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Google brings more features to Pixel Phones (including VPN and AI-enhanced calls for the Pixel 7)

Google is rolling out updates for Pixel phones that bring both the latest security patches, but also a bunch of new features… although some of the most useful new features are limited to the latest Pixel phones. For example, the latest Google Pixel Feature Drop allows Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro owners to use […]

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Lilbits: Hackers make a foldable iPhone, Intel launches Sapphire Rapids Xeon chips and Ponte Vecchio Data Center graphics

Samsung currently dominates the foldable smartphone space. But a number of other companies including Motorola, Huawei, and Xiaomi also sell foldables. And Apple? Rumor has it the company is working on foldable iPhones, but it’s unclear if or when they’ll be available for purchase. Some hardware hackers in China decided not to wait… and made […]

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Lilbits: Linux laptops and handhelds, iOS 16 beta, and Microsoft Store policy change blocks sales of some open source apps

The thing about free and open source apps is that anyone can take the source code and make their own version of an app with few (or no) changes. Many open source licenses even allow you to redistribute your version of an app. So it’s unsurprising that app stores are sometimes litters with unofficial versions […]

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Lilbits: Framework’s future, iMessage reactions in Google Messages, and more

Framework’s modular laptop is already one of the most repairable, customizable notebooks on the market thanks to a design that not only lets you swap out the memory, storage, and battery, but even the ports. But the makers of the laptop say they’re already working on plans for new modules for the laptop… and entirely […]

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Lilbits: Clubhouse gets a little less clubby (and open to everyone)

When Clubhouse made its debut as an audio-only social app for joining or listening into group conversations, it was an invite-only, iOS-only app released at a time when millions of people were stuck at home and perhaps craving social contact. It was a hit even before the app expanded to Android. And then signups started […]

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Lilbits: Chip shortage, PlayStation Portable emulator, and Google Photos

There’s a semiconductor shortage that’s affecting the supply of chips for a wide range of products including laptop and desktop computers, game consoles, and automobiles, just to name a few product categories. Like so many things that have happened in the past year, you can largely blame this on COVID-19, which has led to changes […]

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Lilbits: More Samsung leaks, BootHole GRUB2 bootloader vulnerability, and more

A new security vulnerability could leave many Linux and Windows computers using the GRUB2 bootloader open to attack. After acquiring the maker of the Focals smart glasses recently, Google is bricking users’s hardware and offering refunds with just a few days notice. And with Samsung’s August 5th event just a week away, details about the […]