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Lilbits: Amlogic’s new chip could power next-gen TV boxes, and MS Paint is getting… good?

Microsoft is adding a bunch of new features to Paint, a graphics editing app that had been pretty barebones up until recently. The company is also rolling out experimental new updates to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. And the first performance notes about a new Amlogic processor that could power next-gen Google and Android TV […]

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Librem 5 Linux phone gets a $300 price cut, now costs $999 for a phone with 2017 specs

The Purism Librem 5 is an unusual smartphone, because it’s made from a company that sells Linux hardware with an emphasis on privacy and security. It ships with a GNU/Linux distribution called PureOS, has hardware kill switches to disable the mic, cameras, and wireless hardware when you’re not using it. And it’s expensive: when the […]

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Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone now takes just 2 weeks to ship (but costs $1,299)

The Purism Librem 5 is a smartphone that ships with PureOS, the same free and open source GNU/Linux distribution that ships on Purism’s laptop and desktop computers. The company first began taking pre-orders for the phone through a crowdfunding campaign that launched in 2017, began shipping hardware more than two years later, and then spent […]

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Lilbits: Purism’s refund policy (or lack thereof), Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE, and better QR code scanning

The Purism Librem 5 Linux smartphone has had a long and storied journey. Purism was one of the first companies to announce plans to release a smartphone capable of running software based on a mainline Linux kernel… but it took years for the company to actually begin shipping phones to customers who had placed pre-orders, […]

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Purism found a way to make its Linux phone even more expensive: meet the $2,199 Liberty Phone

When Purism first announced plans to build a smartphone that would run mainline Linux, the company set a launch price of $599 for the Librem 5 phone. But it took another two years for the phone to begin shipping in small batches. By then, it had received a $100 price hike. In the years since […]

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Purism’s Lapdock Kit turns a Linux phone into a Linux notebook computer

Modern smartphones are basically pocket-sized computers. The key things that set them apart from laptop or desktop computers tend to be their size, shape, and software. But the distinction gets blurry when you’ve got a smartphone that runs the same operating as laptop and desktop computers. And that’s exactly the case for Purism’s Librem 5, a […]

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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi Zero-like mini PCs compared, RP2040 microcontroller overclocked, and reducing the wait time for Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphones

The Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi Zero 2 are incredibly small, cheap, and versatile single-board computers… but in a time of global supply chain shortages, they’re also kind of hard to get your hands on these days. But there are also a growing number of other tiny PCs competing in this space. And Bret Weber […]

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Lilbits: Unbox Therapy’s hands-on with pre-release Pixel 7, Netflix could do cloud gaming, and RS Components no longer makes or sells Raspberry Pi hardware

Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones are expected to hit the streets this fall, and the company already gave us an idea of what they’d look like in May. But pre-release versions of the phone have been showing up in the wild for months, and now popular tech YouTuber Unbox Therapy has posted… an […]

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Lilbits: GitLab could delete inactive projects (Update: or not), Google’s messed up messaging strategy, and Purism’s priciest Librem 5 Linux smartphone now ships more quickly

GitLab is a software development, hosting and deployment company that’s proven popular with open source software developers and which currently hosts many popular projects. But according to a report from The Register, some of those projects could disappear soon. Update: GitLab has announced that rather than deleting older, inactive projects from users on the company’s […]

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Lilbits: Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 leaked, Microsoft’s new adaptive accessories, Android 12 Beta, and more

During the first day of the 2022 Google I/O developer conference we learned that the Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds Pro are all coming this year, with a Pixel Tablet expected to launch in 2023. That’s a lot of news for one day. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In […]

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Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone costs $1299 after the latest price hike

The Purism Librem 5 is a smartphone designed to run mainline GNU/Linux software with an emphasis on privacy and security. When the phone was first announced it was one of the most powerful devices of its type. But it was also one of the most expensive… and it’s only gotten more expensive since then. When […]