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Streaming updates: Spotify free comes to Alexa speakers, Sling TV works with Nest Hub

Just a few days after Amazon announced that its free, ad-supported music streaming services was now available on devices other than Echo smart speakers, rival Spotify has announced that its ad-supported music streams are now available on Echo speakers… along with just about anything else that supports the Alexa voice service, including Amazon Fire TV products. It’s […]

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Facebook launches 3 new Portal video-calling devices with prices starting at $129

As promised earlier this year, Facebook is launching its Portal line of video-calling smart displays in more countries and adding support for WhatsApp video calls as well as Facebook Messenger. But the company is also launching three new Portal devices, all of which are cheaper than the original models Facebook launched last year. The new Portal […]

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Google’s Nest Hub Max smart display now available for $229

Google’s second Google Assistant-powered smart display is now available for purchase. The $229 Google Nest Hub Max is bigger (and pricier) than the company’s first model, which launched a year ago. It has a larger display, more powerful speakers, and unlike the original, the Nest Hub Max has a camera for making video calls. The […]

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Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab Android tablet hangs around, acts like a smart speaker

Lenovo is launching a new line of Android tablets that you can also use as Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers. The new $129 Lenovo Smart Tab M8 is the company’s latest 2-in-1 that comes with a docking station that you can use to charge the tablet and turn it into a stationary smart display/speaker. And the […]

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Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab with Google Assistant coming soon?

Lenovo’s Android tablet lineup currently includes a “Lenovo Smart Tab” that becomes a smart speaker when you attach a dock, and a line of Yoga Tab multi-mode devices with rotating cameras and other components. Now it looks like the company is getting ready to combine those product categories. The upcoming Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab with Google Assistant […]

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Lenovo’s $80 Smart Clock with Google Assistant now available

Lenovo already offers a line of smart displays that are basically the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Show or Google’s Nest Hub. Now Lenovo is going after the Amazon Echo Spot. The Lenovo Smart Clock is a small device with a 4 inch touchscreen display, a speaker, and a microphone. It’s basically a Google Assistant-powered […]

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Facebook Portal smart display is going international, gaining WhatsApp support

Facebook’s Portal line of smart displays/video chat devices are getting support for new apps and features… and they’re going to new places. Less than a year after Facebook launched the 10 inch Portal and 15 inch Portal+ devices in the United States, the company says they’re heading to Canada in June and they’ll be available […]

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Lilbits 355: Intel’s next-gen low-power chips coming in 2020, better graphics in tow

We already knew Intel’s follow up to the Gemini Lake line of cheap, low-power Celeron and Pentium processors would probably be code-named Elkhart Lake and that the new chips could pack way more performance, possibly by combining high-performance “Sunny Cove” CPU cores, lower-power “Tremont” cores, and Intel Gen11 graphics. Now, if a leaked product roadmap […]