Lilbits 386: Cheating at benchmarks

Benchmark utilities are designed to let you run the same exact test on multiple phones, PCs, or other devices so you can get an apples-to-apples comparison and see how they stack up against one another in terms of CPU, graphics, memory, and storage performance, among other things. At least that’s the idea. In practice, some […]

Now you can use Google Home to make free phone calls (US and Canada)

Amazon recently added voice calling features to its Alexa-enabled line of smart speaker and… other things. Now it’s Google’s turn, but the company is taking a slightly different approach. While Amazon’s Alexa Calling & Messaging features are for device-to-device calls, the Google Home smart speaker now lets you call a phone number using your voice. And […]

Gogo wants to make flights noisier, introduces in-flight text, calling

Gogo has been offering in-flight WiFi service on thousands of airplanes for years. Now the company is introducing a new service that will eventually let you make phone calls and send text messages using your smartphone while you’re in the air. I wonder if this will prompt airlines to follow the example of Amtrak, and […]