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Phonebloks – a modular smartphone concept with Lego-like blocks

- September 11th, 2013

Years ago, a friend of mine wanted to create a truly modular laptop, where he’d be able to not only swap out drives and RAM but motherboards, screens and the like. He had looked into various types of casing for his monstrosity, from more traditional laptop chassis to a briefcase and, if I remember correctly, a metal lunchbox.

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Get the Windows experience on an HTC phone

- January 3rd, 2013
8x_8s

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (L) and HTC CEO Peter Chou display the Windows Phone 8X (centre in blue and green) and the Windows Phone 8S (L in yellow and R in orange) during their launch event in New York Sep. 19, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sometimes it’s hard to remember there are more choices in smartphone operating systems than just iOS (which is installed on Apple’s iPhone) and Android. But if you’re looking for a more PC-like interface, you might want to check out a Windows phone. Up until recently, your best bet was Nokia’s Lumia line. But with the release of Windows Phone 8, that has changed. So if you’re not too keen on banking on a company, which financially speaking, is the Finnish equivalent of RIM, you might want to check out what HTC has to offer.

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LG’s first quad-core phone a step in the right direction

- October 19th, 2012
LG Optimus 4X HD

LG Optimus 4X HD. (Supplied)

With the release of the Optimus 4X HD later this month, LG will no longer playing catch-up in the mobile phone market, it’s setting the bar. Not only is it the company’s first quad-core phone to launch here (the Optimus G, which I wrote a preview on last month isn’t out until November), it is, to my knowledge, the only quad-core phone currently available in Canada.

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Staying ‘in charge’ of your energy use

- February 4th, 2011

Belkin Conserve Insight

In these lean and green times, consumers are more aware that the gadgets they use on the go and around the house use a lot of electricity. What’s more is that they even suck this electricity while in use and powered down – often called standby or “vampire” power.

Thankfully, there are ways and means to track and reduce power consumption, including Belkin’s line of Conserve energy-saving products. I recently had a chance to get some hands-on time with three products in the Conserve lineup: Insight, Smart AV and Valet.

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