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Lilbits: Google kills its MP3 store, Apple launches a smaller smart speaker

Last month Google introduced its $100 Nest Audio smart speaker and Amazon introduced a whole bunch of new Echo smart speakers. Today it was Apple’s turn. Two and a half years after the company released the original HomePod speaker with Siri support, the company has unveiled the HomePod mini which is smaller, cheaper, and serves […]

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Lilbits: KDE Plasma 5.20, Royole FlexPai 2, and Sony Xperia 5 II

Sony’s latest smartphone packs a 120 Hz OLED display, three rear cameras with Zeiss optics, and support for slow-motion HDR video capture, among other camera tricks. The Sony Xperia 5 II also packs a $950 price tag, because flagships are expensive these days. At least it has a headphone jack. If you’re looking for something […]

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The new KDE Slimbook is a Linux laptop with Ryzen 7 4800H

The newest member of the KDE Slimbook family is one of the most powerful thin and light Linux laptops to date. The new KDE Slimbook features a 45-watt AMD Ryzen 7 4800H octa-core processsor with Radeon Vega graphics and a starting price of 899 Euros ($1040) for a model with a 14 inch display or 929 […]

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KDE’s Plasma Bigscreen is an open source user environment design for TVs

KDE Plasma is a free and open source desktop environment originally designed for GNU/Linux PCs, and eventually adapted to phones. Now the folks at KDE have announced a new version customized for TVs and other big-screen displays. It’s called… Plasma Bigscreen. In a nutshell, Plasma Bigscreen brings the sort of features you’d expect from a […]

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Necuno Mobile: an open source smartphone with KDE Plasma Mobile

Most modern smartphones come with one of two operating systems: Android or iOS. But open source enthusiasts who are unhappy with those choices have been dreaming of a truly open, GNU/Linux-based phone. Purism is building one, but it’s not ready to ship yet. Pine64 may have one on the way soon as well. And now […]

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KDE Slimbook II is a thinner, lighter, faster Linux laptop

A year after partnering with Spanish PC maker Slimbook to release a Linux-powered laptop that would ship with the KDE desktop environment out of the box, the KDE team and Slimbook are back with a new model. The KDE Slimbook II has a faster processor, speedier RAM, and a thinner and lighter design. It’s available […]

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KDE Slimbook is a Linux-powered laptop for $780 and up

The developers of the KDE desktop environment for Linux-based computers have partnered with Spanish PC maker Slimbook to release a laptop that comes with KDE software pre-installed. The KDE Slimbook is 13 inch notebook that’s available with up to a Core i7 Skylake processor and which comes wit the KDE Neon operating system. Slimbook is […]

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Plasma Mobile: Linux-based smartphone operating system

There’s a new player in the smartphone operating system space: the folks behind the KDE desktop environment for Linux-based desktop computers have just unveiled Plasma Mobile. Plasma Mobile is basically a mobile version of the desktop Plasma user interface. It’s free and open source software, and while there aren’t any phones that ship with Plasma Phone […]

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Lilbits (7-29-2014): Why the Vivaldi open source tablet failed

Once upon a time a group of developers working on the open source KDE Plasma Active desktop environment for mobile devices figured it’d be cool if there was a tablet designed specifically to run the software. So they tried to find a device maker to offer truly open hardware with no proprietary components. It would […]

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Lilbits (7-16-2014): Amazon Prime video for Android imminent?

Want to watch Amazon Instant Video on your smartphone or tablet? Then you’d better have a Kindle Fire, a Fire Phone, or an iOS device: there’s no Amazon Instant Video or Prime Video app available for Android or other platforms… yet. But PC Advisor reports that at least in the UK, an Android app is […]

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KDE team pulls the plug on the Vivaldi tablet, Improv board projects

Two attempts to bring the ethos of free software to hardware have met an end. The group of folks behind the KDE desktop environment have been trying for a few years to deliver a tablet with wouldn’t rely on proprietary software. More recently they unveiled the Improv Board, a small, cheap computer module designed to ship […]