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Lilbits: Signal drops SMS, Microsoft launches Surface Studio 2+, more Apple services coming to Windows, and Intel layoffs ahead?

Thanks to falling demand for PCs and increased competition from rival chip makers, it looks like Intel may be planning to layoff thousands of employees soon.  In addition to the introducing the new Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 today, Microsoft has unveiled a Surface Studio 2+ for creative professionals… but it’s a kind of […]

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Chromecast with Google TV (HD) has an unlockable bootloader (Update: maybe not)

Google’s new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) looks virtually identical to the 4K model the company launched a few years ago. But it’s a more affordable device with a $30 price tag, a less powerful processor, and less RAM. It does have a few advantages over the $50 Chromecast with Google TV (4K) though. We […]

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Lilbits: Google is taking Android tablets seriously (again), Elementary OS troubles, and more about Apple’s M1 Ultra

It’s been more than a decade since Google released Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first version of the company’s mobile operating system specifically designed for tablets. The next release, Android 4.0, basically merged the smartphone and tablet operating systems into one… and Google hasn’t really paid much attention to tablets or tablet apps since then, leaving […]

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Lilbits: Unlocking the Galaxy Z Fold 3 doesn’t kill the cameras anymore (plus Firefox, Intel, and Plasma Mobile news)

Shortly after the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 launched this summer, hackers figured out how to unlock the foldable phone’s bootloader and root the device. But there was a catch: if you unlocked the bootloader, the phone’s cameras would stop working. So users had to choose between unlocked and rooted or… you know, fully functional […]

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LG’s bootloader unlocking tools will no longer be available after December 31

LG shut down its smartphone division earlier this year, but promised to continue providing Android updates for its latest flagship phones through 2022. Want to keep using up to date software on an LG phone after that? Your best bet may be unlocking the bootloader and installing a custom ROM. But you’d better hurry up, […]

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Unlock the Chromecast with Google TV bootloader to run LineageOS or Ubuntu (older models only)

The $50 Chromecast with Google TV is a dongle that hangs from the HDMI port of a TV, allowing you to stream video, listen to music, or play games using Google’s software. Want to use it for something more? A team of developers have just released a method for unlocking the bootloader. That makes it […]

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Video: Megi’s multi-boot image for the PinePhone (with 17 Linux distros)

The PinePhone is designed to make distro hopping easy. Whether you order a model that comes with Ubuntu Touch, postmarketOS, Manjaro, or KDE Neon pre-installed, the phone is designed to boot first from any properly prepared microSD card. That means you can install an alternate OS on a card, insert it, and turn on the […]

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p-boot is a tiny, crazy fast PinePhone bootloader with multi-boot support

There’s a new bootloader available for the PinePhone, and it’s small, speedy, and has a graphical user interface that allows you to choose between different operating systems when you start up the phone. The new p-boot utility takes up less than 32KB of space and boots in less than 60 milliseconds. Once loaded, it takes […]

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The Surface Duo’s unlockable bootloader could make it a hacker-friendly phone

The Microsoft Surface Duo is now available for pre-order for $1400 and up, and while that’s a steep price to pay for a phone with mediocre specs, there are number of things that make the Surface Duo an interesting phone. It’s Microsoft’s first phone since the company gave up on Windows Mobile. The Android-powered phone […]

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You can unlock the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K bootloader (but it’s not easy)

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a $50 media streamer that comes with an Alexa-enabled voice remote, support for 4K HDR playback, and the ability to stream videos and music from most popular sources (including the recently re-added YouTube). But that’s not good enough for some folks — so xda-developers member k4y0z has posted […]