Lilbits 6-23-2020: The ARMs race is on

This week Apple confirmed that it’s preparing to transition from Intel to ARM chips for upcoming Mac computers, and the upcoming macOS Big Sur will be the company’s first desktop operating system designed for Apple Silicon chips based on ARM architecture. Befitting a move so big, it’ll also be the first version of the Mac […]

Bloomberg: Apple could announce ARM-based Mac chips at WWDC

After years of rumors and speculation that Apple would eventually ditch Intel and start making its own processors for Mac computers, Bloomberg reports that Apple is almost ready to make the move — and could make an official announcement later this month. Apple has been building its own ARM-based processors for iPhones and iPads for […]

Lilbits 400: Google’s problematic auto-policing of the Play Store and Chrome Web Store

Google has a long history of using computers to do thing that… quite honestly could probably be done better by humans. But it’s easier to scale an algorithm than it is to hire more people. And that leads to situations where an algorithm makes an obviously wrong decision that stays in place until a human […]

Lilbits 399: Huawei’s chips, OnePlus x-ray cam, and Facebook gets GIPHY

Earlier this week the US government extended its order prohibiting US companies from using telecommunications equipment from Huawei or ZTE by another year. Now the Trump Administration has introduced a new executive order that could make things even more difficult for Huawei. US companies were already blocked from selling equipment and intellectual property to the […]

Microsoft Surface Duo specs leaked ahead of launch (dual-screen Android phone)

The Microsoft Surface Duo is a dual-screen Android smartphone that folds up like a book, supports a Surface Pen, and will come pre-loaded with Microsoft apps. It’ll be the first Microsoft-branded smartphone since the company killed off its Windows 10 Mobile operating system, and while the Surface Duo was originally expected to ship in time […]

Report: Google developing its own processors for Pixel phones and Chromebooks

Google may be planning to take a page out of Apple’s playbook by developing its own custom processors for Google-branded smartphones and laptops. Axios reports that Google “has made significant progress” toward that end, and that we could see Pixel smartphones with Google processors as soon as 2021, with Chromebooks featuring the company’s chips later […]