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Lilbits (8-22-2013): More than a third of BlackBerry 10 apps come from a single developer

Folks have a habit of comparing mobile platforms by the sheer number of apps available in their app stores. There are around a million apps available for Android and iOS, for instance, more than 160,000 available for Windows Phone, and about 120,000 for BlackBerry 10. But quality is more important than quantity — nobody actually […]

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Lilbits (8-06-2013): Ubuntu Edge, XBMC, and Firefox 23

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth and friends have been working to bring the open source operating system to smartphones and tablets. And last month they introduced a side-project, a phone called the Ubuntu Edge which would dual boot Android and Ubuntu and work both as a phone and a desktop computer (when docked to a mouse, […]

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Lilbits (7-19-2013): Early phone upgrades, Chrome web app launch

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all announced plans that will let customers upgrade phones more quickly. Typically US mobile customers had to wait 18 to 24 months to qualify for a new handset. Some of the new plans let you upgrade as often as every 6 months. Of course, none of this comes free of […]

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XBMC running in Linux on a TV box with an Amlogic AM8726-MX chip (video)

The folks behind the XBMC media center application have made a lot of progress porting the software to run on Android. But if you’d rather have a small, low-power XBMC box that runs on Linux, new options might be available soon. Pivos Technology’s XIOS box can run Android or Linux, and there are XBMC builds […]

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G-Box Midnight MX2 TV dual-core box is made for Android, XBMC

There are plenty of Android-powered TV boxes designed to let you run apps, surf the web, and even run the XBMC media center software on your TV. But the G-Box Midnight MX2 is one of the few that’s really designed with XBMC in mind. Matricom’s latest TV box comes with a custom version of XBMC […]

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Lilbits (5-03-2013): Sony Xperia Z, XBMC 12.2, and Google Glass… oh my!

Acer sort of dominated tech news headlines today, with some crazy new laptop designs, and some not-so-crazy tablets, as well as hints of things to come. But Acer isn’t the only company making waves. Here’s a roundup of some of the day’s other news from around the web, including an update on Sony’s new ultra-thin […]

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Lilbits (5-01-2013): HP Slate 7 reviewed, Apple still dominates tablet shipments

HP’s TouchPad tablet didn’t sell very many units at $499, but became the must-have tablet of 2011 when the company launched a fire sale and liquidated the tablet for prices as low as $99. So it’s not a huge surprise that HP’s decided to re-enter the tablet space this year with a budget model that’s supposed […]

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TheLittleBlackBox: An ARM-based, open source XBMC media center

XBMC is a media center application that started its life as a project to turn the first-generation Xbox into an audio and video powerhouse. The project has since been ported to run on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and other platforms, and we’ve even seen it running on low-power devices with ARM processors such as the […]

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$79 GameStick video game console becomes a media center with XBMC support

The GameStick is an upcoming device which lets you turn your TV into a video game console by sticking a $79 stick into the HDMI port to run Android video games which you can control using a wireless gamepad. But like many other game consoles, you’ll also be able to use the GameStick as a […]

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OpenELEC 3.0 released: Light-weight OS brings XBMC to more devices

OpenELEC is a Linux-based operating system designed to support the XBMC media center application. It basically turns a PC into a media center which brings audio, video, pictures, and more to your TV. The OpenELEC team has released version 3.0, which is based on XBMC 12.1 and which includes versions which support the Raspberry Pi […]

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XBMC 12.1 improves Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi performance

The XBMC team has released an updated version of the popular cross-platform media center application. While it brings bug fixes and improvements to Windows, Mac, and Linux, XBMC 12.1 also includes a number of improvements for mobile and low power devices such as the Raspberry Pi, Apple TV, and Android and iOS devices. Among other […]