Daily Archives: August 19, 2015

Asus Bloatware Explained



So is that a way in which they keep the retail price lower than competitors?

ZenUI is also on the ZenPad S 8.0 models too…


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Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Update “Soon,” OMA ROM Needs Windows 7

The uproar over Netflix not working with the Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 has caused Insignia Support to finally break silence at the Best Buy listing for the tablet:

Click = big; red highlighting added by me

In other news, Insignia claims to actually have a Support staff! Will such an update also include Stagefright and other recent vulnerability fixes? And an update to Android 5.x? And how about a one-button unlock/root method? And elimination of the damn bug that causes the screensnap icon to stop working?

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (“Plus/Pro” Model) Gets Second Review

Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Review

There’s a lot to like with this tablet. It’s fast, looks nice, sounds amazing, and USB-C is clearly the way of the future. The software mess that is ZenUI is unfortunate, and the weirdly aggressive thermal regulation is a problem. While neither is a deal breaker on their own, combined it’s clear this is not a tablet for power users or heavy gamers.

One of the most important features to this particular tablet is the price tag. At $299 for the 64GB model, it’s hard to look at the majority of current generation of Android tablets — especially Google’s Nexus 9 — and see the value. Are rapid software updates and a clean UI worth the extra $180 for a tablet that has half the storage and no SD card slot? It’s hard to say yes.

A brief video is after the break.

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Teclast X98 Pro: Alleged Master Lu Benchmark

From ZOL, in a post that smells like Teclast-supplied press material [Google Translate].

X98 Air 3G:


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R.I.P. Actress Yvonne Craig



Yvonne Craig’s Official Obituary

Yvonne Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her immediate family and comforted by Hospice yesterday night. She died from complications brought about from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. A private service is being planned with no date set at the present time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Angeles Clinic Foundation by mail at 2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or by going into their website at www.theangelesclinicfoundation.org and following the “Donate” link.

A Word from Yvonne Craig’s Family

Rest in peace.

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Yet Another Serious Android Security Flaw

New Flaw Discovered Inside Android’s Mediaserver

The flaw affects all Android versions from 2.3 Gingerbread to 5.1.1 Lollipop, which adds up incredibly large number, as virtually all devices are included in this range, even if they are ROMs only based on Android, as the flaw is found inside one of the system’s core components. Fortunately, Google already pushed a fix for the issue to the Android Open Source Project on August 1, leaving it to the hands of OEMs to push the much-needed update to their flagship devices.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

With the Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 on sale — as well as other Best Buy Insignia-branded Android devices — you have to wonder if updates with security fixes will ever arrive for them.

Previously here:

Another Android Vulnerability Found
Critical Android Security Flaw


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