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Lilbits: Mac Mini with M2, Tabs for Windows 11 File Explorer, and Google updates a bunch of Android apps and features

When Apple introduced the new Mac Studio mini-desktop with a choice of Apple M1 Max or M1 Ultra processors, the company also teased an upcoming Mac Pro refresh. One thing the company didn’t mention? A new Mac Mini. But rumor has it that  Apple could introduce one as soon as this June. And according to the […]

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Liliputing liked this message: Google Messages is starting to display iMessage reactions as emoji

The first time I was texting with a friend and got a message informing me that they “liked” my message, I was wondering if Facebook had somehow invaded SMS. The second time I realized that this is what happens when someone with an Android phone (me) is in a text exchange with someone using iMessage […]

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Lilbits: Samsung’s new Galaxy laptops leaked, new Oculus Quest 2 tricks, and RCS is doomed (or at least stagnant)

Samsung has scheduled a “Galaxy Unpacked” event for later this month, promising that the “most powerful” Samsung Galaxy device is coming. While the Galaxy brand is probably most commonly associated with smartphones and tablets, all signs point to this being a laptop launch. And Evan Blass has spilled the beans on specs, photos, and details […]

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Google enables RCS messaging for US smartphones (without any carrier help)

Google has been trying to upgrade SMS messaging for years, by supporting the next-gen RCS protocol that enables features like read receipts, transferring high-quality photos and videos, and chatting over WiFi. But the rollout of RCS support for Android phones has been hampered in the US by wireless carriers, who have been slow to support […]

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Google brings RCS (next-gen SMS) features to Messenger app for Android (Sprint only so far)

Chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Hangouts, and iMessage have largely replaced old-fashioned SMS text messaging for many users. But Google figures there’s still life in SMS… especially if it can gain some of the features that make those other services attractive. So Google has announced that the latest version of its Messenger app for Android […]