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Michael Kwan

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New $200 Acer C270-2848 Chromebook Features Haswell Processor

Acer already has a $200 Chromebook in the form of the C7, buit now you get more bang for your buck with the Haswell-based variant. It's called the Acer C720-2848 and it is also priced at a very affordable $200.

Get Ready for NVIDIA Tegra 4i and Tegra 5 Devices Next...

You'll already find plenty of gadgets on the market today with the Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip from NVIDIA, but the new Tegra 4i and Tegra 5 chips should be ready some time next year.

Pre-Order Your Robugtix T8X Robot Spider for $499

Have you ever wanted to have a pet tarantula, but you're a little too creeped out to actually do it? How about a relatively inexpensive robot version instead that is remarkably lifelife?

Get a Moto Maker Customized Moto X for $49.99 for Verizon

As an added incentive for you to jazz up your Moto X via Moto Maker, you can now pick up the new smartphone with Verizon for just $49.99.

Android 4.4 KitKat Coming to Moto X in “Weeks”

More specifically, Motorola indicated that the Moto X would be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update in a "matter of weeks."

Throw the Panono Ball Camera, Take 72MP Photospheres via 36 Lenses...

Enter Panono. The company is offering a ball camera that you literally throw in order to take pictures with its 36 tiny lenses. All of that then get stitched together to produce a 72-megapixel photosphere.

Facebook Wanted to Buy Snapchat for $3 Billion, Gets Rejected

Facebook has already spent $1 billion to acquire Instagram and it looked like Snapchat was next on their target list. The social network reportedly offered $3 billion to acquire Snapchat, but the people at Snapchat said no. That's bold.

HTC One Max Launches on Sprint This Friday for $250

If you're in the market for a giant phablet, there'll be an extra treat under the way-too-early Christmas tree for you this Friday. Sprint has confirmed that the HTC One Max will be officially joining its lineup this Friday, November 15.

Official: Unlocked Motorola Moto G Starts at $179 Outright

What's that? You thought the Google Nexus 5 was a pretty fantastic deal at $349? Motorola just undercut that price by 50%, officially announcing its Moto G starting at just $179. That's not a contract price.

SmartThings Bolsters Internet of Things Development with $12.5 Million in Funding

The Internet of Things describes the movement toward having a variety of household objects that can then be controlled by your smartphone. These gadgets would be connected to the Internet, so you can have true remote control of your thermostat, door locks, room lights and so on.

Camera Awesome App Lands on Select Android Devices

Camera Awesome is one of those awesome apps that has been, up until this time, an exclusive to iOS devices. That has now changed, because the Camera Awesome app has finally been ported over to Google Android.

The $199 NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tablet Launches Next Week

You have quite a few options in the $200 range for Android tablets, including the Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and the Kobo Arc 7HD. Now, you can add at least one more contender to that list: the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7.

iOS Keeps Losing Market Share, But Increases Shipment Volumes

Even so, it doesn't look like Tim Cook and the team in Cupertino have very much to worry about. Even though iOS market share dropped about 1.5% compared to last year, shipment volumes actually increased about 25%.

Scanadu Scout Is a Star Trek Medical Tricorder for the Real...

In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the doctor could just whip out a tricorder and get an instant diagnosis, as well as collect all kinds of critical health data about you. That sci-fi tricorder is getting that much closer to reality.

Can 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Drive Across America on 10 Gallons of...

For starters, the Urbee 2 is a car that was built using 3D printing, rather than more conventional manufacturing methods. They aim to drive the car clear across the United States on just ten gallons of fuel.

Virgin Galactic’s First Commercial Flight Will Be Televised on NBC

Sir Richard Branson and the people at the Virgin Galactic have inked an exclusive deal with NBC Universal that will see their first commercial flight aired on TV.

