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Lilbits: HP 15C Collector’s Edition calculator, a Winamp-inspired physical music player, and more

A hardware and software hacker created a physical music player with a Winamp-inspired user interface. You can now jailbreak the latest version of feature phone operating system KaiOS on the Nokia 2780 Flip. And a useful app for Android-based media streamers has been booted from the Google Play Store… basically because it has a web […]

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LinkStar H68K is a pocket-sized router (or mini PC) with Android, OpenWRT, Ubuntu, and Debian support

The LinkStar-H68K is a tiny computer that’s positioned as a router thanks to its four Ethernet interfaces. But it’s also basically a rugged mini PC that could be used for network-attached storage, digital signage, or other applications. Available now from Seed Studio for $89 and up, the system is powered by a Rockchip RK3568 processor and […]

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Windows 11 stable picks up Android app support, new Media Player and Notepad apps

Microsoft is rolling out the first major update to Windows 11, bringing improvements to the Taskbar, new Media Player and Notepad apps, and support for running Android apps – something that’s only been available for members of the Windows Insider program up until now. The official way to run Android apps is to install the […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck size, Slackware 15, and Windows 11’s new Media Player

Valve’s Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC with a 7 inch display, built-in game controllers (including touchpads), and a custom AMD processor with RDNA 2 graphics that will make it one of the most powerful devices in this category so far. It’ll also be one of the biggest devices of its type to date… […]

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Lilbits: Linux laptops and phones and a Windows 11 workaround

Linux PC maker System76 is now selling an updated version of its Oryx Pro high-performance notebooks. The Fedora Linux team has released a beta of Fedora 35. Manjaro Linux developers have released a new build of their mobile Linux distro for the PinePhone. And there’s a workaround for folks who had installed Windows 11 in […]

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VLC 3.1 for Android brings back Android Auto support, adds Launcher shortcuts, and more

The developers behind popular media player VLC have released a major update for Android devices… including smartphones, tablets, Android TV and Android Auto. VLC 3.1 is available for download from the Google Play Store and supports Android 4.2 and later. The VLC team has dropped support for older versions of Android in order to user […]

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Plex pulls the plug on plugins (and cloud sync), adds online subtitle search

Media center software Plex is adding a few new features… and taking some away. Plex is a client and server system that lets you stream your personal media collection to multiple devices. For instance, you can set up a server on your PC or NAS and use it to stream your music, movies, and photos […]

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SPMC and MrMC: A tale of two Kodi forks for Android… becoming one

Popular open source, cross-platform media player Kodi is available for Linux, Mac, Windows, and Android, among other operating systems. But while there’s a version of Kodi in the Google Play Store, you won’t find Kodi in the Amazon Appstore, which means you have to jump through some hoops if you want to install it on […]

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VLC 3.0 media player launches with Chromecast, 8K support

Popular multimedia app VLC has just been updated to version 3.0. Among other things, the update brings support for streaming videos from a PC to a Chromecast… even in formats not natively supported by Chromecast hardware. Other highlights include support for 360-degree video, 3D audio, and hardware-accelerated decoding for 4K and 8K video on supported […]

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VLC 2.5 for Android adds 360 degree video, Android Auto support

VLC has a reputation as a Swiss Army Knife of video players, thanks to the ability to play just about any audio or video file you throw at it. It’s also available for a bunch of platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. While the Android version sort of lagged behind the desktop app […]

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Apple kills iPod nano and shuffle, increases iPod touch storage (and drops price)

Apple is reshuffling its portable media player lineup… by dropping the iPod shuffle and iPad nano. This morning MacRumors noticed that Apple had removed those two devices from its website and store, and Apple released a statement to The Verge confirming that the company is “simplifying” its iPod family. Basically the last iPod standing is […]

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Media Player Classic HC may have reached the end of the line

Media Player Classic is a light-weight media player that can handle most audio and video files. As the name suggests, it was originally designed as an alternative to the classic version of Windows Media Player (version 6.4, to be exact) at a time when Microsoft kept throwing features and design changes at its default media […]