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Lilbits: The iPhone 12 is coming (in four versions)

Apple is holding its iPhone 12 launch event on October 13.  But the company isn’t just launching one iPhone 12. According to recent leaks, there will be four different models with starting prices ranging from $699 to $1099. The company may also introduce a $99 HomePod Mini, which would be more of a direct competitor with […]

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13 companies form coalition to protest Apple, Google app store policies

Epic has been engaged in a high-profile battle with Apple and Google over their app store policies. But the game maker isn’t the only company dissatisfied with Apple and Google taking a 30-percent cut of sales, insisting that all revenue generated from apps in their stores is subject to this “app tax,” and holding other […]

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Lilbits: IFTTT goes Pro, and Eero goes WiFi 6, and Bluetooth goes… vulnerable

For the past 10 years, IFTTT (If This, Then That) has been offering a free service that lets you connect cloud services using recipes. For example, I used it to dump my daily Fitbit stats into a Google Spreadsheet for a few years. But now IFTTT is going Pro, which means that after October 7th, […]

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New App Store guidelines could bring game streaming to iPhones (maybe)

Over the past year Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Facebook all launched game streaming services that promise to let you play console-quality games on internet-connected devices such as phones, tablets, low-power computers, or smart TVs. And so far Apple has refused to let you use any of those services on an iPhone or iPad. Now Apple […]

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Lilbits: A handheld Nintendo Wii, a $200 OnePlus smartphone, and TuneIn drops out (one of its Pro features)

Some folks like to play classic console games by using emulators on smartphones, tablets, or handheld game systems with modern hardware. And then there’s the community of Nintendo Wii hackers who literally cut Nintendo’s 2006 game console down to size and stuff the components inside of custom cases. We’ve seen projects that put a Wii […]

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Lilbits: Nintendo Switch 4K coming next year, Samsung Galaxy Z 2 Fold next month

Last year Nintendo released a smaller, cheaper, and slightly less capable version of its popular Switch game console. Now rumor has it that the company will make a move in the other direction next year, by launching a pricier, more powerful version of the Nintendo Switch that adds support for 4K displays. We probably won’t […]

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How to install Fortnite on Android (now that it’s gone from the Play Store)

The developer of the wildly popular battle royale game Fortnite launched their own battle against Apple and Google this week. In a well-orchestrated series of moves, Epic intentionally broke the rules of the App Store and Google Play, which resulted in Fortnite being kicked out of both stores… and in response Epic file lawsuits against […]

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Lilbits: Apple “Prime,” Intel Alder Lake-S, and an Epic game of chicken

When Epic first brought its incredibly popular video game Fortnite to smartphones two years ago, the company sidestepped the App Store and Google Play by offering its own Android app launcher. Eventually Epic made its game available in the official Android and iOS app stores, but company officials were never happy about having to split […]

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AltStore is an alternate App Store for iOS… no jailbreak required

Apple’s iPhones and iPads popularized the idea of app stores, which make it easy to find and install apps and manage updates all from one place. But while competitors like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have all launched their own app stores, they also make it fairly easy for users to install apps from other sources. […]

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BlueStacks Inside could bring more Android games to PCs

The folks at BlueStacks have been offering tools that let you run Android apps and games on Windows and Mac computers for years… but in order to do that you’ve needed to install the company’s Android emulator on your computer. Now BlueStacks is taking aim at Android game developers with a new tool called BlueStacks […]

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Lilbits 342: Facebook’s next device might be for your TV

Facebook’s probably on your phone. You might use it on your computer from time to time. And the company recently introduced a smart speaker/display/video calling gadget called Facebook Portal that puts Facebook in your living room, kitchen, or anywhere else in your house. So what’s next? According to a report from Cheddar, Facebook wants to […]

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BlackBerry World app store won’t offer paid apps after April 1, 2018

BlackBerry doesn’t make phones that run BlackBerry OS anymore, and the company has announced that it’ll stop supporting the operating system and its associated app store at the end of 2019. But it looks like BlackBerry is going to cripple the BlackBerry experience a little sooner than that. BlackBerry is notifying app developers that it […]

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Universal apps that can run on iPhone, iPad, or Mac coming in 2018?

Apple’s iPhone line of products changed the way we think about smartphones… and the company’s App Store also change the way we find and download apps to run on those devices. So it’s not surprising that Apple eventually tried to replicate that success by launching a Mac App Store. But it’s never really taken off. […]