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Lilbits: AYA Neo Next, Handbrake 1.5, Razer’s misleading face mask marketing, and printer DRM

Shortly after announcing the AYA Neo Next handheld gaming PC that would be powered by Ryzen 5000U series processors, the folks at AYA clarified that most models would ship with AMD’s recently introduced Ryzen 7 5825U chips rather than the older Ryzen 7 5800U… even though review units that have already been sent out have […]

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Lilbits: OnePlus caught cheating at benchmarks, Choetech caught cheating on product reviews

Amazon’s crackdown on pay-to-play reviews (where companies basically bribe customers to leave positive reviews) seems to be continuing. The latest company caught up is Choetech, maker of a range of devices including charging accessories and USB hubs. The company’s Amazon storefront is still accessible, but there are no products available for purchase. Meanwhile, smartphone maker […]

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Google and Samsung merge Wear OS and Tizen into a single platform

Samsung’s first smartwatch ran Google’s Android Wear software. But the following year Samsung switched to using its own software based on the Tizen operating system, which has powered Samsung smartwatches ever since. Now Samsung and Google are combining elements of their wearable operating systems to create what they’re calling a “single, unified platform” that will […]

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BLOCKS unveils Project OpenWatch: open source, Android-based smartwatch framework

There are three big names in the smartwatch operating system space at the moment: Apple’s WatchOS, Google’s Android Wear, and Samsung’s Tizen. But the makers of the upcoming BLOCKS modular smartwatch couldn’t use any of those because they wouldn’t support the plug-and-play modules BLOCKS wanted to support. So the company developed its own Android-based software. […]

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Samsung Z4 smartphone with Tizen coming soon (to India and other select countries)

Samsung’s latest phone powered by the Tizen operating system is… a phone with entry-level hardware that’s remarkable pretty much only because it’s running Tizen rather than Android. The Samsung Z4 will be available in India soon, before rolling out to additional markets. But if it’s anything like Samsung’s previous Tizen-powered phones, the Samsung Z4 probably […]

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User manual for Samsung’s next Tizen phone leaks (Samsung Z4)

Samsung may be planning to focus on the Internet of Things at the upcoming Tizen developer conference. But it looks like the company has at least one more Tizen-powered smartphone on the way. Tizen is a Linux-based operating system that Samsung uses for its smartwatches, smart TVs, and a handful of phones, sold under the […]

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Report: Samsung’s Tizen phones, watches, TVs riddled with security holes

Most of Samsung’s smartphones may ship with Google Android software, but over the past few years the company has been developing an alternate operating system called Tizen which runs on some low-end phones… as well as most of Samsung’s smartwatches, Smart TVs, and other smart home products. Developing Tizen mostly in-house gives Samsung more control […]

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Samsung Z4 smartphone with Tizen software may be on the way

Most of Samsung’s smartphones may run a version of Google’s Android operating system. But the company has also shipped a handful of devices powered by the Linux-based Tizen operating system, and it looks like the next one may be on the way. An FCC listing for an unannounced phone called the Samsung SM-Z400F/DS went live […]