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Lilbits: LG’s smart home robot, Microsoft’s next-gen Surface devices go big on AI (and ARM)

Smart speakers were supposed to usher in the era of ambient computing, where you’d be able to just speak a question or command from anywhere in your house. But that only works if you put enough speakers throughout your house to ensure that there’s always one nearby. Or you could get one that moves. Asus […]

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Microsoft launches Surface Laptop Studio 2 convertible laptop for creatives for $2000 and up

Two years after introducing the original Surface Laptop Studio as a premium convertible notebook designed for digital content creators, Microsoft is back with a new model featuring the same easel-like display and unusual design, but packing twice the processing power. The new Surface Laptop Studio 2 is up for pre-order for $2000 and up, and it […]

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 is a 2.5 pound notebook with Core i5-1235U for $800 and up

The Surface Laptop Go has been Microsoft’s thinnest, lightest, and cheapest laptop since the first model launched in 2020 for $550 and up. The new Surface Laptop Go 3 keeps the thin and light parts, but brings a significant performance boost thanks to a move to a 12th-gen Intel Core i5-1235U processor and at least 8GB of […]

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 and Surface Laptop Studio 2 specs and design leaked ahead of launch

Microsoft is holding an event on September 21 to unveil next-gen Surface devices. But thanks to a series of leaks, we already had a pretty good idea that Microsoft plans to announced updates to at least two of its laptops: the Surface Laptop Go and Surface Laptop Studio as well as a new Surface Go […]

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Lilbits: Meta Portal’s slow demise, Microsoft’s Fall 2023 Surface hardware event, KDE goes double-click by default, and Bodhi Linux 7.0 released

The Meta Portal line of products are smart displays that launched in 2018 when Meta was still called Facebook. With support for Amazon’s Alexa voice service, they were kind of the company’s answer to an Amazon Echo, but with the added bonus of Facebook Messenger support, making them one of the easiest ways to place […]

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Report: Surface Laptop Studio 2 coming this year (Intel Raptor Lake + NVIDIA GeForce 40 series graphics)

It’s been nearly two years since Microsoft launched the Surface Laptop Studio, a convertible notebook with a 14.4 inch touchscreen display and an unusual (but not unique) design that lets you pull the screen forward to it covers the keyboard, making it easier to write or draw. Now Windows Central reports that a new Surface Laptop […]

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Microsoft now sells some replacement parts for Surface devices

Microsoft is the latest major tech company to jump on the repair-it-yourself bandwagon. You can now buy replacement parts for components in some recent Surface tablets, laptops, and all-in-one PCs. The company says the goal is to make it easier for “technically inclined consumers” to perform out-of-warranty repairs without taking their products to a shop […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft consolidates its PC accessory brands, Qualcomm unveils new upscaling tech for mobile devices, and reMarkable tablets adds support for typing… bold and italicized text

Today Nikkei Asia reported that Microsoft was cutting back on production of accessories like keyboards, mice, and pens for its Surface products. But Microsoft has issued a statement to several tech news sites indicating that what’s actually happening is that the company is consolidating its Microsoft and Surface-branded peripherals. The company has a long history […]

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Lilbits: Signal drops SMS, Microsoft launches Surface Studio 2+, more Apple services coming to Windows, and Intel layoffs ahead?

Thanks to falling demand for PCs and increased competition from rival chip makers, it looks like Intel may be planning to layoff thousands of employees soon.  In addition to the introducing the new Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 today, Microsoft has unveiled a Surface Studio 2+ for creative professionals… but it’s a kind of […]

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 is an Intel Alder Lake-powered notebook with 13.5 inch or 15 inch display options

Microsoft is refreshing its Surface Laptop line of notebook computers with the Surface Laptop 5 that sports a similar design to the Surface Laptop 4, but updated processor options. And by updated, I mean that all models now come with 12th-gen Intel Core U-series processors. There’s no longer an AMD option, which is kind of […]

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Lilbits: New Surface hardware this fall, new video and PDF editing features for Chromebooks

MS Ignite is Microsoft’s annual conference for developers and IT pros, and the company has announced that this year’s version will take place October 12 – 14, and it’ll be the company’s first in-person conference since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. There may be some news in October for folks who aren’t developers or […]

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Microsoft launches Surface Laptop Go 2 with Core i5-1135G7 for $600 and up

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 is a compact notebook with a reasonably affordable price tag (by Microsoft Surface standards) and a few key upgrades over the first-gen Surface Go that launched in 2020. Up for pre-order now for $600 and up, the new model looks nearly identical to its predecessor. But it has a newer, faster […]

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Lilbits: Surface with Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 leaked, Indiegogo tries to build confidence, and Precursor could ship soon

Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor in December, promising an enormous 85% performance boost over the company’s previous-gen chip for Windows laptops and tablets. So far no devices with the processor have officially launched. But leaked benchmarks for an unannounced Lenovo device suggested that the chip really might deliver on that promise, at […]