Lilbits: PinePhone unboxing, Purism launches an MVNO, and more Pixel and Chromecast details

The PinePhone is one of the first smartphones designed specifically for open source software enthusiasts. It’s an affordable phone with a starting price of $150 that ships with a GNU/Linux distribution pre-installed, but which can also boot from a microSD card if you want to try a different operating system (or 13) before deciding whether […]

Lilbits: Leak season (Pixel 5, Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite)

Amazon is holding a hardware event on September 24, when the company will most likely introduce new Echo smart speakers, new eero mesh WiFi routers, and a new entry-level Amazon Fire TV Stick. WinFuture obtained some marketing documents for the previously unannounced device, and it looks like the new model adds a live TV button, […]

Lilbits: More Samsung leaks, BootHole GRUB2 bootloader vulnerability, and more

A new security vulnerability could leave many Linux and Windows computers using the GRUB2 bootloader open to attack. After acquiring the maker of the Focals smart glasses recently, Google is bricking users’s hardware and offering refunds with just a few days notice. And with Samsung’s August 5th event just a week away, details about the […]

Lilbits: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 leaks, Intel’s reorg, and Apple’s $129 Thunderbolt 3 cable

Samsung is holding an event on August 5th, where the company is expected to officially introduce the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and several other products including new earbuds, a new smartwatch, and two new tablets. But thanks to a series of leaks, it’s not like we don’t already know most of the […]

Lilbits: Computing convergence, another streaming platform, and DDR5

It’s been 7 years since Canonical failed to raise meet its crowdfunding goals for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone that was supposed to be a phone you could also use as a desktop computer thanks to “convergence,” which is a fancy way of saying you could plug in a keyboard, mouse, and display and use it like […]

Lilbits 7-10-2020: More OneGx1 mini laptop performance notes

It’s been nearly two weeks since I published a preview of the upcoming One Netbook OneGx1 mini laptop with the design of a gaming PC and optional support for 4G and/or 5G networks. But I’ve continued running tests since that article was published, and so now I’ve upgraded the article from “preview” to “review” status. […]

Purism Librem 14 Linux laptop available for pre-order for $1199 and up (ships this fall)

Linux laptop maker Purism is introducing its first model with a 14 inch display. But the new Purism Librem 14 is actually the same size as the older Librem 13 that it replaces. The company managed to fit a bigger screen into the same body by reducing the size of the bezels around the screen. The new […]

Purism Librem Mini is now shipping (Linux mini PC with Intel Whiskey Lake CPU)

The Purism Librem Mini is a 5″ x 5″ x 1.5″ desktop computer with an Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core processor and support for up to 64GB of RAM. It also ships with PureOS, a GNU/Linux distribution that emphasizes privacy, security, and free and open source software. Pre-orders for the Librem Mini began in March, and now […]