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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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Lilbits: Fitbit recalls its first smartwatch, Amazon closes its physical bookstores, and new Apple hardware is on the way

Apple has scheduled an event for March 8, where the company is likely to unveil new hardware that could include an updated iPhone SE and iPad Air and one or more new Mac computers sporting Apple Silicon chips. In other hardware news, Nothing plans to launch something soon: the company’s first smartphone. Google’s Pixel 6a […]

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Lilbits: Nintendo Switch finally supports Bluetooth audio, Google Pixel 6 and Tensor chip details leak, and more

Google’s Pixel 6 smartphone is set to ship soon, as is the company’s Android 12 software. And while Google has already given us a pretty good idea of what the phone will look like, the company hasn’t said too much about special features… like the new Google Tensor processor that makes will make this the […]

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Lilbits: Playdate dissected, PC shipments continue to rise, and Chromebooks lose support for MS Office Android apps

Chromebooks are basically just laptops that ship with Google’s Chrome OS rather than another operating system. But since Chrome OS was designed to put the web browser front and center, some folks have insisted that it’s not a real operating system – after all, it loses much of its functionality if you lose your internet connection. […]

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Lilbits: Windows 11 on handhelds, Fitbit’s ring, and OS X 10.7 and 10.8 are now free to download

When software updates roll out for Windows, Android, iOS, or macOS these days, you’re probably used to getting it for free. But once upon a time companies used to charge for those sorts of updates. In fact, Apple didn’t start offering free updates to Mac users until OS X 10.9 Mavericks was released in 2013. […]

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Lilbits: Remembering the Eee PC, meeting the Fitbit Luxe, and saying goodbye to FTP in Firefox

The year was 2007. Asus had already released the first Eee PC mini-laptop with a 7 inch display and a custom Linux distribution in Taiwan, and now it was available for purchase in the United States. Living in New York City at the time, I was able to run down to the (now defunct) J&R […]

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Lilbits: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Fitbit Luxe, and Android’s trash bin leaked

Apparently it’s Samsung leaks week. Earlier this week we got a sneak peek at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Pro, and Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops thanks to Evan Blass. We also got a better look at the previously-leaked Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite. Now Blass has released high-resolution pictures of the upcoming Galaxy […]

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Lilbits: Open source graphics, Samsung takes on Tile, and Google gets Fit(bit)

More than a year after announcing plans to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion, Google has announced that the deal has closed. The announcement may be a little premature, but Google says that despite the company’s reputation for shutting down the companies it acquires and for monetizing everything with ads, there are no plans to sell […]

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Fitbit launches two new smartwatches with Google Assistant (but without Wear OS)

It’s been nearly a year since Google announced it was acquiring Fitbit, but today the company is introducing a new set of wearables… and none of them run Google’s Wear OS smartwatch operating system. But that doesn’t mean Google hasn’t influenced the new devices. The new Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 smartwatches both run a version of […]

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Fitbit Charge 4 coming April 13th for $150 (First Fitbit device since Google acquired the company)

The new Fitbit Charge 4 is an activity tracker that also supports mobile payments, smartphone notifications, Spotify controls, and GPS — making it the first Fibit device that can use satellite navigation to provide real-time distance and pace details even if you leave your phone behind when you’re out for a run or bike ride. […]