Intel “Ghost Canyon” NUC now available for $999 and up (modular compact PC with discrete graphics support)

Intel’s NUC line of computers are small desktop PCs that typically have laptop-class hardware. But this year the company introduced the most powerful NUC to date. And now it’s available for purchase. The Intel “Ghost Canyon” NUC is powered by a removable Intel Compute Element with a 9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake-H processor. And the system […]

Google’s Stadia Controller now works with Android devices

When Google launched its Stadia game streaming service last year, the promise was that you’d be able to stream games to a Chromecast, web browser, or supported Android phone. But Google’s Stadia Controller wireless game controller was only compatible with Chromecast devices at launch. In May Google finally added support for using a Stadia Controller wirelessly with […]

OnePlus Nord is a 5G phone for under $500 (First batch sold out even though that’s all we know)

OnePlus is a company that initially made its name by offering flagship-class smartphones at mid-range prices. But over the years the company has gradually increased the prices for its flagship phones to justify their growing feature set. This year’s OnePlus 8 Pro has a starting price of $899, and while the OnePlus 8 is a little […]

Lilbits 6-30-2020: With YouTube TV priced at $65, is cord-cutting worth it anymore?

When Google launched YouTube TV a few years ago, the service delivered live TV streams from 50 networks for $35 per month, plus features including a cloud DVR and support for up to 9 user accounts. It seemed like a pretty good alternative to cable. Then the company hiked the price to $49 last year. […]

Band Unlocker keeps the Microsoft Band useful long past its sell-by date

The problem with modern “smart” gadgets is that many of them become pretty dumb once they’re no longer supported by the manufacturer. So when Microsoft discontinued the Microsoft Band 2 wearable activity tracker a few years ago, it was helpful that the company continued offering support its companion website and mobile apps… until mid-2019. That effectively […]

FCC designates Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE as national security threats

The US war on Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE continues. The latest move comes from the Federal Communications Commission, which has designated the two companies as national security threats. As a result, US telecommunications companies will be prohibited from using some federal funding to buy equipment from Huawei or ZTE. Specifically, the FCC provides […]