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Lilbits: MIPS pivots to RISC-V, Intel staggers desktop Arc graphics release, and Google releases I/O Pinball

Last year MIPS Technologies announced that it was going to stop designing MIPS processors. That might sound surprising given the company’s name, but maybe it was inevitable when looking at trends in the semiconductor industry. So MIPS pivoted to RISC-V architecture. And the company’s first chips based on that open instruction set are set to […]

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Lilbits: Maybe a wearable air purifier that sprays your breath outward isn’t such a great idea in 2022?

Dyson, a company known for its high-performance (and high-priced) vacuum cleaners, hair care products and fans has entered the wearable space with the introduction of Dyson Zone, which the company describes as “air purifying headphones.” Basically, they’re a set of wireless noise-cancelling headphones with a built-in air purifier that covers your nose. And while they […]

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Intel expect to ship 4 million discrete GPUs in 2022, teases Project Endgame streaming service

The first laptops with Intel Arc discrete graphics are expected to begin shipping before the end of March, and now Intel says we can expect to see the first Intel Arc graphics cards for desktop computers in the second quarter of the year with workstation-class GPUs coming in Q3, 2022. All told, the company says […]

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Lilbits: Intel Arc graphics, Debian 11, Asus ROG Phone 5s, and PinePhone Keyboard

Intel says its new graphics technology formerly known as DG2 will launch in early 2022, as part of a new Intel Arc brand for high-performance graphics products. With support for features including 4K upscaling, variable rate shading, and real-time ray tracing, Intel is bringing the sort of features that had previously been the realm of […]

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Chromebooks to allow sideloading of Android apps without Developer Mode (enterprise-only feature at launch?)

You’ve been able to run Android apps on some Chromebooks since mid-2016 by enabling access to the Google Play Store and then downloading and installing apps from the store. You can also sideload Android APK files, but you need to enable developer mode to do that… which will wipe your data and loosen some of the […]

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Google Play Store may be coming to Chrome OS, with a million Android apps in tow

The lines between Google’s Chrome and Android operating systems is getting blurrier. Google has long positioned Chrome OS as its operating system for laptop and desktop computers, while Android is designed for smartphones, tablets, TV boxes, and wearables. But about a year and a half ago the company started working with some developers to port […]

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Test Android apps in Chrome OS, Windows, OS X, or Linux using ARC Welder Chrome app

Now that Google is letting any developers bring their Android apps to the Chrome Web Store, the company needs to give developers a way to test their apps. It turns out the same tool lets anyone run (some) Android apps in Chrome… even if you’re using the Chrome web browser on Windows, OS X, or […]