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Lilbits: Nova Launcher 7, Windows 11 on Raspberry Pi, and Locast loses lawsuit, stops streaming TV channels

For the past few years an organization called Locast has been allowing folks in select US markets to stream broadcast TV over the internet for a “donation” of $5 or more per month. The company was betting that it could avoid licensing deals with TV networks and sidestep US copyright law by claiming it was […]

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Lilbits: Rocket Lake-S, Piunara Raspberry Pi CM4 carrier board, and Linux for old NVIDIA Tegra devices

You can buy a desktop (or even a laptop) computer with an Intel Rocket Lake-S processor starting today. But should you? The first round of reviews are in, and it seems like Intel managed to pull off some performance gains in single-core performance despite sticking with 14nm. But depending on what you’re asking your computer […]

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Lilbits: Apple is worth $2 trillion, hard drive failure rates, and the US vs. Huawei

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Apple is basically a money-making machine these days thanks to a combination of sales of popular hardware and control of an ecosystem that allows the company to take a cut of sales of apps, games, music, videos, eBooks, and other content. But Apple became a […]

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Google Photos gets faster backup option, Duo messenger adds voice calls

Google introduced new features for some of its smartphone apps at an event in Brazil today. The first is support for making audio-only calls with the Duo Messenger. Up until now you could only use Duo as a simple video messaging app, although I suppose you could block videos by placing your finger over the […]

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Google Maps: use “OK Google” voice commands just when you’re driving

The Google app for Android lets you use your voice to search the web, set reminders, open apps, and do a lot of other things. You can use it by tapping the microphone icon on your phone, but if you enable “OK Google” hotword detection, you can also interact with your phone without ever touching […]

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Google Maps gets easier to use with spotty internet connections

Google is rolling out a few new features for Google Maps that makes it easier to use your phone to get from place to place, even if you have spotty (or non-existent) internet access. There’s a new WiFi-only mode for Android that lets you navigate when your phone is offline. There’s now support for storing […]

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Google Maps navigation now works without an internet connection

Remember when you used to have to pay for a GPS navigation device if you wanted turn-by-turn directions when you drive? Most smartphones now come with maps software and navigation features that work for free… assuming you’ve got an internet connection. But what happens when you drive into a cellular dead zone? Now there’s a […]

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Google Maps now runs on Android Wear smartwatches

Google’s smartwatch operating system has offered directions and turn-by-turn navigation since the first Android Wear watches launched in 2014. But what if you want to actually view a full map on your wristwatch? Now you can. Google is rolling out Maps 9.9 for Android phones and tablets. If you’ve got an Android Wear device all you need to […]

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Google Play Services 4.4 brings Street View to apps, knows when you’re walking or running

Google is rolling out an updated version of the framework for its core Android apps and services. You might not notice many changes right away, but the new rollout of Google Play Services 4.4 means apps from Google and third parties will get a few nifty new features, including the ability to tell whether you’re walking […]

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Lilbits (11-26-2013): Cheaters never win (unless they’re not caught)

Want to know which phone, tablet, or PC has the fastest processor? You might turn to benchmarking tests like Antutu or 3DMark. These tests don’t always paint a solid picture of real-world performance, but they can at least help you figure out which device performs certain CPU or GPU-intensive tasks the quickest. Or at least […]