Lilbits: Samsung’s new Galaxy laptops leaked, new Oculus Quest 2 tricks, and RCS is doomed (or at least stagnant)

Samsung has scheduled a “Galaxy Unpacked” event for later this month, promising that the “most powerful” Samsung Galaxy device is coming. While the Galaxy brand is probably most commonly associated with smartphones and tablets, all signs point to this being a laptop launch. And Evan Blass has spilled the beans on specs, photos, and details […]

Parallels Desktop now lets you run Windows on Macs with Intel or M1 chips

When Apple launched the first Macs with ARM processors, the company managed to deliver big gains in performance and efficiency, whether you’re running apps designed to run natively on ARM or apps that were originally made for Macs with Intel chips. But there were some things you couldn’t do. You couldn’t install Windows on a […]

Google is sunsetting FeedBurner email subscriptions (it’s time to update your settings if you subscribe by email)

Google-owned FeedBurner used to be a wildly popular service that websites used to customize their RSS feeds, publicize them, and offer readers a way to get updates via email. But Google has let FeedBurner languish over the years, occasionally remembering the service still exists just long enough to remove useful features. The latest update? Google […]

Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III smartphones feature variable telephoto lenses

Sony makes high-end cameras. Sony makes high-end smartphones. And Sony makes the smartphone camera image sensors found in many of the best phones for snapping photos, including Google’s Pixel series. But Sony’s smartphones have historically been… just fine for taking pictures, although things have started to look up recently. So it’s interesting to note that […]

TCL Fold ‘n’ Roll concept phone unfolds AND unrolls to become a tablet (plus some new TCL phones you can actually buy)

Smartphones with foldable displays have been around for a few years, but they aren’t the only option for delivering a phone that can become a tablet. Oppo and LG have shown that rollable displays can also work (even if the LG Rollable will never see the light of day). But TCL is asking…. why not […]

Linux PC maker System76 introduces the COSMIC desktop environment, coming to Pop!_OS 21.04

System76 has been selling Linux laptops and computers since 2005. A few years ago the company introduced its own Linux distribution called Pop!_OS, and now when customers buy a System76 computer they can choose between Pop!_OS and Ubuntu Linux. There hasn’t always been a huge difference though, since Pop!_OS is based on Ubuntu. But now […]

Lilbits: What the FLoC?

Google plans to end support for third-party tracking cookies in the Chrome browser, which is ostensibly a response to users’ growing demands for privacy. But Google is first and foremost a company that makes its money by advertising… and these days that’s primarily targeted advertising. So the company plans to keep doing that. Instead of cookies […]

Roku’s new hardware includes the $40 Roku Express 4K+ with HDR10+ support

Roku is rolling out a major software update to bring network, speed, and input enhancements to supported hardware. The company is also launching new hardware that can take full advantage of the features in Roku OS 10. The new Roku Express 4K+ is an inexpensive media streamer that supports 4K HDR and HDR10+ content. it’s up for […]

Low-cost single-board computers with RISC-V chips are coming soon

The first single-board computers powered by an Allwinner Xuantie-C906 processor could be set to ship soon. The chip isn’t exactly a speed demon, but it is expected to be one of the most affordable processors based on RISC-V open chip architecture. Earlier this year Pine64 announced it was developing a single-board computer (SBC) featuring the […]