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Lilbits: Android security vulnerability, encrypted group chat for Google Messages, and Apple’s extended reality OS

A serious vulnerability was disclosed this week that could allow malware complete access to Android phones when you install an app that looks completely legitimate. Google and affected device makers have taken steps to mitigate the issue, which some folks have apparently known about for years.  But it’s a good time to remember that there’s […]

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EnkPi boards combine E Ink displays with Raspberry Pi Pico W (crowdfunding)

The InkPlate 2 isn’t the only new electronic paper display to hit Kickstarter this week. The EnkPi family of devices are a line of a ePaper boards that come in 2.9 inch, 4.2 inch, 5.83 inch and 7.5 inch sizes. Each is mounted to a custom printed circuit board with 6 programmable buttons, and powered […]

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Sunbird promises to bring iMessage to Android without Apple’s help (but it sounds wonky so far)

Apple has repeatedly indicated that it has no plans to bring its iMessage app to Android. But a handful of third-party companies have been trying to ease the communications between Android and iOS users over the years with third-party software like Beeper, BlueBubbles, and AirMessage, which kinda, sorta gets you part way there with convoluted […]

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Pine64 Ox64 now available for $6 and up (Raspberry Pi Pico-sized single-board PC with a RISC-V processor)

The Pine64 Ox64 is a tiny single-board computer that looks a lot like a Raspberry Pi Pico. But while Raspberry Pi’s tiny board is powered by an RP2040 microcontroller, the Ox64 has a dual-core RISC-V processor, 64MB of embedded RAM, and support for up to 128Mb of flash storage  plus a microSD card for additional […]

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PineBuds Pro are now available for $70 (noise-cancelling earbuds with user-flashable firmware)

The PineBuds Pro are true-wireless earbuds with support for active noise cancellation, touch controls, and a charging case with a USB-C port and LED battery status indicator. And like most of Pine64’s devices to date, they support user-flashable firmware, allowing you to customize the performance and behavior of the earbuds. Pine64 first announced the earbuds […]

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Lilbits: Kindle Scribe reviews, the NUC Pro’s new look, and Linux graphics on Apple Silicon

Amazon has dominated the eBook reader space for years, not necessarily because the company has the best hardware or software, but because its Kindle products are fairly cheap, good enough for most people, and tightly integrated with what’s probably the world’s best-known eBook store. So when Amazon introduced the Kindle Scribe this year, it turned […]

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Inkplate 2 is a programmable 2.13 inch ePaper display with WiFi (crowdfunding)

The InkPlate 2 is a 2.13 inch, 212 x 104 pixel, 3-color electronic paper display with support for black, white, and red. It’s also designed to be an inexpensive, programmable, hacker-friendly low-power device that can be used for a wide range of applications. It’s up for pre-order for $35 and up during a Kickstarter crowdfunding […]

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Google’s Reading mode app makes Android more accessible for blind, low-vision and dyslexic users

Google is introducing a handful of new features that are available or coming soon to Android. Among other things, there’s a new YouTube Search widget that lets you find videos from your home screen, the ability for some folks who use their phones to unlock a car to share their digital car keys with friends […]