Sunday Deliveries for Amazon Prime Customers

It has now been announced by Amazon that if you are a Prime member, they may start delivering orders to your door on Sundays too. This is via a special deal that Amazon has conjured up with the people at the United States Postal Service

Sony Accidentally Leaks Xperia Z1s Smartphone

Accidentally revealed on the official Sony Global website, it looks like the upcoming Sony Xperia Z1f will offer "the best of Sony for the best of you."

Video: Cornell Scientists Teaching Robot Not to Stab People on Purpose

And that is what researchers at Cornell University are doing. They're teaching a robot named Baxter how to handle items as a grocery store checkout clerk.

Watch Movies, Earn Xbox One Media Achievements

Just as you can earn all sorts of achievements for accomplishing certain goals inside of games, you'll apparently earn media achievements when you watch movies on your Xbox One too.

AT&T Pre-Orders for Nokia Lumia 1520 Now Accepted

The pricing is right where we would expect it for a flagship-caliber smartphone. If you sign up for a qualifying two-year service agreement with AT&T, the Nokia Lumia 1520 can be yours for a penny shy of $200.

Sprint Selling Google Nexus 5 for Only $50

If you've been anxious to pick up the Google Nexus 5, it looks like Sprint could be the way to go. The wireless carrier is now offering the Nexus 5 for only $50 on a qualifying two-year contract.

Microsoft to Kill Bing and Xbox Under Stephen Elop Rule?

One of the names in the running is Stephen Elop, formerly of Nokia, and it looks like he may already have many grand schemes in mind should he take over the head honcho role at Microsoft.

Rocking Out with iLoud Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Speaker

There are plenty of Bluetooth speakers out on the market already, but most of them are geared toward the general population. If you're a real musician and nothing but the best will do, you might want to turn to the new iLoud speaker from IK Multimedia.

AT&T Hands Over Foreign Call Logs to CIA for $10 Million...

We've all heard by now how wireless carriers in the United States routinely hand over their phone records over to the federal government as part of the latter's counterterrorism investigations and efforts. What we didn't know is that these wireless carriers are being paid to pass that call data onto the CIA and other government agencies.

Apple iWatch to Feature Bluetooth-Based Hotspot Technology?

Rumors of an Apple iWatch have been floating around since the time of the 6th-generation iPod nano, but it looks like we're getting much...

Roadless Wheel System Adapts to Any On-Road or Off-Road Terrain

The idea with this all-terrain wheel assembly is that it is completely flexible. You can have a larger wheel with a narrower tread when the terrain calls for it, but when you turn the screw, that same wheel can shrink down its diameter and create a wider tread for a different kind of terrain.

Apple Gets 40% Mobile Market Share in the USA

The story is a little different when you look at the global numbers, but in the United States, Apple continues to be the dominating force in the world of smartphones.

Lady Gaga’s Latest Stunt: Singing in Space

Listen, Lady Gaga. Imma let you finish, but Commander Chris Hadfield is the greatest outer space singer of all-time. Of all-time.

Apple Contracting More Suppliers to Keep Up with iDemand

Yes, Apple will continue to use Foxconn as its primary supplier, but even the mega city-sized factory of Foxconn can't keep up.

Android 4.4 KitKat Dialer to Feature Google+ Profiles Too

You may have heard how the new Smart Dialer in Android 4.4 will automatically list your most frequently contacted contacts toward the top of the list, but there are a few more tricks up that KitKat sleeve.

Video: University of Washington Students Test Missile-Based Asteroid Sample Collection Technique

This can be wildly inefficient, so students from the University of Washington are devising a new technique that involves blasting rockets hard into the ground from high altitudes.

The Catch: Is T-Mobile’s 200MB Free Tablet Data Actually Free?

Late last month, we caught wind that T-Mobile was giving out 200MB of LTE data for free every month, no strings attached. Unfortunately, there are a few strings attached, but only for certain customers.

Google Nexus 5 Teardown Reveals 8/10 Repairability Score

As has become tradition on the Internet, the brave crew at iFixit have taken it upon themselves to rip the new Nexus smartphone apart to discover all of its innards.

