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Microsoft squeezes $149 Lumia 540 between 535 and 640 variants

Somehow, Redmond managed to find an uber-narrow market space previously unoccupied by its continuously growing affordable Lumia lineup. Does the cheapest Microsoft handheld yet feel a little on the low-end side? Willing to trade Lumia 640’s punchy processor and large battery for a more capable front-facing camera and slightly lower price?

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Microsoft sets sights on ultra-low-cost Chromebooks with $149 Windows laptop

Expected out in mid-2015, “at the earliest”, the Bay Trail-T-powered consumer machine should be joined to market by a slightly pricier education-centric 11.6-inch model. HP’s 11 and 13-inch Stream Windows 8.1 laptops are living proof Microsoft fears Google and its rising Chrome OS platform, despite Chromebook sales numbers that look like

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$149 Asus Chromebook inches closer to formal unveil with Rockchip inside

If the ultra-low-cost Chrome OS laptop materializes, Microsoft will face an uphill struggle competing, regardless of them trimming Windows licensing fees. It’s been a fruitful beginning of the year for Chromebook manufacturers, which have seemed a lot more focused on palpable performance and productivity upgrades than before. At the risk of

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Samsung dominated 2014 smartwatch sales, Pebble was a distant second

With Fitbit in third, Statista’s estimates clearly don’t limit themselves to “full-fledged” smartwatches, including a slew of rudimentary activity trackers as well. Like it or not, describe it as pure innovation or crazy expensive and eerily familiar, the Apple Watch is bound to transform the way people view the wearable market

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Samsung officially announces Exynos 7 Octa processor, built on a 14nm 3D FinFET process

Samsung today announced the industry’s first 14nm 3D FinFET mobile application processor – Exynos 7 Octa. Samsung is claiming that the new Exynos 7 Octa chipset provides an improvement of 20% in terms of performance over 20nm based Exynos processors and between 30 to 35% improvement when it comes to

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The most Googled gadget of 2014 was the iPhone 6, but Flappy Bird eclipsed it overall

Not only did people search for Flappy Bird more than Apple’s latest, but the indie mobile game also exceeded notorious terrorist organization ISIS and cinematic phenomenon “Frozen”. Looking at sales numbers and counting the money made off consumer electronics is perhaps the easiest way of assessing popularity and success. But perhaps

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Wearable sales grew in Q3 2014, mostly thanks to Motorola’s Moto 360

You’d have maybe expected sales to rise a little more than 37 percent quarter on quarter, but the unreleased Apple Watch probably made a lot of folks wait. Market research and analysis firm Canalys has come forward with a report we’ve been eagerly anticipating. Their most recent probe of the tech

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Motorola steals LG’s thunder, rolls out Android 5.0 Lollipop for 2014 Moto G

Although some media outlets report Moto G’s update is still in soak test phase, Ars Technica claims Lollipop is widely available stateside. LG sure caught us off guard with its timely Android 5.0 upgrade announcement for the G3, but as it turns out, the first-to-Lollipop prize ultimately goes to the second-generation

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Motorola Nexus 6/Nexus X pegged as scaled-up 2014 Moto X with QHD screen

Forget hardware sacrifices made in the name of affordability, the next-gen Nexus smartphone should take on all of today’s Android heavyweights, both in performance and sheer size. I tell you, if the Nexus 6, aka Nexus X, is the swan song of Google’s stock Android program, the search giant is poised

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HP’s Chromebook-slaying Stream 14 Windows laptop goes official… at $300

The promise of a sub-$200 Chromebook rival with full Windows 8.1 and 14 inches of screen real estate always felt a little on the outlandish side of things, and as it turns out, it really was too sweet to be true. From market oddity bound to fail to dark horse to

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IFA 2014: HP intros beefed-up Chromebooks, low-cost Pavilion x2, high-end Envy x2 pair

HP continues to wage war on multiple fronts in the PC arena, betting big on Chrome OS-powered machines as well as Windows-running convertible tablet-laptops, both budget-conscious and extravagantly priced. Unlike rivals Asus, Acer or Lenovo, all of which have dropped by Berlin for IFA with product lineups mostly focused on mobile,

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Save the date: LG G Watch R launches October 14, steep price a major concern

It’s (almost) official, LG’s “full circle” G Watch sequel hits the streets midway through next month for an undisclosed price that will however no doubt make the rectangular first-gen feel affordable. Until the Apple iWatch comes to possibly propel wearable devices into the mainstream tech world, early adopters of “wrist-worn smartphones”

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