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Lilbits: Microsoft’s new 5G portable computing device, Honor Pad X8 tablet, and Avast buys a popular browser extension

A series of recent listings on the FCC website show that Microsoft has a new “portable computing device” on the way. Since the good stuff like pictures and user manuals are locked away behind confidentiality agreements, all we really know is that it supports WiFi 6E, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, and 5G wireless networking. Could it […]

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Apple’s new Lockdown Mode brings enhanced security to iPhone, iPad and Mac users facing targeted attacks

Apple has introduced a new security feature that most people are probably never going to use… but which could come in handy if you’re a journalist, activist, or government worker at high risk of a sophisticated, targeted attack. Lockdown Mode, which will roll out this fall to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, essentially […]

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Lilbits: Apple’s M2 Macs leaked, Khadas VIM4 single-board PC coming soon, and Google’s Pixel Watch too

Apple is said to be preparing to launch the first Macs powered by the company’s new M2 series processors, including next-gen MacBook Pro laptops with 14 and 16 inch displays, a new MacBook Air, and a Mac Mini. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the first Mac Pro based on Apple Silicon is also on the […]

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Lilbits: Archiving Android apps, postmarketOS for the F(x)tec Pro1, and the Dirty Pipe Linux vulnerability

A serious vulnerability has been found in recent builds of the Linux kernel, allowing any local user to gain root access on an unpatched device… which could include a number of Android phones running Linux kernel 5.8 or later. In other recent tech news from around the web Google is building an Android feature that […]

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Lilbits: Samsung Galaxy A13 and A23 launched, try the Steam Deck UI on any PC, run GrapheneOS’ secure apps on any Android phone

Samsung’s Galaxy S series smartphones grab most of the headlines since they’re the company’s flagship-class phone that typically feature the best hardware Samsung can put in your pocket (even if that hardware sometimes doesn’t run as fast as it could). But the company’s best-selling phones are actually in the wallet-friendly Galaxy A series. And now […]

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Microsoft Teams app for Android won’t interfere with 911 calls anymore

In November a reddit user shared a disturbing story about how they tried to place a 911 call from a Google Pixel 3 smartphone running Android 11, but not only did the call not go through, but the phone froze. It turns out the problem was caused by an interaction between Android and the Microsoft […]

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Lilbits: New Android and Windows 11 features, Pocket PC handheld, and the Honor 60 smartphone

It can be easy to forget that you granted an app permission to track your location or access your local storage if it’s an app you use infrequently. So Google introduced a feature with Android 12 that will automatically revoke permissions for apps you haven’t launched in a while. You can always grant permissions again […]

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Lilbits: Windows 10 21H2 is here and Windows 11 learns the true meaning of the B in BSOD

Windows 11 may be the hot new thing, but Microsoft plans to continue supporting Windows 10 through 2025, and the latest major update begins rolling out today. Although “major” may be overpromising a bit. The Windows 10 November 2021 Update (also known as Windows 10 21H2), incorporates all the smaller security, bug fix, and feature […]