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Lilbits: Using a Fisher Price baby toy as a real game controller and VESA’s new variable refresh rate display standards

Computer display standards organization VESA has announced a new open standard and logo certification program for PC monitors and laptop displays with variable refresh rates. Yet another new mini PC with a Rockchip RK3566 processor and Ubuntu software is available, this time with prices starting at just $89. And a new version of the Sxmo […]

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Lilbits: Google Play Store Data safety labels, Steam Deck software update, and turning an old phone into a gaming phone

Valve has released a software update for the Steam Deck that brings bug fixes, localized keyboard layouts, and a lock screen. The Google Play Store has started rolling out the Data Safety labels for Android apps and games that Google had unveiled last year. If you’ve ever wanted a mobile phone with a rotary dial, […]

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Volla Phone 22 runs Ubuntu Touch or a privacy-focused Android fork… or both (crowdfunding)

The Volla Phone 22 is a smartphone with a 6.3 inch FHD+ display, a MediaTek Helio G85 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Unlike many modern phones, it also a user-replaceable battery, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader. But what really makes it stand out is the software. The phone, […]

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Lilbits: Another AMD handheld gaming PC, Volla Phone 22 (with Android or Ubuntu), and Asus Tinker Edge R single-board computer

The ONEXPLAYER Mini is a handheld gaming PC with a 7 inch display, built-in game controllers, and a choice of processors – a model with an 11th-gen Intel processor launched in January, and a new model with a 12th-gen Intel chip is coming soon. Last month One Netbook introduced a version with an AMD Ryzen […]

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Maui Shell Alpha released (convergent desktop environment for Linux phones and PCs)

The developers of the Linux-based NitruxOS (NXOS) have been working on a slick new convergent desktop environment called Maui Shell designed to look good and function well on just about any device no matter the screen size, which makes it an interesting option for phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers – or devices that are […]

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Lilbits: F(x)tec Pro1-X keyboard phone, Motorola hits #3 in US smartphone sales, Steam Deck answers, and more

The F(x)tec Pro1-X is a smartphone with a 6 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. But it has a few features that make it very unusual for a smartphone in 2022: the phone has a slide-out keyboard, supports both Android and Ubuntu Touch […]

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Lilbits: MangoPi’s SD-card sized Linux PC, supersizing the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and Intel’s most powerful desktop chip

Chinese company MangoPi made a bit of splash earlier this year by introducing a pair of tiny computer boards powered by RISC-V processors. Now the company is showing off a new computer-on-a-module that’s smaller than an SD card, but which packs four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores, supports Linux-based software, and can handle 1080p video playback […]

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Lilbits: What Europe’s antitrust crackdown on big tech could mean for users around the globe

The European Union is poised to adopt new antitrust rules for the biggest tech companies that could have widespread consequences for online advertising, app stores, and interoperability of messaging apps. Imagine being able to install a third-party app store on an iPhone, for example, or use Signal to send messages to your contacts who only […]

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Capyloon’s web-based OS is now available for mainline Linux phones (PinePhone Pro and Librem 5)

Capyloon is an operating system designed around web apps and technologies that picks up where Firefox OS when Mozilla abandoned its now-abandoned web-based operating system. Capyloon uses Mozilla’s open source Boot to Gecko operating system as its base, but features a new user interface and suite of apps designed with privacy and distributed technologies in mind. […]

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Lilbits: Google IO 2022 announced, Android 13 DP2 released, and Mac Studio reviews are in

The Mac Studio is a compact desktop computer that looks a bit like a few Mac Minis stacked atop one another. But with a choice of Apple’s M1 Max or M1 Ultra processors, it has a lot more horsepower than any Mac Mini (or most other laptop or desktop computers, for that matter). The Mac […]