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Lilbits: Microsoft’s new 5G portable computing device, Honor Pad X8 tablet, and Avast buys a popular browser extension

A series of recent listings on the FCC website show that Microsoft has a new “portable computing device” on the way. Since the good stuff like pictures and user manuals are locked away behind confidentiality agreements, all we really know is that it supports WiFi 6E, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, and 5G wireless networking. Could it […]

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Lilbits: Pixel Tablet leaks, Honor Pad 8 announced, and Honor foldable phones could go global

Google announced in May that it was working on a new Pixel Tablet, set to launch in 2023. And the company hasn’t said much about it since then. But folks have been digging through Android Open Source Project code, among other things to get an idea of what to expect. We already knew that it […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft’s cheaper Surface Duo was canceled before it was ever announced

Developer Lukas Hartman is showing off a prototype of the printed circuit board for the upcoming MNT Pocket Reform mini laptop with a 7 inch display and a modular, open hardware design. And speaking of modular miniatures, the reTerminal is a Raspberry Pi-based device with a 5 inch touch display and a modular design… except […]

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Lilbits: Picture-in-Picture coming to Android TV, Steam Deck gains per-app performance profiles, and more

Android 13 is coming to phones and tablets this fall… but also to Android TV devices. Among other things, Android 13 for smart TVs will bring support for picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to keep watching video from one app or service while interacting with another or while browsing for the next thing you want to […]

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Lilbits: Pixel Watch leak, a smartphone game controller with a cooling fan, and a pocket-sized modular laptop under development, and

The folks behind the Brave web browser announced this week that they’re adding a De-AMP feature that lets you circumvent pages that use Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages. Now privacy-centric search engine and web browser maker DuckDuckGo has announced it’s doing the same for its web browsers and browser extensions. In other tech news from around […]

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Lilbits: NYT buys Wordle, AYA NEO Next crowdfunding preview, Linux Smartphone news, and Samsung Galaxy S22 series leaks

AYA’s next handheld gaming PC will go up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign soon, and it’s expected to ship to backers in March as the first handheld with a Ryzen 5825U processor (but still featuring Radeon Vega 8 graphics rather than the newer RDNA 2 graphics featured in the rival Steam Deck which will […]

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Soon you might be able to swap the CPU in the MNT Reform open, modular laptop (Raspberry Pi support in the works)

The MNT Reform is an open hardware laptop that’s designed to be hackable. Not only does it support open source software, but the laptop itself has a modular design that allows you to customize parts… and the designs are open source as well, allowing anyone to make their own modifications or design their own modules. […]

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Lilbits: Windows on Apple Silicon, Android apps on Windows

Apple Silicon is fast. Macs with Apple M1 chips outperform just about every other laptop on the market in most benchmarks, while consuming less power. Even Mac apps that were designed to run on x86 chips run faster on the new Macs than they do on equivalent models with Intel processors. Not every Mac app is […]

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Crowdfunding begins for the MNT Reform modular, open hardware laptop

The MNT Reform is a laptop designed for folks who want to be able to understand, modify, and truly understand every aspect of their computer. It’s designed to run free and open source software, but the laptop is also open hardware — the design schematics, firmware, and most hardware components are available. And if you […]