Lilbits: Single board PCs, under-display cameras, and YouTube angers… everyone

It’s been a few years since Asus launched its first Raspberry Pi-like single-board computer aimed at makers, and the Asus Tinker Board platform hasn’t exactly exploded since then. But the company has made a few updates to the series over the years, with a Tinker Board S, Tinker Board R and Tinker Edge T, and […]

$50 Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is a smart speaker that’s also a clock

Lenovo’s $80 Smart Clock with Google Assistant was already one of the smallest, cheapest smart displays on the market. Now the company has introduced an even cheaper model… except the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is not so much a smart display as a smart speaker that also has a clock. Coming in September, the $50 […]

Hang up on Google Assistant (by putting Google Home Mini in a rotary phone)

What happens if you take Google’s smallest smart speaker, and stuff it inside an old-fashioned rotary-dial smartphone? That… is a question that honestly never occurred to me. But now we have an answer anyway, and it’s actually kind of cool. Redditor Movieman_75 took a Google Home Mini, put it inside a rotary phone, and even […]

Google’s “Interpreter mode” turns your phone into a Babel Fish (real-time voice translation)

Google has added real-time voice translation to Google Assistant for smartphones. Just ask Google to act as your translator or help you speak a language, and it can help you communicate with someone who speaks a different language from you. Google’s “Interpreter mode” could come in handy if you’re ordering food or asking for directions while […]

Hands-on with the Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab (with Google Assistant)

The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab is an Android tablet that also doubles as a sort of smart display. At first glance, it looks like a funny-shaped Android tablet. But it has a 3-microphone array for far-field voice recognition, and built-in stereo 2 watt speakers so you can hear Google Assistant reply when you’re talking to […]