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Lilbits: NVIDIA Ampere, Walmart+ and Google Pixel

NVIDIA’s most powerful gaming graphics cards are set to start shipping this month with prices ranging from $499 for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU with “Ampere” architecture, $699 for a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card with up to twice the performance of its previous-gen counterpart, and $1499 for NVIDIA’s first 8K gaming graphics card, […]

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Lilbits: Apple is worth $2 trillion, hard drive failure rates, and the US vs. Huawei

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Apple is basically a money-making machine these days thanks to a combination of sales of popular hardware and control of an ecosystem that allows the company to take a cut of sales of apps, games, music, videos, eBooks, and other content. But Apple became a […]

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MediaTek introduces T700 5G modem for Intel PCs

Chip makers Intel and MediaTek are working together to bring 5G connectivity to future laptops. The companies announced a partnership last year, and we recently learned that the first Intel PCs with MediaTek 5G modems are on track to ship in early 2021. Now the companies are revealing a little more information about the collaboration. […]

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MediaTek’s 5G smartphone chips coming soon, with 5G laptop chips coming in 2021

You can find plenty of budget smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks powered by MediaTek processors. The Taiwanese company supplies the chips used in Amazon’s Fire tablets, Sony’s PlayStation Classic game console, and a number of Lenovo Chromebooks. So far MediaTek’s most powerful chips have been tough to find outside of China, but that could change soon. […]

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MediaTek’s Dimensity 720 is another chip for mid-range 5G phones

Wireless carriers began rolling out 5G networks last year, but the first 5G-ready phones were expensive and network coverage was spotty anyway, so there wasn’t much good reason to buy a 5G phone in 2019. Fast forward a year and the network coverage is still spotty, but most modern flagship phones feature 5G support since […]

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Lilbits 6-30-2020: With YouTube TV priced at $65, is cord-cutting worth it anymore?

When Google launched YouTube TV a few years ago, the service delivered live TV streams from 50 networks for $35 per month, plus features including a cloud DVR and support for up to 9 user accounts. It seemed like a pretty good alternative to cable. Then the company hiked the price to $49 last year. […]

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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) tablets feature MT8168 processor, Fire OS 7 software

When Amazon introduced the 10th-gen Fire HD 8 tablet series last week, the company revealed that the new tablets would have a faster processor, more RAM, faster WiFi, USB Type-C, and a new Fire HD 8 Plus model with 50-percent more RAM and support for wireless charging. But there were a few key specs that […]

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MediaTek launches Dimensity 820 5G chip for faster mid-range phones

Less than half a year after introducing the Dimensity 800 processor for mid-range 5G smartphones, MediaTek has unveiled a more powerful version called the Dimensity 820. While the basic features are similar, the new chip has faster top speeds, adds an extra graphics processing core, and supports higher-resolution cameras. Among other things, MediaTek says the […]

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Lilbits 395: Lenovo’s Legion gaming phone, Origin’s new gaming laptops, and a new Oculus Quest VR headset

Lenovo’s been teasing its upcoming Legion gaming phone since late last year. Now the folks at xda-developers have obtained a few promotional videos for the upcoming phone, and they’ve posted a few pictures that give us an idea of what to expect… and it seems like we should expect a weird phone. Among other things, […]

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Lilbits 386: Cheating at benchmarks

Benchmark utilities are designed to let you run the same exact test on multiple phones, PCs, or other devices so you can get an apples-to-apples comparison and see how they stack up against one another in terms of CPU, graphics, memory, and storage performance, among other things. At least that’s the idea. In practice, some […]

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MediaTek introduces Helio G80 chips for mid-range gaming phones

Another day, another new processor from Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek. This time the company is fleshing out its line of processors designed for gaming smartphones. The new¬†MediaTek Helio G80 fits in between the Helio G90 launched last year and the more affordable (and lower performance)¬†Helio G70 chip introduced last month. For the most part, the […]