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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 […]

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Lilbits: Pixel 6a confirmed (sort of), USB-C charging comes to power tools, and Face ID works with face masks now

Google’s next smartphone is expected to be a cheaper version of the Pixel 6, featuring the same Google Tensor processor, but an older, less powerful camera system. Google hasn’t officially confirmed that the Pixel 6a is real yet… but it’s come pretty close with a mention of the unannounced phone spotted in a coloring book […]

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Apple stops offering iOS 14 security updates, users have to upgrade to iOS 15 future updates

When Apple released iOS 15 last fall, iPhone users got a bunch of new and improved features including support for portrait mode and spatial audio in Facetime calls, Focus modes for reduced distractions, and the ability to detect and interact with text in photos thanks to Live Text. But last year Apple also offered folks […]

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Fortnite returns to iOS… via GeForce Now game streaming closed beta

Epic Games launched a mobile version of Fortnite for the iPhone in 2018. But it’s been unavailable since 2020 when Apple removed the game from the App Store after Epic deliberately violated App Store rules for in-app payments and kicked off a long-running legal battle. But now Fortnite is coming back to iOS devices. Sort […]