This summer, modular, repairable, and upgradable laptop maker Framework introduced their biggest, most powerful… and most modular laptop yet. Not only does the Framework Laptop 16 have more user-selectable ports than its 13.5 inch sibling, but the input area is also customizable and there’s a new connector on the back of the computer for attaching an optional discrete GPU.

Now the company is giving us a closer look at how those new connectors work.

In other recent tech news from around the web, security researchers have found a way to load unsigned code onto a Chromecast with Google TV (1080p) media streamer, Google has added new on-device AI features to the Pixel 8 Pro, as well as a bunch of new features for other recent Pixel devices, and the first reviews for AYA’s first handheld gaming PC with a keyboard are starting to slide in.

Framework Laptop 16 Deep Dive – Connectors [Framework]

The upcoming Framework Laptop 16 is even more modular than Framework’s 13 inch laptops, with support for configurable keyboard, touchpad and other input hardware plus an optional discrete GPU. Here’s how they connect to the laptop.

Executing a Chromecast Exploit – Times Three [DirectDefense]

LineageOS developers found a way to bypass secure boot on the Chromecast with Google TV (1080p). Google has already patched the vulnerability, which had security implications. But models with unpatched firmware may eventually support custom ROMs.

Worth the Wait? // AYANEO Slide Review [Taki Udon / YouTube]

This AYA Neo Slide review concludes that the sliding mechanism is satisfying, the keyboard useful, and the device is comfortable to hold. The lack of a headphone jack is annoying, and performance is good, although power draw is on the high side.

Pixel 8 Pro now runs Gemini Nano for on-device AI, plus more updates coming to Pixel devices [Google]

Google’s new Gemini AI model comes in “Ultra,” “Pro,” and “Nano” sizes, with the last one being efficient enough to run on mobile devices, starting with the Pixel 8 Pro, where it powers a new summarize feature for voice recordings, and smart replies.

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  1. FYI, it seems that there might be an official RPi CM5 next year and that its layout will feature “a high degree of commonality” with the CM4

  2. it is not exciting it is overpriced ewaste

    1. Do you mean the Framework (which would be an interesting take), or something else?

      If the Framework, Louis Rossman unofficially supports their efforts too, and he’s definitely not a fan of e-waste…

  3. Not only can you attach a discrete GPU in the back, but also a numpad on the keyboard if you so desire.

    I’m glad they exist as a company, because they are the only one (that I’m aware of) that are so modular and upgradeable.

    I’m kind of on the fence about them though. I’m still trying to find something adequate enough to replace my crummy VAIO. I’m not sure if frame.work fits the bill or not. But, I do like the idea that I can buy each part one at a time if I wanted to, and eventually build a system that I want. Given that I have a limited budget cause I’m in college, this appeals to me.

    I kind of wish two things from frame.work though:
    1) Include a RISC-V motherboard that can be added in to existing cases. I’d love to experiment with and get my hands dirty with RISC-V.
    2) Include more powerful chips in your systems.

    Either of those two would make me consider them much more. As far as reliability goes, I like Asus and Lenovo myself. I don’t know how reliable frame.work systems are in the long-term, but my 3 year old Lenovo Legion is still going strong and eats whatever I throw at it for lunch.

    Long term reliability is very important to me.

    1. You do realize that the RISC-V and more powerful chip suggestions are completely opposed to one another given the performance of current RISC-V chips? They do have one thing in common, though, they will significantly increase power usage to get good performance, which is a problem for the thin and light form Framework has chosen, since that limits the size of battery they can fit in. Their current top-range processors are mobile chips, true, but they’re pretty powerful as laptop chips go.
      My suggestion is that you get a RISC-V SBC. They’re quite cheap and will let you experiment without needing a laptop manufactured around it. Framework is not going to build a mainboard for that because it will not provide the performance people want, and there are not enough experimenters who will buy a $1k laptop when a $100 SBC will do.

    2. If you have a Sony VAIO, is that the model that’s a bit like the AYA NEO Slide featured above? If so, you might enjoy using the modular mutantC v5 when mutantCybernetics finishes it (which should hopefully be soon). It’s designed around the RPi CM4 so it may be possible to swap that out for a Milk-V Mars CM (when you can eventually get hold of one).

    3. I’d sooner expect a CM4 compatible Framework motherboard, but Raspberry Pi will probably have to keep the pinout on the CM5 the same to prove the form factor has staying power and is worth the investment since that’s coming up soon and no one has made it yet despite how obvious it seems.
      Then you could use a Milk-V Mars CM.

      1. Sorry, I don’t follow why one would have to wait for RPi to come out with an official CM5 (using the same pinout as a CM4) before one would be able to use a Milk-V Mars CM in a unit designed to carry a RPi CM4?

        If the unit is already designed to carry a RPi CM4 then (in theory at least) surely one should also be able to use a Milk-V Mars CM in it?

        1. I mean, if I were going to start developing a compute module compatible motherboard to sell to people now, I’d need to either try and get Raspberry Pi to tell me if the pinout was the same, and if it’s different, tell me what the differences are. Bloat sleeps for no one, and my motherboard wouldn’t sell as much if people couldn’t use the latest processors with the most room for future bloat and longer availability period with it.

          1. Just out of curiosity have you seen Jeff Geerling’s video on CM4 clones…?

            And the mutantC v5 has already been in development for quite a while but is nearing the end of that development and should be open sourced soon, just like mutantCybernetics did with the previous RPi3/4B-based versions.

          2. Btw in addition to those CM4 clones and related carrier board projects that feature in Jeff Geerling’s recent video, it looks like early next year Libre Computer is going to bring out a CM4 clone based on the Amlogic A311D that they’re also selling in RPi3B+ format.