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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi CM5, Samsung’s mobile browser comes to Windows, and Huawei’s satellite-enabled tablet

First Apple added emergency satellite communication to the iPhone. Then Qualcomm tried (and failed) to get its own satellite platform for smartphones off the ground. Now Chinese device maker Huawei has made the jump to satellite-enabled… tablets. The new Huawei MatePad Pro 11 (2024) is the first consumer tablet to support 2-way satellite communications… but […]

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Lilbits: AMD Ryzen 7000 Embedded launched, Simply NUC Bloodhound mini PC coming soon, Amazon’s Astro Robot gets a second job, and PlayStation Portal reviews are in

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web, including details about an upcoming mini PC with a fanless design and three 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, the impending launch of next-gen wireless charging gadgets, a new use for Amazon’s Astro robot, and more. Simply NUC Bloodhound fanless mini PC [Simply NUC] The Simply […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Satellite for smartphones fails to take off

Earlier this year Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon Satellite technology that could enable smartphones to tape into satellite communications networks for 2-way messaging even when users had no access to terrestrial wireless service. Now it looks like Snapdragon Satellite is dead in the water… or on the land… or whatever. Qualcomm had planned to partner with […]

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The first phones with Snapdragon Satellite connectivity are coming

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Satellite technology for smartphones allows users to point their phones at a sky to send and receive messages even when they’re off-grid and unable to connect to terrestrial cellular networks. The chip maker introduced Snapdragon Satellite in January. Now the company says the first phones with support for the feature are on the […]

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Motorola Defy Satellite Link brings 2-way satellite to any smartphone

Motorola and Bullitt group plan to show off their first two smartphones to feature MediaTek’s 2-way satellite connectivity solution at Mobile World Congress next week. But we already kind of knew that was coming. What we didn’t know was that they would also be introducing an accessory that brings 2-way satellite communications to any modern smartphone. […]

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Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon Satellite for global 2-way messaging when you’re otherwise off-grid

Qualcomm is the latest company to throw its hat into the satellite connectivity space with the introduction of its Snapdragon Satellite solution for 2-way messaging from off-grid locations. It’s expected to be available on select next-gen Android phones sold in the US and Europe in the second half of 2023. Unlike Apple’s satellite service, Qualcomm […]

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Bullitt plans to launch the first phone with 2-way satellite messaging

British smartphone maker Bullitt Group says it will launch “the world’s first smartphone to include two-way satellite messaging technology” in early 2023. While Bullitt might not be a household name, the company makes the rugged phones sold under the Cat brand, and has made some other interesting devices in recent years. Bullitt also says its […]

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Apple’s iPhone 14 series starts at $799 with new features & design plus wider gap between Pro and normal models

Apple is bringing brighter displays, better cameras, improved motion sensors, and support for car crash detection and emergency satellite communication to all of its iPhone 14 series smartphones. But the gap between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro is wider than ever. Not only do this year’s Pro models feature better cameras and displays, […]

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Dynabook Satellite Pro laptops coming to the US for $500 and up

Dynabook, the company that acquired Toshiba’s laptop business, is bringing back the Satellite brand for mid-range notebooks. The company says new Dynabook Satellite Pro series notebooks will be available in the US with prices starting at $500. The Dynabook Satellite Pro C40 is a 3.42 pound laptop with a 14 inch, 1080p display, HDMI, Ethernet, and USB […]

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Amazon plans to launch 3,236 satellites to provide broadband internet

For a company that started out as an online bookstore, Amazon sure has its fingers in a lot of pies these days. Thanks to Amazon Web Services, the company is one of the biggest players in cloud computing. Amazon makes and sells its own tablets, media streamers, and other devices (including eReaders, of course). Amazon […]

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FCC approves SpaceX plan for satellite broadband internet service

SpaceX has a habit of setting ambitious goals. Founder Elon Musk talks about populating Mars. The company has developed (partially) resuable rockets that help reduce the cost of sending things into space (when everything works as planned). And now SpaceX is one step closer to another major goal: delivering broadband internet to isolated areas and […]

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OLPC tablet could feature solar panels, satellite internet access

The folks at One Laptop Per Child have been promising to offer a $100 tablet for the past few years, and now founder Nicholas Negroponte says it could be available early next year. Of course, cheap tablets are nothing new. We’ve seen dozens, if not hundreds, of inexpensive Android tablets come out of China in the […]