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Chromecast with Google TV (HD) has an unlockable bootloader (Update: maybe not)

Google’s new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) looks virtually identical to the 4K model the company launched a few years ago. But it’s a more affordable device with a $30 price tag, a less powerful processor, and less RAM. It does have a few advantages over the $50 Chromecast with Google TV (4K) though. We […]

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Lilbits: Picture-in-Picture coming to Android TV, Steam Deck gains per-app performance profiles, and more

Android 13 is coming to phones and tablets this fall… but also to Android TV devices. Among other things, Android 13 for smart TVs will bring support for picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to keep watching video from one app or service while interacting with another or while browsing for the next thing you want to […]

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T-Mobile’s TVision HUB is a 4K Google TV dongle for $50

T-Mobile’s new TVision HUB is a 4K media streaming device designed to hang from the HDMI port of a TV. Powered by Google TV software and an Amlogic S905Y4 processor, the $50 dongle is a slightly more powerful alternative to the similarly-priced Chromecast with Google TV. And unlike Google’s media streamer, the TVision HUB has a […]

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Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick launches in India for $53 (or less)

The latest media streamer-on-a-stick comes from Chinese smartphone maker Realme. As expected, the company has unveiled the Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick, which plugs directly into the HDMI port of a TV, allowing you to stream 4K video. It will be available in India soon for Rs 3,999 (about $53), but customers will be […]

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Lilbits: Realme 4K Google TV stick, Black Shark 4S, and a Raspberry Pi-powered Game Boy Advance clone

Pine64, a company known for making Linux-friendly laptops, smartphones, tablets, and single-board computers, has also been branching out into new territory including smartwatches and E Ink tablets in recent years. Now the company is teasing an announcement for something new – but we’ll have to wait until October 15th to find out what it is. […]

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Lilbits: A DIY Spotify Box, Microsoft’s Surface Adaptive Kit for accessibility, Fairphone 4, and more

This week Microsoft introduced new Surface tablets, a new Surface Duo 2 phone, and a new Surface Laptop Studio that are all scheduled to hit the streets soon. But the company also unveiled a new Surface Adaptive Kit that’s designed to make those devices, and many others, easier to use for people with disabilities. The […]

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Unlock the Chromecast with Google TV bootloader to run LineageOS or Ubuntu (older models only)

The $50 Chromecast with Google TV is a dongle that hangs from the HDMI port of a TV, allowing you to stream video, listen to music, or play games using Google’s software. Want to use it for something more? A team of developers have just released a method for unlocking the bootloader. That makes it […]

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Lilbits: Cross platform edition (Stadia on iOS, Apple TV on Chromecast, HBO Max on Roku)

Apple doesn’t let developer submit apps to the App Store if they effectively include their own app store… and that means game streaming services like Stadia, Luna, GeForce Now, and Xbox Cloud Gaming need not apply. But there’s an alternate path to streaming games on iPhones and iPads: the web browser. Amazon’s Luna game streaming […]