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Lilbits: Google’s Pixel 6a could be a cheaper phone with a Tensor processor

With a $599 starting price, the Google Pixel 6 isn’t exactly a high-end smartphone by today’s standards. But soon there may be a cheaper option. Google’s next mid-range smartphone is expected to the Pixel 6a, and a few days ago we got our first look at it courtesy of some leaked renderings. Now the folks […]

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Lilbits: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra could kill the Galaxy Note

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra might be the phone that fully replaces the Galaxy Note series in Samsung’s smartphone lineup. Not only does it support S-Pen input, but you can also store the pen inside the phone when you’re not using it, according to leaked real-world pictures. That was pretty much the last thing setting […]

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Alder Lake review roundup: Intel retakes the crown from AMD (for now)

After years of dominating the personal computer processor space, Intel has had a rough couple of years, thanks to strong showing from rival AMD. The last few generations of Ryzen chips have earned a reputation for outperforming their Intel counterparts both on multi-core performance and efficiency. Intel’s answer? A new kind of chip that combines […]

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Intel launches 12th-gen Alder Lake chips for desktops (up to 16-cores, 24-threads)

Intel’s first 12th-gen processors based on Alder Lake architecture are available starting today and, as expected, the biggest difference between the new chips and most of Intel’s previous-gen processors is the ability to combine two different types of CPU cores to provide a mix of high-performance and energy-efficient cores. For example, the new top-of-the-line Intel […]

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Lilbits: Fixing Windows 11 for PCs with AMD chips, prepping Windows 10 21H2, and Stadia’s future

When Windows 11 began rolling out earlier this month, some folks with PCs powered by AMD Ryzen processors noticed that their systems were running more slowly. Microsoft and AMD promised to deliver software updates that would fix the issue, and now they’re here. In other recent tech news from around the web, it looks like […]

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Intel Alder Lake mobile details leaked: Laptop chips with 14 cores, 20 threads

Intel’s first foray into hybrid processors that combine different types of CPU cores in a single chip wasn’t all that exciting due to lackluster performance and a focus on efficiency for thin, light, and fanless computers. But it looks like the next Hybrid chip could pack a lot more horsepower. The company’s upcoming Alder Lake chips […]

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Intel Seamless Updates could pave the way for firmware updates without a reboot

Intel is developing technology that could reduce down time for some computers, by allowing the UEFI/BIOS firmware to be updated without the need for a reboot. As spotted by Phoronix, the feature is called “Intel Seamless Update,” and it’s likely aimed at servers first. But the technology could eventually find its way to consumer hardware. […]

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Intel NUC P14E Laptop is a modular powered by an Intel NUC 11 Compute Element

The Intel NUC P14E Laptop Element is a thin and light notebook computer with a 13.9 inch, 3000 x 2000 pixel touchscreen display, an aluminum body, and a modular design: the brains of the system are on an Intel NUC 11 Compute Element card that can be removed and replaced when it’s time to upgrade or […]

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Build your own fanless NUC 11 Pro with this passively cooled case

The Intel NUC 11 Pro, also known by the code-name “Tiger Canyon” is a compact desktop computer with support for up to a 28-watt Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor and 64GB of RAM stuffed into a chassis that measures just 4.6″ x 4.4″ x 2.1″ (or less). But the little computer also requires active cooling to […]

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As Core m3-8100Y reaches end of life, Intel launches nearly identical Pentium Gold 6500Y

The Intel Core m3-8100Y is a low-power processor designed for use in thin and light laptops and tablets, and it’s proven particularly popular since the chip launched in 2018 among Chinese PC makers like GPD and One Netbook, who have used it in a number of mini-laptops. But Intel began phasing out the processor earlier […]

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Lilbits: Intel Alder Lake hybrid CPUs and Xe-HPG graphics explained

This year’s Intel Architecture Day included a deep dive into some of the big changes Intel has announced for the next few years, including next-gen processors that combing high-performance and energy-efficient CPU cores onto a single chip and discrete graphics solutions designed to compete with AMD and NVIDIA in the gaming space. Intel’s 12th-gen “Alder […]