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Before the Surface Laptop Studio: A brief history of notebooks easel-like hinges and pull-forward displays

Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop Studio is an unusual-looking convertible notebook. Sure, you can use it as a laptop or tablet, but its display doesn’t rotate 360 degrees until it’s behind the keyboard. Instead you pull the screen forward. Pull part way and you’ve got an easel that you can use to create digital artwork. Keep pulling […]

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Lilbits (9-03-2013): Who will license Windows Phone now?

Microsoft hopes to complete a deal to acquire Nokia’s smartphone (and maybe tablet) division by early 2014. While the software maker says it plans to continue licensing Windows Phone software to other companies even after it starts making its own phones, it’s not entirely up to Microsoft. It might be tough to convince companies to […]

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Lilbits (5-30-2013): Next-gen MeMO Pad 7, Ubuntu Bug #1 is closed

Earlier this year Asus released a $149 tablet called the MeMO Pad 7. It’s sort of what you’d get if you took the Google Nexus 7 and cut some corners by throwing in a lousy display and a slower processor. But with the annual Computex trade show in Taiwan just a few days away, word […]