Lilbits 299: Rockchip’s first 64-bit chip arrives

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Chinese chip maker Rockhip has made a bit of a splash over the past few years by offering low-cost processors for Android tablets and TV boxes. But rival MediaTek seems to have been running laps around Rockchip recently, launching new chips at a rapid fire pace and dominating the Chinese smartphone space. Earlier this year […]

HP introduces Chromebook 11 G4 for $199 and up

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As expected, HP is getting ready to launch a new Chrome OS laptop. The HP Chromebook 11 G4 looks a lot like last year’s model, but it has a lower starting price and a few new options.   The biggest difference between the new model and last year’s Chromebook 11 G3 is that the HP […]

Conductive Ink could be the next big thing in wearable tech

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo published an article describing a new form of conductive ink that allows electronics to be printed onto stretchable textiles through a single-step printing process. Thanks to the silver flakes mixed into the ink, it can be stretched more than three times its original length. When we think of wearable […]

Deals of the Day (6-29-2015)

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The Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi is a tablet with a 12.5 inch, full HD display, an Intel Core M Broadwell processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of solid state storage. It’s also a laptop: connect the included keyboard dock and this tablet becomes a notebook. Normally Asus sells the Transformer Book T300 Chi for […]

HP x360 310 G2: Convertible laptop for education and business

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HP is launching education-focused versions of some of its recent computers. The HP Spectre Pro x360 is basically the same as the HP Spectre x360 ultrabook and the HP Chromebook 11 G4 is a minor update to last year’s model. One of the more interesting models is the HP Pro x360 G2, which is basically the education […]

Turning a classic typewriter into a printer

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Printers are pretty cheap these days (it’s the ink that’s expensive). But what if you want to print your documents in way that’s a bit more… Rube Goldberg-esque? Chris Gregg (with a little help from his friends) has figured out how to turn a Smith Corona typewriter from the 1960s into a printer that works with […]

Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone: 1 million units sold

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Samsung sells more smartphones running Google Android software than any other company. But Samsung has also been hedging its bets by contributing heavily to the development of Tizen, another Linux-based operating system designed for mobile devices, smart TVs, and other gadgets. Most of Samsung’s smartwatches run software based on Tizen, and after numerous delays, the […]

OK Google offline voice commands coming to Android?

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Want to check the weather, find out how old Harrison Ford is, or make a phone call… without actually touching your phone? Most recent Android phones can support voice commands when you start a sentence with “OK Google” (and when the feature is enabled from the Google Search app). But… you’ll need an active internet […]

Android boxes with HDMI input for video recording

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There are plenty of Android boxes with HDMI output that let you run Android apps on a TV. But there are only a few models that have HDMI input and software that lets you record videos. One oft the first was the Zidoo X9, which launched earlier this year and which sells for about $120. Now there’ […]

Egreat i6 mini PC review

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Looking for a small, cheap computer that runs Windows? There’s no shortage of options these days, with many models selling for $200 or less. But some of these cheap mini-desktops suffer from a shortage of ports or poor WiFi performance. The Egreat i6 doesn’t suffer from either of those problems. This little desktop features 802.11b/g/n […]

CPU Wars battle card game adds server chip expansion

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A few years ago, a computer enthusiast created a battle card game that features CPUs instead of Orcs and goblins. The idea is, maybe not all card games need to be based in fantasy. Put four tech geeks in a room together and ask them what their favorite microprocessor is and a battle is sure […]

Linux updates: Steam OS 2.0, OpenSUSE 42, Ubuntu 15.10 Alpha 1

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It’s a busy week for operating system news. Sure, Microsoft is continuing to roll out test builds of Windows 10, while Apple users continue to test pre-release builds of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. But there’s also been some interesting developments in the GNU/Linux world. The first alpha release of Ubuntu 15.10 is […]

Jide Remix Mini: A $30 mini PC running Remix OS (based on Android)

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Remix OS is an Android-based operating system that’s designed to make Android feel more like Windows. It has a taskbar, support for viewing multiple apps at the same time, and other enhancements. The first Remix OS device was the Jide Remix Tablet which launched earlier this year. Now the folks at Jide are making their […]

Deals of the Day (6-26-2015)

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In the market for a smartwatch, but don’t want to spend Apple Watch-like prices? While some of the best alternatives normally sell for $250 and up, there are some good watches available for $200 or less… and sometimes they go on sale for even less. Right now you can snag a Moto 360 smartwatch for […]

Toshiba Portégé WT20 tablet now available for $900

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Toshiba unveiled a new line of premium Windows tablets at CES in January, including the $1400 Portégé Z20t 2-in-1 tablet with an Intel Core M Broadwell processor and a 12.5 inch display and the cheaper Portégé W20 which is just a tablet, and which is now available for $900. For $900 you get a tablet with an […]

Mouse Computer launches 64GB Windows PC stick

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Intel is expected to launch a version of its Compute Stick with 64GB of storage and a Core M Broadwell processor later this year. But what if you don’t want to wait until then to get a model with more storage? Most Windows PC Sticks on the market feature just 32GB of storage (or less). […]