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The timing may seem a bit off (actually, way off), with all the Moto 360s, second-gen LG G Watches, third-gen Sony SmartWatches and rookie Asus Android Wear efforts around the corner. But you know how things go in the tech world, and particularly in a niche as hot as the wearable sector. There’s always something better, cooler, stronger on the horizon, and if you keep holding off for “the next big thing”, you’ll end up constantly on the lookout and never satisfied. Besides, in a way, the timing is ideal to round up the best existing...

They said Android is limited. Impractical to use on a larger than 10-inch screen. Worthless with physical keyboards, and utterly inoperable on “full-on” computing machines. They scoffed at the idea of mainstream Android laptops, which was filed under megalomaniac fantasies from overly imaginative, reality-disconnected nerds. Well, we showed them. And by we, I mean a handful of visionaries that left no obstacle get in the way of unlocking Android’s true potential. Sure, Google’s “mobile” OS is still light-years away from becoming...

Sorry to break it to you, kids, but summer is nearly finished and the start of the new school year is upon us. And sorry to be the bearer of bad news, parents, however like it or not, your monthly spending budget will skyrocket in the coming weeks. Tuition fees aside, you have textbooks to take care of, new, hip clothes for your offspring to show off his or hers unique fashion style, plus the ultimate marker of the continuous 21st century education advances: gadgets. Whether we’re talking smartphones, tablets or laptops (or something...

I remember it as if it were yesterday. Perhaps anticipating the imminent fall of netbooks, Google envisioned a different type of inexpensive, compact laptops called Chromebooks in 2011. Highly reliant on the web, these would be initially berated and laughed out of the then competitive PC stage. But it’s not like Big G to give up a fight so easily, and despite the continuous dip in popularity of traditional computers and the rise of the tablet, Chromebooks stuck around, to the utter dismay of the class’ many critics. Acer and Samsung,...

Bigger is better. That’s a nutshell description of the recent mobile market trend favoring size over palpable “innovation”, which some tried to enforce as a rule for future “evolution”. But it didn’t really catch on as an ultimate dictum. Instead, many nuanced it, envisioning a world of not just super-sized gadgets, but giants with a gentler, more sensible side. I’m talking of course about cost friendliness, and while the above mentioned motto isn’t a foolproof recipe for success yet, the following equation is truly infallible:...

A whole lot can change in the shifty tech décor in the space of nine months. Heck, even one month sometimes makes a world of difference. Take last month. Lenovo rolled out a slew of A-series budget-conscious slates, HP and Toshiba one-upped each other with the dirt-cheap 7 Plus and Excite Go, and Asus refreshed the increasingly successful MeMo Pad family. Just like that, we got half a dozen of brand new contenders at the low-cost, lightweight crown, and in case our little listicle from back October 2013 wasn’t dated enough, all these...

Bigger is arguably always better, but small doesn’t need to be poor. It’s what many an Android top dog have comprehended of late, selling bundles of compact, reasonably priced, reasonably specced flagship clones. It’s easy to explain the appeal of a well-thought “Mini” device, and it’s no surprise the battle for supremacy in the mid-range arena is about to reach the level of intensity and competitiveness of the high-end war. Maybe we’re not there yet, particularly as OEMs like LG continue to deliver ill-advised mini efforts...

No more rumors, no more mysteries (well, except for the elusive Moto 360), no more questions and no more speculation. The first Android Wear smartwatches are here, are square, get used to it. Yeah, you too snarky haters in the back acting like you know better and would never touch a fugly wearable piece with a ten-foot pole. Remember how rookie Android “smartphone” efforts looked back in the day? They were absolutely disgusting. So be sure to cut Samsung and LG designers some slack. They’re just starting to feel their target audience,...