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Lilbits: Microsoft breaks Windows 11 with an ad, Apple is doing something with RISC-V

Windows 11 begins rolling out to the public on October 5th, but folks in the Windows Insider program have been beta testing preview builds for months, and Microsoft is continually rolling out new features to insiders. One of the latest… basically broke the operating system. What Microsoft describes as “an issue with a server-side deployment” […]

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Vivo patents a smartphone with a flying drone camera system built in

Smartphone makers have been using camera features to help set their devices apart for years. Some phones take stellar shots from one or two cameras. Others have a bunch of cameras to cover everything from wide-angle to telephoto photography. Now it looks like Chinese phone maker Vivo is considering something different. Very different. The company […]

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Lilbits: A handheld PC for IT pros, a shady Nintendo Switch emulator, and more

Chinese PC maker One Netbook specialized in tiny laptops, and this year the company has been branching out into a few new niche categories. The OneGx line of computers are designed for gamers. And the company has an new device on the way that’s designed for engineers and IT pros. It has a 7 inch […]

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iQOO Neo3 is a $380 flagship (Snapdragon 865, 144 Hz display)

Chinese phone brand iQOO has a (short) history of releasing smartphones with flagship specs and mid-range prices. But at a time when even Motorola is pricing its flagships at $1000 and up, it’s a little surprising to see that the new iQOO Neo3 starts at just $380. That’s despite having premium features including a Qualcomm Snapdragon […]

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Vivo Apex 2020 concept phone has a gimbal camera, button-free design, and 60W fast charging

As expected, Vivo’s latest concept device is the first smartphone to feature what the company is calling a Gimbal Camera. That means the Vivo Apex 2020 has a rear camera with a gimbal-like design that the company says offers twice the performance of most smartphone-class optical image stabilization systems. But that’s not the only thing unusual […]

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Vivo X30 smartphone to sport 60x zoom

Most smartphones have some sort of digital zoom feature, and for the most part they’re not very good. So over the last few years we’ve seen a number of phone makers add telephoto lenses that let you get around 2X to 5X closer to the action using an optical zoom-like feature. And then there’s the […]

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Vivo NEX 3 “waterfall display” smartphone previewed

When the Vivo NEX launched last year, it was one of the first smartphones to feature a pop-out camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and basically nothing but screen and some super-slim bezels on the front. The upcoming Vivo NEX 3 takes the screen-to-body ratio to another level by sporting a curved glass display that wraps […]

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Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo partner to make device-to-device file sharing simple

Apple’s AirDrop offers a simple way to share photos, documents, and other files from an iPhone to another nearby iOS device. Just hit the share icon, select the user you want to send to, and Apple will set up a device-to-device transfer. Google attempted to launch something similar called Android Beam way back in 2011 […]

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Oppo’s “Waterfall Screen” wraps around the sides of a smartphone

A few days after Ice Universe teased an upcoming Vivo smartphone with a curved glass display and a screen-to-body ratio of “over 100%,” Oppo has begun showing images and photos of a phone that appears to have a similar design. That’s not surprising, since Oppo and Vivo are both subsidiaries of Chinese tech company BBK. […]