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Lenovo Beacon $199 home media server has XBMC pre-loaded (and up to 6TB of storage)

The Lenovo Beacon is a device designed to act as both a media center and a network-attached storage device. It features an Intel Atom processor, a Linux-based operating system, and XBMC software comes pre-loaded. Lenovo’s unusual box includes two 3.5 inch drive bays and supports up to 6TB of storage. The Lenovo Beacon should launch […]

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Lilbits (11-14-2013): Google Android 4.4 KitKat factory images released

Google started rolling out over-the-air software updates bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to its latest tablets this week. Now the company has also posted factory images online, which means it’s relatively safe to start building or installing custom ROMs and mucking about in other ways — since there’s now a way to grab the stock images […]

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Lilbits (10-31-2013): Hello KitKat

Google introduces Android 4.4 KitKat and launched the Nexus 5 smartphone today. The operating system is designed to run on a wide range of devices, provide tighter integration with cloud storage, support for more immersive apps, and much more. It also won’t be long before we start to see custom ROMs based on Android 4.4. […]

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Most popular Liliputing articles from 8/30 – 9/06

The annual IFA consumer electronics show kicked off in Berlin this week, and there were some major announcements, including the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch, new laptops and tablets from Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus, and a few surprises from Alcatel One Touch and Qualcomm. But the most […]

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XBMC media center adds Android hardware decoding, drops Windows XP support

The developers of open source media center software XBMC have released a new build of XBMC 13 Gotham, sporting a few shiny new features including support for stereoscopic 3D video and for hardware-accelerated decoding on Android devices. At the same time, the team is dropping a feature (or a bug, depending on who you ask): […]

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Lilbits (8-27-2013): Making a Macintosh Mini out of a Raspberry Pi

The original Macintosh computer was released in 1984, and it was the first popular personal computer to run software featuring a graphical user interface. It had a 9 inch display, a 7.8 MHz processor, and 128 kB of memory. Computers have come a long way since then — today you can pick up a $35 […]

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Lilbits (8-22-2013): More than a third of BlackBerry 10 apps come from a single developer

Folks have a habit of comparing mobile platforms by the sheer number of apps available in their app stores. There are around a million apps available for Android and iOS, for instance, more than 160,000 available for Windows Phone, and about 120,000 for BlackBerry 10. But quality is more important than quantity — nobody actually […]

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Lilbits (8-06-2013): Ubuntu Edge, XBMC, and Firefox 23

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth and friends have been working to bring the open source operating system to smartphones and tablets. And last month they introduced a side-project, a phone called the Ubuntu Edge which would dual boot Android and Ubuntu and work both as a phone and a desktop computer (when docked to a mouse, […]

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Lilbits (7-19-2013): Early phone upgrades, Chrome web app launch

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all announced plans that will let customers upgrade phones more quickly. Typically US mobile customers had to wait 18 to 24 months to qualify for a new handset. Some of the new plans let you upgrade as often as every 6 months. Of course, none of this comes free of […]

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XBMC running in Linux on a TV box with an Amlogic AM8726-MX chip (video)

The folks behind the XBMC media center application have made a lot of progress porting the software to run on Android. But if you’d rather have a small, low-power XBMC box that runs on Linux, new options might be available soon. Pivos Technology’s XIOS box can run Android or Linux, and there are XBMC builds […]