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Google Stadia is shutting down in January, Google will refund hardware and software purchases

You can add Google’s Stadia game-streaming platform to the long and growing list of products that were Killed by Google. Google has announced that it’s shutting down the service in January. The good news is that folks who’ve spent money on Stadia hardware, games, in-game content should receive refunds. Stadia launched in November, 2019 as […]

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Lilbits: Layoffs at ARM, new Ryzen desktop chips, and Shenzhen shutdown could mean more supply chain slowdowns

Two years after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, China is one of the few countries that’s still pursuing a zero-COVID strategy, enforcing strict lockdowns wherever cases are reported in an effort to prevent it from spreading. But those lockdowns can have ripple effects, and the latest could make the global supply chain issues […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck size, Slackware 15, and Windows 11’s new Media Player

Valve’s Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC with a 7 inch display, built-in game controllers (including touchpads), and a custom AMD processor with RDNA 2 graphics that will make it one of the most powerful devices in this category so far. It’ll also be one of the biggest devices of its type to date… […]

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Lilbits: Fixing Windows 11 for PCs with AMD chips, prepping Windows 10 21H2, and Stadia’s future

When Windows 11 began rolling out earlier this month, some folks with PCs powered by AMD Ryzen processors noticed that their systems were running more slowly. Microsoft and AMD promised to deliver software updates that would fix the issue, and now they’re here. In other recent tech news from around the web, it looks like […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck, GPD Pocket 3, Stadia Phone Link and a Nokia Tablet

Valve is sending out Steam Deck dev kits to game makers for testing in order to ensure that as many PC games as possible can run on the handheld, Linux-powered gaming PC when it begins shipping to customers in December. Some of those game makers have started sharing images and short videos showing the console […]

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Lilbits: Google Pixel 6 with Tensor processor, Steam Deck, and upgrading the GPD Win Max

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are coming this fall and they’ll feature a brand new design with a large camera bar across the back of the phones and upgraded camera hardware including new sensors and lenses. But the biggest chance, Google says, is under the hood. Google’s Pixel 6 series phones will […]

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Lilbits: Stadia comes to Chromecast and Android TV, OnePlus teases a $250 5G phone, and more

When Google’s Stadia game streaming service first launched, the only way to stream games to a TV was to use a Chromecast Ultra 4K media streamer. Then Google discontinued that device and introduced the cheaper and generally more versatile $50 Chromecast with Google TV. But one thing you couldn’t do with the newer model? Stream […]

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Lilbits: Facebook’s wristband, next-gen iPads, and Live Caption comes to Chrome

Facebook is working on a new wrist-worn device that uses sensors to detect the electrical motor nerve signals running from your brain to your fingers, allowing it to notice when you move your finger as little as one millimeter. And that could open the door for new ways to interact with virtual reality or augmented […]

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Lilbits: Ubuntu, Plasma Mobile, Snapdragon 888 dev kit, and VLC’s birthday

The first smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor are starting to arrive. And so are developer kits like the Lantronix Snapdragon 888 Mobile HDK. Meanwhile details about the next gaming smartphone from Asus continue to leak, the creators of the popular VLC media player app celebrate the 20th anniversary of VideoLAN, and we’ve got […]

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Lilbits: Cross platform edition (Stadia on iOS, Apple TV on Chromecast, HBO Max on Roku)

Apple doesn’t let developer submit apps to the App Store if they effectively include their own app store… and that means game streaming services like Stadia, Luna, GeForce Now, and Xbox Cloud Gaming need not apply. But there’s an alternate path to streaming games on iPhones and iPads: the web browser. Amazon’s Luna game streaming […]