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Lilbits: Windows on the Steam Deck gets better, iPhones might get USB-C ports in 2023

The Steam Deck handheld gaming PC ships with a Linux-based operating system called Steam OS that’s designed to put Valve’s Steam game client front and center, and which is optimized for PC gaming. But while many games available from Steam support Linux and Steam OS even allows you to play many Windows games that aren’t designed […]

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Lilbits: Pixel 6a confirmed (sort of), USB-C charging comes to power tools, and Face ID works with face masks now

Google’s next smartphone is expected to be a cheaper version of the Pixel 6, featuring the same Google Tensor processor, but an older, less powerful camera system. Google hasn’t officially confirmed that the Pixel 6a is real yet… but it’s come pretty close with a mention of the unannounced phone spotted in a coloring book […]

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Lilbits: Developing for the Steam Deck, Android 12 for the Raspberry Pi, Windows 11 Android app compatibility

Valve’s Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC that will ship with a Linux-based operating system. Thanks to Valve’s Proton software, many Windows games will run without any modifications. But developers who want to ensure their games are compatible may want to get their hands on a dev kit before the Steam Deck begins shipping […]

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Now you can buy or build your own iPhone with a USB-C port (kind of, but not really)

Last month engineering student Ken Pillonel introduced the world to what may be the first fully functional iPhone featuring a USB-C port, after replacing the Lightning port on an iPhone X with a USB-C port. Now Pillonel has released open source instructions and files for folks that want to try this at home, as well […]

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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: A DIY Spotify Box, Microsoft’s Surface Adaptive Kit for accessibility, Fairphone 4, and more

This week Microsoft introduced new Surface tablets, a new Surface Duo 2 phone, and a new Surface Laptop Studio that are all scheduled to hit the streets soon. But the company also unveiled a new Surface Adaptive Kit that’s designed to make those devices, and many others, easier to use for people with disabilities. The […]

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Thunderbolt 5 could support 80 Gbps data transfer speeds (leaks)

Computers with Thunderbolt 4 functionality just started shipping last year, but it looks like Intel is already planning for Thunderbolt 5. And it looks like the next-gen standard could support data speeds up to 80 Gbps while retaining the same USB-C connector. That would make Thunderbolt 5 twice as fast as Thunderbolt 4. But it’s […]

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Lilbits 398: Google Pixel gossip, Wink subscriptions, and GPD Win Max hardware

Google’s Pixel phones are known for their stand-out cameras — but now it looks like the person responsible for the technology behind those cameras has left the company. Smart home company Wink has thrown a tiny lifeline to folks who were taken aback when the company gave 7-days notice that its products would start requiring […]

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Lilbits 373: Huawei gets (some sort of) a reprieve

After placing Huawei on an “Entity List” earlier this year and prohibiting US companies from selling products to the Chinese electronics giant, the Trump administration is easing restrictions… or something. After meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping a few weeks ago, US president Donald Trump announced the US would “remove some curbs on Huawei” and […]

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Lilbits 372: Raspberry Pi 4 charging issues (and USB-C confusion)

Raspberry Pi’s latest small and cheap single-board computer is the most powerful to date. The recently launched Raspberry Pi 4 features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor, an upgraded GPU, faster Ethernet, and for the first time it comes with three memory configuration choices: 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB. The new model is also the first to […]