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June 11, 2024

Lilbits Unveiled: Anticipating the Xbox Handheld, Exploring a New Linux Phone, and Highlights from WWDC


Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today with a keynote where the company laid out some of the new features coming to Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and the Apple Vision Pro headset. Leading up to the event, there was a lot of buzz about Apple’s first big foray into the AI space. But Apple didn’t really even get to AI until more than halfway through the keynote, suggesting that it’s an important part of the roadmap… but not necessarily the most important part (at least not yet). Some of the smaller things the company announced include a native calculator app for iPads (finally), a new password manager, and RCS support coming to Messages.

Meanwhile, another company had a big event this weekend – Microsoft held an Xbox Showcase to unveil a whole bunch of upcoming games and some new consoles… that are really just minor variations on the existing Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. That long-rumored handheld? There’s no official word on when it’s going to arrive… but it seems increasingly clear that it will arrive eventually.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Many folks had expected Microsoft to unveil an Xbox handheld during the Xbox Showcase this weekend. The company did not. But Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer pretty much says one is on the way, and it’ll be a full-fledged console, not a PlayStation Portal-like streaming device.

Tuxedo Computers has confirmed that the Tuxedo-branded Linux on Snapdragon X laptop showcased by German PC manufacturer Schenker at Computex is indeed a current project and might be ready to launch by the end of this year, although this is not certain.

It appears that Microsoft’s Cross Device Experience/Phone Link App might soon allow users to access their smartphone’s storage in File Explorer via a wireless link, eliminating the need for a USB cable.

Looks like future updates to the Cross Device Experience Host will enable devices to appear in File Explorer, as suggested by a hidden toggle within the app. pic.twitter.com/9zwomWwdTz

— PhantomOcean3 🌳 (@PhantomOfEarth) June 8, 2024

The PinePhone Pro’s camera is gradually improving due to software enhancements, and a new Mobile Linux company named FuriLabs is set to introduce a smartphone called the FLX1. This device will feature mid-range specifications, an IP68 certification, and will run on a version of Droidian known as FuriOS.

Priced at $499 at its debut, the FLX1 utilizes Halium instead of mainline Linux. This choice allows mobile Linux systems to use Android drivers necessary for operation on Android-supported hardware.

iPhones will soon support RCS with the rollout of iOS 18. Communications with Android devices will continue to appear with green bubbles. Nonetheless, this update will bring enhancements such as high-quality image and video transfers, typing indicators, read receipts, and the ability to send longer messages.

Furthermore, Apple has unveiled a new Password Manager application simply named “Passwords.”

With the introduction of support for various types of passwords including WiFi and verification codes and its deep integration into iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, this feature could pose a significant challenge to existing third-party services such as 1Password, Bitwarden, and LastPass.

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