Meizu Gets New Logo, Internal PDF Leaked

This is where the company wants to be:


See their plan — if you can read Chinese — in the leaked PDF [Google Drive].

via Weibo

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R.I.P. Filmmaker Wes Craven

Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76

1) I had no idea he was 76

2) I didn’t know he had brain cancer

3) I’ve never seen any of his movies

4) I did see his Twilight Zone episode, “Shatterday

And so should you. See it after the break before it’s DMCAed away.

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Asus Chromebook Flip

I encountered this by surprise at Best Buy. Wound up using it five times at four different stores.

I did a torture test. I had fifteen tabs open, one-third of which were heavy and translated Chinese tech sites. Also Drudge Report, Techmeme, YouTube, this site, PubMed, and Weather Underground with radar animation going.

No stutters. No delays. No freezes. I was very impressed.

But then this happened …

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R.I.P. Neurologist Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks

Oliver Sacks in The New Yorker

I first encountered him in a brilliant multi-part discussion/documentary series on PBS, called A Glorious Accident.

Brilliant man.

Rest in peace.

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iambillbil: Teclast X98 Pro, Teclast X2 Pro, Onda V919 3G Core-M

China tablet expert iambillbil has been busy. At post time, I don’t have time to read these, so I’m passing them along for those of you who do.

Teclast X98 Pro [Google Translate]

Teclast X2 Pro [Google Translate]

Onda V919 3G Core-M [Google Translate]

Previously here:

Prior iambillbil posts

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Nexus 8 Photos Leaked: Yes, It’s From Colorfly

Via PadNews [Google Translate]:


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Vido Announces A Camera



Thus adding further evidence to what I’ve been saying: Onda, Chuwi, Vido, Ramos, etc., are electronics companies. They are not tablet companies.

If the tablet market dies on them, they’ll try wearables, or TV boxes, or even cameras.

The same can really be said of Samsung, LG, Acer, etc., too.

Only Apple relies on a tablet. Because computing has always been their business.


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Archos Diamond Tab: iPad Mini Clone For The Unlucky

Archos Diamond Tab becomes official with 4G LTE support

It has a 7.9-inch 2,048×1,536 IPS touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing unit, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 4,800 mAh battery. It’s powered by MediaTek’s MT8752 64-bit chipset boasting a 1.7 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU.

Archos as a company is a goddammed joke.

They’ve announced so many tablets and so many strategies and stuck their snout in so many things, it’s no longer possible for anyone with a brain to take this company seriously.

They pissed away their retail presence in America by flooding it with shitty tablets. This is another tablet that’ll never make it here. And since I don’t cover this company, I won’t see the eventual wails from suckers who buy this and find out it’s fall-apart shit with built-in flaws that’ll never be fixed.


Previously here:

Prior Archos posts

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Sony: No More Baloney

Android 5.1 Lollipop certified for Xperia C3 and T2 Ultra (19.4.A.0.180)

I have bashed Sony again and again for its stupid moves in the eBook and TV markets.

So it’s only fair that I praise them again and again for the recent moves they’ve been making with phones.

The T2 Ultra — which is hardly on sale anywhere any more — is going to be getting Android 5.1!

Whoever it is at Sony who is making these moves deserves a raise. He’s instilling customer confidence in their phone division. It seems the days of abandoning customers — at least with phones — are over.

Now, if only the upcoming Z5 Ultra was a six-inch screen instead of just 5.5-inches! Well, at least bring the C5 Ultra to the U.S.!

Previously here:

Good Job, Sony
What Has Happened To Sony?!
Sony’s Boldest Phone Move Yet
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Android 5.0 Update Is Go
Sony: T2 Ultra Will Get Android 5.0!
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Might Get Android 5.x

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Instant Millionaires: Joseph E. Hrudka


I re-read that this week.

I was interested to follow-up on Joseph E. Hrudka. He became rich just about by accident and founded a company called Mr. Gasket. He was an example of someone who succeeded despite the common wisdom of the people surrounding him. School bored him, cars excited him. No one thought he’d ever amount to anything. Yet he showed them all.

Anyway, the follow-up was not a pretty picture. No Wikipedia entry, which is odd.

And this:

New Times: Gasket Case — a divorce from Hell
Biography — so brief
Mr. Gasket Inc. History — on a spammy site with a link sure to die
MR. GASKET – The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

And yes, I recommend this book — and others by Max Gunther — very highly.

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