Lilbits: GMK’s 2.4 inch mini PC is now available, Android picks up new features, and Raspberry Pi OS gains performance enhancements

The GMK NucBox mini PC that I reviewed this summer is now available for purchase from GMK or Amazon, no crowdfunding campaign required. The unit I tested in August was a pre-release model and offered decent performance for a Windows PC in a 2.4″ x 2.4 ” x 1.7″ case. But I wasn’t able to […]

Tizen update turns the Samsung Galaxy Gear into a Gear 2 (almost)

Samsung is now offering a free software update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch that kind of turns last year’s smartwatch into this year’s Gear 2 watch. No, the software update won’t give you a slightly faster processor or a heart-rate sensor, but it will replace that Android software that came with the […]

Lilbits (6-04-2014): The future looks bright… with 1000 nit displays

Japan Display has been busy unveiling high-resolution screens recently. Now the company’s got something a little different: a crazy-bright screen. The company’s new 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel tablet screen supports peak brightness of 1000 nits for outdoor visibility, although it’ll probably run down your battery pretty quickly at that level. Indoors it can […]

Samsung Galaxy Gear Software update replaces Android with Tizen

Samsung is rolling out a software update to owners of its first-generation smartwatch, giving them the same operating system and most of the new features they’d get if they bought a Samsung Gear 2 watch. That means the company is replacing the Android-based Galaxy Gear operating system with a new Tizen-based OS through a software […]

Original Samsung Galaxy Gear to get a Tizen update: Here’s a preview

Samsung launched¬†its first smartwatch in 2013, delivering a wearable device that you could pair with your phone or tablet to view notifications, make calls, and perform other actions while your phone stayed in your pocket. In 2014 Samsung followed up last year’s Galaxy Gear with the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. But while […]

Deals of the Day (2-14-2014)

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch with the guts of an Android phone… and a price to match. But if you don’t feel like spending $300 on a watch, now you don’t have to: Best Buy is offering the Galaxy Gear in a variety of colors for $150 each. That makes Samsung’s smartwatch the […]

Lilbits (1-21-2014): Humble Audiobook Bundle

While eBooks are generally cheaper than their printed counterparts, audiobooks can still be rather pricey. Take Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, for instance. Amazon charger $10 for the Kindle eBook, $12.64 for the paperback edition, $21.21 for a hardcover copy, and $29.95 for the Audible audio edition. Or you can name your price and get […]

TWRP custom recovery for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear may be positioned as a watch that lets you view notifications from your Android phone — but it’s actually a wearable device that has the guts of an Android phone — so it’s not surprising that people have figured out how to run ordinary Android apps, install custom ROMs, and even load […]