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Lilbits: Amazon to drop Android (for Fire TVs), Fossil to drop smartwatches, Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 released, Lichee Console 4A reviewed

Seven years after Ubuntu developer Canonical stopped supporting a mobile version of the GNU/Linux distribution designed for smartphones, the folks at UBPorts continue to keep Ubuntu Touch alive and ticking. This week the team rolled out Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 with support for over two dozen smartphones and tablets. In other recent tech news, it looks […]

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Amazon turns Fire TV Cube into thin clients for business customers

Amazon has launched a new thin client solution for users of the company’s cloud-based virtual desktop solution called Amazon WorkSpaces. And when I say “new,” I mean Amazon basically repurposed its existing Fire TV Cube as a thin client. It’s now available as an Amazon WorkSpaces Thin Client for $195 and up. The hardware is […]

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How to install Google Play on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon’s Fire tablets are known for offering decent bang for their buck. They might not be the most powerful tablets around, but they’re fairly inexpensive while offering decent displays, long battery life, and acceptable performance (especially if you opt for the Fire HD 10 or Fire Max 11, which have better processors than the smaller […]

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Amazon’s Vega OS is already running on some Echo Show devices (goodbye Android?)

Amazon has been using a fork of Android called Fire OS to power its Fire tablets, Fire TV devices, and smart screens for years. But we recently learned that the company is developing its own operating system, code-named Vega, which could eventually replace Android on some or all of those devices. Well, surprise! It turns […]

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Amazon’s Fire OS for Smart TVs and tablets may drop Android for a new Linux-based OS

Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablet devices ship with an operating system called Fire OS. And for more than a decade, that operating system has been a fork of Android. But according to a report from Janko Roettgers, Amazon is looking to change that by developing its own operating system in-house. The new operating system […]

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Amazon’s Kindle web browser is actually usable now

Amazon’s Kindle devices are meant first and foremost for reading eBooks. But there’s also a web browser. Up until a few years ago, that browser was officially considered “experimental,” and up until the past month or so, it was unofficially considered awful. But Amazon has quietly begun rolling out an updated version of its web […]

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Amazon Fire HD 10 (2023) is now available for $140 and up

Amazon’s newest Fire HD 10 tablet is thinner and lighter than the previous-gen model it replaces. But thanks to an updated processor, Amazon says the Fire HD 10 (2023) is 25% faster than the 2021 model, while offering slightly longer battery life. It also supports an optional Amazon Stylus Pen (sold separately). First announced in September, […]

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Lilbits: Fitbit 6, an “iPhone for AI,” Steam on Chromebooks, and Intel Meteor Lake is mobile-only

Intel plans to launch its 14th-gen processors based on “Meteor Lake” architecture in December, and they’re expected to be the first chips manufactured using the company’s new Intel 4 process, the first Intel consumer chips with an NPU (neural processing unit) for hardware-accelerated AI, and the first to be sold under the new Intel Core […]

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Lilbits: Eero Max 7 is a mesh WiFi 7 router with 10 GbE Ethernet (for a steep price)

Today was a busy day for Amazon product announcements. In addition to a new Fire HD 10 tablet and new Fire TV Stick 4K and 4K Max devices, the company announced an updated smart display, a new smart home hub, a bunch of new AI-enabled features coming to Alexa and Fire TV, and the most […]