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Lilbits: Virtualbox 7.0, MediaTek Dimensity 1080, and Steam gaming on Chromebooks

Oracle has released VirtualBox 7.0 and the latest version of the popular open source virtualization software brings a number of new features that should make it easier to install Windows 11 in a virtual machine, an updated 3D graphics stack, and support for full disk encryption of virtual machines. It’s also the first version of […]

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Intel’s Horse Creek dev board features SiFive P550 RISC-V processor and 8GB RAM

The Intel “Horse Creek” developer board is compact computer board featuring 8GB of DDR5 memory, a PCIe 5.0 slot and SD card reader for storage, and support for Linux-based software. But while this is an Intel product, the heart of the system is a SiFive Performance P550 quad-core processor based on RISC-V architecture rather than […]

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Lilbits: Google’s Tensor G2 chip revealed (powers the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Tablet)

Google debuted its first-gen Tensor processor with the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last year. While the chip didn’t have the fastest CPU or graphics around, it was able to offer decent all-around performance for flagship phones with reasonably affordable price tags. But its secret sauce was the TPU, or tensor processing unit […]

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AMD launches Ryzen Embedded V3000 chips with Zen 3 CPU cores

AMD’s Ryzen Embedded chips offer many of the same features as the company’s mainstream desktop and laptop processors, but are designed for embedded applications such as storage, networking, or edge computing devices. Since these chips are aimed at commercial and enterprise customers, AMD typically sells and supports Ryzen Embedded chips for at least 10 years. […]

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Intel launches 13th-gen “Raptor Lake” chips for desktops

Intel’s 13th-gen Core desktop processors based on the company’s “Raptor Lake” architecture are official. The first six chips in the series are coming October 20th, 2022 with prices ranging from $294 for a 14-core, 20-thread processor with no integrated graphics to $589 for 24-core, 32-thread chip with Intel UHD 770 graphics. Intel says the new […]

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Lilbits: Xiaomi Box 4K (2nd-gen) leaked, Pico 4 VR headset could be a Meta Quest 2 killer (but probably not)

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi is a giant in select markets including China and India, but the company has a more limited presence in United States, where Xiaomi doesn’t sell phones. But Xiaomi does sell media streamers and a handful of other devices in the US. So there’s a chance that the new 2nd-gen Xiaomi Box […]

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Lilbits: The next Nintendo Switch could have 10X the graphics power, a DIY eReader with mechanical keys, and more on the new Fire HD 8’s processor upgrade

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most successful game consoles in history, but while Nintendo has released a few different versions of the Switch since the first model began shipping in 2017, every version has had the same NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, which puts a bit of a bottleneck on the graphics capabilities of […]

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AMD’s new Ryzen and Athlon 7020 “Mendocino” chips bring RDNA 2 graphics to budget laptops

The first laptops powered by AMD Mendocino chips should arrive by the end of the year with prices starting at around $399. As expected, the processors are designed for budget devices and pair a low-end GPU based on AMD’s current-gen graphics technology with a CPU based on older AMD architecture. AMD says the result is […]

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Intel to retire Celeron and Pentium brands for 2023 notebook chips

Intel is rebranding its entry-level laptop chips. Starting with the company’s 2023 processor lineup, you won’t find any more chips with Celeron or Pentium branding. And that’s probably a smart move, as the current line of processors marketed under those names is a bit of a confusing mess. What’s a bit strange is what’s coming […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft goes big on widgets for Windows 11, Zoom may launch email and calendar apps

What’s old is new again. Nearly two decades ago, Microsoft introduced support for widgets (called gadgets) that displayed snippets of information in a sidebar for Windows Vista. It became an optional feature with Windows 7, and it was discontinued by the time Windows 8 arrived. But Windows 11? It’s got widgets again, this time stuffed […]