IRL Complications

A Sticky until the situation changes. Scroll down one for any new posts.

Stuff In Real Life with no end yet in sight is keeping me offline more than usual.

For the past week, I’ve been offline during the evenings.

I was offline all this weekend.

There might be a ramp up that will keep me offline totally for either a few days or up to two weeks.

I’ll try to give a timeframe if I can get on the Net from elsewhere, but don’t be surprised if the blog doesn’t get updated beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, February 10, 2015).

February 10, 2015 update: Blog updating could stop any time. I was able to quickly check China today.

February 14, 2015 update: I had a small bit of time to approve Comments. There is no time for any new posts. I’m not yet at the point where I have to announce an official hiatus for this joint. But it could happen.

February 17, 2015 update: Shit threatens to get even worse. Standby for even fewer updates.

February 18, 2015 update: Sporadic updates that can end at any time.

February 24, 2015 update: Dragged the home notebook — which weighs like a hundred fucking pounds — to a remote location. WiFi is totally unreliable. But I did get to read about the new Pebble Time and do a quick post about it. No other updates yet possible.

February 25, 2015 update: Despite any new updates, don’t expect the old volume of coverage. And don’t expect regularity. And expect it all to cease at any time.


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iFive Air Rebranded As HaierPad 971


With a Tyrant Gold back. Available April 2015 for 249 Euros in Europe. Don’t ever expect it in the U.S.. The HaierPad 781 — another rebranded tablet by Five Technology — never got here.

Haier also announced two Windows tablets too. Coverage at ZOL [Google Translate].

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InfoSec Taylor Swift Brings It




Special beatings should be set aside for the teams that code Google’s Chrome browser and the free Windows program called Paint.Net. Both have turned into slow, cloggy shit.

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Xiaomi Note Pro: Tyrant Gold Model



Previously here:

Wall Street Journal Loves New Xiaomi Note
Two New Xiaomi Note Ads
Xiaomi’s New Mi Note Wows Jaded American Tech Press
Reference: iPhone 6 Plus Vs. Mi Note Photos
Mi Note Phones

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Thunderbirds Are Go: Cartoon Network?



(“Get’s”?!!!? What is happening to this world …)

Previously here:

Prior Thunderbirds Are Go posts


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Selfie Reporters Are Now A Thing. Edison Carter Gloats.

Twenty minutes into the future …


… is now.

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Pipo Smartwatch: C2



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Lenovo A7000: US$169 Smartphone

CNet: The Lenovo A7000 is a $169, 5.5-inch 4G LTE smartphone with Dolby sound

Android Authority: Hands on with the Lenovo A7000

Lenovo: Lenovo Develops Its First Camera Smartphone Crossover Device

This looks very interesting and could compete well against the ZTE Zmax. But then there’s the heartbreak:

The Lenovo A7000 smartphone will be available in March in countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold, starting at $169 USD.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Lenovo doesn’t sell its smartphones in the U.S..

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CUBE Core-M i7 Tablet Gets Two Reviews (Updated: Four Reviews)


The first is at IMP3Net [Google Translate].

The second is at ZOL [Google Translate].

It’s 3,599 yuan, and that’s about US$574.00. That’s a hell of a lot to gamble on a Chinese tablet.

Same-day update:

And cngadget has a pure English-language review: Cube i7 hands-on review – the first Core-M powered tablet from China

Second same-day update:

And PC Online has a review too [Microsoft Translator].

Previously here:

CUBE i7 Core M Tablet Announced
CUBE i7 Core-M Tablet

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HP’s New Tablets. Another Chance To FAIL


ZOL has some photos from Mobile World Congress 2015 [Google Translate].

And after the break, CNet has a video demonstration.

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Nokia N1 Has Full Google Apps Outside China


Android Central posted a YouTube video from Mobile World Congress 2015 showing a demonstration of the Nokia N1 tablet by a Nokia representative.

Outside of China, the N1 will have all of the usual Google apps and services people expect of Android. Unfortunately, still no non-China markets announced. By the time they get around to that, they’ll have to update the CPU to compete against the newer Intel Atoms.

See the video after the break.

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