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Reports: Valve is working on a standalone VR headset (no guarantee it’ll be released though)

It’s been a few years since Valve released the Index virtual reality headset, which sells for $499 and up (with an emphasis on the “up” if you want wireless controllers and sensors required to get the most out of it). 

Now a couple of reports suggest that Valve is working on new VR headsets, including a model that may be a standalone model that can be used without a PC.

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Google may be designing Chromebook processors too

Google is taking a page out of Apple’s playbook for its next flagship phone. Rather than using an off-the-shelf processor from Qualcomm or MediaTek, the Google Pixel 6 will be the first smartphone to ship with a Google-designed processor. Now Nikkei Asia reports that Google doesn’t plan to stop at smartphone chips: the company is […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck battery life estimates, Bose and Jabra’s new headphones, and Amazon’s live audio ambitions

Bose is updating its iconic QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones with a new pair that… looks a lot like the old pair, but which has improved noise cancellation technology and longer battery life. And if earbuds are more your style, Jabra is launching three new pairs, including its first budget earbuds priced below $80 and new premium […]

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Samsung Galaxy Book Fold 17 could be a laptop with a foldable OLED display

Samsung has been selling smartphones with foldable OLED displays for a few years. Now the company may be preparing to launch a laptop that uses similar technology. According to @UniverseIce, a Samsung Galaxy Book Fold 17 is in the works. And if you want an idea of what it would could look like, Samsung has you covered […]

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Lilbits: Apple’s walled garden, VoLTE for Ubuntu Touch, and an upcoming Apple display with an A13 chip?

It’s unclear whether it’ll actually come to market, but 9to5Mac reports that Apple is working on a new display with a built-in Apple A13 Bionic processor. Why does a display need the same processor that powers the iPhone 11? One possibility is that it will be a smart display that blends the capabilities of an […]

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Lilbits: Nintendo Switch Pro, Qualcomm gaming handheld, and a portable E Ink display

The long-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro could finally ship this fall. Qualcomm may also launch a handheld gaming device powered by one of its ARM-based processors. And these reports come on the heels of leaks this week suggesting that Valve could launch a handheld gaming computer later this year. Competition in the handheld gaming space could […]

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Apple’s new iMac and iPad Pro arrive in stores May 21, more Macs with Apple Silicon could be coming this summer

Apple says its recently announced iPad Pro tablet and iMac all-in-one desktop computer will both be available in stores on Friday May 21, the same day that customers who pre-ordered the devices should begin receiving their purchases. Both products are powered by Apple’s M1 processors, the same Apple Silicon chips used in the MacBook Air, […]

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Lilbits: Remembering LG’s innovative phones, another smartphone Linux distro, and high-performance single-board computers

LG is getting out of the smartphone business and that’s probably a smart move for a company that’s been losing money in that space for the past six years. But it’s still sad to see the exit of a company that had been pushing the boundaries of smartphone weirdness with models like the dual-screen LG […]

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Report: Google’s “Whitechapel” processor will power the Pixel 6 smartphone

Every Google Pixel smartphone to date has been powered by a Qualcomm processor. But the upcoming Google Pixel 6 could break the mold. According to a report from 9to5Google, it will be powered by a new GS101 processor code-named “Whitechapel,” making it one of the first devices to feature this new processor. We first saw […]

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Lilbits: Nintendo Switch 4K, Qualcomm’s Switch knockoff, and Intel’s 7nm chips

Rumor has it that Nintendo plans to launch a new version of its popular Switch game console later this year. We’d previously heard that it could have a bigger, better screen and support for 4K video output to an external display. Now Bloomberg reports that Nintendo plans to use a new NVIDIA processor with improved […]

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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 […]

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Report: Microsoft designing custom ARM chips for servers (and maybe Surface devices)

Apple has been making its own iPhone and iPad chips for years, but the company recently started shipping laptops that use Apple Silicon rather than Intel processors. And it sounds like Microsoft is considering doing the same thing. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is designing its own ARM-based chips for servers, and “exploring using another chip […]