Self-Branded Verizon Wireless Ellipsis 7 Android Tablet Announced

In addition to a range of tablets from companies like Apple and Samsung, Verizon Wireless is now starting its own line of self-branded tablets called the Ellipsis family. And it begins with the 7-inch Ellipsis 7.

Google Helpouts Live Video Chat Helps You With Anything

As its name implies, the Helpouts system works in much the same way as video chat over Google Hangouts, except you get connected with teachers and experts for the questions that you need answered.

20 Billion Earth-Sized Habitable Planets in Milky Way?

Astronomers from the University of California at Berkely and the University of Hawaii at Manoa have concluded that there could be as many as 20 billion planets in the universe that are both Earth-sized and within what is called the habitable zone.

India Is Launching Its Mars Orbitor Mission Tomorrow

Now, another mission is about to launch toward the Red Planet and it's being headed by the team at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Yes, India is going to Mars.

Steve Wozniak Wants Giant Smartphones, Apple and Google to Partner Up

When it comes to the world of tech and consumer electronics, there are few names and personalities that reach the same kind of level as the Woz. The Apple co-founder sat down for an interview BBC Click where he discussed some of his thoughts on Google, Apple, smartphones and the rest of the tech industry.

Motorola Moto G Smartphone Coming on November 13

Well, that above image is pretty self-explanatory. Motorola has sent out a bunch of "save the date" invitations for a special event on November 13 wherein they will quite clearly tell us all about the Moto G.

BlackBerry: John Chen Named CEO, Fairfax Takeover Falls Through

Today was a very big day for the boys and girls in Waterloo with both good and bad news coming down the pipe. First, CEO Thorsten Heins is stepping down from the head honcho role.

Video: Google Building a Secret “Invite Only” Retail Space Out of...

Google is thinking outside of the box again by going into the box. Or several boxes, in the form of shipping containers on a barge, floating around in San Francisco Bay.

Google Nexus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Spec and Feature Shootout

Let's be fair. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been out on the market for several months already and the Google Nexus 5 has only been out for a day. If they're both flagship-caliber devices, it would make sense that the Nexus 5 would be more powerful and more compelling, but is that really the case?

Smart Glasses Offer Augmented Reality Vision to the Blind

You can have some vision above zero and still be considered legally blind. In fact, that's the case for most people who we would consider blind, but these smart glasses could elevate their vision abilities even better by way of augmented reality... sort of.

Apple iPad Air is $479 at Walmart, Apple, Best Buy and...

The new Apple iPad Air was formally announced a little over a week ago, but now it is available for your purchasing pleasure. As...

What’s New in Android 4.4 KitKat Anyway?

Every time that Google unveils a new version of Android, we ask the question of what's different and why should we care. And so, with the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat, we are asking those questions again.

HTC One to Get Android 4.4 KitKat in the Next 90...

Naturally, everyone is pretty excited about the highly anticipated arrival of the Google Nexus 5, but they're equally excited about the arrival of Android...

FCC: Samsung Going Bigger with 12.2-Inch Tablet?

As if Samsung didn't already dabble in enough screen sizes already, a new FCC filing has popped up for the Samsung SM-P905. According to these documents, the Samsung tablet will have a total diagonal size of 14.1 inches. When you factor in the bezel, that would translate to a screen size of about 12.2-inches.

Leaked: Motorola Moto G Specs Point Toward Cheaper Moto X

In some respects, the rumored Moto G from Motorola is going to be everything we thought the Moto X was going to be: cheap, but reasonably innovative. The specs for the Moto G have now been leaked and it is indeed pointing toward being a mid-tier if not even entry-level device.

Everything You Need to Know about Google Nexus 5

If you've following the endless deluge of leaks over the last few months, then you pretty much already know everything about the Nexus 5. The difference is that it's now all official and you can actually buy the hotly anticipated smartphone.