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Lilbits: Google Messages blocks RCS on rooted phones, HDMI Forum blocks AMD’s open source high-res/refresh rate drivers

Google has spent the last few years pushing RCS as the future of instant messaging, thanks to support for features that are missing from SMS such as typing notifications, read receipts, high-res photo sharing, and support for sending messages over WiFi as well as cellular networks. But… many Google Messages users recently noticed that they […]

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AOOSTAR GEM12 Pro mini PC has an OCuLink port, optional status display, and up to AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS

Mini PC maker AOOSTAR has begun taking pre-orders in China for a new computer that supports up to an AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS processor configured to run at up to 75 watts, up to 64GB of DDR5-5600 memory, and up to two M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs. But what really makes the AOOSTAR GEM12 Pro […]

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Apple will continue to allow web apps on the iOS Home Screen in the EU after all

A few weeks after announcing a series of changes coming to iOS users in the European Union as a response to the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple has reversed course on one of the most controversial changes. Apple had planned to stop users from installing Progressive Web Apps to the Home Screen starting with […]

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KDE Plasma 6 Mobile UI for mobile Linux distros brings homescreen, navigation, and desktop mode improvements

This weeks the developers behind the KDE plasma desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems released Plasma 6, the biggest update in 10 years. While the free and open source user interface is most commonly used on desktop operating systems, there’s also a Plasma Mobile version for use on supported smartphones and tablets, and the Plasma […]

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MSI Claw is up for pre-order, ships March 12 (First handheld gaming PC with Intel Meteor Lake)

The first handheld gaming PC powered by an Intel Meteor Lake processor with Intel Arc integrated graphics is almost here. Customers in the US can now pre-order the MSI Claw for $699 and up, and it’s expected to begin shipping on March 12, 2024. All models of the MSI Claw features a 7 inch, 1920 […]

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GPD Win Mini (2024) is a mini gaming laptop with Ryzen 7 8840U and 7 inch, 120 Hz VRR display

The GPD Win Mini is either a handheld gaming PC with a 7 inch display and a clamshell design with a QWERTY keyboard, touchpad, and built-in game controllers in the bottom section. GPD launched the first model in the fall of 2023, and now the company has unveiled an updated model that’s coming soon with […]

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Asus NUC 14 Pro to sell for $394 and up, NUC 14 Pro+ starts at $869

After Intel shut down its NUC business last year, Asus acquired a license to continue developing, marketing, and supporting NUC-branded mini PCs. And in January the company unveiled some of the first new NUC systems set to launch this year. Now Asus has listed prices for two of those mini PCs and they’re… about what […]

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A Lenovo subsidiary designed this dual-screen E Ink book, notebook, laptop… thing

Lenovo subsidiary Hefei LCFC has designed a portable device called Gemini that combines two 7.8 inch E Ink displays in a way that allows you to use the system as a laptop computer (with a virtual keyboard), an actual notebook (with pen support), or a book (by folding the screen so you can see just […]

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Windows 11 update bring Copilot plugins, Android-phone-as-webcam, and more

Microsoft plans to roll out a number of updates to Windows 11 over the next few weeks. Some are things we’ve already heard about, like the Generative Erase feature in the Windows Photos app. Others are new, like the ability to use an Android smartphone as a webcam for your PC. But it’s telling that […]

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Tecno MEGA Mini Gaming G1 is a compact water-cooled PC with discrete graphics

The same Chinese company that unveiled a handheld gaming PC this week that uses a pair of glasses for a display also showed off another small gaming computer at Mobile World Congress this week. The Tecno MEGA Mini Gaming G1 is a small form-factor desktop computer with support for up to an Intel Core i9-13900H and NVIDIA […]

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Energizer Ultimate U660S is a €499 flip phone with a foldable OLED display

Avenir Telecom’s Energizer HardCase P28K smartphone garnered a lot of attention at Mobile World Congress this week due to its standout feature: a massive 28,000 mAh battery. But the power-bank-with-a-smartphone isn’t the only new device the company is showing off at MWC. The Energizer Ultimate U660S is a phone that stands out for another reason: it’s […]