Lilbits 5-29-2020: Amazon Echo Look stops looking this summer, editing audio in the cloud, and more

Another day, another “smart” gadget that’s about to become dumb. This time it’s Amazon’s Echo Look, an Alexa-enabled device that the company positioned as a “style assistant” when it first launched three years ago. This summer, it’ll stop giving fashion advice as Amazon kills off its Echo Look app and service, leaving customers with a […]

Oh no no, Panono (crowdfunded throwable camera starts charging for every photo)

After raising over a million dollars during a crowdfunding campaign, the makers of the Panono throwable camera began shipping their oddball device in 2014. Now, five years later, the company has started charging users about 88 cents for every photo. Unsurprisingly, the move is catching customers off-guard… although I can’t help but wonder if it […]

Jibo’s robot-shaped smart speaker becomes even more useless as servers are shut off

Smart speakers powered by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are so common today that it’s easy to forget that the original Amazon Echo was introduced less than five years ago. At the time voice assistants were, at best, things we used on our phones. But Amazon wasn’t the first company to announce plans for a […]

Logitech still plans to brick Harmony Link devices in March, but owners can now upgrade for free

There’s good news and bad news for folks using Logitech’s Harmony Link universal remote control devices. The bad news is that even after receiving a lot of bad press for a decision to shut down a cloud service that lets the device, Logitech plans to go ahead and do that… which means anyone still holding […]

Logitech’s Harmony Link universal remote to stop working in March, 2018

Logitech began selling the Harmony Link hub in 2011… and now the company has announced that if you have one it’ll stop working on March 16, 2018. The Harmony Link is a device that lets you use an iPhone, iPad, or Android device as a universal remote. It can control TVs, cable boxes, DVD players […]

LibreOffice Online will bring open source office suite to the cloud

LibreOffice is a free, open-source, cross-platform suite of office apps including software for creating spreadsheets, documents, and presentations. There are versions of LibreOffice available for Linux, Windows, OS X, and there’s even an early build for Android. Now the folks behind LibreOffice have announced plans to bring the office suite to a new platform: the web. Collabora and IceWarp […]

arkOS aims to let anyone host their own cloud with a $35 Raspberry Pi

Cloud services such as Gmail, SkyDrive, or Google Calendar can be handy. They let you access your data from nearly any device connected to the internet, whether you’re using your work PC, personal laptop, smartphone, or tablet. But relying on someone else’s cloud has its risks. A team called the CitizenWeb Project is developing an […]

Younity personal cloud solution lets you access all your files on all your devices… as long as they’re online

Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync, Box, and dozens of other cloud storage services let you upload your files to the internet and access them from any of your computers, phones, tablets, or other devices. But while most of these services give you a few gigabytes of space for free, you’ll probably have to pay if you […]

Asus working on a “ubiquitous” cloud solution

Asus plans to unveil a new cloud computing “total solution”  at the Computex trade show in Taiwan in June. The company has been offering online storage and web-based game and entertainment services to computer and tablet customers for a while, but at a recent event Asus Chairman Jonney Shih said the company is working on something […]