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Computex 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

The world’s largest computer show won’t take place at all this year. In March, the organizers of the annual Computex trade show announced that this year’s event would be postponed from June until September in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now TAITRA has announced that the show won’t go on at all in 2020. Computex […]

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Google and Apple launch COVID-19 Exposure Notification API for public health apps

A month after announcing a partnership to develop smartphone-based contact-tracing technology, Google and Apple have announced that their new Exposure Notifications APIs are available for developers of public health apps. In other words, you may soon be able to download an app that will alert you if you’ve come in contact with someone who came […]

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Lilbits 394: Tiny gaming laptops, crowd-developed tablets, and a cartridge-based handheld game console

More details are emerging about the two most powerful mini gaming laptops to date. A spec sheet suggests that One Netbook’s 7 inch One GX gaming laptop will feature a 1920 x 1200 pixel display and LPDDR4X-4266 memory. But there’s no word on the release date yet. Meanwhile, the crowdfunding campaign for the GPD Win […]

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iOS 13.5 will make it easier to unlock an iPhone while wearing a mask

Apple introduced Face ID with the iPhone X in 2017, allowing users to unlock the company’s flagship phones by looking at them… which is fine under normal circumstances, I guess. But all the fancy 3D face scanning tech in the world isn’t much use when your face is partially obscured by a mask. So Apple […]

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Lilbits 393: The priciest webcam

Webcams are in short supply these days thanks the coronavirus pandemic. But you may already have a perfectly good camera that you can use for your next Zoom meeting or Facebook Messenger call. There are apps that will let you use an iPhone or Android device as a webcam for your computer. And some DSLR […]

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Google Meet video conferencing goes free for everyone (Calls with up to 100 people for 60 minutes)

Video conferencing is having a moment… or a few months at least. With millions of people around the world stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom has seen an explosion of new users who are holding work meetings, birthday parties, and everything else on the internet. Rivals have been rolling out new features as […]

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Nintendo Switch sales have doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you’ve been looking to pick up a Nintendo Switch game console recently, you might have noticed they’re hard to come by — many stores are having trouble keeping them in stock, and Nintendo is said to be ramping up its manufacturing to keep up with demand. As it turns out, it’s not just the […]

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Lilbits 387: Updates on the PinePhone, Ghost Canyon NUC, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Pine64 has been making Raspberry Pi-like single-board computers for a while, but over the past few years the company has become one of the most interesting players in the cheap Linux computer space. The company’s PinePhone is a $150 smartphone designed to run GNU/Linux software. The PineBook Pro is a $200 Linux laptop with specs […]

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Microsoft extends Windows 10 version 1809 support through November 2020

Microsoft releases major Windows 10 updates about twice a year, and then offers support for at least 18 months for folks that might want to skip an upgrade or two. Normally that would mean that support for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update would be set to end in May, 2020. But Microsoft has announced […]