Monthly Archives: September 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0: Bluelight Filter Test

Amazingly, screensnaps display the difference!



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The Player: Pilot

Hmph. No series title card for the opener. This will do:


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China Tech Site Reviews iPad Mini 4

PadNews reprint from another site, via Google Translate: iPad mini 4 Review: Worst mini tablet

I don’t know what’s up with that odd title, because this is their China-tablet burying conclusion:

If you are considering to start with a 7.9-inch tablet, then this iPad mini 4 should be your first choice.

Boldfaced emphasis in the original.

Well, that slaps the hell out of Teclast, Onda, Chuwi and the rest! Also Samsung and Asus.

Previously here:

iPad Mini 4: 46,000-Range AnTuTu
Some More About The iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4 Fails Extreme PDF Torture Test: Part Two
iPad Mini 4 Fails Extreme PDF Torture Test
Google Books PDF Test: iPad Mini 4 With iOS 9
iPad Mini 4: Geekbench 3 Scores
Let’s Compare iPad Mini 4 And Clones Weights


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A Lost Day

Due to IRL stuff, offline today.

Except for this quick Asus ZenPad S 8.0 “Basic” test with a quick screensnap after the break of the paper-like — to my eyes — display settings.

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Miscellaneous Tablet Test Notes

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0:

I stopped in Barnes & Noble for another fondle of the Nook Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0.

That screen is very, very glossy. It’s also harsh for reading. Despite the different screen modes and brightness settings I tried.

B&N has really locked down the two demo units I previously tried after I published this post. That’s not coincidental. Someone panicked. Now I can’t use the button for splitscreen or multitasking and I can’t upload screensnaps to this blog or even email! They also locked down the Notifications swipe-down gesture!

However, they didn’t cut off Install Unknown Sources. So I got evil and downloaded Google Play Books and the Kindle app. Both were a pain to get. The Kindle app came from Samsung’s app store. The Google app from the Play Store — somehow (I had to do some contortions I don’t recall now).

Neither of them would run as-is. Both wanted me to sign into my Amazon and Google accounts before I could try anything. No. I deleted both apps before I left B&N.

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Xiaomi To Do Notebook After All: Asus, Dell, And HP Yawn

GizChina: Xiaomi’s laptop is for real, and Inventec’s making it for them

GizmoChina: Inventec to make Xiaomi’s First Laptop, Starts Shipping By H1 2016

I’m not even going speculate because I really don’t care. If they said it was a Chromebook, my interest would perk up. But another Windows machine — which is the most likely thing — only makes me yawn too.

However, since this is a notebook, it’ll be free of the patent licensing constraints that have held Xiaomi phones mostly in China. Would this be Xiaomi’s major hardware entrance into the U.S.?

Meanwhile, where is the MiPad 2?


Previously here:

MiBook Air? Um…. No.

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First Reviews: Blu Pure XL Superphone

Phone Arena: BLU Pure XL Review

Android Police: Blu Pure XL (2015) Review: Blu’s First Real Flagship Contender Is A Strong One, But Its Future Is Uncertain

But as it stands right now, it’s hard for me to say that with any certainty. Is it a great phone? Yes. Do I recommend it if you only have $350 to spend and want the most phone you can get for the money? Absolutely. Just make sure you’re comfortable with the possibility of staying on Lollipop forever before you make the plunge.

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Blindspot, Episode 1


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The Hanging Class

What the British are really laughing about

In this elite culture not all corruption is financial. When it comes to the top of British politics, sound character and a clean record do not make you an asset. You’ll have a hard time joining unless they can confirm that you are scum – and can make sure that the public don’t know about it.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

It’s about England, but the same scum rule America too.

A must-read.

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Xiaomi: Phone, Soundbar, MVNO, No MiPad 2


GizmoChina: Xiaomi Mi4C Is Official With Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM & an Amazing Price Tag

GizChina: ‘Edge Tap’ enabled Xiaomi Mi 4c launched, here’s what you need to know

The Verge: Xiaomi’s new $200 Mi 4c has everything you need in a smartphone

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