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At every CES, Lenovo has a habit of teasing us with a bunch of phones that they explicitly say won't be sold on US soil, so of course, there are more for this year's show. On the left we have the funky tri-color Vibe X2 Pro, which -- you've guessed it -- is a beefed-up version of the Vibe X2 we sa...

January 5th 2015 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Look, we're not denying a pen can be a useful thing to have on a tablet. The problem is, it can be difficult to explain why you'd want one. You could circle things. You could doodle, if you had nothing better to do. You could obviously write stuff too, though you'd need to have open some sort of s...

January 4th 2015 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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The spotlight doesn't often fall on the lesser-known Chinese-speaking (both mainland and Taiwanese) companies that set up booth space each January at CES. But if you do pay close attention to their yearly reveals, you'll often find some of the show's more interesting gadgets. Brands like ASUS and...

January 2nd 2015 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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My dad called me up a few weeks ago saying he wanted to get mom a tablet for Christmas, one that might be good enough to replace the laptop she hated. It wasn't the hardware causing angst; it was the software: Windows 8. She's pretty comfortable with technology, but migrating from the familiar wor...

December 31st 2014 at 7:05pm 0 Comments
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No, those bright blue, ruggedized devices being used on NFL sidelines aren't iPads. They're Surface Pro 2s. And while they may look like Apple's renowned tablet from afar, at least to some NFL commentators, Microsoft's been trying to help players and coaches get more familiar with the Sideline Vie...

December 22nd 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Long before Transformers director Michael Bay choked onstage at Samsung's lavish CES 2014 press conference, the Korean company was just another electronics outfit begging for attention. But after decades at CES, Samsung is now the undisputed king of the show. Its blowout media events are the large...

December 19th 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Yes, it's once more time for Black Friday -- that beloved (and sometimes dreaded) day when you can brave crowded stores in hopes of scoring deals on gadgets that would otherwise be out of your reach. But who's offering the sweetest bargains? Never fear: we've rounded up some of the better sales yo...

November 26th 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Here's a question: How did Amazon know it was time to make a $99 tablet? Because of focus groups? Its ace marketing department? Close: user reviews. Let's not forget that Amazon is best known for its retail empire, so when lots of people start buying cheap tablets, the company catches on quickly....

November 21st 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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There's something magical about the idea that, in the space of a few minutes, your smartphone or tablet can look dramatically different and do some cool new things, to boot. That's why operating system updates can be oddly exciting, and Android's latest upgrade -- known as version 5.0 or Lollipop...

November 14th 2014 at 6:32pm 0 Comments
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Smartphones, tablets and laptops are standard fare in 2014, but living in an always-on world isn't just about the essentials. So this year, we looked beyond the gadgets that fit in your backpack or briefcase to compile our Holiday Gift Guide. We've collected a veritable feast of devices to cater t...

November 13th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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The tablet market hasn't seen the turnover that smartphones have enjoyed, but there's still a steady stream of new and improved slates coming out. However, this time around we've only seen fit to add a couple of new devices to our buyer's guide tablet listing -- for the time being, at least. If yo...

November 8th 2014 at 3:43pm 0 Comments
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It's been nearly five years since Google released its very first Nexus device, and by now we all basically get what the Nexus name stands for. It's all about building devices to show off the bleeding-edge version of Android, to give us a better sense of Google's vision of our collective mobile fut...

November 3rd 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments