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Lilbits: Firefox for Android gets 450 new extensions, Asus ROG Phone 8 leaked, Plasma Mobile 6 previewed

A few weeks ago Mozilla announced that its Firefox web browser for Android would soon be gaining support for hundreds of additional extensions. Now the day has come. This is actually more of a return to form than a brand new feature. Mozilla first added support for browser extensions to its Android browser way back […]

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Firefox for Android is adding support for 400+ add-ons

Desktop web browsers have long supported add-ons and extensions that change the user interface, add features, or otherwise change the behavior of the browser. But it’s more rare to find a mobile browser with support for third-party add-ons. Firefox is one of the exceptions. Firefox for Android first added support for add-ons in 2011, but […]

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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi CM5, Samsung’s mobile browser comes to Windows, and Huawei’s satellite-enabled tablet

First Apple added emergency satellite communication to the iPhone. Then Qualcomm tried (and failed) to get its own satellite platform for smartphones off the ground. Now Chinese device maker Huawei has made the jump to satellite-enabled… tablets. The new Huawei MatePad Pro 11 (2024) is the first consumer tablet to support 2-way satellite communications… but […]

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Amazon’s Kindle web browser is actually usable now

Amazon’s Kindle devices are meant first and foremost for reading eBooks. But there’s also a web browser. Up until a few years ago, that browser was officially considered “experimental,” and up until the past month or so, it was unofficially considered awful. But Amazon has quietly begun rolling out an updated version of its web […]

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Firefox 118 brings browser-based website translation (no cloud servers required… for a handful of supported languages)

Web browsers have had tools that let you translate websites for years. But they typically rely on cloud-based translation services like Google Translate or Microsoft’s Bing Translator. The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser does things differently. Firefox 118 brings support for Fullpage Translation, which can translate websites entirely in your browser. In other […]

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DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused web browser now available for Windows (in beta)

DuckDuckGo is best known for its privacy-focused search engine. But the company also makes browser extensions and full-fledged web browsers for Android, iOS, Mac, and now Windows. After launching a desktop app for Mac users last year, DuckDuckGo has released a public beta of the DuckDuckGo Browser for Windows. Unsurprisingly the key features that set […]

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Lilbits: Brydge collapses, and your next TV might be free (with persistent ads on a second screen)

Using a mouse for extended periods of repetitive activities like audio editing wreaks havoc on my wrist, so I picked up a vertical mouse a few years ago which seems to help a bit. I’ve also tried a few trackballs, but have never really gotten the hang of using them. But I really like the […]

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Google Chrome to retire the lock icon for HTTPS sites, introduce new icon for tuning site settings

Most modern web browsers use a lock icon to let you know if you’re visiting a site that that uses HTTPS for secure connections or not. But Google says in recent years HTTPS has become the rule rather than the exception… and that even phishing sites use HTTPS these days. In other words, the lock […]

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Lilbits: Kodi 21 Alpha released, Marvel Comics app is shutting down, and Asus ROG Ally prototypes revealed

It’d be easy to take one quick look at the Asus ROG Ally handheld gaming PC and conclude that it was heavily influenced by Valve’s Steam Deck… or maybe some of the many other handhelds launched in recent years by lesser known companies. But Asus says it’s actually been working on its handheld for the […]

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Lilbits: Microsoft brings AI video upscaling to Edge browser, F-Droid’s faster updates, and VisionFive 2 RISC-V SBC performance testing

Ever find yourself clicking on a video in your web browser only to discover that it’s a blocky, low-res video that was uploaded over a decade ago, when displays, cameras, and internet connections weren’t really good enough to make HD video on the web a thing yet? Microsoft is taking aim at low-res video on […]

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Internet Explorer is dead(er) after Microsoft disables IE11 on most versions of Windows 10

Microsoft officially retired Internet Explorer 11 last year, ending support for the final version of the company’s original web browser. But now the company has gone a step further and “permanently disabled” the browser on many Windows 10 systems that still had it installed. An update to Microsoft’s documentation for the IE11 retirement plan indicates […]

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Google Chrome browser gets features to make it less of a memory and battery hog

When Google’s Chrome web browser first hit the streets, it quickly earned a reputation as one of the speediest browsers around. But as it continued to gain market share over the years, it also earned a well-deserved reputation as a memory hog and a resource-intensive application that would shorten your laptop’s battery life. Now Google […]