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Lilbits: Android security vulnerability, encrypted group chat for Google Messages, and Apple’s extended reality OS

A serious vulnerability was disclosed this week that could allow malware complete access to Android phones when you install an app that looks completely legitimate. Google and affected device makers have taken steps to mitigate the issue, which some folks have apparently known about for years.  But it’s a good time to remember that there’s […]

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Lilbits: Kindle Scribe reviews, the NUC Pro’s new look, and Linux graphics on Apple Silicon

Amazon has dominated the eBook reader space for years, not necessarily because the company has the best hardware or software, but because its Kindle products are fairly cheap, good enough for most people, and tightly integrated with what’s probably the world’s best-known eBook store. So when Amazon introduced the Kindle Scribe this year, it turned […]

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Lilbits: Is the Logitech G Cloud overpriced (and bad)? Seamless updates coming to Samsung phones, and more

The Logitech G Cloud is a handheld gaming device made for cloud gaming. It’s basically an Android tablet with a 7 inch display, but thanks to built-in game controllers it’s clearly built for gaming. And thanks to its mid-range processor, it’s clearly not meant for native gaming, but for streaming games from cloud services like Xbox […]

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Lilbits: Linux on the Star64 RISC-V single-board computer, Game Boy cartridges on the Steam Deck, and fitness tracking on the Pixel Watch (is not optional)

The Star64 is a single-board computer with a StarFive JH7100 processor featuring four 1.5 GHz SiFive FU740 CPU cores and Imagination BXE-4-32 graphics. When Pine64 first unveiled the board this summer, the company said that efforts were underway to port GNU/Linux distributions including Debian and Fedora to run on the hardware. Now Pine64 notes that […]

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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: Google’s Tensor G2 chip revealed (powers the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Tablet)

Google debuted its first-gen Tensor processor with the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last year. While the chip didn’t have the fastest CPU or graphics around, it was able to offer decent all-around performance for flagship phones with reasonably affordable price tags. But its secret sauce was the TPU, or tensor processing unit […]

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Lilbits: Handheld gaming PCs, iPhone 14’s repairability improvements, and Google Tensor G2 chip details

Valve has been ramping up production of its Steam Deck handheld gaming PC throughout the year, and while there were long wait times when the portable computer went on sale earlier this year, the wait times are getting shorter and shorter. Meanwhile other companies making handheld gaming computers are releasing new details about upcoming devices. […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck’s evolutionary history, Windows Terminal themes, and 80 Gbps Thunderbolt connections

Valve’s Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC with a custom AMD processor featuring RDNA 2 graphics and a 7 inch touchscreen display sandwiched between game controllers and touchpads. But before the specs and design were finalized, Valve built a lot of different prototypes. And the company showed them off as part of a launch […]

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Lilbits: Pixel 7 colors revealed, Steam Deck repair centers opened, and Khadas VIM1S single-board PC detailed

Valve has already made it (relatively) easy for folks to repair broken Steam Deck hardware at home by partnering with iFixit. Prefer to leave things to the professionals? Now official Steam Deck repair centers are open. In-warranty repairs will be performed free of charge, but there’s also an option to pay for repairs that aren’t […]

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Lilbits: Debian and GNOME celebrate birthdays, AMD Zen 4 desktop chips coming soon, more Windows games can run on Linux via Proton 7.0-4

Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming PC ships with a Linux-based operating system called SteamOS, which is part of the reason Valve can set starting prices as low as $299. But if the Steam Deck could only play native Linux games, it wouldn’t be much use as a gaming PC. So Valve developed Proton, a tool […]