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Lilbits: Psion 5MX meets a Raspberry Pi Zero, EU court overturns Qualcomm’s €1 billion antitrust fine

The Psion Series 5 line of PDAs released in the late 90s looked like tiny laptop computers, complete with QWERTY keyboards laid out in a way that even let you touch-type on a device small enough to fold in half and put in your pocket. While they never really became as popular as the smartphones, […]

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All phones sold in the EU will need USB-C ports by late 2024

Most modern Android smartphones feature USB-C ports, but soon that might be a requirement for all phones sold in Europe… including iPhones. The European Union has announced a provisional agreement to create “a single charging solution for certain electronic devices” including smartphones, tablets, eReaders, digital cameras, handheld game consoles, portable speakers, and headphones, headsets, and […]

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Lilbits: What Europe’s antitrust crackdown on big tech could mean for users around the globe

The European Union is poised to adopt new antitrust rules for the biggest tech companies that could have widespread consequences for online advertising, app stores, and interoperability of messaging apps. Imagine being able to install a third-party app store on an iPhone, for example, or use Signal to send messages to your contacts who only […]

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Netflix to temporarily reduce streaming quality in Europe to cut down on network congestion (Update: YouTube, Amazon, Apple, and Disney too)

One side effect of the coronavirus pandemic is that a lot of people across the world are staying home… and getting online. In Europe, that’s led to increased network usage… and congestion. So EU officials reached out to Netflix, and asked the company to do its part to reduce network congestion in order to ensure […]

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Google could charge up to $40 to include its apps on Android phones in the EU

This week Google announced that it would comply with an EU order to unbundle some of the apps it licenses to Android phone makers while appealing the ruling. The move would allow phone makers to include the Google Play Store and Gmail without loading the Chrome web browser or Google Search apps, for example. But […]

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Android phone makers may have to start paying for the Play Store, other Google apps (in Europe)

After the European Union slapped Google with a $5 billion fine in an antitrust case this summer, Google appealed the ruling. But while waiting for the outcome of that appeal, Google has come up with a plan B: the company is changing the way it licenses its apps and services for Android phones and tablets […]

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EU may push phone makers to use standardized chargers (goodbye Apple Lightning adapters?)

European Union officials are considering adopting new standards for smartphone chargers that could cut down on electronic waste. Right now most smartphones ship with a charging cable and adapter. So when you buy a new phone and don’t need your old charger anymore, you probably throw it out. According to the European Commission that leads […]

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EU fines Google $5 billion for antitrust violations related to Android

European Union regulators say Google has abused its dominant position in the smartphone operating system space to pressure phone makers into including Google Search and the Chrome web browser on their devices, stifling competition. In response, the EU has fined Google 4.34 billion Euros (about $5.04 billion US) and ordered the company to end the […]

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European Union takes aim at geo-blocking, lets travelers stream media across country lines

The European Commission has unveiled a new agreement that will allow people from one European Union member country to access their digital media while traveling to other EU countries. In other words, if you pay for streaming music or movie services in Germany, you’ll be able to watch or listen in France. The deal applies […]