mobile device and click a button to re-order items without even actively searching for them first.
Samsung is holding an event in Korea Monday to explain why some of the company’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones seemed to spontaneously catch fire last year. But reporters at the Wall Street Journal seem to have had an early look at the results of Samsung’s investigation, and the newspaper reports the problem basically comes down to faulty batteries.
There are actually two different problems identified in the report. Batteries from one supplier allegedly didn’t fit properly in the phone, which caused the devices to overheat.
When DISH Network unveiled its new AirTV box at CES a few weeks ago, the company promised it would blur the lines between online video and broadcast TV by allowing you to connect an antenna and view guide data for over-the-air channels in the same user interface as the Sling TV internet video service (which is owned by DISH).
But as Zatz Not Funny reports, that combined user guide data feature isn’t available yet.
Compulab is an Israeli company that makes small, fanless computers for home or commercial use. The company’s latest mini PC aimed at enterprise/industrial usage is called the IPC3, and it has a die-cast aluminum case with built-in heat sinks for passive cooling and measures about 7.4″ x 6.3″ x 1.6″.
A Compulab IPC3 with an Intel Core i5-7200U 15 watt dual-core processor will be available soon for about $700. The computer is also available with a higher performance Core i7-7500U chip.
Newegg is running one of the best deals I’ve seen for a convertible notebook/tablet computer with high-end specs. For $769 you can pick up an HP Envy 13 with a 360-degree hinge, a 3200 x 1800 pixel touchscreen display, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe storage, and a Core i7-7500U Kaby Lake processor.
The laptop measures 0.6 inches thick and weighs 3.2 pounds. It has a backlit keyboard and features a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.1 port, HDMI output, and a headset jack, among other things.