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 […]

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 […]

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. — Nic (@NicMagnier) May 31, 2020 Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web. First playable version of […]

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 […]

Roku’s first wireless speakers are designed for Roku TV

Roku was one of the first big players in the media streaming space and the company’s products are still some of the most popular gadgets for bringing content from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, YouTube, and hundreds of other sources to your TV. Earlier this year the company announced it was expanding its ecosystem to include audio […]

Best Buy ditches Roku for Amazon Fire TV for its new Insignia Smart TVs

Best Buy and Amazon announced an exclusive partnership this morning that will have Best Buy selling Amazon Fire TV Edition smart televisions in its stores, with “more than 10” Fire TV Edition models coming soon from Toshiba and Best Buy’s own Insignia brand. The new TVs will be sold in Best Buy stores, at, […]

TCL’s Roku Smart Soundbar is the first speaker with Roku support

As promised, TCL is introducing the first Soundbar speaker to take advantage of Roku’s new Whole Home Entertainment platform. That’s not surprising, since TCL has been offering some of the most popular TVs with Roku functionality baked in for the past few years. The new TCL Roku Smart Soundbar is also the first device in […]

Roku to launch voice assistant and whole home audio support

Roku makes some of the most popular media streaming devices for TVs, and for the past few years the company has also been licensing its software to TV makers so that you can buy a TV that has Roku functionality baked in. Now the company is getting ready to expand its licensing program with a […]

Google is pulling YouTube support from Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show

Amazon may use Google’s Android as the basis for the Fire OS software that powers Amazon Fire tablets, Fire TV devices, and Echo Show smart speaker (with a touchscreen display). But the company doesn’t let you stream Amazon Video to Chromecast devices and Amazon doesn’t sell Google products including the Chromecast media streamer or Google […]