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Hyperkin Smart Boy turns smartphones into Game Boys (with cartridge support)

People have been playing Game Boy games on smartphones for just about as long as there have been smartphones. But typically that involves loading an emulator app on a phone, scouring the internet for illegal ROMs, and then using horrible on-screen buttons (or pairing an external gamepad with your phone). But later this year you’ll be able […]

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Lilbits 313: Extensions coming soon to Microsoft Edge web browser

Microsoft introduces a brand new web browser with Windows 10. The Edge browser is fast, has a simple user interface, and support for some unusual features, such as writing “web notes” on the pages you visit. But one thing Edge doesn’t support? Third-party extensions. Microsoft has said it’s working on adding support for extensions that […]

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Stuff a Raspberry Pi Zero into an Xbox controller (or anything else)

The $5 Raspberry Pi Zero is more than just a super-cheap computer. It’s also a super-small computer, measuring just about 2.6″ x 1.2″. That means the little machine is small enough to hold in one hand, slide into a pocket, or stuff inside of all sorts of other gadgets. Case in point: Terence Eden opened […]

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Maybe Android apps aren’t coming to Windows 10 after all?

Windows may be the dominant operating system for notebook and desktop computers but it’s in a distant third place when it comes to smartphones, so it’s not surprising that many mobile app developers prioritize iOS and Android over Windows. So Microsoft decided to do something about the app gap and earlier this year the company […]

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Lilbits 301: Nintendo Wii games on the NVIDIA Shield Android game console

There’s been rumors that Nintendo’s next game console could have an Android-based operating system, although that’s something the company has denied. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play Nintendo games on an Android device. A few years ago the developers of the Dolphin GameCube and Wii emulator released the first build of Dolphin for Android. […]

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Now you can run Android apps on a Mac (with BlueStacks)

BlueStacks has been offering Windows users a tool that lets them install and run Android apps on a PC for years. Now BlueStacks is also available for Mac. It’s available as a free download from BlueStacks.com. BlueStacks is basically an emulator that lets you run Android apps on a non-Android device. You can use you […]

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ExaGear Desktop lets you run x86 apps on a Raspberry Pi (or other ARM-based devices)

Eltech launched an application called ExaGear Desktop last year, offering the ability to run software developed for x86 chips on computers with ARMv7 processors. That means you can run x86 apps on a Raspberry Pi 2. Now ExaGear Desktop can also work on chips featuring older ARMv6 architecture, which means the software now supports the first-gen Raspberry […]

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PPSPP is a PlayStation Portable emulator for Android

The smartphone in your pocket probably has more power than the game console you used in your living room a few years ago. So it should be no surprise that developers have created mobile apps to emulate everything from the Nintendo Entertainment System to the original PlayStation. Now there’s even a PlayStation Portable emulator. PPSSPP […]

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Lilbits (5-02-2014): TV boxes, mini PCs, and Chromebooks… oh my!

Another day, another round of cheap boxes that you can plug into your TV to run Android apps on the big screen… including one that looks oddly like a soda can with an eyeball (or webcam) sticking out of it. Meanwhile, as we wait for Asus to officially tell us about its upcoming Chromebook, another […]

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Lilbits (2-05-2014): Google’s Android app updates

Google has rolled out updates for 6 of its Android apps, including Google Search, Google Drive, and Google Maps. The updates bring new features including support for re-routing your directions when a faster route is available and viewing animated GIFs uploaded to Google Drive. The new version of Google Search also gives the stock Launcher […]