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 […]

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 […]

Belkin launches USB-C keyboards for Chrome OS tablets

Over the past few years we’ve seen a few convertible Chromebooks with 360-degree hinges and touchscreen displays that let you use the notebooks in tablet mode. But 2018 is the year we’re starting to see the first true Chrome OS tablets. The $600 HP Chromebook x2 is a 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard. And […]

Microsoft’s USB Type-C adapter for Surface coming this week… for $80 (Updated)

Some modern laptops and tablets have nothing but USB Type-C ports. Most of Microsoft’s Surface devices, meanwhile, don’t even have a single USB-C port. But the company promised last year that it would eventually launch an adapter for folks who need one. And now The Verge reports that an official Microsoft Surface USB Type-C dongle will be […]

In a perfect world Satechi’s new USB Type-C Power Meter wouldn’t be necessary…

… but we don’t live in a perfect world. Over the past few years we’ve seen a growing number of laptops, smartphones, and other devices ship with USB Type-C connectors. The new standard brings a lot of advantages including reversible cables and fast charging support. But there’s also some risk: using a USB-C cable that’s non-compliant […]

LeEco’s new phones feature USB-C, lack headphone jacks, and have up to 6GB of RAM

Chinese company LeEco showed off one of the first smartphones with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor at CES in January (before the company changed its name from LeTV). Now LeEco is launching three new phones: the Le 2, the Le 2 Pro, and the Le 2 Max. All three are among the first Android phones […]

New authentication protocol will protect you from bad USB Type-C cables (eventually)

There are a lot of advantages to the USB Type-C protocol. Cables are reversible, so there’s no way to insert one upside down. The protocol allows for speedy data transfers, video output to high-resolution screens, and enough power to let you use a USB charger with some laptops. But not all USB Type-C cables are […]

Amazon bans sale of non-compliant USB C cables

As we learned last year, not all USB Type-C cables are created equal… and just because you can plug any cheap cable with the right size plug into your USB-C capable device doesn’t mean you should. Sometimes a bad cable that doesn’t fully comply with USB-C specifications can actually damage your phone, tablet, or laptop. Fortunately, […]

Acer Graphics Dock delivers NVIDIA graphics over Thunderbolt 3

Acer unveiled a new 12.5 inch 2-in-1 tablet with an Intel Core M5 Skylake processor, a 3840 x 2160 pixel display, and a detachable keyboard in January. But the Acer Switch 12 S has another trick up its sleeve: support for an optional graphics dock that lets you use a discrete graphics card. There wasn’t […]