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Lilbits: Samsung could merge its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphone families, Framework Laptop’s firmware goes open source, and more

Rumors that Samsung would phase out its Galaxy Note line of smartphones have been making the rounds for years. But with recent Samsung phones adding S-Pen support, they’ve been picking up steam. Now Samsung is adding fuel to the fire by hinting that the new Galaxy S22 smartphone expected to launch in February will be […]

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Kobo Sage is an 8 inch E Ink slate with pen support for $260, Kobo Libra 2 is a 7 inch eReader for $180

The Kobo Sage is a $260 model with an 8 inch display and support for an optional pen that you can use to write notes, highlight text, or draw pictures. And the Kobo Libra 2 is a $180 eReader with a 7 inch display, a waterproof design, and 32GB of storage. Both are up for pre-order now and ship October 19.

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Kobowriter turns a Kobo ereader into an E Ink typewriter (open source software)

Kobo sells a line of devices with E Ink displays that are designed for reading eBooks. But since Kobo eReaders have a USB port and Linux-based software, of course people have found ways to hack the devices for use in other ways. One recent example? Kobowriter is a free and open source tool that lets […]

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Kobo Clara HD becomes an E Ink Linux tablet with the help of postmarketOS

The Kobo Clara HD is an eReader with a 6 inch E Ink display and Kobo’s software designed for reading eBooks. But thanks to a new work-in-progress port of postmarketOS for the device, you can now use the Kobo Clara HD as a Linux tablet with an E Ink display. That could make this device, which […]

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Kobo Elipsa 10.3 inch eReader with pen support coming in June for $400 (pre-orders open now)

The Kobo Elipsa is an eReader that doubles as an E Ink writing tablet thanks to its 10.3 inch touchscreen display and support for a pressure-sensitive pen. First spotted in a promo video that leaked earlier this week, the Kobo Elipsa is now official. It’s up for pre-order from Kobo for $400 and ships June […]

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Lilbits: Using desktop apps on Linux phones, a new Asus Android tablet, and Microsoft Edge cross-platform tools

Microsoft is giving you another reason to use its Edge web browser on both Windows and Android by making it easier to send browser tabs from one to the other (something Chrome and other browsers have had for a while). Asus is launching a new Android tablet in China (there’s no word on if or […]

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Lilbits: Seven screen laptop, yet another smartphone laptop dock, and Android 12 details leaked (maybe)

More than a year ago I wrote about an extraordinarily odd laptop with seven displays called the Aurora 7. Designed by a UK company called Expanscape, at the time it was described as an engineering prototype, although the company said it was willing to sell models to contract buyers before the design was even finalized. […]

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$100 Kobo Nia has better specs than the $90 Amazon Kindle (and no ads)

The new Kobo Nia is an eReader that gives Amazon’s entry-level Kindle a run for its money. Priced at $100, the Kobo Nia costs $10 more than a Kindle. But it also has twice as much storage, a higher-resolution display, and Kobo also doesn’t put ads on the lock screen, which certainly helps level the playing field. You’d […]