Deal alert: Asus EeeBook X205 Windows mini-laptop for $140 at Best Buy

Eager to please, and in a hurry to eclipse perennial archrival Amazon this holiday shopping season, Best Buy seems to have started Black Friday early. With a bang too, as one of their best ongoing deals sees the brand-new Asus EeeBook X205 notebook drop to $139.99.

Intel expected to merge chip, mobile businesses

Intel has taken financial hits as a result of its phone and tablet business, so the company plans to merge its mobile division with its more successful PC chip business, according to Bloomberg. A report in Bloomberg states Intel will merge the two sectors to keep profits relatively high in all sectors, instead of constantly having a low profit or loss division.

Email for State Dept. down after hack

The primary email system for the United States State Department has reportedly been shut down temporarily after a hack took place. A planned outage originally took down the unclassified system on Friday, and repairs and upgrades are still being made. A report from the Associated Press states that “activity of concern” was recorded, and that prompted the system’s shut down and investigations into the activity.

Surprise: Nokia unveils $250 N1 Android tablet with iPad mini-inspired design

The tablet market didn’t need yet another Android-running iPad mini lookalike, but the Nokia N1 is quite special. For one thing, it’s a surprisingly early sign Nokia is alive and kicking after selling its once mighty device manufacturing division to Microsoft.

Twitter’s co-founder Biz Stone creates ‘Super’ app

Another application has been launched by Biz Stone, one of the main co-founders originally involved in Twitter. Stone’s latest app, Super, lets people talk with others who are nearby and it includes meme-like features. Super includes pictures with all of the statements made by users, and each post must start with things like “The Best”, “I Wish”, or “My Favorite”.

Deal alert: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (non-refurb) going for $259 with 32 GB storage

If you just missed Amazon’s recent deal on a refurbished LTE-capable Kindle Fire HD 8.9, ignored it because it was a refurb, or on account of the tablet’s age, here’s a better promo on a newer, cooler Fire family member.

Upgraded Lenovo ThinkPad Helix goes on sale at $979 and up

For Lenovo, the introduction of a new ThinkPad Helix at IFA 2014 in September was a power move. The computer manufacturer knew full well the Intel Core M-based machine couldn’t go on sale for another couple of months, yet they unveiled it anyway, to showcase their grand future plans.

Looking for a dirt-cheap tablet this Black Friday? Why not the $99 Windows Nextbook 8?

The name E Fun doesn’t ring many bells for many tech users and gadget lovers, but what you probably don’t know is the budget tablet producer has its offices located here, in the USA. Don’t feel patriotic? Then here’s another reason to consider E Fun’s Nextbooks – affordability.

Amazon Kindle update includes family book sharing

A new Kindle update has been announced by Amazon that includes a family book sharing feature called Family Library. The feature will let people access the books in another user’s Amazon account, and therefore, let people share books. Amazon says the feature is restricted to family members like children, partners, and spouses, though it is not clear how that will be enforced.

Nvidia bringing Lollipop to Shield Tablet next week, alongside free gaming bundle

Nvidia vowed its Shield Tablet would be one of the first Android soldiers to load itself with 5.0 Lollipop, and next week, the GPU and SoC maker will be delivering on that promise. Impressive turnaround for a device manufacturer with little to no experience in the field, and no special relationship with Google.

HP Stream 7 available from Microsoft, Stream 8 up for pre-orders on Amazon

HP’s ultra-low-cost Stream family of Windows 8.1 devices isn’t only meant as a direct competitor for budget Chromebooks, it also targets the cheapest Android tablets around.

Antix app can automatically edit GoPro videos

A new app called Antix has launched, and it lets people easily edit their GoPro videos. When someone is using an action camera like the GoPro, hours of raw footage is normally captured, but few people are great at editing that sort of footage. Antix automatically determines what to take out of the raw footage and what to toss out.