Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

MUOS Launch


Mobile User Objective System

I was happily watching the CBS livestream, wanting to see it successfully installed in orbit.

They cut the stream at the start of the RL10 engine burn, as it was still being moved to its final placement.

No respect.


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HP Pro Slate 8: Another Damn Tablet That Can’t Be Bought

The Verge: HP unveils a 12-inch Android tablet that looks like a giant HTC One

HP press release: HP Drives “Business-First” Approach to Mobility

Let’s just stop right there for a moment.

Because that is totally the strategy Apple used to make the iPad a huge success.

Oh. Wait.

No. It. Isn’t.

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Rumor: New Samsung Tablets To Be 4:3 Screens

Upcoming tablets from Samsung might have screens with 4:3 aspect ratios

Last week, we reported about some upcoming tablets from Samsung, the SM-T35x/SM-T55x and the SM-P35x/SM-P55x. According to a new information these tablets might sport screens with 4:3 aspect ratios, similar to that of the Nexus 9 and the Apple iPad. The SM-T35x and the SM-P35x might have 8-inch screens, while the SM-T55x and the SM-P55x might be equipped with 9.7-inch screens. All these tablets will be powered by 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipsets.

Low-end tablets (probably priced as mid-range!) that’ll have an AnTuTu score of about 18,000-range, but still: Samsung!

Samsung offering 4:3 would be an enormous defeat. Apple’s bet on 4:3 would have been right. And over in China, Lei Jun would dance a frikkin jig for betting on 4:3 with the Xiaomi MiPad (OK, a second jig, following the one he probably danced when the Nexus 9 was announced).

The question remains: How the hell is Samsung going to design these so Apple doesn’t squash them under a “Trade Dress” lawsuit? Given Apple didn’t crush the 4:3 iPad Mini-like Acer A1-830, are the days of that kind of lawsuit past?

And the big question: Will this move kill all Chinese iPad Mini clones? Why buy any of them from China when they can be had locally from a global brand name with world-class build quality and easier return policies?


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WTF Rumor: Meizu + Nokia Phone

First, the legit news. Haier and Meizu are cooperating on controlling appliances via phone.



Now the weird rumor …

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ZOL: Video Of Nokia N1


I’ve tried many methods to rip this. All of them failed. It doesn’t help that LeTV’s search can’t seem to find it.

To see, click here. Same-day update: Thanks to Vladimir Burnin, the video can be seen after the break.

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Teclast: January 23 Announcement



It could be anything other than a tablet. Teclast has been introducing solid state storage devices too. If I could read Chinese, the text might be a clue.

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