Lilbits: Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake Xeon server chips, Google’s wearables/hearables, and Lenovo’s next weird phone

Intel’s had a hard time ramping up production of 10nm chips, but after delivering two generations of laptop processors manufactured using a 10nm process, the company is finally introducing its first 10nm server chips. The new 3rd-gen Xeon Scalable processors feature Sunny Cove CPU cores based on the same technology as the 10th-gen “Ice Lake” […]

ZimaBoard is a hackable single-board server with Intel Apollo Lake (crowdfunding)

Folks have been using inexpensive single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi to create DIY home servers for about as long as inexpensive SBCs have been a thing. But the ZimaBoard is one of the first I’ve seen that’s custom made to be used as a DIY, hackable server. The ZimaBoard is a small, fanless computer […]

Jibo’s robot-shaped smart speaker becomes even more useless as servers are shut off

Smart speakers powered by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are so common today that it’s easy to forget that the original Amazon Echo was introduced less than five years ago. At the time voice assistants were, at best, things we used on our phones. But Amazon wasn’t the first company to announce plans for a […]

Nextcloud Box is an $80 private cloud server kit with 1TB of storage (just add a Raspberry Pi)

Cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive make it easy to store your files online and access them across a range of devices. But if you don’t want to give Google or Dropbox that much control over your data, you can also set up your own “private cloud” by installing OwnCloud or Nextcloud software on […]

Ocean is a smartphone-sized, battery-powered server for $149 and up

Smartphone and tablets are basically small computers that run mobile, touch-friendly operating systems. But if you take the guts of a phone, strip away the screen and replace the operating system with something a little different, you’ve got yourself a desktop computer… or a server. The Ocean is a pocket-sized server with a 1 GHz […]

Lilbits (6-3-2014): Android Wear is coming

LG and Motorola are set to launch two of the first smartwatches running Google’s new Android Wear software this summer, and Google is likely to focus pretty heavily on the new platform at its upcoming Google I/O developer conference later in June. Ahead of the conference, Google has been busy posting plenty of tools for […]

Lenovo to buy IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion

Chinese PC maker Lenovo might qualify for a frequent buyer’s discount with IBM. In 2005 Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computer business along with the ThinkPad brand. Now Lenovo has announced plans to acquire IBM’s x86 server division for $2.3 billion. IBM isn’t giving up its entire server division in the deal. The company is holding […]

Intel introduces 6W Atom processor for servers

A handful of companies have been offering low power servers based on Intel Atom chips for a few years. But now Intel is embracing the idea of using low-power processors in servers with the introduction of its first Atom chip designed specifically for servers. The Intel Centerton platform is a system-on-a-chip based around Atom architecture. […]