Chromebooks have grown in popularity over the past decade in part because they’re easy to use and tend to offer decent performance even if you opt for a cheap model with low-power hardware. But a big part of the reason there are so many Chromebooks these days is that they’ve made inroads with education and […]
Lilbits: Handbrake adds AV1 support, Fairphone 4 can now run Android 13 (unofficially)
The Fairphone 4 is a smartphone with mid-range specs that began shipping in 2021, but which should be supported at least until the end of 2025 thanks to Fairphone’s commitment not only to continue releasing software updates, but also spare parts. And while Fairphone has a pretty good track record of providing its own software […]
Mobile Linux distro postmarketOS 22.12 brings Fairphone 4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 support
PostmarketOS is a Linux-based operating system designed for smartphones and tablets. Originally envisioned as a solution to breathe new life into old Android phones, these days it’s also a popular solution for new devices that never shipped with Android in the first place, like the PinePhone, PineTab, and Librem 5. This week the postmarketOS team […]
Lilbits: Run Palm Pilot apps in your browser with the Internet Archive’s emulator
The Internet Archive manages to keep internet history alive by offering backups of millions of web pages and other content, including many pages that are no longer available in their original forms. But the Internet Archive is also an online library that offers access to plenty of other content, including music, videos, and (somewhat controversially) […]
Ubuntu Touch now available for the Fairphone 4
The Fairphone 4 is an Android phone with mid-range specs that stands out for a few reasons. It comes from a company that attempts to source materials from ethically responsible sources, and which also focuses on longevity by offering spare parts, repair guides, and long-term software updates. But if Android isn’t your thing, now there’s […]
Fairphone Easy is a different kind of smartphone subscription (pay to keep your phone longer rather than for upgrades)
Subscriptions are nothing new in the smartphone space. Wireless carriers and phone makers have long offered customers a chance to pay for phones in a series of monthly installments rather than putting down a bunch of cash up front. And many plans also include cheap or free upgrades to newer phones every few years. Fairphone’s […]
Lilbits: Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit brings a major speed boost, Toshiba’s impending split up, and a possible GrapheneOS smartphone
Most recent Raspberry Pi single-board computers have 64-bit processors, but up until recently the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s custom Linux distribution designed for the small, inexpensive PCs was only available in a 32-bit version. But last week saw the official release of Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit, which is compatible with the Raspberry PI 3 and newer […]
Fairphone 4 is a repairable, modular phone that’s made to last at least 5 years
At first glance, you could easily mistake the Fairphone 4 for any modern mid-range Android smartphone. It has a 6.3 inch LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and a microSD card reader, but no headphone jack.
But unlike most phones, the Fairphone 4 is designed to last a long time.
It has a modular, repairable design that means not only can you remove and replace its battery, but also the speaker and camera modules, among other things.
Lilbits: Amazon’s new fitness tracker, Wendy’s new… phone?
Amazon introduced a new 15 inch smart display that can hang on your wall today, along with a new robot that’s basically a smart display on wheels, and a weird new thing that kids can use to make video calls while playing games at the same time, or something. But that’s not all. The company […]
Lilbits: A DIY Spotify Box, Microsoft’s Surface Adaptive Kit for accessibility, Fairphone 4, and more
This week Microsoft introduced new Surface tablets, a new Surface Duo 2 phone, and a new Surface Laptop Studio that are all scheduled to hit the streets soon. But the company also unveiled a new Surface Adaptive Kit that’s designed to make those devices, and many others, easier to use for people with disabilities. The […]