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Lilbits: Another RISC-V laptop, a PCIe connector for the Raspberry Pi 5, and Arc browser comes to Windows 11

A Chinese chip design company called SpacemiT has unveiled a new laptop that will be powered by the company’s K1 processor, which is an octa-core processor that should offer better-than ARM Cortex-A55 performance, support for 4K video, and a 2 TOPS NPU for hardware-accelerated AI features. While the upcoming MUSE Book isn’t the first laptop with […]

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Lilbits: Amlogic’s new chip could power next-gen TV boxes, and MS Paint is getting… good?

Microsoft is adding a bunch of new features to Paint, a graphics editing app that had been pretty barebones up until recently. The company is also rolling out experimental new updates to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. And the first performance notes about a new Amlogic processor that could power next-gen Google and Android TV […]

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Librem 5 Linux phone gets a $300 price cut, now costs $999 for a phone with 2017 specs

The Purism Librem 5 is an unusual smartphone, because it’s made from a company that sells Linux hardware with an emphasis on privacy and security. It ships with a GNU/Linux distribution called PureOS, has hardware kill switches to disable the mic, cameras, and wireless hardware when you’re not using it. And it’s expensive: when the […]

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Purism Librem 11 is a $999 Linux tablet with a 2.5K AMOLED display and Celeron N5100

Linux hardware maker Purism is now taking orders for an 11.5 inch tablet with a 2560 x 1600 pixel AMOLED display, a 6-watt Intel Celeron N5100 quad-core processor, 8GB of LPDDR4 memory, and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. It’s called the Librem 11, and it’s available for purchase for $999 and the company says orders […]

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Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone now takes just 2 weeks to ship (but costs $1,299)

The Purism Librem 5 is a smartphone that ships with PureOS, the same free and open source GNU/Linux distribution that ships on Purism’s laptop and desktop computers. The company first began taking pre-orders for the phone through a crowdfunding campaign that launched in 2017, began shipping hardware more than two years later, and then spent […]

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Lilbits: Purism’s refund policy (or lack thereof), Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE, and better QR code scanning

The Purism Librem 5 Linux smartphone has had a long and storied journey. Purism was one of the first companies to announce plans to release a smartphone capable of running software based on a mainline Linux kernel… but it took years for the company to actually begin shipping phones to customers who had placed pre-orders, […]

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Purism’s Lapdock Kit turns a Linux phone into a Linux notebook computer

Modern smartphones are basically pocket-sized computers. The key things that set them apart from laptop or desktop computers tend to be their size, shape, and software. But the distinction gets blurry when you’ve got a smartphone that runs the same operating as laptop and desktop computers. And that’s exactly the case for Purism’s Librem 5, a […]

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Lilbits: Pixel Tablet leaks, Honor Pad 8 announced, and Honor foldable phones could go global

Google announced in May that it was working on a new Pixel Tablet, set to launch in 2023. And the company hasn’t said much about it since then. But folks have been digging through Android Open Source Project code, among other things to get an idea of what to expect. We already knew that it […]

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Lilbits: Google brings Fuchsia OS to another smart display, AAEON launches UP Squared v2 single-board PC with an Intel processor

AAEON has updated its UP line of tiny single-board computers with x86 processors with a new model sporting Intel Atom-based Celeron or Pentium processor options. While the new UP Squared v2 looks a lot like the UP Squared 6000 that launched earlier this year, it has a lower starting price, a slightly different board layout, […]