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Lilbits: Why the Steam Deck OS is based on Arch Linux, Google’s Tensor chip has a Samsung Exynos CPU (probably), and running Windows 11 on Macs with M1 chips

A new version of virtualization software Parallels is here, and it promises to let you run Windows 11 on a Mac, whether you’ve got a model with an Intel chip or Apple Silicon. Clues about the technology used in Google’s first smartphone processor are emerging, and at least one key component might not be Google-designed […]

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Lilbits: Black Friday, hacking Amazon’s tablets, and distro hopping on a Linux smartphone

If you haven’t checked out Liliputing’s Black Friday 2020 Mobile Tech Deals page in a while, now’s a pretty good time to do that. We’ve added deals on w whole bunch of laptops, tablets, smartphones, storage products as well as streaming services and downloadable apps, games, and digital media. After offering its Fire HD 10 […]

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Google Hangouts 4.0 launches for Android: New look, more speed

Google’s messaging app for Android has received a major upgrade. Hangouts 4.0 has a new user interface based on Material Design, improvements to the contact list and compose message experience, and other improvements. Google says Hangouts 4.0 is also faster and uses less power than its predecessor, which helps give you better battery life. Hangouts […]

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Lilbits (4-22-2014): Use Amazon’s smartphone by tilting?

You’d think the key difference between Amazon’s upcoming (and as-yet, officially unannounced) smartphone and other Android devices would be tight integration with Amazon’s app, music, book, and video stores. And you’d probably be right for thinking that — but with hundreds of other options available for smartphone shoppers, it looks like Amazon may be trying […]

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Google launches Chromebox for meetings: A $999 video conferencing system

Google is launching a new video conferencing solution based on Chrome OS, Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps. It’s called Chromebox for meetings, and it’s a $999 package that companies can purchase to outfit a meeting room with video conferencing hardware or software at a fraction of the cost of some competing packages. The kit currently […]

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Google updates mobile Keyboard, Hangouts, Voice, and Drive apps

Google is rolling out a whole slew of updates to its mobile apps and services. A week after launching Android 4.4 KitKat, the company is updating a number of its Android and iOS apps including Voice, Hangouts, and Drive. Here are some of today’s highlights. Google Hangouts with integrated SMS Android phones typically come with […]

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Lilbits (10-08-2013): Text messaging coming to Google Hangouts?

Once upon a time, people couldn’t get the internet on their cellphones and text messages were the only way to communicate if you didn’t want to, you know, pick up your phone and make a voice call. These days there are dozens of instant messaging apps that serve the same purpose for many people… but […]

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Google introduces Hangouts messaging service for Android, iOS, Chrome, and Gmail

Google is rolling out a new messaging app called Hangouts which combines some of the features of Google Talk and Google+ Hangouts. It’s a single service that lets you chat with friends in one-on-one conversations, participate in group chats, or make video calls. Hangouts is a cross-platform service. It’s available for Android, iOS, and the […]