Lilbits: What the FLoC?

Google plans to end support for third-party tracking cookies in the Chrome browser, which is ostensibly a response to users’ growing demands for privacy. But Google is first and foremost a company that makes its money by advertising… and these days that’s primarily targeted advertising. So the company plans to keep doing that. Instead of cookies […]

Lilbits: Remembering LG’s innovative phones, another smartphone Linux distro, and high-performance single-board computers

LG is getting out of the smartphone business and that’s probably a smart move for a company that’s been losing money in that space for the past six years. But it’s still sad to see the exit of a company that had been pushing the boundaries of smartphone weirdness with models like the dual-screen LG […]

Lilbits: AYA Neo, Google Chrome, Samsung smartphone cameras, and Alphabet’s “Wolverine” super-powered hearing moonshot

Google’s parent company Alphabet is working on a line of audio-enhancing products that could turn out to be next-gen hearing aids, or possibly something much more. Meanwhile Google has announced plans to speed up the release schedule for its Chrome web browser by 50-percent, with new stable builds now rolling out every four weeks. Samsung […]

Microsoft Edge 89 brings faster startup, reduced resource consumption, vertical tabs

The latest version of Microsoft’s Edge web browser is designed to launch as much as 41-percent more quickly thanks to a new “Startup boost” feature. At the same time, Microsoft is also reducing resource consumption by implementing support for “sleeping tabs,” allowing browser tabs to use less CPU and memory resources when they’re in the […]

Lilbits: Privacy wars, app stores, and advances in color E Ink

Much of the web, including this website, is primarily funded via advertising. And in recent years advertisers have chosen largely to focus on targeted advertising, which tracks user behavior as folks move from website to website to choose ads that are most likely to appeal to specific individuals. Plenty of folks don’t like being tracked to […]

Firefox picks up HTTPS-only mode and pinch-to-zoom, will lose Adobe Flash support soon

Firefox 83 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Among other things, the latest version of the open source web browser should bring a 15-percent boost in page load performance, and an 8-percent cut in memory usage. There’s also support for an HTTPS-only model that will alert you if you try to visit a […]