Lilbits (3-21-2014): Is your email safe from snooping?

Microsoft’s “Scroogled” ad campaign pokes fun at Google for the company’s habit of automatically scanning your email messages in order to choose contextually relevant advertisements. But this week Microsoft is drawing some heat for snooping through a Microsoft Hotmail users’s inbox as part of a criminal investigation involving an employee who leaked software and trade […]

Lilbits (12-02-2013): Android 4.4 for the HTC HD2 (phone that won’t die)

The year was 2009. Microsoft was getting ready to launch a dramatically new version of its smartphone operating system which would require phones with some pretty powerful hardware. The HTC HD2 fit the bill, but it actually shipped with Windows Mobile 6.5. Many folks figured it would just be a matter of time before it […]

Lilbits (7-22-2013): CyanogenMod Nemesis, NVIDIA Shield, KDE Vivaldi etc

Don’t like the version of Android that came with your phone or tablet? Don’t worry, there’s a good chance you can unlock the bootloader and replace it with custom firmware — and CyanogenMod makes some of the most popular, most stable custom ROMs around. So when the team posts a cryptic video about an upcoming […]

Lilbits (5-17-2013): Linux Mint 15, Ubuntu on Glass, end of the Kindle Keyboard?

Linux Mint is an easy-to-use operating system that’s based on Ubuntu Linux. It comes pre-loaded with support for Flash, Java, and a range of media codecs that you’d have to install yourself with Ubuntu. While Linux Mint supports a range of desktop environments, the default user interface also looks a lot more like the classic […]

Microsoft’s Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet can run Linux

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a tablet designed to showcase the Windows 8 operating system. But that doesn’t mean Windows 8 is the only software the tablet can run.’s Russell Holly  picked up one of Microsoft’s new tablets recently, and he’s been hard at work convincing the Surface Pro to run various Linux-based operating systems. […]

mintBox mini-PC with Linux Mint now available for $476 and up

The mintBox is a small desktop computer with a fanless design that ships with the Linux Mint operating system preloaded. As expected, it’s basically just a rebranded version of the Compulab fit-PC3, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Like the fit-PC3, the mintBox features a tiny and fanless case design, but packs a number […]