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Lilbits: Microsoft consolidates its PC accessory brands, Qualcomm unveils new upscaling tech for mobile devices, and reMarkable tablets adds support for typing… bold and italicized text

Today Nikkei Asia reported that Microsoft was cutting back on production of accessories like keyboards, mice, and pens for its Surface products. But Microsoft has issued a statement to several tech news sites indicating that what’s actually happening is that the company is consolidating its Microsoft and Surface-branded peripherals. The company has a long history […]

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This $389 mechanical keyboard has a 12.6 inch touchscreen display built-in

At first glance it’d be easy to mistake the Ficihip multifunction mechanical keyboard for a full-fledged PC (or cyberdeck). But it’s really more of an all-in-one PC accessory featuring a mechanical keyboard and a built-in touchscreen display. Hook it up to a computer and you get extra screen space and support for keyboard and touch input. […]

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The PinePhone keyboard case will support hardware add-ons for wireless charging, LoRa, and more

The upcoming PinePhone keyboard accessory will let you turn Pine64’s Linux smartphone into a tiny Linux laptop. But thanks to a recent change to the design it’ll let you do more than that. In order to connect the keyboard to a PinePhone, you’ll remove the back cover of the phone and replace it with the […]

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Samsung Smart Keyboard Trio hits Europe in June for €45 (DeX compatible multi-device keyboard)

The Samsung Smart Keyboard Trio 500 is a compact wireless keyboard that can be paired with up to three devices, letting you use the same keyboard with a phone, tablet, or PC, for example. It’s also designed for use with Samsung’s DeX software that allows you to use an Android phone or tablet like a […]

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Lilbits: Fry’s goes out of business, HP buys HyperX

HP sells a line of gaming PCs under the HP Omen brand and the company also has a handful of Omen-branded gaming peripherals including mice, keyboards, headsets, and monitors. But the company is making a major investment in expanding its gaming accessory lineup – HP has announced plans to acquire PC and console gaming peripheral […]

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PinePhone becomes a DIY Linux laptop with this 3D printed keyboard

The folks at Pine64 are designing an official keyboard accessory for their Linux-powered PinePhone smartphone. Eventually you’ll be able to purchase a physical keyboard that snaps onto the phone by replacing the back cover, and which will allow you to type with your thumbs without covering the display. Or you could just 3D print your […]

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Differences between Thunderbolt 4, USB 4, Thunderbolt 3, and USB 3

Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 are next-gen technologies that are similar in a lot of ways. But there are also some key differences. Both use the same USB-C connector. Both are capable of data transfer speeds up to 40GB/s. Both can deliver enough power to charge a laptop, and both can drive an external display. But […]

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Brydge’s Surface keyboards turn Microsoft’s tablets into laptops

After launching a new line of iPad accessories earlier this year that turn Apple’s tablets into pseudo-laptops, Brydge is updating its line of Microsoft Surface accessories with a few new keyboards that do the same for Microsoft’s tablets. The new Brydge 10.5 Go+ is designed to work with Microsoft’s entry-level Surface Go and Surface Go 2 tablets, […]

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NexDock Touch is a touchscreen laptop dock for smartphones (or Raspberry Pis and other mini PCs)

The folks at NexDock have been making laptop docks for smartphones for a few years. Here’s the basic idea: give your phone a bigger screen, a full-sized keyboard, and a touchpad by plugging your mobile device into a gadget that looks like a laptop computer. Now NexDock has introduced a new model called the NexDock […]

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Logitech Combo Touch is a $150 backlit keyboard & trackpad cover for 10 inch iPads

Apple’s new 2020 iPad Pro models will be the company’s first tablets to ship with support for mouse and trackpad input. But when iOS 13.4 rolls out to older iPads next week, you’ll be able to use those pointing accessories with most recent iPads… with no need to spend $799 or more on an iPad […]