Lilbits 342: Facebook’s next device might be for your TV

Facebook’s probably on your phone. You might use it on your computer from time to time. And the company recently introduced a smart speaker/display/video calling gadget called Facebook Portal that puts Facebook in your living room, kitchen, or anywhere else in your house. So what’s next? According to a report from Cheddar, Facebook wants to […]

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller doesn’t support newest Fire TVs anymore

Good news for folks looking to play games on their Amazon Fire TV devices: the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller in on sale for $20, marked down from $50. That’s the lowest price ever on this wireless game controller. Bad news for folks that have recent Fire TV devices: Amazon’s official game controller only works […]

Smartphones with headphone jacks are a dying breed (OnePlus, Apple the latest to kill them off)

Apple wasn’t the first company to release a smartphone without a headphone jack, but the company certainly jump started the trend with the launch of the iPhone 7 in 2016. You can probably make a pretty strong case that the Android phone makers that did it first were just trying to claim bragging rights by […]

Does anybody actually buy $500 USB flash drives (even if they have 1TB or more?)

Kingston launched the first commercially available 2TB USB flash drive last year, but if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll have to pay at least $1,400. If that’s too rich for your blood, there’s a cheaper 1TB version that sells for “just $730.” Today’s a slow news day, so I found myself […]

Upgrading my home and work network: an epic saga

A rather complicated chain of events has led me to completely overhaul some of the technology in my house, which also happens to be Liliputing headquarters. This summer Crashplan announced it would be discontinuing its consumer-oriented cloud backup service. So I started looking for an alternative… and ultimately decided that it was time not only […]

Apparently Black Friday starts Nov 1st now (Dell and Amazon kick things off)

Over the past few years we’ve seen a growing number of retailers starting their “Black Friday” sales on Thanksgiving Day instead of the Friday after Thanksgiving. Now Dell is just throwing tradition to the wind and offering up some so-called Black Friday deals today. On November 1st. Go figure. Under other circumstances, I’d probably just call […]