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Razer’s high-tech face mask, now called Razer Zephyr, is coming in Q4, 2021

Razer is primarily known for its gaming hardware, but from time to time the company branches out into other areas like fitness trackers, watches, or smart eyewear. Next up? A wearable air purifier. After showing off a concept for a high-tech face mask during CES in January, Razer announced in March that it would bring […]

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Lilbits: IFA trade show is cancelled, Internet Explorer is discontinued, and 1Password comes to Linux

The IFA trade show is the latest international conference to be scrapped in the wake of the global COVID-10 pandemic. Organizers of the annual event which usually takes place in Berlin in the fall have announced they’re skipping 2021 and hope to be back with their next event in September, 2022. But IFA isn’t the […]

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Lilbits: Computex and Cortana canceled (kinda), postmarketOS updated, and streaming Xbox games to smartphones

The global COVID-19 vaccination rollout is underway, but so is the spread of new, more contagious variants of disease. So it’s unclear when things will get back to “normal,” whatever that means. But one thing seems pretty clear at this point: June is probably too soon to hold an international trade show that typically brings […]

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Lilbits: New software for very old phones, more native apps for Macs with M1 chips

Google and Qualcomm may have partnered on an initiative that will make it easier for Android phone makers to release software and security updates for up to four years, but it’s still up to individual companies to decide whether to follow through. Meanwhile, independent developers continue to support many phones long after they’ve been abandoned by […]

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Linux PC company ZaReason goes out of business due to COVID-19

California-based ZaReason started selling Linux computers in 2007 and for more than a decade the company remained one of a fairly small number of businesses to exclusively sell desktop and notebook computers powered by GNU/Linux software. Now ZaReason is closing up shop for good. A message posted to the company’s website notes that ZaReason “is […]

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Reports: Tablet shipments were up in Q3, smartphone shipments were down

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the way people around the world live and work, two new reports suggest there’s been an impact on the types of mobile devices people are buying. According to IDC, global tablet shipments were up nearly 25-percent in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the same […]

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Global PC shipments are up due to COVID-19, but not everyone can get one

It’s been a rough decade for personal computer makers as sales have slumped due to a combination of factors including the rise of smartphones and other mobile devices and decisions by PC users to upgrade or replace older hardware less frequently. But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, leading millions of people around the world to […]

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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 […]