Lilbits 403: Microsoft release GW-Basic source code, hackers get an early crack at iOS 14

Microsoft’s GW-BASIC is a programming language that was released in 1983 and bundled with MS-DOS on early PCs. It was the first programming language many students and developers learned in the 80s, and nearly four decades later, Microsoft has released the source code. Available from Github, the code is being released “for historical reference/interest purposes,” […]

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is coming soon — and so is source code for two games

Popular real-time-strategy came Command & Conquer turns 25 this year, and EA plans to release a Command & Conquer Remastered Collection in June to celebrate the anniversary. The new $20 package will feature updated versions two games in the series — Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert featuring 4K graphics and remastered music. Ahead of launch, EA’s […]

Newton Mail is back from the dead (again) and this time it’s going open source

Newton Mail has had a rough couple of years. The cross-platform email app offered a bunch of nifty features and earned itself a bit of a fan base — but the company must have had a tough time making money because it announced plans to double its price in 2018… then announced it was shutting […]

CutiePi designs an open source, Raspberry Pi-powered Linux tablet (crowdfunding coming soon)

The CutiePi is a Linux tablet with an 8 inch display, a handle, and an open source design — you can find details about the tablet’s software, printed circuit board, and design files for making your own 3D-printed case at github. First unveiled last summer, the project is still in development. But the team behind […]

Lilbits 388: Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface Book 3 coming in May?

There’s mounting evidence that Microsoft is preparing to launch new Surface hardware soon… like next month soon. According to a new report from Windows Central, and apparently confirmed by The Verge’s sources, Microsoft is expected to launch the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 in May. The Surface Go 2 will most likely be […]

Sophos releases Sandboxie source code (although its future is uncertain)

Sandboxie is a utility that allows you to run Windows applications in a “sandbox” that’s isolated from the rest of the operating system to prevent malware, spyware, or adware from infecting or just slowing down your system. The software has been around since 2004, and it’s been owned by cybersecurity company Sophos since 2017. Last […]

Gnirehtet reverse tethering app lets your Android phone use your PC’s internet connection

Most recent Android smartphones have a built-in tethering feature that allows you to share your phone’s internet connection with a laptop, tablet, or other devices (although not all wireless carriers let you use this feature, and many charge extra for it). But what if you want to share your PC’s internet connection with your phone? That’s where reverse […]

Google-free Android fork /e/ to get easy installer… and a new name

The /e/ Foundation has been on a mission for the last few years to deliver an open source, Android-based operating system that’s free of any proprietary Google software and services. But up until recently there have only been two ways to run /e/ on your smartphone — jump through a bunch of hoops that might […]

FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging (open source operating systems for network-attached-storage)

FreeNAS is a free and open source operating system designed for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. For much of the past decade, the project has been led by the folks at iXsystems, which has also produced an enterprise version of the software called TrueNAS. Now iXsystems has announced that FreeNAS and TrueNAS are merging. Moving forward […]