Category Archives: Other Hardware

Jolla Gets New Investment

Jolla Bags $12.4M Series B From Europe And Asia For Its Sailfish Mobile OS

Buoyed by a successful crowdfunding campaign to build an open source tablet running its Sailfish OS, Finnish mobile startup Jolla has also announced the closure of a Series B funding round.

A Jolla spokesman confirmed to TechCrunch that the size of the round is €10 million ($12.4M) but said it’s not disclosing who has invested. He did say that around half of the funding has come from European investors, and the other half from Asia.

Jolla has previously taken in multiple millions in external funding, including €1 million when Hong Kong-based firm China Fortune took a 6.25 per cent stake — back in February 2013.

Non-disclosure of investors.

That makes me wonder if Alibaba’s Jack Ma and/or Xiaomi’s Lei Jun put in some cash. It’d make sense for them to hedge their bets on another OS.

Jolla is really going to have to nail their tablet. It has to be just about complaint-free to excite people, attract new buyers, and entice developers.

Meanwhile, the Jolla tablet will be officially available in Italy next year [Google Translate].

Previously here:

Jolla Sailfish OS Designer Blog
Jolla Tablet Final Hours
Jolla Tablet Raises US$1 Million (So Far)
Jolla Crowdfunds iPad Mini Clone

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Compilation Of Xiaomi News

iLevon shares some information that seems to indicate three 4G phones are coming from Xiaomi.

Weibo:

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iambillbil Calls Out Intel’s Z37xx CPUs

Hoo boy.

Thermal throttling is the dark secret of the newest-generation of CPUs.

When the temperature of the chip hits a set point, its speed is automatically reduced. So a CPU that its maker brags is 2GHz can throttle back to 1.5GHz — or even less — once it gets hot.

This was already revealed with the Tegra K1 in the Xiaomi MiPad.

Now iambillbil is revealing it in the Intel Z37xx series of CPUs being used by Chinese tablet makers (and others).

In a post at the IMP3Net forum, he names four CPUs and illustrates the impact of thermal throttling [Google Translate].

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As Expected, Xiaomi’s Flying Pig Is An Air Purifier

I haven’t even read their Weibo yet and will not be posting further about this. Here are two three four links from people who did the work so I can be lazy here:

Xiaomi wants to clean up Beijing’s air with smart air purifier

Xiaomi‘s Air Purifier”borrowing” Design From Balmuda AirEngine [Frankly, I think it looks more like an old school Mac Pro…]

Xiaomi introduces smart air purifier as it expands its line of home devices

Lei Answers Jack Ma Pollution Jibe With Air Purifier

Previously here:

Lei Jun: Pigs Will Fly

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Pipo Announces C1 Smartband

Weibo:

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This is interesting.

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Xiaomi Releases Metal Mousepad

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Teclast: December 15 Announcement

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December is not a major holiday month in China, as it is in the West. Expect announcements from any firm at any time this month.

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Lei Jun: Pigs Will Fly

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WIRED Store In NYC

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WIRED Store, NYC

There doesn’t seem to be popup stores for either Dell or Intel this year. If there are, they suck at publicizing them! I was hoping there’d be one of them so I could try a pre-production model of the Dell Venue 8 7000. Looks like no such luck.

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Xiaomi MiBand iOS App Updated

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