December 16, 2013

Huawei’s Honor brand challenges Xiaomi with 3X and 3C low-cost phones

Huawei's known for its Ascend smartphones around the world, but back in late 2011, the company also started toying with a small Honor series for select budget markets. Fast forward to today, the latter sub-brand has become Huawei's platform to ...
December 16, 2013

How would you change Toshiba’s Satellite U845?

When you're building a laptop to a price point, there's a fine line between success and failure. Take the Toshiba Satellite U845, an Ultrabook priced at the reasonably slender $750. When we placed it in the hands of our resident laptop critic, she ...
December 16, 2013

LG launches GX smartphone in Korea with 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 600

Expecting a lazy Sunday night? You aren't thinking globally: it's midday in Korea, and LG's announcing a new large-screened smartphone. The LG GX features a wide 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, a 13 megapixel camera, ...
December 16, 2013

DataWind’s 7-inch UbiSlate tablet heads to UK, starts at £30 (update: US too)

Remember the Aakash 2, India's $40 educational slate? It's finally making its way to the western world. The school-bound slab's manufacturer updated its UK website with three commercial variants of the devices, the UbiSlate 7Ci, 7C+ and 7Cz. Sound ...
December 15, 2013

Amazon puts Kindle Fire HDX on interest-free payment plan, starting at $57

Short on cash? Amazon wants to sell you a Kindle Fire HDX anyway. As of today, you can pick up the shopping giant's flagship slate on a quarterly payment plan. Naturally, the amount of each installment varies based on the size and configuration you ...
December 15, 2013

IRL: Trading in the Sonos Play:3 for Korus’ V600 and V400 wireless speakers

Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment. Sonos might be the biggest name in wireless speaker ...
December 15, 2013

Steam Machine beta testers start receiving hardware, teasing the less fortunate

Unless you're part of a select group of beta testers (or happen to be handy with Linux), you're probably reading this in a home without access to a Steam Machine. Wondering what you're missing out on? A handful of Valve's 300 beta testers are happy ...
December 15, 2013

Time Machines: NASA goes virtual at CES

Welcome to Time Machines, where we offer up a selection of mechanical oddities, milestone gadgets and unique inventions to test out your tech-history skills. In the week's leading up to the biggest gadget show on Earth, we'll be offering a special ...
December 15, 2013

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: ‘Saltygloo,’ 3D-printed lingerie and a Christmas tree made from 365 wooden sleighs

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. The 3D-printing craze was in full effect this week. No longer content making plastic figurines or ...
December 15, 2013

Netflix for Android update brings support for individual profiles and queues, better search

Netflix rolled out support for multiple individual streaming profiles within a single account a few months ago, but until now its Android app has been among the platforms that still didn't recognize them. The new version 3.1.0 update rolling out ...