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Lilbits (5-10-2013): Chrome OS gets a (better) keyboard

Google has consistently denied plans to bring the Chrome OS operating system to tablets. But that hasn’t stopped the company from releasing a high-end Chromebook with a touchscreen display and developing an on-screen keyboard for Chrome OS devices with touch panels. There’s not much reason to use the keyboard on a notebook… which raises the […]

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Lilbits (5-08-2013): Ouya game console tear-down, Marvel Unlimited comes to Android

The folks at iFixit may run a community with information on fixing broken gadgets, but you can’t fix it if it ain’t broke — and they’ve made a name for themselves by breaking down the latest gear to see what makes it tick… and whether it’s possible to put it back together again. Ouya’s $99 […]

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Lilbits (5-07-2013): Do we really need tablets for senior citizens?

I get it. Some folks over a certain age have always had problems programming the VCR or figuring out how the email works. But does that mean there’s a market for simple-to-use tablets designed so even the most tech illiterate can use them? The makers of Claris Companion certainly hope so. Their tablet has a […]

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Lilbits (5-06-2013): Paranoid Android launches Halo

Drawing inspiration from Facebook’s chat heads feature, Paranoid Android developers have completely overhauled Android’s notification and multitasking system with support for always-visible notifications which let you quickly open and close an app without minimizing the app you were using. The Paranoid Android team started showing off the software a week ago, and now there are […]

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Lilbits (5-03-2013): Sony Xperia Z, XBMC 12.2, and Google Glass… oh my!

Acer sort of dominated tech news headlines today, with some crazy new laptop designs, and some not-so-crazy tablets, as well as hints of things to come. But Acer isn’t the only company making waves. Here’s a roundup of some of the day’s other news from around the web, including an update on Sony’s new ultra-thin […]

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Lilbits (5-02-2013): Is this the Motorola X Phone?

Ever since Google acquired Motorola, there have been rumors about the cool new phones we should expect. While the last few devices from Motorola have had their charms (such as extraordinary battery life or super-thin bezels), they were all in development before Google bought the company. But now the Google-owned Motorola is working next-gen hardware, […]

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Lilbits (5-01-2013): HP Slate 7 reviewed, Apple still dominates tablet shipments

HP’s TouchPad tablet didn’t sell very many units at $499, but became the must-have tablet of 2011 when the company launched a fire sale and liquidated the tablet for prices as low as $99. So it’s not a huge surprise that HP’s decided to re-enter the tablet space this year with a budget model that’s supposed […]

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Lilbits (4-30-2013): The web turns 20, Google Glass tries to make it obsolete

It’s been 20 years since the first website went online. It’s a bit underwhelming by today’s standards, with nary an animated GIF in sight. But without that first page we probably wouldn’t have Amazon, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Pandora, or any number of other companies that have come to be such a big part of our […]

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Lilbits (4-29-2013): Acer’s next Windows 8 tablet?

Intel’s next-generation Atom chips are expected to start shipping soon, and they’ll likely power the next-generation of low-cost Windows 8 tablets and convertibles. Rumor has it that one of the first could be an Acer tablet called the Acer WT5, a 10 inch tbalet with a 1080P display, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. […]

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Lilbits (4-25-2013): View Office docs in Chrome, meet Saucy Salamander

Google now lets you view Microsoft Office documents in the Chrome web browser (when install an extension), which means you can click a link from a web page and open a document without first downloading it. That’s something that’s been available to Chromebook users for a while, but it’s a new feature for the Chrome […]

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Lilbits (4-24-2013): The webOS phone that never was, FreedomPop expands its network

FreedomPop has an unusual business model. You can buy one of the company’s devices and use it to access the internet for no additional charge. FreedomPop offers up to 500MB of data on the Clearwire 4G WiMAX network for free. But WiMAX isn’t available everywhere, so now the company is branching out into 3G. The […]