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Lilbits: Nintendo Switch finally supports Bluetooth audio, Google Pixel 6 and Tensor chip details leak, and more

Google’s Pixel 6 smartphone is set to ship soon, as is the company’s Android 12 software. And while Google has already given us a pretty good idea of what the phone will look like, the company hasn’t said too much about special features… like the new Google Tensor processor that makes will make this the […]

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Lilbits: Intel Arc graphics, Debian 11, Asus ROG Phone 5s, and PinePhone Keyboard

Intel says its new graphics technology formerly known as DG2 will launch in early 2022, as part of a new Intel Arc brand for high-performance graphics products. With support for features including 4K upscaling, variable rate shading, and real-time ray tracing, Intel is bringing the sort of features that had previously been the realm of […]

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Pine64 news roundup: PinePhone Keyboard goes on sale in September, Ubuntu Touch 20.04 is coming, visual voicemail arrives, PineNote E Ink tablet revealed

The PinePhone Keyboard is an accessory that essentially turns Pine64’s inexpensive Linux smartphone into a tiny Linux laptop. It’s been under development since last year, and you’ll be able to order one soon – Pine64 has announced that the hardware and firmware has been finalized, and the PinePhone Keyboard will go on sale in late […]

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Lilbits: Clubhouse gets a little less clubby (and open to everyone)

When Clubhouse made its debut as an audio-only social app for joining or listening into group conversations, it was an invite-only, iOS-only app released at a time when millions of people were stuck at home and perhaps craving social contact. It was a hit even before the app expanded to Android. And then signups started […]

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A clunky (but useable) method for recording video on a PinePhone

Most smartphones ship with software capable of taking advantage of all the device’s hardware. But the PinePhone isn’t most smartphones. It’s designed to be an open platform for developers and when it first began shipping there was only some very basic software available. Among other things, there was no working camera app. Now there is. […]

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Lilbits: Windows 11 inches closer, MediaTek’s new smartphone chips, and Linux smartphone news

Microsoft has rolled out another preview build of Windows 11, and while it’s mostly bug fixes, there are a few design tweaks and a new entertainment widget (which is basically just an ad for movies in the Microsoft Store). Meanwhile, MediaTek has unveiled two new smartphone processors with an emphasis on high-quality camera and display […]

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PinePhone Keyboard will ship with open source firmware (coming soon)

The official PinePhone Keyboard has been in development for months, and now it’s almost ready to go. In the Pine64 July 2021 Update, Lukasz Erecinski notes that the hardware design is just about finalized, and thanks to Megi’s work with a pre-production prototype, the PinePhone Keyboard will ship with “fully open” firmware. The keyboard could […]

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Lilbits: Next-gen iPad mini leaked, next-gen Samsung everything leaked too

Apple’s next iPad mini could have a bigger screen, slimmer bezels, and a much faster processor. Samsung’s next-gen foldable smartphones could debut in August, along with new smartwatches (running Wear OS rather than Tizen), and wireless earbuds. Leak season is upon us. Oh, who am I kidding, every season is leak season. But the sources […]

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Mycroft, an open source voice assistant works with Linux smartphones like the PinePhone

Apple’s smartphones have Siri. Most Android phones have Google Assistant. And Samsung phones have Bixby. Voice assistant software has become an increasingly common feature for modern smartphones. But what about Linux phones? While none of the GNU/Linux distributions available for smartphones like the PinePhone or Librem 5 have a voice assistant baked in, these are […]

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Lilbits: OnePlus caught cheating at benchmarks, Choetech caught cheating on product reviews

Amazon’s crackdown on pay-to-play reviews (where companies basically bribe customers to leave positive reviews) seems to be continuing. The latest company caught up is Choetech, maker of a range of devices including charging accessories and USB hubs. The company’s Amazon storefront is still accessible, but there are no products available for purchase. Meanwhile, smartphone maker […]

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Hardware accelerated video playback now possible on the PinePhone

You’ve been able to watch videos on a PinePhone for a while, but up until recently most of the video players available for the phone have relied on software to render videos. That means they hammer the phone’s limited CPU resources, causing video to occasionally look choppy and often limiting playback to low resolutions. Recently […]