Daily Archives: September 17, 2014

Amazon Announces Premium Kindle And Budget Fire Tablet

Amazon Unveils High-End Kindle Reader and Low-Price 6-Inch Tablet

Amazon.com Inc. introduced a handful of new devices, including a $100 tablet aimed at the masses and a high-end electronic-reader that the company says is the closest e-reading experience to plain paper.

The $200 Kindle Voyage is the thinnest Amazon e-reader so far and has a magnesium body. Its flush display is much higher in pixel density and 39% brighter than Amazon’s $100 Kindle Paperwhite, making it easier on the eyes, especially in direct sunlight, the company said. The screen’s texture even looks slightly speckled, reminiscent of high-quality paper fiber.

I didn’t expect Amazon to go the premium route, even after I saw the Japan price for the Voyage was about US$250 (something I figured was a Japan Thing…).

And Amazon slaps down all the craptabs too.

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Xiaomi’s Popularity Creates A Scalping Industry

ZooPDA — which has often been critical of Xiaomi — has published an exposé that reveals why Xiaomi phones often sell out quickly, leading many everyday people to complain they can never buy one at the advertised price [Google Translate; also drop URL into Bing Translator — this needs dual translation!].

There are four types of scalpers. Perhaps the worst are the groups on QQ who “invest” in buying quantities of Xiaomi phones to resell at higher prices.

Even though Xiaomi has safeguards such as CAPCHAs to defeat bots and mass purchases, there’s software to circumvent that.

Another safeguard to prevent scalping is an SMS confirmation message. But that only led to the creation of a service that will “launder” the SMS!

This is an article someone really needs to translate into clear English.

I’ve always suspected that “limited” sales of the kind Xiaomi engages in would lead to abuse. But the scale of it is astounding. It’s an entire industry that’s been created to milk would-be Xiaomi buyers.

This further leads me to think that the reason why the MiPad went from limited to open sales so quickly is a lack of popularity. While it’s the best Android tablet available in China, Xiaomi violated its reputation for surprisingly-affordable pricing. That alienated potential buyers. Given a choice between the MiPad and an iPad, people would rather spend double for the best — or just spend far less for a “good enough” Chinese brand tablet.


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Humility Smackdown

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Pipo P8 Unboxed, Examined


Again over at the Pipo forum [Google Translate].

It seems the finishing still needs some work.

This looks like it might be republished from PadHz, but I haven’t hit that site yet.

Previously here:

Pipo P8 Unboxed
Another Peek At The Pipo P8
Rockchip 3288-Based Pipo P8 Goes On Sale
Pipo Pimps P8 Tablet Again
Pipo P8 Tablet Teased
Pipo P8 Uses Huawei UltraStick
New Video: Pipo P1 & Pipo P8
Retina-Class Pipo P8 Caught On Video
Pipo Changes Design Of Its Retina-Class iPad Mini Clone
Pipo To Do Retina-Class 3288-Based iPad Mini Clone

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Metadata Is Like An X-Ray

How your innocent smartphone passes on almost your entire life to the secret service

Ton Siedsma is nervous. He made the decision weeks ago, but keeps postponing it. It’s the 11th of November, a cold autumn evening. At ten past eight (20:10:48 to be exact), while passing Elst station on the way home, he activates the app. It will track all of his phone’s metadata over the coming week.

Metadata is not the actual content of the communication, but the data about the communication; like the numbers he calls or whatsapps, and where his phone is at a particular moment. Whom he e-mails, the subject of the e-mails and the websites he visits.

Wall Street understands the value and meaning of metadata. That’s how they make their money. Metadata allows you to see relationships, to make connections, to see what’s otherwise hidden.

That dragnetting metadata is permitted without a warrant is a violation of rights that would cause our Founders to launch a new revolution.

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Sizing Up The New iPhone 6 Series

I haven’t been updating my Sizes Table because so many devices have died and so few new ones interest me these days. Plus it seems everything is converging into a few “standard” sizes.

But it seems the size of things is coming as a bit of a shock to the Apple adherents now that the company is offering two new sizes. Suddenly the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note they laughed at is upon them.

So I was tickled to see this post: iPhone 6 Plus has issues fitting in physician white coats

He made paper cutouts! That’s what I’ve done with things too.

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New Kindle Coming

Amazon Kindle Voyage with high-res display coming soon?

The first credible rumors of a thinner, lighter, higher-resolution Kindle surfaced many months ago.

I’ve been telling people it was coming. Now it’s confirmed.

According to the cached Amazon Japan page, it’ll be released — at least in Japan — on November 4th:


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Xiaomi MiPad: A Preview Of MIUI 6


The Mi forum has published a preview of some of the new elements that MIUI 6 beta version will bring to the MiPad later this week [Google Translate].

Previously here:

Xiaomi MiPad: Beta MIUI 6 Friday Release
Xiaomi MiPad: MIUI 6 Beta, Microsoft Keyboard
Xiaomi MiPad: MIUI 6 Next Week?

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Meizu Vs. Xiaomi Breaks Into Public War

There’s been an ongoing rivalry between Meizu and Xiaomi. I don’t know why or what the background is. But one of them has a bug up their ass and sometimes this becomes open warfare in public.

Like today, on Weibo.

First Weibo communiqué:


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