Monthly Archives: May 2015

Colorfly i783 Pro: 7.9-Inch Dual-OS iPad Mini Clone

Via IMP3Net [Google Translate]:

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Specs so far: Intel Baytrail-T Z3735F with peak speed of 1.87GHz, 2GBs RAM, 32GBs internal storage.

It will be introduced at Computex Taipei this week.

Colorfly usually does products with a good build. Let’s see what the eventual reviews — if any — say.

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CBS-TV’s The Briefcase Is Not New

On The Briefcase, Poor Americans Have to ‘Prove’ Themselves

The Hunger Games: New CBS reality show exploits poor families by making them grovel for $101,000

This is what came before it:

Reversal of Fortune (2005 film)

A Homeless Man is Given $100,000 by a Film Director and Blows it All Foolishly

I remember the filmmaker being on Oprah. I remember screaming at someone else who was watching about how the guy was wasting that money. I got, “So what? It’s his money.” The end result was what I foresaw: The guy wound up homeless and penniless again.

I’m sure in this new and highly-exploitive CBS show, there will be Happy Endings — of a sort.

Previously here:

Mega Millions Mania

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The Android Update Runaround

Why an Android addict isn’t excited for Android M

Google first pushes its updated Android software to the members of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), a consortium of more than 80 companies. Each manufacturer will then tweak the code for their respective devices. For example, Samsung must build TouchWiz — its unique skin, which modifies the look and feel and adds various distinguishing features — around each new version of Android. The same goes for HTC (Sense UI), LG, Sony and Motorola.

(For manufacturers that use a totally customized “fork” of Android — such as Xiaomi, Amazon and others — the customization road is an even more extensive process, but not really relevant to this conversation.)

If you have an unlocked (non-carrier specific) phone, that’s the end of the process — you get the update once the manufacturer distributes it. But for most of us (in the US, at least), the phone is bought through a wireless carrier, adding yet another layer of bureaucracy to the software update process.

None of this is anything new.

But I have to reiterate that Sony deserves credit for doing customers right by offering Android 5.x for so many of their older phones. Sony is basically hanging on to the mobile world by their fingernails. Meanwhile, market share behemoths I won’t name — and a new entrant I will name: ZTE — blithely move on to new phones and abandon the older ones. That is no way to impress customers and to engender brand loyalty.

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Android M: microSD and MultiWindow

Android M is bringing extensive SD card support at a very ironic time

It took a lot of time, but Google finally seems to have seen sense and understood that while microSD cards might not offer the best experience, they are something the smartphone market cannot live without, especially in the low-end and mid-range smartphone market. Unfortunately for buyers of Samsung’s newest flagships, the search giant’s new found acceptance of expandable storage is extremely ironic, as they will not be able to use a feature that many have long clamored for on the world’s most popular mobile operating system.

This is Android M’s “highly experimental” multi-window mode for tablets

Google’s version of the feature divides your tablet’s screen into quadrants. You can run two apps side-by-side or stacked on top of each other by splitting the screen down the middle; three apps with one app on half the screen and two apps on the other half; or four apps by putting one in each quadrant.

Two steps in the right direction.

Previously here:

Xiaomi’s Lin Bin Gets Close To Mythic Bill Gates 640K Pronouncement
Prior MultiWindow Android posts

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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Android 5.x Test

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Register Now For The Huawei Mate2 Android L Friendly User Test

Why am I writing about this phone?

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Ramos Phone Announced? Or What?

Weibo:

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Despite the lead-up to a phone announcement, the above is the only Weibo about it! And I haven’t seen any coverage in China tech sites.

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Ramos May 29 Announcement

Weibo:

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New Onda Eight-Inch 4:3 Windows Tablet

Weibo:

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More Troubling Signs

ReCode To Vox

Walt Mossberg, one of America’s two most famous tech columnists, shot himself in the foot. He left the “Wall Street Journal.” They’re finding out in news what we already know in music, you can go it alone, the internet allows you to do this, but in a chaotic world he with the established presence wins, the major record labels figured out the internet and the big news sites still rule.

And:

And then you’ve got David Pogue, Mossberg’s nemesis, who left the “Times” for Yahoo and was promptly buried in the tsunami of bogus information on that site. He went from being one of the two experts to a nobody.

And:

Bottom line… ReCode had the best tech news in the business. Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher built a team of experts. But nobody cared, nobody went to the site, they thought their minions would follow them but it turned out they were aligned more with the “Wall Street Journal,” their former home, than the writers themselves.

He didn’t even mention Katie Couric, who is supposed to have gone to Yahoo too (did she? Bueller? Bueller?).

I should have seen all of this coming. When the two biggest mouths of book publishing — who touted self-publishing — quickly sold themselves out to Amazon, that was the warning sign.

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Mr. Robot: The Leaked Pilot

Update: It can be seen legally on YouTube. Update June 25, 2015: It has since been made Private on YouTube.

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Mainstream TV is pushing hard for viewers. Just like the “leaked” Supergirl pilot, I’m sure this is an official “unofficial leak” too.

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