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Lilbits (9-25-2013): Google Voice shows (small) signs of life

Google Voice has been on a lot of people’s short-lists for a Google spring cleaning for the past few years. It’s a pretty awesome service which can transcribe your voicemail, assigns you a single phone number that you can give people to ring some or all of your phones, screen and automatically block calls from […]

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Lilbits (7-26-2013): Too many Surface RT tablets

Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet launched last year as one of the first devices to ship with Windows RT. It was an impressive achievement, with Microsoft essentially retooling its entire Windows operating system to run on devices with ARM-based chips. But while the Surface RT has long battery life, instant on capabilities, and an intriguing optional […]

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Kindle Fire software updates: Prime video downloads, instant “Mayday” support

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablets all have one thing in common: They ship with the latest version of Amazon’s Android-based operating system. It’s called Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito,” and it’s a heavily customized version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. That means that pretty much any app that can run on Android 4.2 can also run […]

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Lilbits (9-10-2013): Turning a Kobo Reader into a DIY Linux tablet

Tired of waiting for a sunlight viewable tablet with a Pixel Qi display? You can sort of build your own tablet for outdoor use by taking an eReader with an E Ink touchscreen and loading a full-fledged GNU/Linux operating system on it. That’s what MobileRead forum member MarkGibek did when he installed Debian on the […]

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Dell’s Project Ophelia mini PC now shipping to beta testers

Google isn’t the only company shipping a tiny ARM-based device that you can plug into a TV or monitor this week. PC World reports that Dell’s Project Ophelia is now shipping to beta testers. Project Ophelia is a small device that looks like a chunky USB flash drive, but instead of a USB connector, it […]

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Lilbits (8-05-2013): Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch on the way?

Smartwatches have been all over Kickstarter for the last year or two, with watch makers and startups alike raising millions of dollars from folks interested in wearable computers. This might be the year where the startups have to begin competing with big name companies. Rumor has it that Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are all […]

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Lilbits (7-24-2013): Google day edition

In case you missed it, today was a big day for Google news. The company unveiled its new Nexus 7 tablet, which we kind of already knew everything about anyway. But Google also introduced a $35 device called Chromecast which you can plug into a TV and use to stream videos, music, and web content […]

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Asus Chromebox review (Chrome desktop with Celeron CPU)

Over the past few years, almost every major PC maker has released a low-cost laptop or two running Google’s Chrome operating system. But Asus is taking a slightly different approach: its first Chrome OS is a desktop. The Asus Chromebox is a tiny PC with an Intel Celeron processor, a nice range of ports, and […]

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