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Lilbits (10-10-2014): Intel Skylake cometh (after Broadwell)

The first computers with Intel Broadwell (5th-generation Core) processors are just starting to arrive, and most Broadwell chips won’t be ready until early 2015. But Intel is already working on the processors that will replace Broadwell. Skylake processors will use as little as 4 watts (for the next-gen Core M processor), but most laptop chips in […]

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Xiaomi gets healthy, launches blood pressure monitoring smartphone dock

Xiaomi is getting into the health tech space. The company launched a $13 fitness tracker this summer, and Xiaomi is partnering with a company called iHealth Labs to launch a blood pressure monitor that’s designed to work with a smartphone. Just connect your phone to a special dock, hook up the blood pressure sensor, and […]

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New Xiaomi Redmi Note, cheaper Mi4 smartphone may be on the way

Chinese device maker Xiaomi may be preparing to launch two new smartphones soon. One is expected to be an updated version of its 5.5 inch Redmi Note with improved specs. The other could be a cheaper version of the Xiaomi Mi4 smartphone that launched this summer. Xiaomi Mi4 According to cnBeta, a listing for a new version […]

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Xiaomi launches MIUI 6, makes Android look more like iOS 7

Chinese device maker Xiaomi offers phones, tablets, smart TVs and other products that are known for their high quality and low prices. But Xiaomi is also known for its MIUI software which gives Google Android a fresh coat of paint, a custom user interface, and a handful of extra apps. MIUI also happens to look a […]

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Xiaomi responds to privacy concerns by making cloud messaging opt-in

Xiaomi is one of the fastest growing tech companies in China, but the phone maker has come under scrutiny from several reports in recent works that suggest the company’s phones may be violating users’ privacy. In July a user noted that Xiaomi phones were sending data to Chinese servers, and this past week security firm […]

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Lilbits (8-01-2014): You are now free to unlock your smartphone (kinda)

Want to unlock your smartphone so you can use it on a different wireless network, but worried that a SWAT team will kick down your door the instant you complete the task? No worries… it’s legal to unlock your phone in the United States again. Last week Congress passed a bill that would make cellphone […]

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Xiaomi Mi Band is a $13 fitness tracker

Xiaomi may be best known for offering high-quality smartphones at mid-range prices… like the new Xiaomi Mi4. But the company also produces smart TVs, WiFi routers, and other gadgets. Now Xiaomi is hopping on the fitness tracker bandwagon. The Xiaomi Mi Band is a wearable activity tracker that sells for just $13. The little guy […]