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Lilbits: Steam Deck, game streaming, and Google and Apple antitrust news and analysis

The Valve Steam Deck handheld gaming computer is set to begin shipping to customers in December. But it’s an unusual device for a bunch of reasons. It has a form factor that’s not quite like any other gaming computer, thanks to Valve’s built-in game controllers and trackpads. And it ships with the Linux-based Steam OS […]

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South Korea breaks up Apple and Google app store payment monopolies

Epic Games has taken Apple and Google to court over those companies’ insistence that developers who make their apps and games available through the App Store and Google Play Store have to use Apple and Google’s in-app payment systems. The outcome of that court case could determine how billing for in-app purchases and subscriptions works […]

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LG Velvet smartphone goes official, launches in South Korea for $735

As promised, the LG Velvet smartphone is launching this month in South Korea. It goes up for pre-order May 8 for about $735 and should be available a week later. That’s not exactly cheap, but it makes the phone more affordable than many recent flagships — but the LG Velvet has a mix of mid-range […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition (Note 7) launches in Korea for $600

Almost a year after launching the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone… and then canceling the product after numerous reports of Note 7 smartphones catching fire, the Note 7 is back. But this time it’s called the Samsung Galaxy Note Fandom Edition, it’s had a small price cut, and it’ll be available exclusively in South Korea at […]

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Next Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update will effectively kill remaining phones

Samsung issues a recall for its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last year and as of January the company had reported that about 96 percent of phones sold had been returned. But if you’re still holding onto a Galaxy Note 7 for some reason, now might be a good time to return it. Korean news […]