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Lilbits: Qualcomm’s current and next-gen laptop chips, Google Voice loses a key feature

Windows laptops with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors have been around for a few years… but they’ve offered generally underwhelming performance, especially now that Apple has shown that laptops with ARM-based processors can be much faster than equivalent models with x86 chips. But Qualcomm isn’t done making laptop processors. Details about an upcoming chip are starting to […]

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Lilbits 6-23-2020: The ARMs race is on

This week Apple confirmed that it’s preparing to transition from Intel to ARM chips for upcoming Mac computers, and the upcoming macOS Big Sur will be the company’s first desktop operating system designed for Apple Silicon chips based on ARM architecture. Befitting a move so big, it’ll also be the first version of the Mac […]

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Google Voice gets its first major update in 5 years

Google Voice is a free service that allows you to sign up for a single phone number that you can use to manage all of your phone lines. Give people that one number and Google will ring all you phones, let you receive automatic transcripts of voicemail messages and filter or record calls. The service […]

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Apple wants Siri to transcribe voicemails like Google Voice already has for years

Apple may be working on a visual voicemail service that will automatically create transcripts of your voice messages. How is this different from Google Voice, which has been available for Android users for years? According to a report from Business Insider, Apple’s service will put Siri in charge of the transcription. Apple employees are reportedly already testing this […]

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Lilbits (10-07-2014): No wearables from HTC this year

Almost every major consumer electronics company has a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or other wearable device to sell you. But one company isn’t quite ready to jump into wearables just yet. HTC is holding an event to launch new products this week, but the company’s expected to focus on smartphones and cameras, not smartwatches or smart […]

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Lilbits (6-13-2014): You can’t always get what you want (on Amazon Prime Music)

Amazon Prime Music launched this week, giving subscribers access to a million songs as part of their regular Amazon Prime membership. While the catalog isn’t as big as that of rivals Spotify or Rdio, it probably doesn’t have to be: Prime Music is more of a perk for existing subscribers than a full-fledged, standalone music service. […]

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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 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 (9-25-2013): Google Voice shows (small) signs of life

Google Voice has been on a lot of people’s short-lists for a Google spring cleaning for the past few years. It’s a pretty awesome service which can transcribe your voicemail, assigns you a single phone number that you can give people to ring some or all of your phones, screen and automatically block calls from […]