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Lilbits: Google Pixel 6a unboxed early, Windows File Explorer tabs are coming, and Google Talk is dead(er)

Google Talk died a long time ago when Google transitioned its chat app strategy to Hangouts… and then to Google Chat. But it turns out that third-party apps were still able to access the Google Talk protocol all this time. That ends this week, with Google pulling the plug on Google Talk for 3rd-party apps. […]

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Lilbits: Samsung’s next flagships could have MediaTek inside, Amazon Music Unlimited price hike, and Google Chrome gets a Privacy Guide

Microsoft is inching closer to bringing tabs to File Explorer for Windows 11. After years of shipping flagship phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos processors, Samsung may be looking to use MediaTek chips for its next-gen lineup. Google continues to try to walk the line between providing users with tools to manage their privacy… […]

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Coming to Windows 11: File Explorer tabs, Start Menu folders, and better touch support

Microsoft is finally bringing tabs to the Windows File Explorer, allowing you to open multiple views in the same window, while flipping between directories or other items through a menu at the top of the screen. It’s one of several new features coming to Windows 11 that the company highlighted during a Future of Hybrid […]

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Lilbits: Layoffs at ARM, new Ryzen desktop chips, and Shenzhen shutdown could mean more supply chain slowdowns

Two years after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, China is one of the few countries that’s still pursuing a zero-COVID strategy, enforcing strict lockdowns wherever cases are reported in an effort to prevent it from spreading. But those lockdowns can have ripple effects, and the latest could make the global supply chain issues […]

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Lilbits: Mac Mini with M2, Tabs for Windows 11 File Explorer, and Google updates a bunch of Android apps and features

When Apple introduced the new Mac Studio mini-desktop with a choice of Apple M1 Max or M1 Ultra processors, the company also teased an upcoming Mac Pro refresh. One thing the company didn’t mention? A new Mac Mini. But rumor has it that  Apple could introduce one as soon as this June. And according to the […]

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Microsoft is bringing new icons to Windows 10 File Explorer

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build brings a change that sounds boring, but actually looks rather striking. File Explorer is getting new icons. Rather than a set of yellow folders with small icons spilling out to let you know if you’re looking at downloads, documents, pictures, music, or videos, for example, Windows 10 Insider […]

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Windows Subsystem for Linux comes to File Explorer (Windows 10 Preview Build 19603)

Windows 10 includes an optional feature called Windows Subsystem for Linux that lets you use a terminal window to run Linux utilities and access a Linux file system. But up until recently WSL was trapped in the terminal (unless you took extraordinary steps to give install a complete desktop environment). But starting last year, Microsoft […]

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Solid Explorer exits beta (full-featured file explorer for Android)

Google doesn’t include a file browser with Android, because for the most parts apps manage files automatically. Snap a picture with your camera, for instance, and you should be able to access it in the gallery app, Facebook app, or other software. But if you want a bit more control over your files — and […]