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Windows 11 update bring Copilot plugins, Android-phone-as-webcam, and more

Microsoft plans to roll out a number of updates to Windows 11 over the next few weeks. Some are things we’ve already heard about, like the Generative Erase feature in the Windows Photos app. Others are new, like the ability to use an Android smartphone as a webcam for your PC. But it’s telling that […]

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EmulationStation-DE for Android booted from Amazon Appstore, now available through Patreon

EmulationStation Desktop Edition, or ES-DE, is a popular user interface for organizing, launching and playing video games designed for consoles. It’s not an emulator itself, but it makes it easy to manage emulators for a console-like experience on devices like handheld gaming PCs or computers plugged into a big-screen TV. Earlier this month the developer […]

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EmulationStation-DE is now available for Android

EmulationStation Desktop Edition (ES-DE) is a frontend for viewing, launching, and playing video games designed for classic computers and game consoles thanks to support for emulators for dozens of different game systems. Up until recently, ES-DE was available as a free and open source app for Windows, macOS, and Linux. But now there’s also an […]

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Android 15 Developer Preview brings partial screen sharing, “notification cooldown” and other changes

The first developer preview of Android 15 is now available, giving us a first very early look at what to expect from the next major version of Android, which won’t officially launch until much later this year (probably in the fall). Android 15 Developer Preview 1 can be installed in an emulator or on a Google […]

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LineageOS 21 released (Custom ROM based on Android 14)

The first developer preview build of Android 15 is expected to drop soon, but the next major version of Android isn’t expected to hit stable channels until this fall. Meanwhile, device makers are just starting to ship phones with Android 14, which was released a few months ago. And the independent developers behind LineageOS have […]

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Lilbits: Layoffs at Mozilla, Android 15 Dev Preview coming soon, and Playdate is finally “in stock”

The Playdate handheld gaming device with a 1-bit display and a hang crank on the side is a cute and quirky device that’s very different from some other handhelds. But it’s also been a lot harder to actually get your hands on. Playdate began taking pre-orders in mid-2021 and finally began shipping the handheld almost a year later. […]

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F-Droid now supports automatic background updates (Free and open source Android app store)

F-Droid maintains a repository of free and open source (FOSS) Android apps, and the F-Droid client for Android devices basically functions as an alternative to the default app store on most Android devices: the Google Play Store. But up until recently, F-Droid lacked one of the Play Store’s key features: the ability to automatically install updates […]

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Anbernic RG566 is an Android handheld game system with a 5.5 inch FHD OLED display and Unisoc T820 processor

Chinese handheld gaming hardware company Anbernic’s latest device is as compact console with an OLED display, 8GB of RAM, Android 13 software and enough processing power to handle PS2 emulation. With a list price of $185 (or $175 during pre-orders), the Anbernic RG566 isn’t exactly the cheapest handheld game system around, but it’s more affordable […]

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Lilbits: Amazon to drop Android (for Fire TVs), Fossil to drop smartwatches, Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 released, Lichee Console 4A reviewed

Seven years after Ubuntu developer Canonical stopped supporting a mobile version of the GNU/Linux distribution designed for smartphones, the folks at UBPorts continue to keep Ubuntu Touch alive and ticking. This week the team rolled out Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 with support for over two dozen smartphones and tablets. In other recent tech news, it looks […]

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The Minimal Phone pairs an E Ink screen with a QWERTY keyboard and Android (crowdfunding)

Most modern smartphones have big, colorful touchscreen displays and lack physical keyboards. The Minimal Phone bucks both trends. It takes two very niche features and combines them into a single device: it’s an Android-powered smartphone with a square E Ink display and a QWERTY keyboard. You can’t actually buy this phone yet, but the developer says […]

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Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Hybrid is two computers in one (Windows PC with a detachable Android tablet)

As is often the case, Lenovo seems determined to take home the trophy for weirdest laptop of CES this year. The company has a long track record of using its ThinkBook Plus line of laptops to try out things like putting an E ink display on the lid of a laptop or a second screen […]

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Lenovo’s next ThinkBook Plus laptop’s display could be a detachable Android tablet (leaks)

Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus line of laptops are… weird. In the past we’ve seen the company release models with E Ink displays on the lid, secondary screens in the keyboard area, and other unusual designs. So what’s next? According to leaked pictures posted to Chinese social media, a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable display that functions […]

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Lilbits: Firefox for Android gets 450 new extensions, Asus ROG Phone 8 leaked, Plasma Mobile 6 previewed

A few weeks ago Mozilla announced that its Firefox web browser for Android would soon be gaining support for hundreds of additional extensions. Now the day has come. This is actually more of a return to form than a brand new feature. Mozilla first added support for browser extensions to its Android browser way back […]