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Lilbits: Playdate dissected, PC shipments continue to rise, and Chromebooks lose support for MS Office Android apps

Chromebooks are basically just laptops that ship with Google’s Chrome OS rather than another operating system. But since Chrome OS was designed to put the web browser front and center, some folks have insisted that it’s not a real operating system – after all, it loses much of its functionality if you lose your internet connection. […]

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NVIDIA brings RTX graphics to ARM, shows ray-tracing on MediaTek-powered hardware

Chromebooks and Linux laptops with ARM-based processors and NVIDIA RTX graphics could be on the horizon. NVIDIA has released a demonstration showing PC games running on computer with a MediaTek Kompanio 1200 (MT8195) processor, NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics. While PC makers haven’t announce plans to release hardware with those features yet, NVIDIA’s demo presents some […]

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Lilbits: Windows 11’s new Start, Pixel 6 specs leaked, and Google leaves Jelly Bean behind

The upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are expected to be the first Google smartphones to ship with a Google-designed processor. According to the latest rumor, they could also be Google’s first phones that come with a promise of 5 years of software updates. Meanwhile, Microsoft is continuing to refine Windows 11 ahead of launch. […]

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Lilbits: Samsung’s One UI comes to Wear OS watches, Xbox Cloud Gaming comes to Windows 10 and iOS (via the web)

Last month Samsung and Google announced plans to merge their smartwatch platforms into a single, unified platform bringing the best of Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen. Now Samsung is giving us an idea of what next-gen Galaxy smartwatches running the new software will look like. Among other things, Samsung is promising updates to the […]

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Acer’s new Chromebooks available with up to a 17.3 inch display

Acer’s four newest Chromebooks include a new budget model with a MediaTek processor and a $270 starting price as well as higher-priced/higher-performance models powered by Intel Tiger Lake processors. But the most unusual thing about Acer’s new Chromebooks? One has 17.3 inch display, making them the largest-screen Chromebooks from any company to date. It’s certainly […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chip is made for Chromebooks and budget Windows laptops

Qualcomm is updating its entry-level laptop processor with a 2nd-gen model that… honestly seems like a pretty modest spec bump. Designed for Chromebook and Windows PCs with long battery life and optional support for 4G LTE, the first devices powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 are expected to ship this summer. The new […]

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Google is bringing Linux app support for Chromebooks out of beta

Most Chromebooks released in the past few years include an optional feature that allows you to run desktop Linux applications in Chrome OS. It’s a feature that’s been in beta since it was first introduced three years ago. Now Google says Linux support on Chromebooks is ready to emerge from beta. It’ll shed the beta […]

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Works With Chromebook docking stations on the way, will support automatic updates

The Works With Chromebook program is adding another hardware category to its ranks. Today, Google announced that a bevy of Works With Chromebook docking stations are on the way. Several manufacturers are getting in on the action. Hyper is offering up a pair of models: a full-featured 14-in-1 unit and a more compact 5-port hub. […]

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Tablets and Chromebooks continue to do well during the pandemic

We learned earlier this month that PC shipments continued to surge during the first quarter of 2021. Now IDC reports that two particular product categories are doing particularly well: Chromebooks and tablets. According to IDC, 39.9 million tablets were shipped in the first quarter of 2021, which is a 55.2 percent increase over the same […]

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Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with Snapdragon 7c coming soon for around $420 and up

The first Chromebooks with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are coming soon. Last fall Acer introduced the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 with a 13.3 inch full HD display, a convertible tablet-style design and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor and promised it’d be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2021. That didn’t happen. But it looks […]

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NVIDIA graphics could come to Chromebooks and PCs with MediaTek processors

NVIDIA may be in the process of acquiring ARM and launching several new ARM-based processors for data centers and autonomous vehicles. But the company is also partnering with other chip makers to bring NVIDIA graphics to new places – including supercomputers, edge hardware, and personal computers featuring ARM-based processors. From a consumer standpoint, one of […]

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Lilbits: Intel’s Adaptive Boost for Rocket Lake chips, Android 11 for Chromebooks, PinePhone Beta Edition

This week Intel introduced its new 11th-gen desktop processors, code-named Rocket Lake-S. Set to hit the streets at the end of the month, the new processors are manufactured using a 14nm process rather than the 10nm process the company uses for most of its recent laptop chips. But Intel is still promising a modest boost […]