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iOS 17.4 will support 3rd-party app stores and browser engines, app sideloading and game streaming… in the EU only

Apple is cracking open the walled garden that is its iPhone ecosystem… but only in Europe. Up until recently, the only official way to install apps on an iPhone was through the App Store (or with a developer account). But now, in order to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple is […]

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Lilbits: Telly’s free TV runs Android, MacOS Sonoma and iOS 17 announced, Pixel 8 processor details leaked

Apple kicked off its 2023 World Wide Developer Conference with a few major announcements: its long-awaited Vision Pro augmented reality glasses are coming next year for $3,499. The new MacBook Air 15 is a slim, lightweight laptop with a bigger screen. And there’s finally a Mac Pro with Apple Silicon: it’s a $6,999+ workstation with […]

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Lilbits: Windows 11 Moment 3 Update is here, Windows Terminal 1.18 brings tab tearing, Google Play Games for PC expands to more markets

Microsoft is holding its annual Microsoft Build developer conference this week. Among other things, the company announced new AI features coming to Windows 11 and the Edge web browser, and some major new features which are starting to roll out to Windows 10 and 11 including support for Bluetooth Low Energy, an option to show […]

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Apple can now quickly push security updates to iPhones, iPads and Macs without a major OS update

Up until recently, when Apple wanted to roll out security updates for iPhones, iPads, and Macs, the company had to push a major operating system patch to users. But last year the company introduced a new Rapid Security Response system with the introduction of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Venture. Now Apple has rolled […]

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Lilbits: Ventana announces the most powerful RISC-V chip to date, and Google postpones Manifest V2 phase-out

A California-based company called Ventana has introduced what they’re describing as the highest-performance processor based on RISC-V architecture to date. The company says it’s a “data center class” processor with single-core performance that’s competitive with high-end ARM and x86 chips. In other recent tech news from around the web, Apple has released iOS 16.2, Mozilla […]

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Apple could allow third-party app stores on iPhones and iPads to comply with EU regulations

Want to install an app or game on an iPhone or iPad? The only official ways to do that are to get them from the App Store or set up a developer account. And that’s been the case since the App store first launched in 2008. But according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark […]

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iPads and Apple TV now work with Nintendo’s retro game controllers

Apple rolled out updates for its iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV operating systems this week. And along with all the expected changes, Apple snuck in one update that we hadn’t been expecting: support for using Nintendo’s retro game controllers. Now you can use a wireless replica of a classic NES, SNES, or N64 game […]

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Lilbits: Google scraps its next Pixelbook, Apple releases iOS 16, Meta Quest Pro found in a hotel room

Most of the Chromebooks released over the past decade have been made by companies not named Google. But from time to time Google has decided to put out a laptop or tablet meant to showcase its vision for best-in-class hardware designed to match the company’s browser-centric operating system. It’s been a while since Google put […]

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Apple’s new Lockdown Mode brings enhanced security to iPhone, iPad and Mac users facing targeted attacks

Apple has introduced a new security feature that most people are probably never going to use… but which could come in handy if you’re a journalist, activist, or government worker at high risk of a sophisticated, targeted attack. Lockdown Mode, which will roll out this fall to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, essentially […]

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Lilbits: Linux on iPhones and iPads, Brave Search emerges from beta, and a DIY retro audio player made with modern tech

The developers who disclosed a new way to boot Linux on jailbroken Apple devices this month initially explained that their method worked on devices with Apple A7, A8, and A8X chips. But they later added support for A9 and A10 series chips… and now you can boot Linux on an iPhone or iPad with an […]

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Now you can boot Linux on Apple devices with A7 through A11 series chips

Apple makes it famously difficult to run anything other than iOS on iPhones and iPads. But from time to time hackers have found ways to install different operating systems. The latest example? Now you can boot Linux on iPhones, iPads, and other devices released from 2013 through 2017 thanks to a new project from Kondrad […]

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Lilbits: Magisk v25.0, Thunderbird 102 beta, Apple M2, and iOS 16

There’s a major new release of Magisk, a tool for customizing and controlling rooted Android devices. After previewing a bunch of new features coming to the open source Thunderbird email client last month, the developers have released a public beta. Apple is following Google’s lead and cleaning up reactions in chats between iMessage and SMS […]

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Apple’s new software drops support for some older (and not that old) hardware

Apple plans to launch new versions of its smartphone, tablet, and desktop operating systems this fall, with beta releases of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura scheduled to drop in July. But the company is also dropping support for some older devices. Still using an iPhone 7 or an older model? No iOS […]

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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 […]