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Lilbits: Roku kills private channels (goodbye porn and piracy), Google makes 2-factor authentication mandatory for more users

Roku is changing the way it allows developers to beta test channels… and that change will effectively close a loophole that has allowed companies and individual users to provide unofficial “private” channels over the years. One of the most obvious casualties will be porn sites, but there are thousands of different private channels that will […]

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Lilbits: Google’s 2nd-gen Tensor chip, PinePhone Keyboard, and Amazon Kindle for $50

  Disclosure: Some links on this page are monetized by the Skimlinks, Amazon, Rakuten Advertising, and eBay, affiliate programs. Amazon’s entry-level Kindle is on sale for $50 today, which is the lowest price to date for Amazon’s eReader with a front-lit E Ink display. And the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for […]

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The $50 Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a faster, more feature-packed streaming stick

Roku’s most powerful streaming stick for the past four years has been… a model released four years ago. But now the company has launched an upgraded model with a faster processor, faster wireless, and support for additional video capabilities. The new Roku Streaming Stick 4K is up for pre-order for $50. There’s also a Roku Streaming […]

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RootMyRoku lets you hack a Roku and install unofficial channels

Roku devices support hundreds of “channels,” allowing you to stream music and videos from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney, HBO, Spotify, and many other sources. But if you want even more control over your device, it’s now possible to jailbreak or root many recent Roku devices. The new RootMyRoku software is a “persistent root jailbreak” that […]

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Roku’s new hardware includes the $40 Roku Express 4K+ with HDR10+ support

Roku is rolling out a major software update to bring network, speed, and input enhancements to supported hardware. The company is also launching new hardware that can take full advantage of the features in Roku OS 10. The new Roku Express 4K+ is an inexpensive media streamer that supports 4K HDR and HDR10+ content. it’s up for […]

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Lilbits: Cross platform edition (Stadia on iOS, Apple TV on Chromecast, HBO Max on Roku)

Apple doesn’t let developer submit apps to the App Store if they effectively include their own app store… and that means game streaming services like Stadia, Luna, GeForce Now, and Xbox Cloud Gaming need not apply. But there’s an alternate path to streaming games on iPhones and iPads: the web browser. Amazon’s Luna game streaming […]

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Lilbits: Surface Laptop “Go,” Volla Phone, and Gateway’s cheap laptop that doesn’t stink

Rumor has it that Microsoft has at least two more Surface devices set to launch this year — a new entry-level 12.5 inch Surface Laptop with a lower starting price than any current model, and a 2nd-gen Surface Pro X tablet powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 processor. Now we can add another […]

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Lilbits: Amazon Sidewalk, Microsoft buys Bethesda, and game streaming on Linux

Amazon is diving deeper into the connected home space… by preparing to move just outside your home. Amazon Sidewalk will use a combination of wireless technologies to let your security cameras keep sending alerts even if your WiFi is out, or let your connected lights or other sensors work even if they’re beyond the range […]

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Lilbits 6-04-2020: AFTVNews returns, Apple “Prime” may be in the works, and Playdate runs Doom

First playable version of Doom on the Playdate. Still very early but I guess I will cross out “Port Doom” from my bucket list. My main inspiration was @fabynou Game Engine Black Book. pic.twitter.com/Qy21oTYkvf — Nic (@NicMagnier) May 31, 2020 Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web. First playable version of […]

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Roku’s new Premiere offers 4K HDR media streaming for $40

Roku is launching a set of new media streamers, including the company’s cheapest 4K HDR-capable devices to date. The company is also introducing software updates that will bring support for new features including Google Assistant and Pandora Premium. The new Roku Premiere sells for just $40, while the Roku Premiere+ is available exclusively from Walmart […]