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Lilbits: New Surface hardware, and more on what Windows 11 will and won’t run on

Microsoft is has announced it’ll hold an event on September 22 to show off “what’s next” from the company, and it’s widely expected to be a hardware event. Maybe that means the Surface Duo 2 will become official. Maybe it’s time for the company to update its Surface Book 2-in-1 laptop. An updated Surface tablet […]

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Build your own fanless NUC 11 Pro with this passively cooled case

The Intel NUC 11 Pro, also known by the code-name “Tiger Canyon” is a compact desktop computer with support for up to a 28-watt Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor and 64GB of RAM stuffed into a chassis that measures just 4.6″ x 4.4″ x 2.1″ (or less). But the little computer also requires active cooling to […]

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Lilbits: Chip shortage, Pebble smartwatch afterlife, and mining Bitcoin with a Game Boy

The global chip shortage is leading to product delays and price increases for a wide range of products including automobiles, game consoles, and single board computers. And it could continue through much of 2021, and possibly into next year or beyond. There are a number of factors contributing to the shortage – rising demand for […]

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Turn an Asus PN50 into a fanless Ryzen PC with Akasa’s Turing A50 chassis

The Asus PN50 is a small desktop computer with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor stuffed into a case that measures just 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.9″. Introduced last year, it’s about the closest thing you’ll find to an Intel NUC with a recent Ryzen processor. But like most Intel NUC devices, the […]

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Akasa Turing QLX is a fanless chassis for Intel’s NUC 9 Pro Compute Element

Most of Intel’s NUC products are small desktop computers. But Intel recently shook things up with the introduction of Intel NUC Compute Element computer-on-a-module solutions that allow you to build your own modular PC for work or play. These Compute Elements pack a processor, memory, storage, and most other key features onto a module that […]

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Lilbits: Computing convergence, another streaming platform, and DDR5

It’s been 7 years since Canonical failed to raise meet its crowdfunding goals for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone that was supposed to be a phone you could also use as a desktop computer thanks to “convergence,” which is a fancy way of saying you could plug in a keyboard, mouse, and display and use it like […]

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This case turns the NUC 10 into a fanless Comet Lake PC

Intel’s NUC line of desktop computers are small, but they’re not exactly silent — most feature fans for active cooling. The Intel “Frost Canyon” NUC 10 I reviewed recently runs quieter than most laptops, but under heavy load you can certainly hear the fan spin up. But if you’re willing to trade size for silence, […]