Lilbits: Comparison of single-board computers, Thunderbird for Android and Nothing’s next phone could be coming to the US

This year marks 10 years since the first Raspberry Pi computer hit the streets. And while the folks at Raspberry Pi certainly weren’t the first to release a compact, energy-efficient single-board computer, they were among the first to offer such a device at a low cost while driving adoption by educators, students, and hardware. – and software hackers.

Over the past decade, we’ve seen hundreds of other products flood this space. It can be a lot of work to keep them all straight… but the folks at HackerBoards (formerly Boards-DB) have made a pretty good resource for finding and comparing specs for many well-known single-board computers. The site has been around for a while but has recently been relaunched with additional features and more detailed specs.

Hacker boards

The site is still a bit rough around the edges – occasionally crashing when I tried to add a specific board to a comparison table. And the list of boards is by no means exhaustive. But it’s still a pretty handy resource for anyone wanting to research some of the many single board computers I’ve written about over the years (and many haven’t).

Or maybe I’m just glad someone else coded a site like this so I didn’t have to figure out how to make my own.

Here’s a rundown of recent tech news from the Internet.

The Single Board Computer database [HackerBoards]

This is a great resource for comparing the growing number of single-board computers that have hit the market in the years since the launch of the first Raspberry Pi (especially now that Raspberry Pi devices are so hard to get your hands on). It contains specifications and information for hundreds of devices, including models with ARM, x86, RISC-V, and MIPS processors.

Thunderbird for Android preview: Modern messaging redesign [Thunderbird]

Open source email client Thunderbird plans to launch an Android app next summer. It will be based on K-9 Mail, which the company acquired this year. And recent updates to K-9 pave the way, including a new message view and swipe actions.

Armbian 22.11 released (with RISC-V support) [Armbian]

Debian based GNU/Linux distribution Armbian is not just for devices with ARM chips anymore. Armbian 22.11 adds support for 64-bit RISC-V architecture. There is also support for more ARM boards: Banana Pi M5, ODROID-M1 and Rock Pi 4C Plus.

Now you can load websites directly from the Fire TV home screen [AFTVNews]

Amazon’s Silk web browser for Fire TV devices now has an option that lets you go to bookmarked websites (or recently and frequently visited sites) directly from the home screen, without launching the browser first.

The new startup from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei aims to launch a smartphone in the US [CNBC]

The Nothing Phone(1) isn’t available in the United States, but founder Carl Pei says Nothing isn’t ready to launch a phone in the US and “is in early talks with US carriers.”

Google’s ADT-3 device, the only streamer for Android TV development, has been discontinued [9to5Google]

The ADT-3 Android TV development box has been discontinued and there doesn’t appear to be a replacement (unless you count the Android Studio emulator).

UniHiker education platform teaches STEM with Mind+ and Jupyter (in China) [CNX Software]

This little kit has a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, an ARM Cortex-A35 quad-core processor, WiFi and Bluetooth support, and runs on Debian 10 Linux.

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