Amazon is having itself a Fire sale of sorts -- Fire Phone, that is. You can now grab Amazon's Fire Phone with 32GB for just $199 off-contract, the lowest price yet for the company's first real foray into the smartphone business. It's also been a rather forgettable one, with Amazon earlier this month letting it be known that it was sitting on $83 million in unsold Fire Phone inventory.
Choose your weapon: Shield portable or Shield tablet
If you happen to be in the market for a Shield (in either handheld portable or tablet form), or are otherwise looking for gift ideas this holiday season, hold your horses for just a few more days and you'll score a better deal. Like many, Nvidia is participating in the Black Friday festivities, and it's doing it with a couple of bundle options for the aforementioned mobile gaming devices, both of which will come a few extra incentives.
Not only are we taking more photos and videos than ever before with our plethora of digital devices, but thanks to increases in resolution and quality, we're also consuming more space on our media. To keep pace with these growing needs, Patriot today upgraded its LX Series of SDXC and microSDXC cards to new capacities -- 256GB for the former and 128GB for the latter, the company announced.
Intel today announced that its board of directors approved an increase in its cash dividend to 96 cents per share on an annual basis, representative of a 6 percent increase, starting with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2015. In addition, Intel predicted full year revenue growth for 2015 to be in the mid-single digits, trumping what most analysts were expecting.
HP's Envy x2 is back, only this time it looks less like a traditional laptop and is more powerful than before. Taking a page from Microsoft's Surface design, the Envy x2 now comes with a kickstand. HP is billing it as a detachable PC with mutiple modes, including an all-in-one mode (detached from the keyboard), notebook mode (attached to the keyboard), and tablet mode (detached from the keyboard and used as a tablet).
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, is planning to combine its mobile and tablet operations with its personal computers division as part of a reorganization process that will kick off next year. The plan was announced internally through an email sent to employees by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. In it, Krzanich talks about a rapidly evolving market place and the need to "change even faster to stay ahead."
Sony today announced the commercialization of its new Exmor RS IMX230, the industry's first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to boast an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function for superior focus tracking of fast-moving subjects. It's rated at 21 megapixels (effective) and sports a High Dynamic Range (HDR) function to capture backgrounds and subjects clearly and vividly, even in high-contrast scenes, Sony says.
This time around, Microsoft isn't repeating its past mistake and will instead do Lumia phone customers a solid by committing to a Windows 10 update for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 handsets. Microsoft made the promise in response to a customer's question on Twitter. The customer said he was interested in buying a Lumia 930 phone but wanted to know if it would get the update to Windows 10.
BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), is trying to become the comeback kid by returning to its roots. The BlackBerry Classic, now available to pre-order for $499 (CDN) or $449 (USD), is a departure from BlackBerry's recent attempts to compete in the mobile market with more traditionally styled smartphones and is a throwback to old school BlackBerry devices, but on a modern platform.
Tis the season of the low cost laptop, and if you're looking for a portable system on the cheap, you have a growing number of choices. You won't find them in the Apple Store, of course, but you will find Windows laptops in the $200 range, including a recently reduced Asus X205TA model selling for just $170 at the Microsoft Store. In response, Chromebook models are expected to be even more affordable than they already are with Asus and Lenovo both reportedly planning to release $149 Chromebook models.