Daily Archives: June 23, 2015

China Tablet Changes

There have been few China tablet news posts here only because there’s been very little tablet news out of China. At least of tablets that interest me. There’s been a few announcements of seven-inch 3G SOFIA-based tablets.

I think Intel has ended their subsidy program for low-end tablets.

And the shift to x-series CPUs without subsidies has caused China tablet makers to pause and take stock.

It seems they’ve bet on going with Core-M CPUs, trying to capture a higher-end customer, particularly those who would use such a machine for business. I’m not sure how that’s going to work out since most have unfavorable reputations inside China from their prior low-end tablets.

June is coming to an end and there’s been no additional word from Onda about their Core-M-based iPad clone. If it never comes to market, that would be a sign that the era of China tablets most people here have been interested in is coming to an end.

Frankly, that wouldn’t make much of a difference to me. I’m pretty much set on one of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablets.

With China tablets of interest likely coming to an end, the only thing of slight interest to me are China phones. But the manufacturers need to include worldwide radios. And despite some of their incredible specs, few do. And I have my doubts that any of them except Xiaomi can break out of their local market. None of the tablet makers did, except as rebranded junk at places like Best Buy.

So, that explains what’s been happening here.


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R.I.P. Actor Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten, TV star best known for ‘Eight is Enough,’ dead at 86

Perhaps best known for Eight is Enough, but he was one of those actors who was in practically everything on TV in the 1960s.

Rest in peace.

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CUBE i7 With Remix OS Gets A Review


Over at IMP3Net [Google Translate].

It has an AnTuTu score in the 31,000-range. This is a weird combination of tablet and OS-for-keyboard that’s not really of any interest to me.

Previously here:

Video: Remix OS On Teclast X98 Air 3G
Teclast X98 Air 3G With Remix OS
CUBE i7 Remix Listed At China JD
CUBE To Do Remix OS Tablet

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R.I.P. Sculptor Donald Featherstone

Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies

Donald Featherstone, creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died.

His wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 79.


Wikipedia: Donald Featherstone (artist)

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R.I.P. Composer James Horner

RIP Star Trek, Aliens & Avatar composer James Horner

Oscar-winning composer James Horner, whose scores graced two Star Trek movies as well as many of James Cameron’s SF films, has been killed aged 61 in a plane crash.

Horner was piloting a small aircraft which came down about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, California on June 22nd.

His work was instantly memorable.

I first heard his scoring in the movie Battle Beyond the Stars. And then in Krull.

He soon graduated to major movies, with Star Trek, Aliens, A Beautiful Mind, and many more.

I don’t think there’s a single film composer left whose name I know whose music I like and look forward to like Horner’s.

Barry Gray, Jerry Goldsmith, Jerry Fielding, John Barry, Bernard Herrmann, and James Horner are now together. Heaven must be having one hell of a concert.

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