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Lilbits: Trade-in site Gazelle is doing trade-ins again, Facebook Portal TV does Zoom, and more

Gazelle made a name for itself as a go-to site for buying and selling used smartphones and other gadgets. About two months ago the company removed the selling part. Now it’s back. Maybe ending the thing you’re best known for isn’t always the best business move? Meanwhile Lenovo’s next ThinkBook 14 is on sale… in […]

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You can install Android 12 on a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL (but you probably don’t want to… yet)

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL was released in 2015 as one of Microsoft’s last smartphones to ship with Windows 10 Mobile software. These days Microsoft is focusing its mobile efforts on Android (by releasing apps for Android phones as well as its own Android-powered phone). Meanwhile, hackers have been focusing on how to load other […]

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Lilbits: Chip shortage, Pebble smartwatch afterlife, and mining Bitcoin with a Game Boy

The global chip shortage is leading to product delays and price increases for a wide range of products including automobiles, game consoles, and single board computers. And it could continue through much of 2021, and possibly into next year or beyond. There are a number of factors contributing to the shortage – rising demand for […]

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Lilbits: Facebook’s wristband, next-gen iPads, and Live Caption comes to Chrome

Facebook is working on a new wrist-worn device that uses sensors to detect the electrical motor nerve signals running from your brain to your fingers, allowing it to notice when you move your finger as little as one millimeter. And that could open the door for new ways to interact with virtual reality or augmented […]

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Lilbits: Android 12 Developer Preview 2 brings new goodies

Just under a month after releasing the first Android 12 Developer Preview, Google is back for round two. According to Google’s release announcement, new features include the ability to resize and manage picture-in-picture windows and new tools for developers to ensure their apps play on phones with displays featuring rounded corners. But Android bloggers have […]

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Lilbits: Privacy wars, app stores, and advances in color E Ink

Much of the web, including this website, is primarily funded via advertising. And in recent years advertisers have chosen largely to focus on targeted advertising, which tracks user behavior as folks move from website to website to choose ads that are most likely to appeal to specific individuals. Plenty of folks don’t like being tracked to […]

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Lilbits: More Android 12 details emerge, that 7-screen laptop is even pricier than you thought, and Samsung’s next watch could run Android

Google released the first Android 12 Developer Preview this week but, as usual, the company only really focused on the new features and behavior changes that would affect developers. But the folks at xda-developers, Android Police, 9to5Google, Droid Life, Ars Technica, and other blogs have been poking and prodding Android 12 Developer Preview 1 to […]

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What’s new in Android 12? (Privacy, performance, and user interface changes)

Google has released the first developer preview of Android 12 and it’s available for Google Pixel 3 and later devices. This is the first public preview of the next version of Android, with several more previews and betas planned in the coming months before Android 12 is officially released in the fall of 2021. But […]

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Lilbits: Qualcomm doesn’t want NVIDIA buying ARM, and Xiaomi’s next flagship could have 120X zoom and a second screen in the camera bump

After launching in China late last year, the Xiaomi Mi 11 launched globally this week. But while the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 108MP camera, and 120 Hz display might seem like premium features, a new Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has leaked, and it’s got some even more premium characteristics. among other things, there’s a camera […]

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Lilbits: New displays (90 Hz OLED for laptops, 10.3 inch color E Ink for eReaders and tablets)

After years of 60 Hz displays being the norm, many smartphones are now shipping with LCD or AMOLED displays that have a refresh rate of 90 Hz or higher. But laptops? Up until now you’ve been able to get an OLED screen or a 90 Hz or higher display, but not both at the same time. […]