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Lilbits: Google scraps its next Pixelbook, Apple releases iOS 16, Meta Quest Pro found in a hotel room

Most of the Chromebooks released over the past decade have been made by companies not named Google. But from time to time Google has decided to put out a laptop or tablet meant to showcase its vision for best-in-class hardware designed to match the company’s browser-centric operating system. It’s been a while since Google put […]

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Lilbits: Samsung’s new Galaxy laptops leaked, new Oculus Quest 2 tricks, and RCS is doomed (or at least stagnant)

Samsung has scheduled a “Galaxy Unpacked” event for later this month, promising that the “most powerful” Samsung Galaxy device is coming. While the Galaxy brand is probably most commonly associated with smartphones and tablets, all signs point to this being a laptop launch. And Evan Blass has spilled the beans on specs, photos, and details […]

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Microsoft Mesh is a cross-platform mixed reality platform for virtual meetings (and maybe Pokémon GO)

Microsoft has been demonstrating how its Hololens mixed reality headset could be used for virtual meetings for about as long as Hololens has been a thing. Now the company is launching a new virtual meeting platform called Microsoft Mesh that works with Hololens, but also with a range of other hardware including phones, tablets, PCs, and […]

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Google confirms that it’s done Daydreaming, pulls the plug on its Android VR platform

We’ve known since late last year that Google was pretty much done with its Daydream virtual reality platform. That’s when the company stopped selling the Daydream View VR headset and started shipping Pixel phones without Daydream support. Now the company has confirmed that Daydream VR software is no longer supported at all, and “may not […]

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Lilbits: Intel breach, new Android and macOS betas, and more

20GB of Intel documents that were obtained without permission have been released onto the internet. They contain previously undisclosed information about Intel’s chips, software, and other intellectual property. According to Intel, the data dump seems to have come from its “Intel Resource and Design Center, which hosts information for use by our customers, partners, and […]

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Lilbits 381: Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux, Android, and iOS

Windows has long dominated the desktop and laptop computer space, but Microsoft has all-but given up on getting Windows onto smartphones. So the company has instead shifted its focus in an effort to get you to use its apps and services on your Android, iOS, or even Linux devices. Heck, the company is even planning to […]

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Google Cardboard goes open source (as Google moves away from smartphone VR)

Folks who attended the Google IO conference in 2013 got a free Chromebook Pixel worth $1,300. A year later, Google gave attendees a piece of cardboard… But Google Cardboard was a surprise hit of Google IO 2014, because when you followed the company’s instructions to fold up the cardboard, insert glasses, and then put your […]

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Google’s Daydream VR platform is (all but) dead

Google seems to be pretty much pulling the plug on Daydream, its Android-based virtual reality platform. The company is no longer selling the Daydream View headset, and even if you already have one it won’t work with Google’s newest flagship phones. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL don’t support Daydream. Google says it’ll continue […]

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Lenovo’s ThinkReality headset takes on HoloLens in enterprise augmented reality

Lenovo introduced its first “mixed reality” headsets since 2017, but like most devices designed to use Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, the Lenovo Explorer was really more of a virtual reality headset that blocked out the real world and replaced it with a virtual one. The company’s new ThinkReality A6, meanwhile, is a true augmented reality […]

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Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is also coming May 31 for $399

Facebook is launching two new VR headsets. As mentioned earlier today, the Oculus Rift S is an updated headset that plugs into your PC and which features a higher-resolution display, inside-out position tracking, and a more comfortable design. And the Oculus Quest is a new standalone headset that doesn’t require a computer at all. They’re both […]