Lilbits 306: IFA approaches

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The IFA consumer electronic show officially kicks off in Berlin on Thursday, but some companies will hold press events a day or two early: and plenty of news has been leaking ahead of schedule. It’s a safe bet we’ll see a number of new products featuring Intel Skylake processors, some new smartwatches, and official launches […]

Samsung Gear S2 is a round smartwatch with a rotating bezel

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Samsung’s latest smartwatch has a circular watch face and a unique control system: you control the watch by rotating the bezel or by pressing home or back buttons on the side of the watch. The press release is curiously silent on the question of whether the watch also has a touchscreen. The Samsung Gear S2 […]

Xposed Framework for Android Lollipop is now available

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Xposed Framework is a utility that makes it possible to modify the behavior of a rooted Android device by installing modules that can change anything from power consumption to notification behavior. When Google made the move from Android 4.4 to Android 5.0, there were some system-level changes that made it difficult to port Xposed to the […]

Motorola Bounce leaked: 5.4 inch phone with 3760 mAh battery?

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Motorola’s latest Moto X and Moto G smartphone might not be the only new handsets from the company this year. According to @upleaks, there’s a new phone called the Motorola Bounce coming in December. It’s said to have a big battery, but a smaller screen than the latest Moto X models. The Motorola Bounce reportedly […]

Deals of the Day (8-31-2015)

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The Toshiba Satellite CL15T is a portable Windows notebook with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and an Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail processor. It normally sells for under $300, which makes it relatively cheap for a laptop, but a bit expensive for a model with […]

New Android Wear devices work with iPhones

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Have an iPhone, but not sure you want to buy an Apple Watch? Now you can use an Android Wear device with an iPhone. Google has announced that Android Wear for iOS supports iPhone 5 and newer devices running iOS 8.2 or later. If you’re using Android Wear with an iPhone, you might not get all the […]

LG SmartThinQ Sensor makes dumb appliances smart(er)

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LG offers a line of smart home appliances under its SmartThinQ brand, letting you connect your refrigerator, oven, or other products to the internet so you can control them from a phone. Now the company is preparing to launch a device that can turn existing appliances into smart home devices. The new SmartThinQ Sensor can be […]

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to feature “Smart Protect” real-time threat detection

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Qualcomm plans to incorporate new anti-malware technology into upcoming chips, starting with the Snapdragon 820 processor. The company’s new “Snapdragon Smart Protect” technology uses on-device machine learning to detect zero-day malware threats on mobile devices. While most current anti-malware solutions work by downloading information about existing threats from an online database and then scanning your […]

GameKid is a Game Boy clone made from a Raspberry Pi (crowdfunding)

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Folks have been running classic game console emulators on Raspberry Pi hardware for ages… and every now and then we see projects that let you use the tiny computer as the brains of a handheld game console. Don’t want to go through the hassle of building your own game system? Robot Loves Kitty has you covered. The […]

BlackBerry Venice Android phone spotted in the wild

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Tired of looking at rendered images of the upcoming BlackBerry smartphone with a slide-out keyboard and Android operating system. Well, now you can look at some actual photos of the phone that’s allegedly code-named “Venice,” thanks to Vietnamese site Tinhte. While it’s possible we’re looking at a clone rather than an actual product, Tinhte forum members […]

Kobo launches Kobo Touch 2.0 eReader

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Kobo has launched an updated version of its Kobo Touch eBook reader. The Kobo Touch 2.0 is now available from Canadian booksellers Chapters and Indigo. The new model is priced at $80 in Canada, which about $61 US. Kobo hasn’t added the new model to its website yet, but the new entry-level eReader is expected to replace […]

Jide Remix Mini Android PC to ship in October

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Google Android is an operating system that was originally designed for smartphones, but these days it also supports tablets, TVs, smartwatches, and more. It’s not really designed to replace a desktop operating system like Windows or Ubuntu, but there have been a number of attempts to modify the open source Android operating system to make […]

Minix unveils a mini PC with Intel Braswell

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Tiny PC maker Minix has been offering Android-powered TV boxes for a few years, and at the start of 2015 the company launched a model with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and support for Windows. Now Minix plans to launch a new model with a more powerful processor based on Intel’s Braswell architecture. The new Minix […]

The future has arrived: you can finally play a banana piano

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A Raspberry Pi project has crossed over the line of innovative idea and into the forest of weird. Thanks to a recent addition to the accessory line for Raspberry Pi that Adafruit offers, one man has turned a bowl full of fruit into a MIDI keyboard, complete with multiple sound effects and adjustable tones. With […]