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Lilbits: Microsoft breaks Windows 11 with an ad, Apple is doing something with RISC-V

Windows 11 begins rolling out to the public on October 5th, but folks in the Windows Insider program have been beta testing preview builds for months, and Microsoft is continually rolling out new features to insiders. One of the latest… basically broke the operating system. What Microsoft describes as “an issue with a server-side deployment” […]

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Lilbits: the Pixel 6 won’t ship with a charger in the box and Samsung ditches in-app ads

When the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro arrive, they’ll be the first to ship with Google’s own Tensor processor. What they won’t be shipping with is a USB charger. The recently-launched Pixel 5a, it seems, will be the last in the line to package a charger. Google mentions a couple of reasons for the […]

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Mozilla teases “Firefox Ad-free internet” for $5 per month

Online advertising is often described as the “original sin of the Internet.” We’ve become used to getting content for free, but ad tech has emerged in ways that many feel violate their privacy and sometimes even safety (advertising has been used to deliver malware). Anyone that’s ever used an ad blocker also knows that most […]

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Google to turn on Chrome’s (partial) ad blocker Thursday, Feb 15

As promised, Google has confirmed that this is the week its Chrome web browser will start blocking ads from some websites. The move may seem odd for a company that makes most of its money by selling internet ads. But it makes sense for a company that wants people to keep looking at some ads, because […]

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Google Chrome 64 brings “mute site” feature, Spectre and Meltdown patches

The latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser is here and, as expected, it includes some security and privacy enhancements including patches to help protect you from the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities and a feature that prevents scripts from unexpectedly redirecting you to a different website. Chrome 64 is also the first version of Google’s web […]

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Wileyfox drops its smartphone prices… in exchange for ads on the lock screen

Amazon may have been the first major company to offer customers a chance to save money on a smartphone by purchasing models with advertisements on the lock screen. But Amazon Prime Exclusive phones aren’t the only models available with lock screen ads anymore. British phone maker Wileyfox has announced it’s now selling versions of its […]

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Ads appear in default keyboard app for some HTC phones (Updated)

One or the nice things about Android smartphones is that if you don’t like the one-time screen keyboard, home screen launcher, or other default apps that come with your device, you can probably replace them. Usually the best be reasons to do that have to do with personal preferences. Maybe you want a different layout, […]

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Mobile tech deals for Black Friday 2016

American retailers have long made a habit of holding big “Black Friday” sales on the day after thanksgiving, although in recent years we’ve seen many of the best deals start a bit early. Black Friday 2016 falls on November 25th, and here are some of the best deals on mobile devices (and other stuff Liliputing […]

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Facebook plans to show ads even if you’re using an ad blocker

There’s a lot of free, ad-supported content on the internet. You can search the web, read the news, and watch cat videos for free. And even though Hulu is moving to a subscription-only service, you can still (legally) watch plenty of TV shows and movies without paying a penny. But according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, […]

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Opera’s ad-blocker goes live in desktop, mobile web browsers

About two months after releasing the first developer channel build of the Opera web browser to feature a built-in ad blocker, Opera is bringing its ad blocker to everyone. And by everyone, I mean everyone using the company’s desktop web browser or the Opera Mini browser for Android. Opera already supported ad blocking thanks to its […]