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Lilbits: Leak season (Pixel 5, Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite)

Amazon is holding a hardware event on September 24, when the company will most likely introduce new Echo smart speakers, new eero mesh WiFi routers, and a new entry-level Amazon Fire TV Stick. WinFuture obtained some marketing documents for the previously unannounced device, and it looks like the new model adds a live TV button, […]

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 released with browser improvements, new features, support for more phones

The latest version of Ubuntu Touch for smartphones adds stable releases for six more smartphones, an updated browser engine that improves performance by 25-percent, and a bunch of new features. The UBports team says Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 will roll out to supported devices within the next week. Here are some of the changes in the […]

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Lilbits: One Netbook’s UMPC for engineers, another LG Wing leak, and more

Another day, another set of leaked images showing off the upcoming LG Wing dual-screen smartphone with T-shaped design. LG is set to officially launch the phone on Monday, so the leaks should be replaced by confirmed details soon. In other news, there’s a new release of the Deepin Linux distro (with a very attractive user […]

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PineTab Linux tablet goes up for pre-order this month for $100

The next inexpensive, Linux-friendly device from Pine64 is coming soon. The company already sells a $100 PineBook laptop and a $200 PineBook Pro. Early batches of the $150 PinePhone are available for customers willing to invest in beta hardware. And now Pine64 says it’ll begin taking pre-orders for its $100 PineTab Linux tablet later this […]

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Lilbits 398: Google Pixel gossip, Wink subscriptions, and GPD Win Max hardware

Google’s Pixel phones are known for their stand-out cameras — but now it looks like the person responsible for the technology behind those cameras has left the company. Smart home company Wink has thrown a tiny lifeline to folks who were taken aback when the company gave 7-days notice that its products would start requiring […]

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Lilbits 394: Tiny gaming laptops, crowd-developed tablets, and a cartridge-based handheld game console

More details are emerging about the two most powerful mini gaming laptops to date. A spec sheet suggests that One Netbook’s 7 inch One GX gaming laptop will feature a 1920 x 1200 pixel display and LPDDR4X-4266 memory. But there’s no word on the release date yet. Meanwhile, the crowdfunding campaign for the GPD Win […]

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Lomiri: Ubuntu for smartphones gets a new desktop environment (Unity8 rebranded)

When Canonical abandoned its Ubuntu for smartphones project, an independent group of developers called called UBPorts picked up the pieces of open source code and carried on. Over the last few years, the UBPorts version of Ubuntu Touch has started to diverge from the OS Canonical left behind by adding support for new devices and […]

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Lilbits 380: Taihe Gemini crowdfunding fail, Surface Hub 2X delayed (or canceled), and more

The Taihe Gemini portable monitor gathered a lot of attention last year for hitting a suite spot between portability, price, and functionality. It had plenty of ports, a built-in kickstand, and a battery that allowed it to run for hours at a time without drawing power from your laptop or other mobile devices. I was […]

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Volla Phone is a privacy-centered phone with an AOSP-based OS (or Linux)

There are a handful of companies working to bring GNU/Linux smartphones to market. The Volla Phone is a little different. The folks behind the phone have launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of building a privacy-focused smartphone that ships with a Google-free version of Android. But if the team reaches a stretch goal, the Volla […]

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Database of 200+ smartphones that can run Linux (unofficially)

The vast majority of smartphones in the world ship with some version of Google’s Android operating system. And most of them are only supported by their manufacturers for a few years. Have a phone that’s 3-4 years old? Then you’re probably not getting any Android updates anymore. No more security patches. No new features. Of […]