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LG Gram 17 may be on the way (big screen, small weight)

LG has been selling a line of thin and light laptops under the LG Gram name for a number of years. They get that name because they tend to weigh about a kilogram (2.2 pounds) regardless of whether they have 13.3 inch, 14 inch, or 15.6 inch displays (although some recent models are closer to […]

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Lilbits 333: Windows on Snapdragon 850 is (almost) here

Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 850 processor in June, promising it would offer up to a 30 percent performance improvement for Windows-on-ARM laptops and tablets when compared with the Snapdragon 835 chip. Based on my experience with the Asus NovaGo and its Snapdragon 835 processor, Windows on ARM needs all the performance boosting it can get. […]

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Google’s next Chromecast will support Bluetooth, have better WiFi reception

Google is preparing to update its entry-level media streamer for the first time since 2015. Variety spotted an FCC listing for a new model called the NC2-6A5B. The key differences mentioned in FCC documents? An improved antenna that will boost 5GHz gain from 2.1 dBi to 4 dBi and support for Bluetooth. That could make […]

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Meizu 15 and Xiaomi MIX 2S hit the FCC, probably not coming to America anyway

Xiaomi and Meizu make some of the most interesting phones coming out of China… but while the companies sell some of their phones Europe, India, and other markets, neither company has started selling phones in the US yet. But that hasn’t stopped either from submitting paperwork to the FCC. The recently announced Xiaomi Mi MIX […]

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This 4K Android TV stick probably isn’t the next Chromecast (but it looks pretty nice) – Updated

For some reason Google has two different smart TV platforms. You can buy a $35 Chromecast and plug it into your TV to stream music, videos, and other internet content, but you’ll have to use your phone, tablet, or computer as a remote control and navigation device. Or you can buy a device that runs […]

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FCC approves SpaceX plan for satellite broadband internet service

SpaceX has a habit of setting ambitious goals. Founder Elon Musk talks about populating Mars. The company has developed (partially) resuable rockets that help reduce the cost of sending things into space (when everything works as planned). And now SpaceX is one step closer to another major goal: delivering broadband internet to isolated areas and […]

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New Android tablets coming this year from Samsung and Huawei

Android tablets may not be the hottest products around these days, but it looks like at least two companies still plan to launch new models in 2018. The Huawei MediaPad M5 passed through the FCC website this month, and xda-developers has spotted references to at least three new Samsung tablets in operating system files for […]

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(Updated) Report: Trump administration considers building a national 5G network (but Trump’s FCC chair isn’t a fan)

US wireless carriers have already started working to build 5G networks which will deliver high-speed mobile broadband to devices including phones, automobiles, and millions of other “Internet of Things” devices in the coming years. But it looks like they’re not the only ones thinking about building out a nationwide 5G network. According to a report […]

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Powercast promises wireless charging from up to 80 feet away (for small gadgets)

Energous isn’t the only company planning to show off wireless charging at a distance at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Powercast has announced it’s just received FCC certification for a new long-range charger that delivers power via radio frequency from up to 80 feet away. The only catch is that the 3-watt PowerSpot transmitter […]