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Lilbits: Roku kills private channels (goodbye porn and piracy), Google makes 2-factor authentication mandatory for more users

Roku is changing the way it allows developers to beta test channels… and that change will effectively close a loophole that has allowed companies and individual users to provide unofficial “private” channels over the years. One of the most obvious casualties will be porn sites, but there are thousands of different private channels that will […]

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Lilbits: Facebook abandons facial recognition, Linux 5.15 released, Netflix games, Microsoft Edge for Linux, and more

Facebook is giving up on using face recognition in its app a decade after introducing the feature, and in the coming weeks Facebook’s parent company Meta says it will delete facial recognition templates for a billion different people. In other recent tech news from around the web, we have a deep-dive into performance of the […]

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Lilbits: New Surface hardware, and more on what Windows 11 will and won’t run on

Microsoft is has announced it’ll hold an event on September 22 to show off “what’s next” from the company, and it’s widely expected to be a hardware event. Maybe that means the Surface Duo 2 will become official. Maybe it’s time for the company to update its Surface Book 2-in-1 laptop. An updated Surface tablet […]

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Daily Deals (10-07-2019)

Google is set to unveil the (much-leaked) Pixel 4 line of smartphones next week. But odds are that they’re going to sell for at least $750 and up. You know what’s a lot cheaper than that? Last year’s Pixel 3 — because right now you can pick one up for as little as $400 (when […]

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Daily Deals (4-22-2019)

Google’s cheaper Pixel 3a is probably going to launch in a matter of weeks, but while it’s expected to have the same camera as the Pixel 3, it’s also expected to have a slower processor and a boring design. So if you really want Pixel 3 features for less money… your best bet may just […]

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Daily Deals (12-17-2018)

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have been running so many sales on their first-party hardware over the past month or two that you’d be forgiven for thinking that the sale prices are the new normal prices. But they’re not. And with Christmas just about a week away, you can probably expect price hikes on Surface, Fire, […]

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Google Camera app brings Night Sight to Pixel phones (unofficially… for now)

Excellent cameras have always been a key selling point of Google’s Pixel smartphones, but some of the best photographic technologies in Google’s phones are software-based. So when the company showed off some impressive new camera features for the Pixel 3 earlier this month, Google also promised some of those features would also be coming to […]

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$79 Google Pixel Stand turns Pixel 3 into a smart display (while charging it)

Google’s new Pixel Stand is a wireless charging accessory for the company’s new Pixel 3 series smartphones. But charging your phone is only the tip of the iceberg. When a Pixel 3 is charging in its stand, you can also use the phone like a smart display. The user interface will change so it’s easier […]

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Lilbits 337: Samsung’s first phone with 3 rear cameras

Rumor has it that Samsung will slap three cameras on the back of the Galaxy S10 smartphone due to hit the streets in 2019. But it looks like that won’t be the company’s first phone with a triple camera system on the back. Roland Quandt spotted some pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) […]