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HTC could release 5.9-inch 'phablet' later this year

Early details for the massive handset include an Android Key Lime Pie OS, a blazing fast processor, and a huge battery.

HTC is expected to release a huge 5.9-inch smartphone in the second half of the year, a number of sources report.This fall should see the arrival of a larger, more powerful take on theHTC Oneexperience,accordingto Taiwanese analyst Laura Chen.
Aside from the ultralarge screen size, the only other detail tipped for the device is an "upgraded" processor, though even that specific is unclear. Considering HTC's history of working with Qualcomm, I'd infer that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chipset could power the phablet. Prolific handset tipster @evleaks has also apparently gathered evidence that HTC is thinking large, pointing to a forthcoming HTC device with the codename T6. Assuming that rumor pans out, the HTC phablet could boast a screen size similar to Samsung's much-anticipated Galaxy Note 3. Rumored specifications for HTC's upcoming T6 ph…

Walkmac revisited: The inside story of the 'first' portable Mac

A spring cleaning unearths a semi-rare Apple find, the Colby Walkmac, a "modded" portable Macintosh that predates Apple's Macintosh Portable.

Recently my brother-in-law, Ken Landau, was doing a major spring cleaning when he came across a bit of computing history in his basement: a Colby Walkmac, the first battery-operated Macintosh computer and first portable Mac with a LCD display. I'd never heard of the Walkmac, which wasn't built by Apple but by electronics pioneer Chuck Colby, who founded Colby Systems in 1982. The Apple-sanctioned model you see here was "modded" around a stock Mac SE motherboard and hit the market in 1987, two years before Apple put out its Macintosh Portable in 1989 for $7,300. Subsequent Colby models were built around the SE-30 motherboard and had an integrated keyboard (that black mat in the picture above is a mouse pad). Though certainly not nearly as rare as the Apple that just sold for $671,400, it's still somewhat rare. C…

A pretty wireless speaker better seen than heard

When an audiophile-centric company like Cambridge Audio makes a go at the wireless-speaker market, it can be tough to tell whether it's just hoping to make a quick buck or has a worthwhile new take on the category. The Minx Air 100 ($450) falls into the latter category, with a tasteful, reserved design that immediately distinguishes it from the more eccentric speakers on the market. It supports both Bluetooth and AirPlay, plus it can stream Internet radio directly, making it possible to stream tunes even when you don't have a mobile device on you. What's disappointing is that the Minx Air 100 doesn't sound as rich as I'd like for its price, especially with tough competition from similarly priced systems like Peachtree Audio's Deepblue ($400) and Klipsch's KMC 3 ($400). For less critical listeners (or fans of lighter music) the Minx Air 100 is an solid overall package that feels well-made for the price. Audiophiles will want to look elsewhere, however, or a…

Send self-destructing messages from your work computer

How do you send personal or silly messages while sitting at your work computer? A new browser app offers Snapchat-like "off the record" messaging.

Much like the vanishing photos sent withSnapchat, a new Web app lets you send self-destructing messages from your work computer. New York-based app maker Lamplighter Gameslast week launched OTR -- for "off the record" messaging -- a browser plug-in that lets you send messages that disappear within 5 seconds of being read. "We both love using Snapchat, so we thought it would be fun to put Snapchat in the browser," according to Kris Minkstein, who co-founded the company with his brother Andy. "We figured since you're in front of your computer all day at work that you're going to end up sending a lot of these photos to probably the guys sitting next to you at your cubicle." With Snapchat, if someone takes a screenshot of your picture before it disappears in 10 seconds, the app will notify you. Bu…

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Mega 16GB Android phone for $595 + free shipping

Priced at:595.00 Buy Now Expansys offers the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Mega 16GB Android Smartphone, model no. GT-i9500, in Black or White for $595 withfree shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find in any color by $205. This quad-band GSM phone features a 6.3" 720x1280 touchscreen display, 1.7GHz dual core AP processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB memory, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 9-megapixel rear camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera, 1080p video, and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Be