eBay copies Pinterest in redesign

The new look for eBay is very "Pinteresting," future Windows 8 laptops are limber, and Samsung has a "mini" product of its own.

Wednesday's CNET Update is bent out of shape:


eBay is changing with the times, and these are Pinteresting times. In today's tech news roundup, we look at the the new eBay. The online auctioneer has a redesigned homepage features large images of products in a "feed." Much like Pinterest, there's plenty to scroll through that can catch your eye and suck you into a black hole of browsing. The new look is rolling out over the next 100 days, but you can activate it now by going to ebay.com/feed. Search results and profiles also got a boost.

That's not all from eBay. It launched the iOS app eBay Now to test a same-day delivery service in San Francisco (New York will be able to test it next). Same day delivery is also something on trial at Wal-Mart and Amazon.

Mini seems to be the trendy tech term for October. A Samsung exec said the Galaxy S3 Mini smartphone is on the way. It has a 4-inch screen, which is only "mini" when compared to the Galaxy S3's 4.8-inch screen.

Updated Slingbox devices are landing at retailers on Oct. 14. Slingbox lets you stream 1080p video from a cable box to a computer or mobile device. Slingbox 350 is the basic model and costs $180, where as the Slingbox 500 will set you back $300. There's no fee to use the service, but the mobile apps cost $15. It's free to view the stream from a PC or Mac.

There's a new twist in Windows 8 laptops. Literally. Lenovo will be selling some flexible laptop-tablet hybrids this December. There's the IdeaPad Yoga 13, which has a 360-degree hinge that can do an impressive downward dog pose. But you won't find zen with a price tag of $1,099. The ThinkPad Edge Twist is a little cheaper at $849. It doesn't bend as far, but does have a swivel screen. And if you don't care for your laptop to do the limbo, there's the IdeaTab Lynx. It is a Windows 8 tablet that snaps into a keyboard dock to become a laptop. Not only is it cheaper, but the keyboard dock serves as a second battery.


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