Monthly Archives: March 2015

Xiaomi MiPad 2: Leaked Image?



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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:



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


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.


Targeting Cancer with Genetically Engineered Poliovirus (PVS-RIPO)

Previously here:



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ZTE Zmax Update 2


My interest in this phone continues. What’s not like with it still being US$99 at MetroPCS?

What hasn’t been to like are the attitudes of ZTE and T-Mobile/MetroPCS. The bootloader is locked. ZTE/T-Mobile won’t allow people to unlock it.

There’s been no root (one developer was working on it, succeeded, then met with a series of personal crises — along with harassment from impatient children at XDA — that prevented further work).

While an unlocked bootloader is probably out of the question (until ZTE and T-Mobile regain their sanity), it seems that achieving root is getting closer.

Those with Linux/coding experience can witness the work in progress at XDA Developers starting here.

If this gets made into an APK that allows easy root, it’d be fantastic. Without an unlocked bootloader, I’m not sure that any custom ROMs would be possible. But still, apps that require root to perform magic would be possible and that would greatly increase the value and usefulness of the phone.

Previously here:

ZTE Zmax Update
ZTE Zmax Gets A Review
ZTE Zmax Now US$199.99
Google Books PDF Test: ZTE Zmax
ZTE Zmax: AnTuTu 5.1 Test
ZTE Zmax: Size Comparison
ZTE Announces US$250 5.7-Inch Phone


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This Is Exactly How They Think


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Windows 10 And New Small Tablets

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Quote: Steven Moffat

Sherlock season 4: ‘Frightening, tough, emotional upheaval’

People want to be mocking of that [Fifty Shades of Grey]. But bloody hell, that’s amazing—that [EL James] turned her fandom of something into something that’s an industry in itself. Why are we not applauding until our hands bleed? No, we mock her. We say, “Oh, it’s not very good.” Except she managed to write something that everybody wants to read. It’s “not very good”? By what standard is it not good if loads and loads of people love it? “Why don’t you f–k off!” It’s not for me, but I think she’s awfully clever.

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Onda’s Dual-OS Breakthrough Weibos

Today Onda announced, via Weibo, their dual-OS “breakthrough.” The Weibos follow. My own Weibo account is borked for today, so only small images can be included.



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