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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi’s new specs for add-ons, update on the MNT Pocket Reform, and GPU improvements for Google Pixel devices

The MNT Pocket Reform is the latest in a lien of open hardware products from MNT, the team that brought MNT Reform into the world a few years ago. As the name suggests, the new model is much smaller, but it still keeps the ethos of open source software and hardware and a modular, customizable […]

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Amazon’s Fire OS for Smart TVs and tablets may drop Android for a new Linux-based OS

Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablet devices ship with an operating system called Fire OS. And for more than a decade, that operating system has been a fork of Android. But according to a report from Janko Roettgers, Amazon is looking to change that by developing its own operating system in-house. The new operating system […]

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LG StanbyMe Go is a 27 inch portable, adjustable display in a briefcase

A few years ago LG introduced a 27 inch portable display-on-a-stand, called the LG StanbyMe, that’s basically a cross between a smart TV, a tablet, and some sort of portable kiosk system, I guess. It’s apparently an okay TV, but the stand really is something of a selling point by making the battery-powered screen work […]

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Telly wants to give you a 55 inch 4K TV for free (nothing’s really free: it shows ads on a persistent second screen)

Broadcast TV has always been free… because broadcasters make most of their money by selling ads that run between programs. Streaming platforms like Netflix, HBO Max, and Disney+ went all-in on subscriptions, but in recent years they’ve begun offering cheaper ad-supported plans that have proven popular. Now a startup called Telly is going a step […]

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Lilbits: Brydge collapses, and your next TV might be free (with persistent ads on a second screen)

Using a mouse for extended periods of repetitive activities like audio editing wreaks havoc on my wrist, so I picked up a vertical mouse a few years ago which seems to help a bit. I’ve also tried a few trackballs, but have never really gotten the hang of using them. But I really like the […]

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Lilbits: DIY Raspberry Pi phone, Windows on the Steam Deck, and iPhone 14’s roller coaster detection

Valve has released a driver update that should allow Windows to run more smoothly on the Steam Deck (you still need to install Windows yourself, since it ships with the Linux-based Steam OS though). Roku may be preparing to launch a line of smart home products (that are actually rebranded Wyze products). And it turns […]

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Lilbits: Samsung begins mass production of 3nm chips, Motorola roadmap leaked, and InfiniTime open source firmware for the PineWatch updated

Samsung is the first company to begin mass production of 3nm chips, which it says will bring big improvements in performance and efficiency. Motorola has a bunch of new phones scheduled to ship later this year, including budget, mid-range, and flagship (or nearly flagship) class products. And the developers behind the InfiniTime firmware for Pine64’s […]

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Lilbits: Xbox Cloud Gaming coming to Samsung Smart TVs, Meta scraps a smartwatch (and scales back its smart displays)

Last year Microsoft announced plans to develop a game streaming device that would allow you to play games on any screen without buying a full-fledged console or gaming PC. All you’d need is an internet connection and a game controller. But in May we learned that Microsoft may have discontinued work on that device… instead […]

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Realme 4K TV Stick with Google TV is now available for $45

The Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick is a dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of your TV to let you stream media using the Google TV user interface. After launching in India last month, the Realme 4K TV Stick is now available worldwide for about $45 and up. The TV stick is available […]

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LG will license webOS for use on third-party smart TVs (It’s come a long way from the Palm days)

WebOS is an operating system that was originally developed by Palm for smartphones, acquired by HP for use on tablets as well as phones, and when that turned out to be a flop, HP sold its webOS assets to LG, which uses it for smart TVs and other smart home products. Now LG plans to […]