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Remix Mini PC Isn't Quite

We saw the Remix OS in action at CES 2016 and were quite impressed at first glance. I have it on a flash drive and have played around with it a little, and overall, it's pretty solid when running on PC hardware. The Remix OS crew also showed off their Remix Mini - a $70 quad-core mini-PC that has built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB ports. All in all, it's a pretty decent package for $70. According to the guys over at Engadget, it's not the one-stop-solution for everyone though.

Rather than lazily cramming stock Android onto its hardware, the creator Jide made an effort to re-skin Lollipop into something a little more like a desktop. The result is RemixOS and, as much as I don't want to raise the hackles of everyone reading this, it's hard not to spot how... familiar it all looks.

Source: Engadget

Circuit City is coming back

The once famous Circuit City electronics store looks like it might be getting a second chance after going belly up back in 2008. A new company has bought the name from Systemax (who bought it out of bankruptcy) and is looking to open 50-100 corporate stores and another 100-200 franchised stores. I guess the fact that Best Buy is closing stores and RadioShack is dead doesn't scare them too much but it will be interesting to see if they can actually pull this one off. Engadget has the story.

RadioShack's recent demise isn't keeping Circuit City from getting back into the retail business. According to Twice, a publication that covers tech industry news, Circuit City is preparing to return soon. The report claims the company, which filed for bankruptcy in 2008, will be opening a new store in Dallas, Texas this coming June, led by the efforts of a new ownership group. Circuit City's also said to have the support of many major brands, including Canon, Intel and Sony, after holding successful meetings at CES 2016.

Lenovo @ CES 2013

We had the opportunity to meet with Lenovo at CES 2013 and see some of their newest products and this year they've got a bunch of new products that are very exciting.

One of Lenovo’s hottest sellers in the past few months has been their new IdeaPad Yoga series of convertible ultrabooks that gives you the best features of an Ultrabook and the best features of a tablet all in one package thanks to a foldable screen that can convert from a laptop to a tablet in seconds. Previously the Yoga 11 series of ultrabooks featured Nvidia Tegra CPU’s and Windows RT but Lenovo has now announced the new Yoga 11S which will be running 3rd generation Intel i5 and i7 CPUs with a full version of Windows 8. The Yoga 11S will be running up to a 256GB SSD and have up to 6 hours of battery life.

 

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Lenovo Yoga 11S
 

Another new product Lenovo was showing off was their brand new addition to the ThinkPad lineup, the ThinkPad Helix. The Helix is tablet with a detachable keyboard unit which gives you the ultimate tablet or a very portable laptop. The Helix is running up to a 3rd Gen Intel i7 CPU and a FHD (1920x1080) 11.6” screen with Windows 8 Pro for some great performance. The battery life of the Helix is 5 hours outside of the dock and an additional 5 hours (10 hours total) when docked. The Helix will also have 4G LTE capabilities to make this the ultimate portable device.

 

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ThinkPad Helix
 

Lenovo was also showcasing a full lineup of phones which are quite impressive, unfortunately at this time none of these are available in North American markets but we will keep our fingers crossed that someday they make an appearance over here. The biggest release from Lenovo in the cell phone category is the new  IdeaPhone K900. This phone features a 5.5” 400+ DPI screen (1080x1920) running a Dual-core Intel Z2580 CPU that uses the Android OS. Also included with the K900 is a 13MP camera with a F1.8 lens. The specifications are quite impressive and the polycarbonate unibody chassis is also pretty impressive which makes this phone perform just as well as it works and makes us wish that it would launch in North America.
 

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Lenovo IdeaPhone K900
 

One of the new products that Lenovo was proudly displaying is the brand new IdeaCentre Horizon which is the world’s first table PC which combines an all-in-one desktop PC with a design that allows you to lay the unit flat on a table and use it for multiplayer and touch enabled applications. The Horizon is the first device of this kind and thanks to some special accessories that include e-disk, a joystick, and striker, the Horizon can easily convert from being a full PC to a tabletop gaming device in seconds. This unit will feature 3rd Gen Intel processors and all the features of a high end PC including a FHD 1920x1080 touchscreen with 10 finger multitouch support. The Horizon is also portable thanks to a 2 hour battery that allows you to take it easily from your desk into the living room to show friends and family pictures or for a quick game of monopoly or other touch-enabled game. Check out our CES gallery for some pictures of the Horizon in action.
 

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon
 

Tt eSPORTS and Thermaltake at CES 2014

 

Kitty Mach from Thermaltake shows off their new eSPORTS products as well as some of the previous generation models to show how far they've come and where they are going. If you're a gamer, make sure you check out our CES 2014 coverage from Thermaltake as they have a lot of good products coming down the pipe.

 

 

In the clip below, Shannon talks to us from the Thermaltake suite about their newest cases as well as the digital power supply app and how well they've implemented this feature in their software.

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

BlackBerry launches Z3 and Q20

I guess BlackBerry was starting to feel left out with all the new phone announcements so they decided to show off their brand new Q20 and Z3 phones this week. The Q20 has a physical keyboard that many BlackBerry users love and is an upgrade over the previous Q10. The Z3 is a touchscreen smartphone that appears to be aimed at budget consumers around the world as the price tag is rumored to be around $200 bucks off contract. The specs on the Z3 are pretty low but with a price tag of $200 bucks I think people can forgive the lower specs. GSM Arena has all the details on both these new phones.

BlackBerry has announced a new duo of smartphones at the MWC 2014 - the BlackBerry Z3 and the BlackBery Q20.

The BlackBerry Z3 is a full-touch smartphone with a 5" display and runs BlackBerry OS 10.2.1. BlackBerry CEO John Chen says that this is the first phone to come up with the strategic partnership with Foxconn.

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