Daily Archives: March 30, 2015

Sony: T2 Ultra Will Get Android 5.0!

Continuing our Android 5.0, Lollipop rollout: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

We’re also pretty excited to confirm that Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3 will also receive Lollipop… stay tuned, as we’ll be sharing more on timings soon.

Wow. That is really a fundamental shift in thinking at Sony and I give them a great deal of credit for it. They’d usually abandon T2 Ultra users. It’s basically a clearance item at Best Buy for half its original price. Instead, they’ve given people a reason to want it now.

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Hisense Sero 8 Pro Still MIA In USA

But there’s a new review in Africa.

The Sero 8 Pro ships with Android 4.4, but the introduction of obnoxious, full-sized movie, app recommendation and social widgets on three homescreens is a travesty. The movie app simply collates movies and TV episodes for you to watch (albeit more obscure titles), while the social widget aggregates Instagram photos and the app recommendation widget is self-explanatory.

It’s one thing to introduce obnoxious widgets, but it’s another thing to make these widgets uninstallable though. I tried holding down on these widgets to bring up a removal option but to no avail. I then went into the app manager and disabled the widget, then remove the empty widget box. I still couldn’t use the empty screen for anything else though. It turns out that the option to disable these screens is buried under “widgets” and then “custom”. And you still can’t actually remove the apps anyway.

In fact, the Sero 8 Pro has a ton of bloatware/installed apps anyway, such as two simple games (Burger and Bubble Blast 2), Vevo (this one is uninstallable), DU Speed Booster, HiShare, the MoboGenie app store, Netflix (which isn’t available here yet so counts as bloatware for now), Playboard, Spotify (same as Netflix), theScore, Umano and WPS Office.

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Thunderbirds Are Go: FIVE!

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Xiaomi MiPad 2: Leaked Image?

Weibo:

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Xiaomi’s Final Banner For Tomorrow

Tomorrow (March 31, 2015) Xiaomi will announce a bunch of products. Some with the Xiaomi brand, some from other companies.

This is the final banner and the five codes for tomorrow:

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NSSJ – CXB – DDS – TZC – AA

Same-day update: Some good sleuthing at GizmoChina. They believe the “TZC” isn’t code at all but part of the model number for a new Bluetooth-connected scale Xiaomi will introduce. If that’s the case, no one ever had a chance at decoding what Xiaomi claimed was a code. We’ll know tomorrow.

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Lei Jun Plays Godfather

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Apple’s Tim Cook Writes Truth

Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous

Our message, to people around the country and around the world, is this: Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas, we will never tolerate discrimination.

I’ll repeat what I wrote earlier:

An Apple Store is the most welcoming business I’ve ever been in.

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#FuckCancer: 60 Minutes

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Last night, the American TV newsmagazine, 60 Minutes, aired a remarkable two-part report about a Phase I trial at Duke University. They’ve developed a modified polio virus that has seen some success in treating glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.

In the lab, this oncolytic virus has also worked against lung, pancreatic, colorectal, and other solid-mass malignancies.

The video is available at this page. If the video is geo-restricted, just scroll down to read the illustrated transcript. There’s also the producer’s notebook at this page.

Interestingly, this was also reported by ABC News back in 2013. These reports tend to pass by people until it becomes personal.

Additional:

Targeting Cancer with Genetically Engineered Poliovirus (PVS-RIPO)

Previously here:

#FuckCancer

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