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Lilbits: Pixel Watch leaked (again), improving Linux performance on modern AMD chips, and Linux for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Google is holding an event on October 6th when the company is expected to unveil the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones, as well as the company’s first Pixel Watch. Officially Google hasn’t said when you’ll actually be able to get your hands on one. Unofficially though? They appear to be already shipping to […]

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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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Microsoft Store backtracks on policy that prohibited sales of some open source apps

Last month the Microsoft Store issued policy updates meant to crack down on developers charging unreasonable prices for apps… and on copycats who use the store to sell clones of open source software that’s normally available for free, a problem that’s been plaguing the Microsoft Store for years. But the language Microsoft used suggested that […]

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Lilbits: Linux laptops and handhelds, iOS 16 beta, and Microsoft Store policy change blocks sales of some open source apps

The thing about free and open source apps is that anyone can take the source code and make their own version of an app with few (or no) changes. Many open source licenses even allow you to redistribute your version of an app. So it’s unsurprising that app stores are sometimes litters with unofficial versions […]

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Lilbits: Your next Android phone could have ads on the lock screen, MacBook Air with M2 is almost here, and the GPU shortage is over (for now)

For the past few years it’s been hard to get your hands on a current-gen desktop graphics card without paying well above the asking price due to a combination of factors including supply chain shortages and growing demand from cryptocurrency miners. But prices have fallen recently and it’s easier to find cards in stock… just […]

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KDE Plasma 5.25 brings new gestures, better support for 2-in-1 tablets, and more customization options

The latest version of the KDE Plasma desktop environment for Linux and other open source operating system is here and, among other things, KDE Plasma 5.25 brings support for new touchscreen and touchpad gestures, a new way for multitaskers to view all of their apps and desktops at once, and a bunch of new customization options. There’s […]

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Open source android email client K-9 Mail to become Thunderbird on Android

A month after announcing plans to launch a mobile version of the the open source Thunderbird email client, the folks at Thunderbird have explained how they plan to do that. Rather than designing a mobile email client from the ground up, the organization has acquired the existing open source Android email app K-9 Mail and […]

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Open source, privacy-focused smartphone coming soon from Android app maker Simple Mobile Tools

Android app maker Simple Mobile Tools has been cranking out a suite of open source apps that live up to the company’s name for years, offering simple apps that offer many of the functions you’d expect from a modern smartphone including calendar, contacts, keyboard, launcher, music player, phone dialer, SMS, and note-taking apps, among other […]

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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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Lilbits: Google buys Raxium, Thunderbird is going mobile, and Zoom puts time limits on free 1:1 calls

Zoom became a household name shortly after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as folks flocked to the easy-to-use software for hosting group video calls. The company’s freemium model doesn’t hurt: calls up to 40 minutes are free, while you have to pay for a subscription for longer group video calls. Up until this […]