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Lilbits: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition, Oppo’s in-house chips, and Hyper’s big new batteries

This week Google officially launched the first smartphones powered by its own Google Tensor processors, and Apple unveiled new MacBook Pro laptops powered by the company’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. There seems to be a growing trend of device makers designing their own processors rather than using off-the-shelf chips from Intel, AMD, […]

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Last call to export your Google Play Music data (it shuts down Feb 24)

Google announced last year that it was replacing Google Play Music with YouTube Music and shutting down the older online music streaming service. But before pulling the plug, the company launched tools that would let you transfer your data to YouTube Music and/or download any music you’d uploaded to Google Play’s cloud storage. And you’re […]

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Lilbits: Samsung leftovers, LibreOffice 7.0, and another PC with a 6W AMD Zen chip

Yesterday Liliputing reported that Lenovo has two new low-cost laptops for the education market that will be among the first to ship with 6-watt AMD processors based on the chip maker’s Zen architecture. But I forgot at the time that Lenovo also has a mini-desktop that will use the most powerful of those new chips. Lenovo […]

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The day the music dies: Google Play Music will go silent by October

Google is in the process of consolidating its music streaming services — a few months ago the company launched a tool that would allow Google Play Music users to migrate their data to YouTube Music. And now Google has announced that it will begin shutting down Google Play Music in September. That’s when the service […]

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Google launches tool for migrating from Play Music to YouTube Music

Google plans to shut down Google Play Music later this year and put all its eggs into the YouTube Music basket. The company has been bringing Play Music functionality (like a cloud storage locker for your personal music collection) to YouTube Music so that you’d get more features in the new service, rather than less. […]

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YouTube Music is getting a cloud storage locker for your personal music collection

Google currently has two music streaming services — but the company plans to eventually phase out the older Google Play Music service and shift its resources to the newer YouTube Music, which launched nearly two years ago. First, the company plans to bring some features from Google Play Music to YouTube Music — like the ability to […]

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YouTube Music and Amazon Music now available for free (with ads… on smart speakers)

Google and Amazon both are both launching free, ad-supported versions of their streaming music services. And both are available exclusively on smart speakers at launch. You can now listen to YouTube Music for free if you have a Google Home or another Google Assistant-powered speaker. And Amazon Music is now free for anyone with an […]

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YouTube Music streaming music service goes live

Google’s latest music streaming service goes live today. As promised, updated YouTube Music includes a mix of songs, music videos, and live performances, among other things. And there are multiple pricing options including a free, ad-supported service and an ad-free YouTube Music Premium service that runs $10 per month (after your free trial is up). […]

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Google (re)introduces YouTube Music and rebrands YouTube Red as YouTube Premium

YouTube is already one of the best resources for finding music, whether you’re looking for official music videos, live performances, or full albums that somebody’s uploaded with or without the publisher’s permission. But a few years ago Google decided to make it a bit easier to use YouTube as a music app, by launching YouTube […]

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YouTube Music for Android, iOS turns your phone into a non-stop jukebox

YouTube is already one of the best places to find pretty much any song you’re looking for: if an artist hasn’t officially uploaded the track, odds are some user has. And in addition to official recordings there are a ton of live recordings that are either professionally recorded or captured at concerts by smartphone users. […]

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YouTube Red launches Oct 28th: Ad-free YouTube for $10 per month

Love watching videos on YouTube, but hate sitting through (or waiting 5 seconds to skip) the ads? Google is launching another option. Starting October 28th, you’ll be able to pay $9.99 per month for a YouTube Red subscription. It provides access to all YouTube content on all your devices. But you’ll never see an ad […]