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Alphabet’s Project Taara delivers 20 Gbps internet connectivity via lasers

Earlier this year Google’s parent company Alphabet introduced Project Taara, a wireless optical communication technology that beams high-speed data using lasers instead of optical fiber. Now Alphabet has revealed that Project Taara technology is helping provide internet access in sub-Saharan Africa. The company says Taara links are able to beam data over a distance of […]

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Lilbits: Nintendo Switch finally supports Bluetooth audio, Google Pixel 6 and Tensor chip details leak, and more

Google’s Pixel 6 smartphone is set to ship soon, as is the company’s Android 12 software. And while Google has already given us a pretty good idea of what the phone will look like, the company hasn’t said too much about special features… like the new Google Tensor processor that makes will make this the […]

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Purism Librem 5 Linux smartphone is getting another (big) price hike

The Purism Librem 5 is one of only a handful of smartphones designed to run free and open source GNU/Linux distributions like Purism’s custom PureOS software. It’s also one of the most expensive, currently selling for $899. But it’s going to get even more expensive soon. In a move foreshadowed earlier this year, Purism recently announced […]

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Razer’s latest mobile gaming accessory: $10 finger sleeves

Gaming hardware company Razer has been dabbling in the mobile space in recent years, with a line of game controllers designed for smartphones, as well as phone cases, wireless charging pads, and Bluetooth headphones. So what’s next? Non-slip gloves for your thumbs, apparently. The new Razer Gaming Finger Sleeve is a set of sleeves designed to […]

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Topjoy Butterfly tablets with DES Slurry ePaper displays hit Kickstarter, ship in November (crowdfunding)

Topjoy, makers of the Falcon mini laptop, are back with some new devices to share. This time around they’ve stuck to the winged creature theme with the Butterfly tablets. It’s a fitting choice, given the fact that butterflies generally have colorful, paper-like wings and the Butterfly tablets feature color ePaper displays. First unveiled in August, […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck, game streaming, and Google and Apple antitrust news and analysis

The Valve Steam Deck handheld gaming computer is set to begin shipping to customers in December. But it’s an unusual device for a bunch of reasons. It has a form factor that’s not quite like any other gaming computer, thanks to Valve’s built-in game controllers and trackpads. And it ships with the Linux-based Steam OS […]

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Apple’s $329 iPad now comes with twice as much storage and an A13 Bionic chip

Apple is refreshing its entry-level tablet with a new 10.2 inch iPad that sports a faster processor and an upgraded front-facing camera. The 9th-gen iPad is still exactly the same size and shape as last year’s model, but the good news is that means that cases, keyboards, and other accessories designed for the previous-gen version will work […]

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Apple iPhone 13 packs a faster processor, better cameras, and longer battery life

Apple’s newest iPhone doesn’t look dramatically different from last year’s models. But four new models in the iPhone 13 series feature an upgraded processor, a brighter display, and improved camera features. Apple has also shrunk the front camera notch by about 20 percent, and the company is promising longer battery life across the board. The […]

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The new iPad mini has bigger screen, smaller bezels, faster processor, and 5G support

Apple’s smallest tablet is getting a big upgrade. The new iPad mini has a bigger screen and smaller bezels, better cameras, and an A15 Bionic processor that delivers a 40% boost in CPU performance and 80% faster graphics. It’s also the first iPad mini with a USB-C port and the first to feature optional support […]