Skype real time translator begins rolling out

The new real time translation feature in Skype is beginning to roll out in a preview program. Those who are a part of the preview program will be able to use Skype Translator beginning today in English and Spanish. With the feature, users speaking to each other in different languages won’t have to worry about not understanding each other. Translated audio appears as text or sound for receiving users.

Artificial Intelligence, biomechanics, and living forever: a philosophical discussion

News broke yesterday that some savvy scientists at OpenWorm managed to map a worm’s mind (all 302 neurons of it), create a computer-generated copy, and give it a robot body. This renewed my hope that I’ll one day live in full consciousness and self-awareness in a cyborg body, living happily forever after like some sexy 30-year-old more »

Acer Iconia Tab 8 drops to $140 at Best Buy, $40 gift card included

Acer probably didn’t need to go the extra mile this holiday season to end up high on shopping lists, but they wanted to do it anyway. After all, it’s a time of giving, and the Taiwan-based PC manufacturer, alongside Best Buy, offers up a discounted touchscreen Aspire E5 laptop and Iconia Tab 8 slate.

Huzzah, LTE-capable Google Nexus 9 goes up for grabs via T-Mobile

Sad to see Google and LG’s “classic” Nexus 5 go? Maybe this piece of joyous news will help turn that frown upside down. The Nexus 9 is now available from T-Mobile with 4G LTE connectivity. Beautiful, delicious, speedy 4G LTE.

11-inch Lenovo Yoga 3 convertible on the way with Intel Core M inside

It’s been a fairly bumpy ride to market for Intel’s 14 nanometer Haswell die shrink, aka Broadwell, but at long last, Core M-based laptops and convertibles have started making their way to store shelves in the past few months.

Deal alert: Touchscreen Acer Aspire E5 laptop with Core i5 Haswell for $350

Even with Chromebooks on the offensive, and Microsoft more focused than ever to reverse the fortunes of struggling Windows PCs, finding a decent sub-$400 laptop remains no easy feat. Especially one capable of squeezing every drop of productivity out of Windows 8.1 with a touch-enabled display.

Deal alert: 2-in-1 Asus Transformer Book at $249 ($80 off) via Microsoft

We weren’t expecting much from Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals Christmas promotion so close after Redmond’s wicked Black Friday sales, but a third into this celebration, the entry-level Asus Transformer Book is sold at a pretty big discount.

North Korea says it didn’t hack Sony Pictures

Investigations into the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack are still taking place, and many of the early findings point to the involvement of the North Korean government. Some details, such as the physical source of the hack, appear to have been verified, but it remains difficult to point a finger at North Korea.

LTE-capable LG G Pad 7.0 is $0.99 with any AT&T Next smartphone purchase

LG’s G Pad 7.0 hasn’t been the easiest sell these past few months, even with 4G LTE support and a relatively reasonable price tag. But don’t act too surprised if you end up receiving several copies of the low-cost, low-end Android slate as Christmas presents.

Feeling nostalgic? This Nexus 7 2013 Groupon should raise your spirits in no time

Google and HTC’s hot new Nexus 9 is a must-buy for tablet power users this holiday season, no question about it. But for those unable to afford it, it sure would have been nice if Big G kept the OG Nexus 7 2013 around.

Deal alert: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at $450 from Newegg via eBay

Who said the gadget purchasing craze has to end just because the days conventionally viewed as the biggest of the holiday shopping season are behind us? We know, we know, if you spend anything extra, you may end up living in a box on the street after New Year’s.

T-Mobile postpones Google Nexus 9 launch for reasons unknown

For all its Nexus 6 availability struggles, Google appeared to handle things quite differently on the N9 front, making the search giant perhaps feel a little less pressured to get its ducks in a row. Unfortunately, it seems no predicament comes alone, and so we’re catching wind of the first alarming Nexus 9 distribution woes.