Monthly Archives: February 2014

Status Of Retina-Class iFive Mini 3

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IMP3Net has an advertorial post that over one thousand people pre-ordered the Retina-class iFive Mini 3 [Google Translate] and a second advertorial post that’s recruiting astroturfers to buy it for half price through March 9th [Google Translate].

What does this mean for you, if you’re interested in buying it?

Wait for the astroturf reports.

Why?

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HP Slate 8 Pro Is De-Listed

When going to HP’s site now, instead of the Slate 8 Pro is a listing for the “HP 8 1401 Tablet.”

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Memo To Samsung: Open The Gear Fit!

I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem

Imagine, just for a moment, that your Sony DVD player would only play Sony Movies’ films. When you decided to buy a new DVD player from Samsung, none of those media files would work on your new kit without some serious fiddling.

That’s the walled garden that so many companies are now trying to drag us into. And I think it stinks.

I Still Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem

Openness and network effects are the biggest drivers of usage – an MP3 bought from Amazon works on an iPod bought from Apple, and an MP3 bought from iTunes works perfectly on a Kindle Fire bought from Amazon. Customers and businesses both win when open standards are embraced and lock-in is eschewed.

Samsung, you simply cannot think of everything. Harness the billions of brain out there in the world. Let the Gear Fit connect to everything. Produce an SDK. You will own our wrists.

Same-day update: Samsung’s new Gear watches are now open to third-party support Obviously I hadn’t seen this before I did the post. Thanks to Pavels in Comments for pointing it out.

Previously here:

The Samsung Gear Fit: This Is It

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Retina-Class iFive Mini 3 Demo Video

This video, after break, is worth seeing because it shows the UI doesn’t stutter. That was a bit of a concern given it’s still using the Rockchip 3188.

Also on view here is the Gallery/Photos app. That seems a wee bit laggy.

Two videos and a game are also shown.

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1Pad Unboxes Retina iFive Mini 3

Not really anything new here except for some photos [Google Translate].

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The Samsung Gear Fit: This Is It

Off the top of my head I can think of three times in my life when I’ve seen a product and exclaimed, “That’s it!”

1) The Macintosh GUI
2) The Palm Pilot PDA
3) The iPhone (encompasses iPad too)

Now I have to add the new Samsung Gear Fit to that list.

I ignored the Mobile World Congress news about it and today happened to click on a CNet story about it: Perfect Fit: Why the Samsung Gear Fit might be a hint of wristbands to come

I was immediately seduced by the lead photo with the clock and that colorful wallpaper.

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Google Books PDF Death Match: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

The Google Books PDF Death Match series of posts:

– Part One: Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
– Part Two: iPad Mini
– Part Three: iPad 4 with Retina Display
– Part Four: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Supplemental/Additional:
Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Google Books PDF Death Match: 2013 Nexus 7
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPad Air
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPhone 5s
Google Books PDF Death Match: Retina iPad Mini
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Pro
Google Books PDF Death Match: LG G Pad 8.3

A trip into Manhattan today with a side stop at Best Buy finally brought me into the presence of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

Did it live up to all the hype?

See the answer after the break.

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Google Books PDF Death Match: LG G Pad 8.3

The Google Books PDF Death Match series of posts:

– Part One: Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
– Part Two: iPad Mini
– Part Three: iPad 4 with Retina Display
– Part Four: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Supplemental/Additional:
Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Google Books PDF Death Match: 2013 Nexus 7
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPad Air
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPhone 5s
Google Books PDF Death Match: Retina iPad Mini
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Pro

A trip into Manhattan today with a side stop at Best Buy finally brought me into the orbit of the elusive LG G Pad 8.3.

I originally lusted after this tablet when it was released months ago. Then I cooled on it as the months passed and it couldn’t be found in any local stores.

Was my pining for it ever warranted?

See the answer after the break.

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R.I.P. Actor, Writer, and Director Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69

Well this is a shock.

The second shock, for me at least, was that he was 69 years old. I had no idea.

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New Video Of Retina-Class iFive Mini 3

A vendor has posted a new video of the Retina-class iFive Mini 3.

All screensnaps from the 720p version of the video; click to enlarge.

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