Best Buy bundles free Office 365 subscription with PCs, Macs, iPads and tablets

Who doesn’t like Microsoft’s Office 365 software plus services package? It combines the unrivaled productivity of Redmond’s celebrated Office apps with the convenience of cloud storage and Skype video chat.

HP Slate 17 with Android KitKat: when bigger is not big enough

HP sure has a lot of wacky ideas and plans for how to get noticed in the crowded, volatile and challenging Android décor, starting with 14-inch Google-powered laptops and even 21-inch all-in-one PCs.

Back to school whopper: Spend $700 on select Dell gear, get free Venue 7 tablet

Summer vacation is nearly over, so you young rascals out there are probably trying to make the best of the little free time you have left. But if you can spare a moment between all the partying, the wandering around aimlessly and carefree and the not thinking about school, maybe we can smoothen your return to the classroom.

Lenovo is now selling more phones than computers

Lenovo is still very much tied to the PC market, but between its increasing focus towards smartphones and a market-wide decline in PC sales, Lenovo is now selling more smartphones than computers. For the first time in the company’s history it has moved more smartphones than PCs, primarily because of a massive growth in phone sales. Both categories, PCs and phones, saw year-on-year growth.

Coupon code slashes $100 off select tablets, computers and iPads at Staples

Apple’s iPad Air is likely a mere month or so away from getting a sequel, and although odds are the sixth-gen 9.7 incher won’t revolutionize anything, it’s probably smart to hold off until the follow-up is official if you’re considering the purchase of a large iPad.

Newegg promo code slashes 15% off select tablets, laptops and other electronics

They say the perfect time to buy gadgets is around the winter holiday season, which many retailers think of as the giving season. Well, they clearly haven’t met Newegg’s higher-ups, who seem to have no problem in turning a humdrum end of July into a less crowded, less crazy shopping window.

Future Acer Chromebooks with Bay Trail and Tegra K1 detailed, Chromebox also nigh

It looks like Chrome OS and Acer’s love story is set to last, nay grow stronger, with Intel Core i3-powered Chromebooks just the first step in the PC maker’s grand scheme on the short term. Next on the product roadmap, a couple of Chrome OS laptops beefed up by low-power, frugal Intel Celeron Bay Trail chips, a higher-end version with Nvidia Tegra K1 punch and a Celeron Haswell-based desktop.

HP Chromebox now available stateside starting at $179

Chrome OS-based Chromebox desktop computers are nowhere near as popular as Chromebook laptops, but somehow Google managed to convince HP in addition to Asus these tiny, fairly limited machines have a bright future ahead of them.

Intel Broadwell coming by end of year

Somewhat concrete news regarding Intel’s Broadwell CPUs has finally been provided by CEO Bryan Kryanich who spoke with Reuters today. While speaking with the publication, the Intel boss confirmed that Broadwell will be available before the 2014 holiday season this December, but releasing them well before that for the start of the school season may be difficult.

Creative launches DACs compatible with smartphones, tablet

Creative Technology loves audio, but they probably know that we consumers love audio more than they do. We do, dammit. So this is why they’ve taken such care to produce and support such awesome audio-related products over the decades. Speakers, sound cards, all of it.

LG Chromebase all-in-one Chrome PC lands stateside May 26, costs $350

Well, well, well, what have we here? It’s Google’s latest attempt to branch out beyond supplying software for 80 percent of the world’s smartphones and 60 percent of tablets. Android is thus not Big G’s sole bet anymore, and Chrome OS is surprisingly and delightfully flourishing.

Heartbleed worries? Trend Micro scans PC, mobile for free

It seems like each passing month brings us some new incidents of data hacks or breaches on a large scale. The most recent – Heartbleed – has the web in a frenzy. It’s bad enough that this exploit has gone undetected for over two years, but it also targets the internet’s cryptography. Although most websites have been fixed so far, there are many that have yet to apply patches.