Monthly Archives: August 2015

New Google Books First Page?


Just came across that.

I don’t know if it’s a new front page or one from the beginning of ScanOps.


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Fourth Review: Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (“Plus/Pro” Model)

This time in great detail at Anandtech.

It’s important to note that just because a device uses the USB Type-C connector does not mean that it supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Superspeed+) along with all the USB alternate modes for networking or display interfaces. With the ZenPad S Z580CA only supporting USB data, you cannot do video out or use any other USB alternate modes. Such features will have to wait for future SoCs and controllers with USB 3.1 and USB alt mode support.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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Xiaomi MiPad Announcement Tomorrow

After a period of seeming nearly dead, the Xiaomi MiPad account sent out this Weibo:


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Meizu Gets New Logo, Internal PDF Leaked

This is where the company wants to be:


See their plan — if you can read Chinese — in the leaked PDF [Google Drive].

via Weibo

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R.I.P. Filmmaker Wes Craven

Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76

1) I had no idea he was 76

2) I didn’t know he had brain cancer

3) I’ve never seen any of his movies

4) I did see his Twilight Zone episode, “Shatterday

And so should you. See it after the break before it’s DMCAed away.

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Asus Chromebook Flip

I encountered this by surprise at Best Buy. Wound up using it five times at four different stores.

I did a torture test. I had fifteen tabs open, one-third of which were heavy and translated Chinese tech sites. Also Drudge Report, Techmeme, YouTube, this site, PubMed, and Weather Underground with radar animation going.

No stutters. No delays. No freezes. I was very impressed.

But then this happened …

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R.I.P. Neurologist Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks

Oliver Sacks in The New Yorker

I first encountered him in a brilliant multi-part discussion/documentary series on PBS, called A Glorious Accident.

Brilliant man.

Rest in peace.

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iambillbil: Teclast X98 Pro, Teclast X2 Pro, Onda V919 3G Core-M

China tablet expert iambillbil has been busy. At post time, I don’t have time to read these, so I’m passing them along for those of you who do.

Teclast X98 Pro [Google Translate]

Teclast X2 Pro [Google Translate]

Onda V919 3G Core-M [Google Translate]

Previously here:

Prior iambillbil posts


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Nexus 8 Photos Leaked: Yes, It’s From Colorfly

Via PadNews [Google Translate]:


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Vido Announces A Camera



Thus adding further evidence to what I’ve been saying: Onda, Chuwi, Vido, Ramos, etc., are electronics companies. They are not tablet companies.

If the tablet market dies on them, they’ll try wearables, or TV boxes, or even cameras.

The same can really be said of Samsung, LG, Acer, etc., too.

Only Apple relies on a tablet. Because computing has always been their business.


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