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Lilbits: Kindle Scribe reviews, the NUC Pro’s new look, and Linux graphics on Apple Silicon

Amazon has dominated the eBook reader space for years, not necessarily because the company has the best hardware or software, but because its Kindle products are fairly cheap, good enough for most people, and tightly integrated with what’s probably the world’s best-known eBook store. So when Amazon introduced the Kindle Scribe this year, it turned […]

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OnePlus is the latest phone maker to promise 4 years of major updates (for some phones)

A growing number of smartphone makers are committing to offering longer-term software and security updates for their phones… making it feasible for users to hang onto their phones for four or five years rather than upgrading every 2-3 years. Kind of. The latest company to make a commitment is OnePlus, which says it’ll offer four […]

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Microsoft is bringing Energy Recommendations to Windows 11 (plus Task Manager, Start Menu, and cloud storage tweaks)

Microsoft is rolling out a new Dev Channel Build of Windows 11 to members of the Windows Insider program. Among other things, Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25247 brings changes to the Task Manager, Start Menu, and Quick Settings panel. It’s also the first build to feature Energy Recommendations in the system settings. The recommendations […]

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Lilbits: Fedora 37, Qualcomm’s next-gen chip for AR glasses, and Amazon layoffs

Qualcomm’s new solution for AR smart glasses is said to bring big performance improvements while reducing power consumption. It’s also a multi-chip solution rather than a single chip, which allows different bits of silicon to be placed in different parts of a pair of glasses. So you can expect glasses powered by the chips to […]

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Lilbits: AMD’s new server chips, Android 14 details, and the Leica Leitz Phone 2 (it’s all about the camera and display)

Last year camera maker Leica launched the first Leica-branded smartphone. The Leica Leitz Phone was basically a rebranded version of an existing phone from Sharp, but it featured a 20MP Leica camera system with a1 inch image sensor, a 6.6 inch Sharp IGZO display with 120 Hz refresh rate, and other premium specs. Now it’s […]

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Lilbits: Chrome is ending support for Windows 7 and 8.1, Windows on ARM is still frustrating, Google Pixel “G10” leaked

Windows 11 has been here for more than a year, but Microsoft plans to continue supporting Windows 10 through 2025. But older versions of Windows? Not so much. Extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ends in a few months… and Google is taking a cue out of Microsoft’s playbook and announcing that it […]

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Microsoft brings Android 12L to the Surface Duo (with a Windows 11-inspired skin)

Microsoft is rolling out a software update for its dual-screen smartphones that makes Android look and function a bit more like Windows 11. Part of that is just due to the update to Android 12L – Google has optimized its mobile operating system to take better advantage of larger screens by adding support for a […]

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Windows Subsystem for Android is no longer just a preview

The Windows Subsystem for Android is an optional feature that lets you run some Android apps on Windows 11 PCs. First launched a year ago as preview feature for Windows Insiders, Android app support eventually made its way to stable builds of Windows – but it was still considered a “preview,” which is another way […]

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Android 13 (Go Edition) for low-end phones brings better software updates, basic theming, and Discover

Android (Go Edition) is a stripped-down version of Google’s mobile operating system that’s designed to run on low-cost phones with limited memory and storage. But Google has announced that the latest version is designed to bring more of the features you’d expect from an Android phone… including quicker software updates. Google says Android 13 (Go […]

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Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudo released (with GNOME 43, Pipewire, and Raspberry Pi improvements)

The latest version of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system brings updates to the user interface, kernel, and audio stack, among other things. There’s also improved support for RISC-V processors and for Raspberry Pi hardware. Ubuntu 22.10 Kinetic Kudu is now available for download. The operating system features the Linux 5.19 kernel with updated hardware […]