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Lilbits: Microsoft goes big on widgets for Windows 11, Zoom may launch email and calendar apps

What’s old is new again. Nearly two decades ago, Microsoft introduced support for widgets (called gadgets) that displayed snippets of information in a sidebar for Windows Vista. It became an optional feature with Windows 7, and it was discontinued by the time Windows 8 arrived. But Windows 11? It’s got widgets again, this time stuffed […]

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Lilbits: Google buys Raxium, Thunderbird is going mobile, and Zoom puts time limits on free 1:1 calls

Zoom became a household name shortly after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as folks flocked to the easy-to-use software for hosting group video calls. The company’s freemium model doesn’t hurt: calls up to 40 minutes are free, while you have to pay for a subscription for longer group video calls. Up until this […]

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Lilbits: Trade-in site Gazelle is doing trade-ins again, Facebook Portal TV does Zoom, and more

Gazelle made a name for itself as a go-to site for buying and selling used smartphones and other gadgets. About two months ago the company removed the selling part. Now it’s back. Maybe ending the thing you’re best known for isn’t always the best business move? Meanwhile Lenovo’s next ThinkBook 14 is on sale… in […]

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Lilbits 6-18-2020: Maybe Chrome will be less of a memory hog

Google’s Chrome web browser is fast, versatile, and… a bit of a resource hog. But that could be about to change for Windows users. Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 May 2020 Update includes a change that could allow the Edge web browser to reduce memory consumption by as much as 27-percent. And the folks […]

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Lilbits 390: A DIY ergonomic E Ink laptop made from off-the-shelf parts

There’s a fine line between genius and madness, and I’m not entirely sure which side this falls on, but web designer ArleyM recently shared details about a DIY ergonomic E Ink laptop project… and it’s kind of beautiful and horrific at the same time. Basically, the kit combines an ergonomic keyboard from Kinesis, a Kensington […]