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Lilbits 399: Huawei’s chips, OnePlus x-ray cam, and Facebook gets GIPHY

Earlier this week the US government extended its order prohibiting US companies from using telecommunications equipment from Huawei or ZTE by another year. Now the Trump Administration has introduced a new executive order that could make things even more difficult for Huawei. US companies were already blocked from selling equipment and intellectual property to the […]

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Microsoft Surface Duo specs leaked ahead of launch (dual-screen Android phone)

The Microsoft Surface Duo is a dual-screen Android smartphone that folds up like a book, supports a Surface Pen, and will come pre-loaded with Microsoft apps. It’ll be the first Microsoft-branded smartphone since the company killed off its Windows 10 Mobile operating system, and while the Surface Duo was originally expected to ship in time […]

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Report: Google developing its own processors for Pixel phones and Chromebooks

Google may be planning to take a page out of Apple’s playbook by developing its own custom processors for Google-branded smartphones and laptops. Axios reports that Google “has made significant progress” toward that end, and that we could see Pixel smartphones with Google processors as soon as 2021, with Chromebooks featuring the company’s chips later […]

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Rumor: Intel “Alder Lake-S” could be a 16-core desktop processor (with big.LITTLE-like design)

Intel’s Foveros technology allows the chip maker to deliver processors featuring CPU cores spanning multiple architectures. This allows, for example, a set of low-power, energy-efficient CPU cores to be combined with a set of power-hungry, higher-performance cores. So far Intel has only unveiled one product that uses this design — the upcoming Intel Lakefield processor […]

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Microsoft Surface Duo could ship by this summer (dual-screen Android phone)

When Microsoft unveiled two dual-screen devices late last year, the company said they would both ship in time for the 2020 holiday season. I guess Microsoft never said which holiday. According to a report from Windows Central, the Surface Duo dual-screen smartphone with Android 10 software and Microsoft’s custom user interface could be ready to ship by […]

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Report: Microsoft Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 coming this spring

Microsoft is said to be planning updates to two of its Surface devices this spring. According to a report from Petri.com, the next-gen Microsoft Surface Book will be a 2-in-1 tablet with a 10th-gen Intel Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce 16xx series graphics, and optional support for NVIDIA Quadro workstation-class graphics on a top-of-the-line model. Meanwhile Microsoft’s […]

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LG and Samsung may be working on “Cloud Top” portable displays for smartphones

You can do a lot of things on a smartphone — but sometimes a bigger screen comes in handy for watching videos, editing documents, or performing other tasks that you’d normally do on a laptop or desktop computer. One solution is to buy a phone with a big screen — there are plenty of options […]

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This is (probably) the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone

Rumor has it that Samsung’s next smartphone with a foldable display won’t be a tablet that folds in half to become a phone-sized device like the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It’s expected to be a foldable flip phone-style device, more like the Motorola Razr. In December the first real-world picture of the rumored phone started making […]