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Pine64 news roundup: PinePhone Keyboard goes on sale in September, Ubuntu Touch 20.04 is coming, visual voicemail arrives, PineNote E Ink tablet revealed

The PinePhone Keyboard is an accessory that essentially turns Pine64’s inexpensive Linux smartphone into a tiny Linux laptop. It’s been under development since last year, and you’ll be able to order one soon – Pine64 has announced that the hardware and firmware has been finalized, and the PinePhone Keyboard will go on sale in late […]

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Lilbits: Ubuntu on Windows, rising smartphone shipments, and first-time Mac and iPad buyers

When Apple introduced the M1 processor late last year, the company made bold claims about its performance and efficiency. And when reviews of the new Macs powered by the chip started to come in, it turned out that those claims were largely true – Apple’s new processors are among the fastest desktop and laptop chips […]

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Bowers & Wilkins PI7 true wireless earbuds can work with non-Bluetooth devices (but they still cost too much)

Bowers & Wilkins makes premium audio hardware including speakers and headphones. The company’s latest product are a line of high-end true wireless earbuds with support for active noise cancellation. Priced at $250, the Bowers & Wilkins PI5 earbuds are about the same price as a pair of Apple AirPods Pro, which is to say expensive, […]

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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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Crowdfunded portable cassette player is the first with Bluetooth 5.0 (if that’s something you want)

Tape cassettes have been making a surprising (if small) comeback in recent years, with a growing number of musicians releasing albums in the format. Sure, they don’t have the same level of sound quality as CD, vinyl, or even Hi-Fi digital streaming. They’re not as convenient as digital, since you have to manually fast forward […]

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Zanco S-Pen Is A Bluetooth Multi-tool For Mobile Office Warriors

Smartphones help us perform thousands of different tasks and keep us connected 24-7. Sometimes that’s more of a headache than a convenience. A new device offers a possible solution: leave your giant smartphone behind and tuck a giant pen-like thing in your pocket instead. A company called Zanco has launched a Kickstarter project for a […]

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Google expands Fast Pair to streamline setup of Bluetooth audio devices

A year after rolling out technology designed to make it easier (and faster) to pair Bluetooth accessories with Android devices, Google is expanding its Fast Pair ecosystem in a few key ways. First, Google says more Bluetooth headphones and speakers will support Fast Pair soon. Second, the company is bringing Fast Pair to Chromebooks. And third, […]

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Windows 10 build 17639 RS5 brings Sets updates, Bluetooth battery percentage

One of my favorite things Google added to recent versions of Android is the ability to see the battery level of connected Bluetooth devices from the Quick Settings drop-down. While I’m a big fan of using Bluetooth headphones on in order to avoid getting tangled up in wires, it can be kind of a pain […]

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Qualcomm promises new and improved Bluetooth audio features

Qualcomm is making a whole bunch of announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress, including launch details (and carrier partners) for the first Windows on ARM PCs, the introduction of a new Snapdragon 845-powered VR headset platform, a new AI platform, and a new 802.11ax-ready solution for phones, tablets, and laptops. But Qualcomm also has a few Bluetooth […]

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Windows Defender becomes Windows Security (and other changes in Windows 10 build 17093)

Another week, another new preview build of Windows 10 for members of the Windows Insider Preview program. But this week’s update is kind of a big one, and it provides a peek at some changes that’ll make their way to all Windows 10 users later this year. Among other things, Windows 10 Insider Preview Build […]