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Deal alert: Trio of discounted refurbished Acer Chromebooks via eBay

It’s the dawn of a new, improved Chromebook generation that can better make a stand against dominant Windows laptops, and it should come as no surprise the niche veterans are slowly approaching oblivion. Before they can be put to rest though, lagging inventory has to go.

Looking to discard an old tablet? Best Buy will shave $200 off a Surface Pro 3

Why go through the hassle of selling decrepit gear on eBay and risk getting stiffed by professional con artists disguised as honest buyers? Or worse still, give up on a 100 percent functional tab just because it’s a little old and clunky? That’s what trade-in programs are for, and the latest such upgrade scheme from Best Buy is unusually generous.

Panasonic’s newest 20-inch Toughpad is crazy sharp, crazy expensive

A brand-new Toughpad 20 shall go on sale in July for an “affordable” $2,999 and up.

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R.I.P. iPhoto: First look and tips for Yosemite’s Photos app

For all those who love the Photos apps on iPad and iPhone, it will come as good news that the same format has arrived on the Photos app on Macs with Yosemite. The 10.10.3 update includes the Photos app that completely replaces iPhoto and changes everything about how we manage photos on a Mac. Here more »

Deal alert: LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 at $280 with Verizon or AT&T

The only Samsung slates brought out this beginning of the year are the textbook definition of affordable, mediocre gear. Plus, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and 9.7 can’t be purchased stateside yet, not even in Wi-Fi-limited flavors. Meanwhile, it’s clearly just a matter of time until the high-end Galaxy Tab S 2 pair will break more »

Intel Compute Stick available to pre-order for late April/early May shipping

Intel is just about ready to let you enjoy a “full” Windows 8.1 experience in the palm of your hand.

Contradictory reports call for Surface Pro 4 launch in July or October

Surprised to see a non-Pro, third-generation Microsoft Surface debut on the heels of the Pro 3 instead of a much more logical Pro 4? Odds are a new high-end 2-in-1 laptop replacement is also coming by the end of the year, though the team behind the affordable Surface 3 responded to speculation with an ice-cold “no comment” on Reddit.

Asus MeMo Pad 7 LTE launches exclusively with AT&T on April 10

AT&T will sell a decidedly lackluster Asus: the LTE-capable MeMo Pad 7 with quad-core Intel Atom power, HD screen resolution and 1 GB RAM.

Deal alert: Acer Chromebook 11 with touchscreen and 32 GB SSD at $180

Acer has been dropping Chrome OS computers left and right lately, looking to diversify the Google-endorsed low-cost product portfolio with more premium models and touch-capable all-in-ones. Rumor is the Taiwanese manufacturer will soon join the ranks of Haier, Hisense and Asus in the sub-$200 Chromebook space, although technically, they already have a $180 11.6 incher more »

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Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-orders at Verizon come bundled with Gear S/GTab savings

Verizon sure picked an odd day to open pre-sales for hands down the most exciting Android smartphones around this beginning of the year, but April Fools’ is officially behind us now, and there’s no reason to fear pranks anymore. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are still up for grabs via the nation’s leading more »

Deal alert: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 LTE and Galaxy Alpha on the cheap via eBay

Face it, $400 isn’t a lot of money to score new mobile gear with, even in the age of ultra-low-cost Chinese flagships, Moto Es and Gs. If you hurry though, you can use it to buy not one, but two above-average LTE-capable Androids, and you’ll still have enough change to accessorize both gadgets.

TechnologyTell Review: Plantronics Voyager Edge UC

Despite the abundance of quality earpieces, I’ll still see someone having a conversation with a huge phone or tablet up to their face. It’s still ridiculous, even if they may just be singing along to playing music. Everyone should own a good Bluetooth earpiece. They work better than the built in microphones and speakers of more »