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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi Zero-like mini PCs compared, RP2040 microcontroller overclocked, and reducing the wait time for Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphones

The Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi Zero 2 are incredibly small, cheap, and versatile single-board computers… but in a time of global supply chain shortages, they’re also kind of hard to get your hands on these days. But there are also a growing number of other tiny PCs competing in this space. And Bret Weber […]

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AYN Odin software updates bring support for custom ROMs, phone calls to the handheld game console

The AYN Odin line of Android handheld game consoles made a splash when it launched last year through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign thanks to a mix of strong design, decent hardware, and affordable pricing: an entry-level Odin Lite sells for less than $200. Now the makers of the Odin have announced that over 10 thousand […]

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Amazon rolls out a new UI for Kindle eReaders (biggest change in five years)

Amazon regularly pushes out software updates for its Kindle eReaders, but for the release notes are usually pretty boring, consisting of “performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.” The latest update brings something new though: the biggest changes to the Kindle user interface in at least five years. It’s rolling out now to most […]

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Google ends feature updates for 1st-gen Chromecast (but security updates and bug fixes continue)

It’s been about six years since Google launched the first Chromecast device, and Google has continued to release software updates ever since… but the folks at 9to5Google noticed recently that those updates seem to have slowed down. Now the website has confirmed that Google has ceased releasing major software updates for the original Chromecast. That […]

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The trouble with connected devices: Nokia’s Body Cardio scale is about to lose a key feature

The Nokia Body Cardio is a $180 scale that you can step on to measure your weight, BMI, heart rate, muscle mass, and other stats. It can also sync with a mobile app on your phone via Bluetooth and connect to the internet via WiFi. That internet connection lets the scale display weather forecasts and […]

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Have a Kaby Lake/Ryzen CPU and Windows 7 or 8? Say goodbye to Windows Updates

Microsoft really wants you to run Windows 10. So while the company continues to offer security updates and bug fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (and Windows Vista for a few more weeks), the company announced last year that it would not support those operating systems for devices with the latest Intel and AMD chips. […]

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Huawei Honor 8 to get two years of software updates, maybe custom ROM support

Now that Huawei’s Honor 8 smartphone is launching around the globe, it’s getting pretty good review for its distinctive design, decent specs, and strong performance… especially when you consider that the phone has a starting price of $400. But we’ve seen phones with mid-range specs and high-end features in the past… and sometimes they don’t […]

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Windows 10 Mobile coming to older phones in early 2016

The first smartphones to ship with the Windows 10 Mobile operating system are already available. But if you have an older phone that runs Windows Phone 8 or Windows phone 8.1 you’ll have to wait a little longer for Microsoft to roll out Windows 10 as a software update. While Microsoft had planned to begin offering Windows […]

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HP releases webOS 3.0.4 for the HP TouchPad (with new camera app)

HP may not be selling very many HP TouchPad tablets anymore, but there are somewhere around a million of the discontinued devices in the wild and it looks like HP’s webOS team hasn’t forgotten about us just yet. The company has just released a software update for the TouchPad which brings performance improvements and a […]

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Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor software update coming in April?

The Home Shopping Network is selling a version of the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor eBook reader for $299 .90, with a bonus SD card loaded with 100 free books. As far as I can tell, you’re paying $50 for a 2GB SD card and a bunch of books that you could download from the internet […]