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Lilbits: What do you do when your phone stops receiving security updates?

Some Android phone makers are starting to get serious about offering long(er) term support for their phones, while others ship phones that may never see a single security update, much less a major operating system update. You’d think Google would be at the head of the class here, since the company’s Pixel phones run Google-made […]

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Lilbits: Roku kills private channels (goodbye porn and piracy), Google makes 2-factor authentication mandatory for more users

Roku is changing the way it allows developers to beta test channels… and that change will effectively close a loophole that has allowed companies and individual users to provide unofficial “private” channels over the years. One of the most obvious casualties will be porn sites, but there are thousands of different private channels that will […]

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Lilbits: Facebook abandons facial recognition, Linux 5.15 released, Netflix games, Microsoft Edge for Linux, and more

Facebook is giving up on using face recognition in its app a decade after introducing the feature, and in the coming weeks Facebook’s parent company Meta says it will delete facial recognition templates for a billion different people. In other recent tech news from around the web, we have a deep-dive into performance of the […]

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Lilbits: New Surface hardware, and more on what Windows 11 will and won’t run on

Microsoft is has announced it’ll hold an event on September 22 to show off “what’s next” from the company, and it’s widely expected to be a hardware event. Maybe that means the Surface Duo 2 will become official. Maybe it’s time for the company to update its Surface Book 2-in-1 laptop. An updated Surface tablet […]

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Lilbits 384: Stay inside and stream (or game, or read, or whatever)

Last week I put together a list of 40+ free things to stream, play, read, watch, or listen to while you’re stuck at home trying to flatten the curve and maybe load up on carbohydrates. But companies kept offering up more freebies. So as of now the list has ballooned to become 70+ freebies for […]

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Some Pixel 4 features are coming to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones sport some hardware upgrades including a 90 Hz display, dual rear cameras, a new face unlock system, and a radar, of all things. While there’s obviously no way to bring that hardware to older Pixel phones, some of the new software features that are making their debut […]

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This could be our best look at Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL yet (leaks)

Unless Google decides to shake things up this year, it’ll probably be a few months before the company unveils its next-gen Pixel smartphone lineup. But the rumor/leak mill has already kicked into high gear, and now MySmartPrice and @OnLeaks may have given us a good look at the upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL […]

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Report: Google Pixel 3 laptop will run Andromeda OS in 2017 (Android+Chrome combined)

Google is said to be working on a new operating system that combines features of Android and Chrome OS. It’d be able to run across a range of devices including tablets, and laptops. And according to a report from Android Police, Google may be planning to show off a preview at its event on October […]