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Lilbits: Farewell to the Zilog Z80, hello to the next Chromecast (maybe)

The Zilog Z80 is an 8-bit microprocessor that first hit the market in the 1970s. It was the beating heart of classic computers like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the TRS-80, as well as game consoles like the Sega Master System. And it’s been in production pretty much non-stop for decades. But its time is […]

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Lilbits: Playdate’s growing game catalog, Zotac’s ZBOX PRO eGPU, and Framework’s firmware woes

The Playdate is an unusual and ambitious handheld game console. The $199 console has a 1-bit display and a set of simple controls that includes a hand crank. Instead of enabling support for existing games, the folks behind the Playdate partnered with indie game developers to create a bunch of new games for the console, […]

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Lilbits: Limitless AI Pendant, Pixel Buds pro 2 leaked, and Motorola’s Edge 50 smartphone series launches (in Europe and Latin America)

The first major wearable built around AI hit the streets last week… and the Humane AI Pin was widely panned by reviewers as a buggy, overpriced mess that fails miserably to deliver on its promise. But a startup called Limitless is hoping to do better… by doing less. The upcoming Limitless Pendant is a $99 […]

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Lilbits: Apple allows game console emulators in the App Store now… but not this one

Earlier this month Apple updated its App Store guidelines to allow developers to distribute “retro game console emulators” for iOS and iPadOS for the first time. But it was unclear at first whether that meant all emulators were welcome, or if this was just a way to let game publishers offer emulators that would allow you to […]

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Lilbits: MINISFORUM’s portable 144 Hz touchscreen display sells for under $200

This year Chinese mini PC maker MINISFORUM has started branching out into other product categories. The MINISFORUM V3 tablet with an AMD Ryzen 7 8840U processor is coming soon. And now the company is taking orders for its first portable display. The MINISFORUM MSS-A156 is a thin, reasonably lightweight portable monitor that you can connect to a […]

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Lilbits: The tiniest “Steam Deck,” Android’s desktop mode gets (a little) better, and would you pay for Google’s AI search features?

AI is the buzziest buzzword in tech right now… although since it’s an abbreviation for two words, maybe it’s a buzzphrase? Anyway, chip makers are slapping so-called Neural Processing Units into their silicon destined for smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Mobile and desktop operating systems are backing AI features into their software.  And search, social media, […]

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Lilbits: This DIY “ITX Laptop” is ridiculous (in the best way possible)

There’s no shortage of DIY projects where people have attempted to build their own laptops. But the ITX Laptop from SFF.NETWORK users APU_enthusiast may be one of the most unusual I’ve ever seen. Basically it’s portable desktop with an ITX (170 x 170mm) motherboard featuring an Intel Processor N100 Alder Lake-N chip, and a chunky […]

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Lilbits: Apple’s iPad Pro with an OLED display coming soon, and look at this DIY GPU designed from scratch

It’s been about a year and a half since Apple released an update to the iPad Pro line, but rumor has it that the next model is coming in May… and not only will it bring an updated processor, but also an OLED display for the first time. In other recent tech news from around […]

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Lilbits: Another Linux laptop update, another Rockchip processor, another Pixel 9 leak

Google’s Pixel 9 series smartphones aren’t expected to launch until this fall, but details about the next-gen flagships started to leak earlier this year with a series of pictures that allegedly showed the Google Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro. But according to a new report, those pictures actually showed the Pixel 9 Pro and Pixel […]

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Lilbits: Apple’s lousy week: Antitrust lawsuit, unpatchable vulnerability, and scrapped projects

Part of Apple’s pitch to customers has long been that their products “just work,” and that’s due in large part to the tight integration between Apple’s hardware and software. And while that’s largely true of the company’s Mac computers, it’s even more true of its mobile devices like iPhones and iPods, which have often been […]