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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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Reader Alert: Hit “Older Posts”

This blog’s template sticks ten posts at a time on the front.

Today is a rare day I’ve done more than ten posts.

So to see everything, when getting to the bottom of the scroll hit the “Older posts” link.

The first post published today was: Sony Xperia Leaked: Six-Inch Screen?

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Chromebook Test Post

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I just want to see if it’s possible to do the kind of post I usually do, with a screensnap. Apparently so. On an Acer Chromebook at Best Buy. Next to it is a Samsung one that I’m tormenting with a massive Google Books PDF that has yet to open.

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Asus Zenfone 2 NYC Intro: No Go

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Due to #FuckCancer, I will not be able to attend after all.

Probably just as well. The camera, tested in a video after the break, is rather disappointing.

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Reader Alert: Hit “Older Posts”

This blog’s template sticks ten posts at a time on the front.

Today is a rare day I’ll likely do more than ten posts.

So to see everything, when getting to the bottom of the scroll hit the “Older posts” link.

The first post published today was: A Public Service Announcement From Xiaomi

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New Annoying Weibo Limit

Until recently, I’d be able to read back several pages of a Weibo feed. Now it’s limiting some feeds to just two pages.

This is frustrating as hell. Today one of my Xiaomi feeds goes back just to about 14:00 (2PM) at the end of the second page. No way to go all the way to 8AM (when most China businesses begin their Weibo work).

So if other people checking Weibo wonder, “Well why didn’t he run this Weibo?” — it’s probably because I couldn’t see it.

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Why There Have Been So Few Posts Lately And I Must Now Vent So Stand By For Language That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End

Because, basically, #FuckCancer is why.

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Reminder: April Fools’ Day-Free Zone

See here: April Fools’ Day-Free Zone

I will be verrrry careful about what I read and post tomorrow.

Teclast will be announcing something tomorrow. They should have picked a better date!

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Weibo Glitch(?)

Something has gone wrong with my Weibo account.

I’ve been asked to sign in (I usually don’t sign out) — and now it’s saying the email I used to register isn’t recognized.

If my account has been deleted, this is a big disaster for me. I didn’t bookmark all the new accounts I added since getting an account.

Standby.

Same-day update: My Weibo access is totally fucked for today. Will try to access it as best I can using limited number of old Bookmarks. Screensnaps will look different, without account logos.

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China Is Quiet

There’s no tablet news out of China. Things are quiet. Even the hype for existing tablets has been dying down. Some are on sale (in China only) for up to fifty percent off(!).

It’s not just me with little new to post. Some China tech sites look like they’re withering for lack of new posts.

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