HP puts Beats Audio in monitors and NFC in a line of new PCs

At IFA today, Hewlett Packard did a couple of interesting things that caught our eye. 

New CuBox-i mini PCs run Android & Linux

SolidRun has debuted a new lineup of tiny PCs that are capable of running both Linux and Android. Powered by Freescale's i.MX6 single, dual and quad-core processors, the CuBox-i systems start at $45 and scale up to $120.

Towards a world of flexible touchscreens

Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors are usually made of are hampering progress toward flexible touchscreen devices.

Smart set-top boxes and dongles are taking the market by storm

The smart set-top box and dongle market is expected to pass 18 million units in 2013 - higher than originally forecasted due to the arrival of Google’s Chromecast device. Overall the market is expected to grow with a 10.8% CAGR (2013 to 2018) with less saturated and developing (from connected and OTT perspective) markets like Asia-Pacific and Latin America helping drive this growth.

Android-powered MK908 II set-top box has an adjustable WiFi antenna

The TronSmart MK908 II, priced at $69-$75, is powered by a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and features 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot.

Sky Drone FPV navigates with 3G or 4G/LTE

The Sky Drone FPV (First Person View) can best be described as an HD video system controlled via 3G or 4G/LTE networks.

Tivo Roamio goes too far on price and not far enough on innovation

We've orgasmatron'd ourselves into a stupor over Chromecast, but we still have four TiVo boxes lying around the house, one is out of use, and one is even a TiVo Premier HD, or some such crap.    

Video: The Making of Intel's $200 open-source MinnowBoard

The $200 MinnowBoard - developed by Santa Clara and CircuitCo Electronics - is a motherboard that measures 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) by 4 inches, sans casing.

Chromecast is not smart TV; it's the display-less future of mobile computing

If Google starts to get really evil its redemption will come from having given us Chromecast. This $11 piece of hardware should, unless the world is insane, kill the attached computing display for ever. Because, we should never have to lug around a laptop, or set up a room with a projector or a TV for meetings, or even have to go through the nightmare that is Hulu Plus on Tivo Premier.   

These mini-PCs are powered by Intel Celeron chips

At least two new mini-PCs powered by Intel (x86) Celeron chips, paired with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of solid state storage (SSD), recently surfaced on AliExpress.

Tablets, schmablets: Build a full tower PC with some of the best cases around

We decided to go old school when we saw this ranking for the best computer cases for airflow. So many memories. Good times. It made us nostalgic for the days when size mattered. When power mattered and you could roast a turkey in a high-end rig.  

Google Glass and Autism: an opportunity to do some good

Teenage freshman at Stanford has a project that uses Google Glass to help people with autism to read another person's emotions. Autism is characterized by deficiencies in social interaction, emotional and non-verbal communication.    According to a report in Medical Daily:  

German web firms will encrypt emails - suck it, NSA

Well, the Europeans, especially the Germans, are not taking the whole NSA thing lightly. They are not happy. But, real hackers claim it is all a publicity stunt and no one is going to be really safe. We are all doomed to being snooped.   Two of the largest ISPs in Germany are going to encrypt emails in response to German consumer concerns about US intelligence snooping:  

This Hardkernel ODROID-XU Octa Core big LITTLE dev board is $149

Hardkernel has launched the ODROID-XU Octa Core big LITTLE dev board at a $149 price point. The board is powered by Samsung's Octa Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 SoCs in a big.LITTLE configuration.

Intel ships $200 "open-source" PC

Intel has officially begun shipping its first "open-source" PC, which can probably best be described as a bare-bones system targeting x86 devs and the growing DIY market.

MediaTek is going big.LITTLE with ARM

MediaTek - which only recently announced an 8-core ARM Cortex-A7 chip - has debuted a quad-core SoC dubbed the MT8135. 

Rikomagic goes Linux with Picuntu

Mobile enthusiasts already know about Rikomagic's MK802 III (Rockchip RK3066) and MK802 IV (RK3188) HDMI TV sticks, both of which run Google's wildly popular Android Jelly Bean.

Rockchip designs a quad-core ARM Cortex-A12 RK32xx chip

Rockchip is perhaps best known for its reasonably priced ARM-based chips targeted at a wide range of devices, including tablets, TV set-top boxes and PC sticks. The company's current flagship processor? The ARM Cortex-A9 RK3188.

This AIO desktop is fanless and silent

Deltratronic has debuted a silent all-in-one desktop, sans fans. Dubbed the Silentium! AIO, the system carries a $1310 price tag.

Is Amazon really selling Chromecasts for $11?

If you count the promise of a 3 month subscription to Netflix then, maybe. The buzz on Chromecast is strong. At $11 it is pointless not to buy one or put your order in right now. Somewhere, at some cable company, an executive is falling and no one is there to hear him crash.