Daily Archives: December 15, 2014

iambillbil Evaluates Dual-Boot Teclast X98 Air 3G, Part Two


Again over at the IMP3Net forum, tablet wonk iambillbil evaluates the Android-Windows 8.1 dual-boot version of the Teclast X98 Air 3 [Google Translate]. In this part, which probably concludes his evaluation, he examines it from the Windows 8.1 boot.

He notes that the memory bandwidth he raved about earlier is no longer present in the tablet. And he gets a very strange result when polling that memory. While it’s not as fast as earlier, it’s still good, though. There are otherwise no surprises.

Previously here:

iambillbil Evaluates Dual-Boot Teclast X98 Air 3G
Teclast X98 Air 3G: iambillbil Praises

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Teclast Time



If someone told me at the start of 2014 that Teclast would be the most popular subject here, I would have laughed.



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Sony’s Monster Z4 Tablet Ultra

Which, unfortunately, will likely have a price to match. But still, look at these specs!!


That’s just breathtaking.

See more at PadNews (use Chrome or drop link into Bing Translator).


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Xiaomi Profit Math

Xiaomi Made Only $56 Million in Profit in 2013

Valued by private investors at more than $10 billion, Xiaomi recorded revenue of 26.6 billion yuan and an operating margin of just 1.8 percent.

A Xiaomi spokeswoman confirmed the accuracy of the filing, but said it did not cover the entirety of Xiaomi’s business.

“They’re growing so fast and so lean, I wouldn’t be surprised even if they were losing money,” said Forrester Research analyst Bryan Wang. “The current market is so competitive that I don’t think it’s sustainable without consolidation.”

Xiaomi has recently been Amazon-like, investing in other companies (Amazon usually buys such companies outright). Their latest move, the one that prompted this revelation, was a large investment in home appliance maker Midea.

People tend to forget that Xiaomi began with MIUI. Phones came later.

Ironically, that makes me think of the Walt Disney quote — he died on this date in 1966:

I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.

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Stop. Just Stop.


The RIGO Design office has a Steve Jobs mannequin.

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Hyphen Hate? When Amazon went to war against punctuation.

This is just nuts. Amazon loves books? Do they know how to read any?

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10520828_935072746511716_41317665270618143_nThis is a really strange blog post to have to write, simply because the situation is absurd. It would be comedic, really, if the situation was not costing me money and resulted in one of my best-selling books being unavailable in the run up to the busiest time of the year.

Let me tell you a little story.

I was sitting in front of my computer on Friday night, as is often the case, talking to friends on Facebook, randomly browsing things that seemed interesting and, in this particular case, attending the launch party for Chantal Noordeloos’s latest Coyote book, when I had an email notification arrive in my inbox from Kindle Direct Publishing.

The email was titled rather ominously as
Kindle Quality Notice: High Moor 2: Moonstruck – B00BVC7MKW

Now – Moonstruck has been out for around 18 months now. It’s done well for itself and, at the time…

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Xiaomi’s “Big Move” In eBooks



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Teclast Announces Its Own OS


Teclast is being a bit bombastic. This is still Android 4.x underneath the surface.

What Teclast has actually done is a revamped launcher with customized icons, Teclast-exclusive stores, and some customized applications.

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