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Lilbits: Comparing single-board computers, Thunderbird for Android, and Nothing’s next phone could come to the US

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Raspberry Pi computer hitting the streets. And while the folks at Raspberry Pi certainly weren’t the first to release a compact, low-power, single-board computer, they were among the first to offer such a device at a low cost, while encouraging adoption by educators, students, and hardware […]

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Gmail will force you to use the crowded new user interface soon

Earlier this year Google introduced a new user interface for Gmail on the web. It’s not really something anybody outside of Google asked for, as the biggest change is a new sidebar that shows icons for things like Google Chat, Spaces, and Meet. In recent months, Google has been suggesting users switch… but offering an […]

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Open source android email client K-9 Mail to become Thunderbird on Android

A month after announcing plans to launch a mobile version of the the open source Thunderbird email client, the folks at Thunderbird have explained how they plan to do that. Rather than designing a mobile email client from the ground up, the organization has acquired the existing open source Android email app K-9 Mail and […]

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Lilbits: Google buys Raxium, Thunderbird is going mobile, and Zoom puts time limits on free 1:1 calls

Zoom became a household name shortly after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as folks flocked to the easy-to-use software for hosting group video calls. The company’s freemium model doesn’t hurt: calls up to 40 minutes are free, while you have to pay for a subscription for longer group video calls. Up until this […]

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Lilbits: Google Pixel 7, Amazon ruins Comixology, and the second coming of Google Inbox

Google’s next phone will most likely be the Pixel 6a, a cheaper version of the company’s current flagships. But Google is unsurprisingly already working on the Pixel 7… and now the first details are starting to leak. So far all we know is that it’s likely to feature a 2nd-gen Google Tensor processor and a […]

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FeedBurner goes into “maintenance mode” in July (Update your email or RSS subscriptions)

Google announced in April that it would turn off some key features for FeedBurner in July. And now that the dates is approaching, the company says the once-ubiquitous tool used by web publishers to dress up their RSS feeds is going into “maintenance mode.” For users, the biggest change is that if you subscribed to […]

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Thunderbird 78 open source email client released (Dark Mode & integrated Calendar and Tasks)

The latest stable version of the free and open source Thunderbird email client is now available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Thunderbird 78 is an extended-support release (ESR) that includes a number of changes from last year’s Thunderbird 68 ESR. Calendar and Tasks functionality has been built into Thunderbird, so you don’t need […]

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Newton Mail is back from the dead (again) and this time it’s going open source

Newton Mail has had a rough couple of years. The cross-platform email app offered a bunch of nifty features and earned itself a bit of a fan base — but the company must have had a tough time making money because it announced plans to double its price in 2018… then announced it was shutting […]

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Mozilla moves Thunderbird email client to a new subsidiary called MZLA

The Mozilla Foundation’s most popular and well-known product is the free and open source Firefox web browser. But the organization has been developing the Thunderbird email client for nearly as long. Mozilla released the first build of Firefox in September, 2002 and the first version of Thunderbird in July, 2003. But in the years since […]

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Gmail turns 15, finally lets you schedule emails for future delivery

Today Google is an enormous company that makes the world’s most widely used operating system, software laptops, desktops, and tablets, speakers and displays powered by AI virtual assistants, media streamers, thermostats, security cameras,  and WiFi routers, among other things. But fifteen years ago Google was pretty much just the world’s most popular search engine (and […]

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Computer history Museum releases Eudora email client source code

Before email was something you could access on the web, on your phone, or via Outlook, there were a handful or primarily text-based email applications such as Elm and Pine. One of the first popular email utilities to feature a graphical user interface was Eudora, created for Mac computers by Steve Dorner in 1988. Qualcomm […]

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Thunderbird open source email client looks to the future

It’s been nearly 5 years since Mozilla announced that it was going to stop investing heavily in development of the open source Thunderbird email application in order to focus on the much more popular open source Firefox web browser. But over the years it’s become clear that Thunderbird isn’t exactly dead. Development of new features may […]