Daily Archives: May 20, 2014

Halt And Catch Fire: Episode One


I didn’t intend to watch this. I’d never heard about it. And when I did, I had no real desire. I thoroughly hated the first episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley — so much so I didn’t waste electrons on a post here — and I wasn’t in any mood for more of the same.

But this fell into my lap today and I had some time to watch it.

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Xiaomi’s Product Launch Video


Someone managed to rip from Youku the Xiaomi presentation that introduces their 4K TV, soundbar, and MiPad.

I don’t know if stitching it all together (the ripping site I used split it into several parts, so I abandoned my own effort) caused some glitches, but it seems the cuts are rough and the sound goes a bit out of sync.

Still, it’s interesting to watch — and a mini-crash course in spoken Chinese.

The MiPad introduction begins at 30 minutes in but I recommend watching the entire video, which is after the break.

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No Surface Mini

I watched the Microsoft live video (it didn’t require Silverlight — points to Microsoft!) of the new Surface introduction.

And there was no Surface Mini introduced.

So, it’s dead?

I wouldn’t be surprised. Who would want to buy an RT-only eight-inch device when you can get full Windows in an eight-inch device like the Onda V819i?


I guess Microsoft woke up to the threat of China and the wisdom of letting people roll their own cheap Windows tablet. There will be several coming from China in a few weeks.

What I saw of the Surface 3 pro impressed me. I like the new 2:3 aspect ratio. I’d really like to try one at Best Buy — and they’d better have them set up so I can do my Google Books PDF test!


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China: Nvidia Answers Questions About K1 CPU

Nvidia held a conference with select members of China’s tech press to discuss the new Tegra K1 CPU used in the Xiaomi MiPad [Google Translate].

The first question is skeptical about the power draw of the K1:

I remember at CES on general release Tegra K1 yellow when once the Xbox 360 and PS3 comparison, was released five watts of power, but just said is less than 2 watts of power requirements we know that the phone is generally 2-3 tile, flat is less than 5 watts, the data which is due to the difference between the recent debug? Or are there any technological breakthrough?

Nvidia replies:

Tegra K1 beginning of the design is to include mobile phones, tablet computers, laptops, gaming devices and automotive multi-shape design, the power consumption is also based on different forms of specific products have specific segments. And we are talking about 2 watts before that is the main GPU power consumption, while the 5-watt power consumption of the entire system. The performance will be based on Tegra K1 power limiting cases can be adjusted.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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iFive Mini 3GS: Second Review, First Impressions

cngadget has a brief first impressions report of the iFive Mini 3GS.


The AnTuTu 4.x score is no surprise.

What’s surprising is this:

The iFive mini 3GS is running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a custom launcher, and despite the Octa Core CPU you will notice a slight lag in the UI transitions as the retina display needs extra CPU to power the extra pixels.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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Not Even China Can Save Microsoft, Part Two

China has banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers [Google Translate] and re/code: China Bans Use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 on Government Computers.

“China’s decision to ban Windows 8 from public procurement hampers Microsoft’s push of the OS to replace XP, which makes up 50 percent of China’s desktop market,” said data firm Canalys.


China just drone-striked Microsoft.

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