Lilbits (12-20-2013): Goodbye Winamp (maybe)


After 15 years, Winamp might be shutting down soon. In the late 90s, the music player was pretty much the go-to MP3 player folks used to handle their ripped CDs and Napster downloads. But the app was eventually acquired by AOL and over the past decade it’s largely faded into obscurity. AOL announced plans to […]

Lilbits (11-08-2013): Windows Phone gets big(ger) with the Lumia 1520

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Nokia’s biggest Windows Phone device to date is set to hit the streets this month. AT&T is taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1520, which costs $200 when you sign up for a 2-year contract, or $585 when you do not. The phone sports a 6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, making it the […]

Lilbits (11-01-2013): Rockstar patent suit

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Google and some of the top makers of Android smartphones are now facing lawsuits over the technology used in their devices. A few years ago a coalition of companies including Microsoft, Apple, and RIM (now known as BlackBerry) spend $4.5 billion to acquire patents from Nortel, a company that had gone out of business. Then […]

GameStick $79 Android game console hits the FCC, launching in October

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PlayJam’s GameStick is a small box that you can plug straight into your television’s HDMI port in order to run games on the big screen. It’s powered by an Amlogic ARM Cortex-A9 processor and runs a Google Android-based operating system, and the GameStick also comes with a wireless game controller (with a slot where you […]

Lilbits (9-12-2013): The Windows tablets of fall, 2013

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Companies including Acer, Asus, Dell and Toshiba have already started to announce plans to launch Windows 8.1 tablets featuring Intel Bay Trail processors in the coming months. But that could just be the tip of the iceberg. WinSuperSite’s Paul Thurrott has a roundup of Windows tablets due out this fall, and it includes the models […]

GameStick $80 game console set to ship in September


The GameStick is a tiny video game console that fits on a stick not much larger than a USB thumb drive. Just plug it into the HDMI port on your TV, and you can run Android games on your TV using the included Bluetooth game controller. You can also store the stick in the controller […]

GameStick pushed back a month, first units should ship in August


PlayJam has announced that the first GameStick Android gaming devices will ship in August. Update: Make that October 29th. That’s a month behind the latest schedule, but the company still plans to ship units first to backers of the GameStick Kickstarter campaign and collect user feedback about the user interface before shipping the retail units […]

Lilbits (4-30-2013): The web turns 20, Google Glass tries to make it obsolete

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It’s been 20 years since the first website went online. It’s a bit underwhelming by today’s standards, with nary an animated GIF in sight. But without that first page we probably wouldn’t have Amazon, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Pandora, or any number of other companies that have come to be such a big part of our […]

This is what the GameStick dev kits look like (video)


PlayJam started shipping GameStick developer kits this month to folks who backed the project’s Kickstarter campaign. The GameStick is a tiny video game console that’s looks like a USB flash drive. it also comes with a wireless game controller that has a slot built-in that you can slid the stick into when you’re not using […]

GameStick dev units now shipping, early backer units delayed to June


PlayJam’s GameStick is a video game console designed around an Android TV stick and a wireless game controller. It’s available for pre-order for $79 and expected to ship in late June. The company had originally planned to ship units to backers of the successful Kickstarter campaign that helped fund the project in April. But now […]

GameStick dev kit for Android game console shipping in March


The makers of the GameStick video game console have announced that they’ll be shipping the first dev kits to game makers later this month. The GameStick is a small device with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, Android-based operating system, and an HDMI port that lets you plug the stick into a TV to play games on […]

GameStick’s $79 Android gaming system is available for pre-order


PlayJam plans to ship its first Android-based GameStick video game consoles in April to backers of the company’s Kickstarter campaign. But if you didn’t pledge any money during the fundraising campaign, now you can pre-order a GameStick from the company’s website for $79. The GameStick is a game console on a tiny stick about the […]

GameStick Android game console raises $648 thousand, should ship in April


A month after PlayJam launched a campaign to raise money for a new inexpensive Android-based video game console, the Kickstarter campaign for the GameStick has ended after surpassing the original goal by nearly 648 percent. PlayJam was originally hoping to get about $100,000 in pledges from backers interesting pre-ordering the $79 game console, but ended […]