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Onyx BOOX Afterglow 2 Review

A True Android E-Reader

The e-reader market seems to be dwindling. In June, Barnes & Noble said its Nook division would be spun off into a separate company by the end of first quarter 2015. Sony tapped out and inked a deal with Kobo. It looked like only two companies here in the US seemed content to stay in the space: Amazon and Kobo. However, B&N announced in February that its Nook business would become a part of its retail business. All three companies have several devices of varying sizes, specifications and prices. Up until now, people interested in an true e-reader, one with an e-paper display, have been forced into proprietary ebook ecosystems from Amazon, B&N and Kobo.

Polish company Onyx International Inc. is looking to give users more flexibility and options when it comes to reading on e-paper. While the company’s website and online store look a little sketchy, I decided to take the plunge. Onyx’s Afterglow 2 comes preloaded with the Google Play store, giving it access to the the digital book stores from Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Google. The device’s specs match up nicely with the competition on paper, but does this relatively unknown Polish company have what it takes to take on the top dogs? Find out after the break. Continue reading Onyx BOOX Afterglow 2 Review

Asus Transformer Book T100TA Review

The Best Chromebook runs Windows 8.1?

Chromebooks have taken off in the past few years because their general affordability (minus the company’s own Chromebook Pixel). Running Google’s browser-based operating system Chrome OS, these computers can do basically everything consumers want in a computer, whether that be browsing the web, checking emails, editing pictures or streaming their favorite show. Continue reading Asus Transformer Book T100TA Review

Pebble Steel Review

Pebble Technology brought the smartwatch into prominence back in late 2012 when the company raised over $10 million on the crowdfunding website KickStarter for its Pebble Smartwatch. Looking to stay relevant and on top in the increasingly crowded smartwatch market, Pebble added a new (not that new) watch to their ranks: the Pebble Steel. Does the Steel have what it takes to be the perfect smartwatch? Find out after the break.
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Sony QX100

The Next Level of Mobile Photography?

I remember my excitement ten years ago when I got my first point-and-shoot Canon camera. I soon moved up to a DSLR: the Nikon D10. In addition, I had a cell phone, a Gameboy, our family’s old iMac, an iPod, and an Xbox. I even had a PSP for a few years. Now, my smartphone has taken the place of my camera, casual gaming system, iPod, and phone. There is a problem though: my smartphone doesn’t have the best camera. Continue reading Sony QX100

The Samsung Chromebook

The New Netbook, But Still a Netbook

Android powers about 80% of the world’s smartphones and 50% of US smartphones. Google Search, Google Play, YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail are the second through sixth top smartphone apps. Google Chrome is the top web browser worldwide, accounting for about 40% of web traffic. Google doesn’t just want Chrome to be your web browser of choice; it wants to be your hub for productivity, entertainment, reading, browsing. Continue reading The Samsung Chromebook

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

What the Surface Should Have Been

The Helix came out at an unfortunate time. With Intel’s new line of battery sipping Haswell processors powering the new Windows 8.1 devices, the Helix’s Clovertrail processor may seem a little outdated. Can Lenovo’s 4-mode tablet still hold it’s own? Find out after the break. Continue reading Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Photojojo Lens Set

Magnetic Lenses For Your Smart Phone

More people are constantly documenting the many facets of our lives: parties, adventures, food, nature, friends, etc. Most have replaced compact cameras with their smart phones due to the constantly increasing quality of the sensors. We don’t even have to plug in our camera and upload our pictures to our computers with new autosave features from Google+, Dropbox and Facebook. Portability has been traded for functionality and the Photojojo Lens Set seems to partly bridge that gap. The company claims these three lenses are “like pro-lenses for your phone.” I put that claim to the test to find out if these tiny lenses are worth the money in this week’s accessory review. Continue reading Photojojo Lens Set