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Samsung outs MHL capable 23/27″ LED monitors

Samsung outs MHL capable 23/27″ LED monitors

MHL has been creeping into more and more devices over the past year or so, first making waves with Samsung’s Galaxy S II. MHL allows an HDMI signal to be sent out over microUSB, assuming you have a powered adapter. Now Samsung is integrating the tech into two new monitors, which will let you plug the phone straight in and display a signal without the need for a separate power source.

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Xtex $150 Android is no tab killer

Xtex $150 Android is no tab killer

There's a lot to be said about Android tablets popping up around the world for prices so low you'd be crazy to not consider them when looking for a tablet. The Xtex My Tablet 7 revealed this week is $150 and appears to be a winner with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the ability to output video at 1080p via mini HDMI, but here's the killer: single specs do not a great tablet make. As a person who's had his hands on more than a normal citizen's fair share of tablets in the past couple of years, I can tell you this: it will be a miracle if the Xtex doesn't pop up in the news in a couple of weeks with a myriad of complains on how it doesn't perform nearly as well as its new owners much smaller and much better made smartphones.

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FXI Cotton Candy world’s smallest PC Hands-on

FXI Cotton Candy world’s smallest PC Hands-on

Now that smartphones are getting bigger, PC's are getting smaller and FXI Tech's Cotton Candy "world's smallest PC" is here at MWC and has just received a small design change, new features, and Android 4.0 is up next. Coming in at about the same size of a pack of gum this dual-core powered PC will be available this March so we snapped a few photos of the new design and it streaming games using Ubuntu.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U300e ultrabook revealed and detailed

Lenovo IdeaPad U300e ultrabook revealed and detailed

There's a brand new ultrabook this week as Lenovo steps up to the plate once more with its IdeaPad U300e. This laptop has a 13.3-inch display, comes with an Intel Core i5 processor in its most basic build, and has a lovely $959 price tag attached to it. This device's display has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and the unit is also able to connect with HDMI output, Wifi for web, and Bluetooth. Inside you'll find a 500GB hard drive and a 32GB solid state disk for a total of 532GB of disk space!

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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode

If you've used a Motorola Android device over the past year or so, you've very likely experienced Motorola's own "webtop" mode, this allowing your smartphone a desktop-like interface when plugged into an HDMI-capable display. The tip comes from Staska of Unwired View who notes that information he's gathered leads to the idea that Android 5.0 will have a desktop mode which activates whenever the device is plugged into a larger display. Could this have anything to do with Google's recent near-complete deal in which they're acquiring Motorola Mobility? It certainly would allow them to avoid patent suits should they actually make a desktop mode!

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Philips HMP2000 hands-on

Philips HMP2000 hands-on

Philips only revealed its HMP2000 smart TV adapter this morning, and one of the compact Apple TV/Roku rivals is already sat under our TV. The palm-sized box really is as straightforward as Philips promised, predominantly because you don't have much in the way of choice: there are just three connections, for power, HDMI and an optional USB drive. More first impressions after the cut.

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Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock to ship in September for $299

Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock to ship in September for $299

Belkin has released new details on its Thunderbolt Express Dock that allows users to connect multiple peripherals to their MacBook or Ultrabook via one Thunderbolt cable. This is especially helpful if you use your notebook in a desktop workstation setup and need to take it on the go as well. It takes away the hassle of connecting and disconnecting multiple devices.

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Always Innovating HDMI Dongle puts Android on your TV

Always Innovating HDMI Dongle puts Android on your TV

Always Innovating's HDMI Dongle has a mundane name but packs plenty into its thumbdrive-scale casing: a TI Cortex-A9 OMAP 4 processor running Ice Cream Sandwich, turning any TV into a full Android computer. Running at between 1GHz and 1.8GHz depending on load, the HDMI Dongle packs the same specs as a decent smartphone: a healthy 1GB of RAM, microSD, WiFi and Bluetooth, with support for up to 1080p Full HD and H.264 video decoding.

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