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Tech Nano-Fondle: Samsung Gear Fit

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I didn’t do video.

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Samsung Gear Fit: Envisioned in 1969

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“Wearables” aren’t anything new.

Today’s products that seem like science-fiction once were — and, as usual, they were first created in the many productions of visionary Gerry Anderson.

Samsung Gear Fit? Monitor your heart rate on your wrist?

Here it was in 1969, in the movie Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (aka Doppelganger in Europe):

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Google Books PDF Death Match: MacBook Pro

After the Mac Pro and iMac, I moved to the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The total video action:

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Google Books PDF Death Match: iMac 21.5-Inch

After trying the Mac Pro, I moved on to the smallest of the iMac models.

Here’s the action via Safari:

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Google Books PDF Death Match: Mac Pro

The Apple Store had a Mac Pro set up driving a 4K Sharp screen.

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Of course I had to test it with Google Books PDFs!

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The Solo Solowheel

I cannot believe someone actually bought one — and is using it in Manhattan traffic!

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Rockchip 3288-Based Tablets Sooner Than We Thought?

Could be. Just released in China is a new Wii-like game console that uses the Rockchip 3288 CPU [Google Translate].

While the console maker won’t provide the chip spec, an official from Rockchip confirmed it was the 3288.

This console runs on Android.

So maybe next week the Hong Kong Electronics Fair will have announcements of new Rockchip 3288-based tablets that will be available within weeks? The console has already gone on pre-sale for a May 7th release date.

We’ll see.

If you’ve been thinking about buying the Retina-class iFive Mini 3, it might be time to start waiting for its 3288-based follow-up.

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US$60 Full Windows Tablets Coming

That’s the ambition of a company named Emdoor, one of those Chinese companies that suddenly pop up and make noise without ever being heard of previously [Google Translate].

Google Translate is always very sketchy when it comes to numbers, so it sounds as if Emdoor is boasting they plan to sell one-hundred million tablets. I think the correct translation might be one million — which is pretty ambitious anyway for a company I’d never heard of until now.

Here’s the slide boasting they’ll release a tablet in the third quarter of this year that will sell for US$60:

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What will US$60 buy?

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Intel Pushing US$99 Tablets Again

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Windows Tablets at $99, Realsense for high-end later this year

As we followed IDF yesterday we heard about a $99 tablet price target. We assumed it was for Android tablets but no, Intel are targeting their low-end Baytrail solution for Windows tablets at that price point. Intel are also increasing marketing and promising some new and improved features that could include Realsense 3D sensors for high-end Windows tablets.

Hermann Eul, corporate VP and GM of the Mobile and Communications Group at Intel explained in his keynote yesterday that by lining up low-cost SKUs (processor models) up with the removal of Windows licensing costs (announced at BUILD yesterday) they could enable Windows tablets “even down to $99 or $129. “As we speak we have more than 90 tablet designs coming to the market” spanning from below $100 to $500.

Well, we’re in for a whole new round of cheap and possibly nasty tablets by year’s end.

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Windows 8.x For Free

Microsoft making Windows free on devices with screens under 9 inches

Microsoft today said it will make Windows free of charge for phones and tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches, a move designed to help boost the company’s market share. The announcement comes alongside plans to let developers make universal applications that work on all devices running Microsoft’s software — both Windows Phone and Windows.

So, they woke up and saw that even fifteen dollars was too much.

And they finally had to admit USD 99 Allwinner was correct.

With Intel buying making lots of friends in China, Microsoft probably sees this as an opportunity to relive the glory days of “Wintel.”

Not so fast.

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