Monthly Archives: April 2014

Teclast X98 3G: Windows 8.1 In May

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Teclast has announced on its Weibo account:

#台电X98 3G#,将于5月份正式首发升级微软Win8.1体验版固件,全国领先!升级后的X98 3G拥有强大的办公能力。最快64位英特尔Bay Trail-T处理器X超级板强大的硬件,让你玩转Windows和Android两个系统。敬请期待Win8.1固件!

Which Google Translate renders as:

# Taipower X98 3G #, will officially debut in May Microsoft Win8.1 experience upgrade the firmware version, the nation’s leading! X98 3G has a strong ability to work after the upgrade. The fastest 64-bit Intel Bay Trail-T processor board X super powerful hardware, so you Fun Windows and Android both systems. Stay tuned Win8.1 firmware!

1Pad has an item about this [Google Translate].

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Fargo: Episode 3

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This is not a TV series.

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R.I.P. Actor Bob Hoskins

There is just to no way to explain the impact of seeing Bob Hoskins for the first time in Dennis Potter’s Pennies from Heaven TV serial.

It would be hard enough for any actor to pull off miming songs yet he did it with such gusto that it was like watching life come into the world.

I remembered his name and when the movie The Long Good Friday was pimped and having its premiere (on Good Friday!) in New York City, I went to see it just to watch Hoskins. He was again revelatory, with a final shot of him that can’t be compared to anything else in film history.

Even when he had a minor role — such as a manic repairman in Brazil — you could feel the energy within him waiting to be unleashed.

He was amazing and one of a kind. He did great work and will be missed.

After the break, some video.

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Teclast X98 3G Gets A Review

The X98 3G is Teclast’s new flagship tablet. It has a 64-bit Bay Trail-T Intel Z3735D CPU with a peak speed of 1.83GHz and a default speed of 1.33GHz combined with 2GBs of RAM, 16GBs of internal storage, and a 9.7-inch Retina-class screen.

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IMP3Net has a review [Google Translate].

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Chuwi Claims Unbelievable VX3 AnTuTu Score

The Chuwi VX3 is the latest tablet from Chuwi. It features a seven-inch 1920 x 1200 screen, 2GBs of RAM, 16GBs of storage, and an octa-core MediaTek 6592 with a peak speed of 2GHz.

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In an advertorial post, Chuwi claims what is not just unbelievable but likely impossible [Google Translate].

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Video: Rockchip’s New MultiWindow Android

There’s a post and a video [Google Translate].

It’s being demonstrated on the Pipo P1, a 9.7-inch Retina-class screen, Rockchip 3288 CPU, 2GBs of RAM.

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It seems Rockchip has — ahem — borrowed elements of Samsung’s MultiView.

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Comic Book Writer Wakes Up, Weeps Years Too Late

Gerry Conway: The ComiXology Outrage

Now, I’ve heard some folks say that Amazon is just trying to avoid paying Apple’s “greedy 30% fee” for in-app purchases. This is such nonsense it almost doesn’t require a response, because there are people out there who have a knee-jerk reaction against Apple that goes beyond critical thinking, but in the hopes of reaching more open-minded readers who might be tempted by that argument, let me address it.

Apple charges 30% for in-app purchases of eBooks, music, video, games. Amazon charges 30% for digital distribution of eBooks, music, video, games. Same deal. Period.

There’s a long and fruitless debate to be had over whether or not Apple “deserves” to make a profit off its App Store. Anti-Apple deniers say no, and their arguments usually boil down to just a dislike of Apple making a profit (or what they consider a “greedy” profit). The fact is, Apple provides a storefront for developers to sell their apps, and as any store owner would, asks for a piece of the money the developers make as a result. Mall owners ask store owners to pay rent. It’s a normal business transaction. Happens every day. Apple’s App Store provides developers with access, and gives them three ways to pay for the privilege: developers can charge for the app directly (and Apple takes a cut, 30%, same as Amazon); developers can provide the app for “free” and Apple will place ads in the app (ad-supported payment, like Google search); or developers can offer in-app purchases (and Apple takes their 30% cut, one step removed).

Please, bitch. Please.

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Movie: Jobs

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8K TV

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The China Electronic Information Expo (CITE 2014) [Google Translate].

7680 x 4320 sounds incredible until the 98-inch size is factored in. That’s only about 89 pixels per inch!

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What Is The HP Slate 8 Plus?

We don’t know. But Notebook Italia dug it up along with two new seven-inch tablets [Google Translate]:

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Given there is no plain “Slate 8,” we can’t tell if the “Plus” designation is an upgrade or downgrade from the “Pro” one.

Yet another tablet HP won’t get into real-world stores.

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