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Lilbits: PC shipments are falling, 16 inch iPad rumored, and the Fire TV Cube 3 is now shipping

Demand for personal computers rose toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a growing number of people found themselves working and taking classes from home. But now it looks like demand is falling considerably. According to a report from Counterpoint, shipments fell by double-digits between Q3, 2021 and Q3, 2022. Most top PC makers […]

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Luxury foldables: Vertu slaps leather on a Royole Flexpai 2 and sells it for $7,000

Foldable phones aren’t cheap. But the Vertu Ayxta Fold 5G is one of the priciest to date. The smartphone has a 7.8 inch AMOLED display when unfolded, or 5.5 inch and 5.4 inch front and rear screens when folded down the middle. It’s also positioned as a luxury phone with a luxury price tag: it’s […]

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Lilbits 342: Facebook’s next device might be for your TV

Facebook’s probably on your phone. You might use it on your computer from time to time. And the company recently introduced a smart speaker/display/video calling gadget called Facebook Portal that puts Facebook in your living room, kitchen, or anywhere else in your house. So what’s next? According to a report from Cheddar, Facebook wants to […]

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Vertu is auctioning off its luxury phones (but they’re still pretty pricey)

Luxyr phone maker Vertu pretty much closed up shop last month, shutting down its manufacturing facility in the UK. Now the company is auctioning off some of the remaining inventory, which means you can get a phone that’s just overpriced instead of wildly overpriced. Items up for auction include gold-plated phones, BlackBerry clones, and several […]

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Luxury phone maker Vertu is going out of business (for now, at least)

Vertu has been making ridiculously expensive smartphones for almost two decades. But the company is liquidating its assets, shutting down its UK-based manufacturing arm, and laying off almost 200 people. Apparently selling smartphones for tens of thousands of dollars isn’t as solid a business model today as it was… whenever it was, I guess. The […]

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Vertu’s cheapest smartphone is still a $4,200 status symbol

Luxury phone maker Vertu offers phones that are hand-crafted and made from unusual materials including leather an Italian fabric. But with the possible exception of last year’s Vertu Signature Touch, most Vertu phones feature dated or underpowered hardware… especially when you consider the astronomical prices the company charges for its phones: the Signature Touch sells for $9,000 […]