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Lilbits: Google kills its MP3 store, Apple launches a smaller smart speaker

Last month Google introduced its $100 Nest Audio smart speaker and Amazon introduced a whole bunch of new Echo smart speakers. Today it was Apple’s turn. Two and a half years after the company released the original HomePod speaker with Siri support, the company has unveiled the HomePod mini which is smaller, cheaper, and serves […]

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LibreOffice hits version 4.0, adds an Android app for remote controlling presentations

LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite for Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. The project split off from a few years ago, but in many ways LibreOffice (and OpenOffice) have been under development for more than a decade. Now LibreOffice 4 is ready to download, and it comes with a number of new features […]

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IBM Lotus Symphony office suite reaches end of the line

A few years ago IBM started offering a free office suite called Lotus Symphony. It’s based on code from, but IBM has forked the project and created a custom user interface and other tools. Last month IBM released Lotus Symphony 3.0.1 with a number of improvements including support for bubble charts and up to […]

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IBM Lotus Symphony to join with Apache project

Lotus Symphony is a free office suite that IBM has been offering for the past few years. While the software is based on, it’s been largely maintained as an independent fork, and much of the code separating Symphony from the main branch of has not been contributed back to the original project. Now […]

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Ubuntu Netbook Edition app list undergoes revision

Ubuntu Netbook Edition is a light weight version of Ubuntu Linux optimized for netbooks. It used to be called Ubuntu Netbook Remix, but this spring it will  graduate from “remix” to “edition” status. The operating system is designed to play well with low resolution displays, limited storage capacity, slow processors, and it’s specifically optimized for […]