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BlackBerry is selling mobile devices, messaging, and wireless patents for $600 million

BlackBerry has been pretty much out of the smartphone business for years, but 2022 is starting to look like the year when the company puts a few more nails in the coffin. After shutting down some key services used by BlackBerry OS phones earlier this month and announcing that some of its Android apps would […]

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Lilbits: Xiaomi drops the Mi, Saygus sued, and a new UI for Linux phones

Once upon a time, there was going to be a phone called the Saygus V2 that had an unusual design, best-in-class specs, and support for up to 320GB of storage thanks to dual microSD card slots. It was unveiled in early 2015, went up for pre-order a few weeks later for $600, and then it […]

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BlackBerry smartwatches? Timex and BlackBerry announce patent license deal

BlackBerry doesn’t make its own smartphones anymore. Instead the company licenses its intellectual property to companies including TCL and Optiemus who build and sell phones like the BlackBerry KeyOne and DTEK60. Now it looks like BlackBerry may be planning a similar move for smartwatches. Maybe. Timex and BlackBerry announced a patent license agreement this week, […]

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Lilbits (6-16-2014): Testing new Bay Trail gear

A number of new products featuring Intel Bay Trail processors are hitting the streets this summer, including Chromebooks, Windows tablets, Android tablets, and 2-in-1 systems. Thanks to some devices Asus and Acer loaned me, I’ll be testing some of each in the coming weeks. Today an Acer Switch 10 Windows 2-in-1, Asus C200 Chromebook, Asus […]

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Google, Samsung announce 10 year patent cross-licensing deal

At a time when mobile companies often seem to prefer litigation to licensing, Samsung and Google have announced that they’ve signed a 10 year cross-licensing agreement for existing and future patents. It’s not sure if this covers all patents from the companies, but it does mean we’re a bit less likely to see lawsuits fly between […]