The company making some of the most powerful RISC-V processors is previewing its next-gen CPU designs. The latest thing killed by Google is a monthly smartphone + services subscription that was launched less than two years ago (which means it’s ending just before subscribers would have been eligible for a free phone upgrade). And the makers of the Analogue Pocket handheld game console are launching a new model that… glows in the dark.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

SiFive P870 RISC-V Processor at Hot Chips 2023 [ServeTheHome]

RISC-V chip designer SiFive previews upcoming P870 series CPU cores with speeds up to 3 GHz, shared L2 cache, and support for heterogenous architecture (they can be paired with lower-performance cores).

Google kills two-year “Pixel Pass” subscription after just 22 months [Ars Technica]

Google is killing its Pixel Pass subscription less than 2 years after launch. The plan bundled a phone with YouTube Premium, Google One (200GB), Google Play Pass, and the promise of a new phone every 2 years for monthly fees ranging from $45 to $55. But nobody will get that upgrade now.

Analogue Pocket – Glow in the Dark Edition [@analogue]

The standard Analogue Pocket handheld game console with support for retro console cartridges is out of stock. But a new Glow in the Dark Edition goes on sale Sep 1 and begins shipping Sep 5. At $250, it’s $30 more than the non-glow model.

One of the first mini 4×4 mini PCs with a Core i9 chip is now available for pre-order [Liliputing]

The SimplyNUC Onyx mini PC with 13th-gen Intel Raptor Lake-H processor options that Liliputing reported on last week is now available for pre-order for $699 and up. Prices start at $999 for a Core i9-13900H model, one of the first 4×4 mini PCs with a Core i9 chip.

ASUS Zenfone 10 to Continue Production [Asus]

Taiwanese website TechNews reported recently that Asus is scaling back its smartphone business and that the Zenfone 10 will be the last in the series, with the company consolidating its smartphone efforts behind the ROG Phone line moving forward. But after the news got repeated by many tech news sites, Asus issued a brief response stating that the rumor is untrue – that the Zenfone 10 won’t be the last in the series, and that the company does plan to continue both the Zenfone and ROG Phone line

Private equity firm Veritas makes takeover offer for BlackBerry, source says [Reuters]

A private equity firm called Veritas Capital has reportedly made an offer to by BlackBerry, a company that was once a leader in the smartphone space, but which exited that space several years ago and now focuses on automotive and security software.

TJD T101 Game Experience [TJD / YouTube]

Looks like the TJD T101 handheld gaming PC (the one with a 10.1 inch display, Ryzen 7840U chip and Fisher Price-like color scheme) may be a real thing: the company has posted a brief video showing real-world game play.

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  1. “The latest thing killed by Google”

    Another case of first degree Googlecide at the Googleplex, your honor.

  2. I would say it’s pretty misleading to say that SiFive are previewing their next RISC-V chip, when they both don’t make chips and they don’t show them off. They showed off a processor design sure, but nothing us mere mortals can touch until someone actually makes the silicon chips. The chips are years away now, nothing that consumers are remotely close to needing to pay attention to was said.

  3. Oh look, google killing something right when someone on here was arguing with me about how Google totally won’t just screw everyone over with video out if they add it to their phones lmfao.

  4. As someone who has wanted to order an Analogue Pocket for a long time, but hasn’t done so because of the insane wait list, it’s a little insulting that they’re already moving on to making joke versions of their product.

    Just focus on getting your normal product stocked, and then make your joke products…

    1. The luxurious bezels on the Gameboy was far more interesting than the gaming “experience” itself. I want to buy one now to have the full Gameboy bezel experience!

  5. “Google is killing its Pixel Pass subscription less than 2 years after launch. The plan bundled a phone with YouTube Premium, Google One (200GB), Google Play Pass, and the promise of a new phone every 2 years for monthly fees ranging from $45 to $55. But nobody will get that upgrade now.”

    The HATE is strong for Google! 55 months at $55.00 per month equals a $1,210.00 investment – then POOF, Google abandons you. No new phone, no service. I can Imagine a room full of entitled young Google-children laughing at us for buying in to yet another of their greedy schemes. F-You Google, no more! Now it’s YOUR TURN to be abandoned, buy ME.

    1. Friendly reminder that the “upgrade” wasn’t a special perk at all, you wouldn’t get any discount on the new phone with the upgrade plan.
      The perks were the subscription to the other services for a small discount and the vast majority of people don’t need all 3 subscription running.
      It was a scam and it’s insane that people are mad that google is ending it.