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FairBuds XL are high-end wireless headphones with a modular, repairable design

Fairphone has been on a mission to make smartphones more sustainable via long-term support, modular, repairable, and upgradeable hardware, and the use of ethically-sourced materials when possible. Now the company has brought that same ethos to the wireless audio space. As expected, the company has launched a new pair of Fairbuds XL headphones. These wireless, […]

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Fairphone to expand its audio ambitions with Fairbuds XL over-ear headphones

Dutch social enterprise Fairphone is best known for making repairable phones that receive long-term support and which are made at least partially from ethically-sourced materials. But a few years ago the company also branched out into accessories with the introduction of the a set of true wireless earbuds that sell for €100 (about $109). Now […]

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Fairphone brings Android 13 to the Fairphone 3 series four years after launch

A growing number of phone makers are promising to offer long-term support for their devices, with three to five years of OS and/or security updates. But a small Dutch company has been going above and beyond for a while. The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone launched in 2015 and received its final (official) update just […]

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Fairphone 2 receives its final operating system update, 7 years after launch

A growing number of smartphone makers are promising to deliver major operating system updates and security updates for at least three to five years. But a small Dutch company called Fairphone has earned a reputation for pushing past that boundary. Today the company released its final OS update for the Fairphone 2… a smartphone that […]

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Lilbits: SH1MMER lets you jailbreak enterprise-managed Chromebooks

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 […]

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Fairphone 2 will get its final update in March (ending 7 years of official support)

The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone that launched in 2015 and originally shipped with Android 5.1 software. But it was conceived as a modular, repairable phone that was built to last. And the folks at Fairphone planned to offer software updates for at least 3 to 5 years. They did much better than that, delivering […]

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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) […]

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Lilbits: Your next Android phone could have ads on the lock screen, MacBook Air with M2 is almost here, and the GPU shortage is over (for now)

For the past few years it’s been hard to get your hands on a current-gen desktop graphics card without paying well above the asking price due to a combination of factors including supply chain shortages and growing demand from cryptocurrency miners. But prices have fallen recently and it’s easier to find cards in stock… just […]

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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 […]