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Lilbits: Windows 11 Moment 3 Update is here, Windows Terminal 1.18 brings tab tearing, Google Play Games for PC expands to more markets

Microsoft is holding its annual Microsoft Build developer conference this week. Among other things, the company announced new AI features coming to Windows 11 and the Edge web browser, and some major new features which are starting to roll out to Windows 10 and 11 including support for Bluetooth Low Energy, an option to show […]

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Google Assistant ends support for third-party smart displays

The first smart displays to ship with Google Assistant software at their core weren’t made by Google. Both Lenovo and JBL released Google Assistant smart screens in 2018, months before the first Google Home Hub went on sale. Five years later, Google Assistant seems to be abandoning support for third-party smart displays. In an update […]

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Crowdfunding fail: Mycroft Mark II open source smart display is no longer shipping to Kickstarter backers

The Mycroft Mark II is designed to be an open source, privacy-focused alternative to smart speakers and smart displays powered by voice assistant software from Amazon, Apple, or Google. The developers of the open source Mycroft voice assistant launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the Mark II in 2018 and, after a series of setbacks, […]

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Meta pulls the plug on its Portal smart display business

This summer news broke that Facebook parent company Meta was planning to shift the focus of its smart display division to enterprise products rather than continuing to focus on consumer devices like the Meta Portal lineup. Now it looks like Meta is exiting the smart display business altogether. The company announced it was laying off […]

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Mycroft Mark II privacy-focused smart display begins shipping (nearly four years late)

The Mycroft Mark II is a smart display with a 4.3 inch screen, stereo 5 watt speakers, dual microphones with noise cancellation features and a 5MP camera for video calls. It supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet connections, and responds to voice and touch input. But unlike most other smart speakers and displays, the Mycroft Mark […]

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Lilbits: Linux on the Star64 RISC-V single-board computer, Game Boy cartridges on the Steam Deck, and fitness tracking on the Pixel Watch (is not optional)

The Star64 is a single-board computer with a StarFive JH7100 processor featuring four 1.5 GHz SiFive FU740 CPU cores and Imagination BXE-4-32 graphics. When Pine64 first unveiled the board this summer, the company said that efforts were underway to port GNU/Linux distributions including Debian and Fedora to run on the hardware. Now Pine64 notes that […]

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Google’s Speaker Dock will turn the Pixel Tablet into a Nest Hub smart display (coming in 2023)

Google’s Pixel Tablet isn’t coming until next year, but the company revealed some more details about its upcoming tablet during today’s launch event for the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch. We now know that the Pixel Tablet will have the same Google Tensor G2 processor and Titan M2 security chips as the […]

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Lilbits: Google brings Fuchsia OS to another smart display, AAEON launches UP Squared v2 single-board PC with an Intel processor

AAEON has updated its UP line of tiny single-board computers with x86 processors with a new model sporting Intel Atom-based Celeron or Pentium processor options. While the new UP Squared v2 looks a lot like the UP Squared 6000 that launched earlier this year, it has a lower starting price, a slightly different board layout, […]

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Hacker installs Ubuntu on a Google Nest Hub (2nd-gen) smart display

The 2nd-gen Google Nest Hub is a smart display with a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen display, a built-in speaker, and a lightweight operating system designed to put Google Assistant front and center. But security expert Frédéric Basse found a security vulnerability that could be exploited to install other operating systems on the […]

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Amazon Echo Show 15 is a $250 smart display that hangs on your wall

Amazon’s newest Echo Show smart display is the largest yet, with a 15.6 inch full HD display and support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. The Amazon Echo Show 15 is also the first Echo device that’s meant to hang on your wall like a picture frame. In fact, you can also use it as a digital […]