The $27 PineTime smartwatch runs open-source software and now it’s ready for non-developers

The PineTime is an inexpensive smartwatch designed to run open-source software and serve as a wearable companion to Linux smartphones (like the PinePhone), among other things. First introduced a few years ago, PineTime development kits began shipping in 2020 and coders began writing software for the platform. Now Pine64 is taking orders for a version of […]

Quartz64-l Model-A single board computer with RK3566 processor now available for $60 and up

The Quartz64 is a single-board computer powered by a Rockchip RK3566 processor featuring four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores and Mali-G52-2EE graphics. Developed by Pine64, the first versions of the board are now available for purchase for $60 and up. At this point Pine64 only recommend picking one up if you’re a developer and/or advanced Linux […]

Lilbits: Apple M1 in everything, PinePhone as a pocket-sized Linux laptop, and Android 12’s Quick Settings redesign

When news first broke that Apple was planning to launch Macs with ARM-based processors that the company designed in-house, I didn’t think all of the company’s laptops and desktops would be using the same ARM chips. But so far that seems to be the case. This week Apple introduced new iMac all-in-one desktop PCs that have […]

PinePhone Beta Edition Linux smartphone is now available for pre-order for $150 and up

Most modern smartphones ship with Android or iOS operating systems. A few run something different. And fewer still give you the option of picking your operating system, or coding your own. The PinePhone from Pine64 is an inexpensive phone that falls into that latter category. Priced at $150 and up, it’s designed to run GNU/Linux […]

Lilbits: Intel’s Adaptive Boost for Rocket Lake chips, Android 11 for Chromebooks, PinePhone Beta Edition

This week Intel introduced its new 11th-gen desktop processors, code-named Rocket Lake-S. Set to hit the streets at the end of the month, the new processors are manufactured using a 14nm process rather than the 10nm process the company uses for most of its recent laptop chips. But Intel is still promising a modest boost […]

Lilbits: Nothing buys Essential, tech company names are dumb, and the future of the PinePhone

Microsoft’s game streaming service is coming to the web — which means it’s coming to iOS without giving Apple a cut of revenue. Pine64 has announced the default GNU/Linux distribution and user interface that will ship with its PinePhone devices in the future. And the new company from the co-founder of OnePlus has bought the […]

Pine64 introduces Quartz64 single-board PC with RK3566 processor, teases upcoming RISC-V board

One of the next single-board computers from Pine64 is a 5.2″ x 3.1″ mini PC powered by a 1.8 GHz Rockchip RK3566 ARM Cortex-A55 processor and support for up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage, plus a lot of ports and connectors. It’s called the Quartz64 model-A and while Pine64 hasn’t announced pricing or […]

Lilbits: Bezos out

Nearly three decades after founding an online bookstore, Jeff Bezos has become the richest person in the world after transforming Amazon.com into an online retail behemoth (and a store where you can buy practically anything) and expanding into digital media, groceries, and first-party hardware, among other things. Now Bezos has announced that’s he’ll step down […]

Lilbits: GPD Win 3, PinePhone, and will Huawei exit the phone business?

US trade restrictions have put Huawei in a difficult position over the past few years, with the Chinese electronics company prohibited from sourcing goods from US companies. That’s even led the company to pause manufacturing its own Kirin processors, since Huawei relies on software from US companies to design its chips. So the company spun […]

Lilbits: Color E Ink, Huawei’s new laptops, more trouble for Huawei, and Linux phones

The upcoming Astro Slide 5G from Planet Computers is a smartphone with a 6.5 inch touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard that lets you use it like a little laptop. First announced last year, the phone has been available for pre-order through crowdfunding and we learned last week that it’s now expected to ship in June. […]