Lilbits (5-22-2015): Android M is coming

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There are already a handful of Android phones that include fingerprint scanners which let you do things like unlock your device or authorize mobile payments using the unique pattern on your fingertip instead of a password. But makers of those phones have had to tack that feature onto the operating system, because fingerprint detection isn’t […]

Report: iPad to support split-screen multitasking

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Apple’s smartphones, tablets, and whatever the iPod touch is have supported multitasking for years. But so far that’s only meant you could switch between apps running in the background and maybe listen to music from one app while you’re looking at another. But soon you may be able to see up to three apps on the […]

Deals of the Day (5-22-2015)

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Want a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365? That’ll be $70. For that price you can run the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other apps on one PC or Mac, one tablet, and one phone. You also get 1TB of cloud storage at Microsoft OneDrive. It’s not a bad deal, especially if […]

Build the tiniest gamepad ever

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TinyCircuits, makers of tiny, open-sourced electronics, recently posted instructions for building the smallest video game console I’ve ever seen. With a few dedicated components available from the TinyCircuits’ online shop, you too can play Space Invaders on a thumbnail sized screen. The build calls for a TinyShield Joystick board, which has two analog joysticks and […]

Pebble Time color smartwatch begins shipping May 27th

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Pebble has announced that it will begin shipping its first smartwatch with a color display to backers of its Kickstarter campaign on May 27th. The goal is to ship Pebble Time watches to everyone who backed the campaign by mid-June. The team is also planning to launch updated versions of its Pebble apps for iOS […]

Jide Remix Ultra Tablet hits retail: Now available for $399

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The Jide Remix Ultra Tablet is the first tablet to ship with Remix OS. It’s an operating system designed to make Android feel more like Windows: While it supports the Google Play Store and hundreds of thousands of Android apps, Remix OS also has a Windows-like taskbar and lets you view multiple apps at once […]

Sphero has joined the Dark Side

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Sphero is a tiny, spherical robot that is powered by your smartphone. It can do tricks, teach you how to program, and let your turn your living room into an arcade game via augmented reality apps. Sphero is also the inspiration for the newest droid celebrity of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” BB-8. Sphero’s cousin, […]

Neo900 inches closer to reality (project to update the Nokia N900 hardware)

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The Nokia N900 smartphone was the last phone to ship with the open source, Linux-based Maemo operating system. It was released in late 2009, shortly before Maemo was merged with Moblin to become MeeGo… and then Nokia stopped supporting both operating systems and began focusing on Windows Phone software. Nokia’s phone business was later acquired by […]

Cyanogen Platform SDK lets developers build on CyanogenMod features

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The open source CyanogenMod operating system is a customized version of Google Android which you can install on dozens of phones and tablets. CyanogenMod gives users more control over the behavior of their device… but now the developers of CyanogenMod also want to make it easier for app developers to integrate their software with core features of […]

VAIO Z Canvas hits Japan, coming to the US this fall

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The VAIO Z Canvas is a 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard, a high-resolution display, and an active digitizer and pen for writing and drawing. VAIO, which is also known as the company that used to be Sony’s PC division, unveiled the Vaio Z Canvas in February. Now it’s about to go on sale in […]

Deals of the Day (5-21-2015)

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Asus offers a few different inexpensive laptops with 11.6 inch displays, and while the Asus EeeBook X205 has been getting a lot of attention due to its $199 list price,  some folks might prefer a model with a touchscreen display, twice as much RAM and far more storage… like the Asus X200MA, which typically sells for […]

Google to launch “Brillo” OS for Internet of Things (maybe)

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Google has an operating system for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and TVs. It also has one for laptops and desktops. Soon Google may also have an operating system for refrigerators, light bulbs, locks, and other smart devices that make up the “Internet of Things.” The company may launch its new IoT operating system at the Google […]