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Reminder: See TechTablets Site

China tablets are becoming less interesting and I’m less interested in them these days. My coverage of them will be coming to an end by the end of this year.

Bookmark and check out TECHTablets.

Hendrickson keeps up with the kind of China tablets most people are still interested in.

His YouTube channel has coverage of both the new Teclast X98 Pro and the Onda V919 3G Core-M tablets.

I think the iPad has an insurmountable lead over Android and will probably remain that way for some time. When I’m at Best Buy, I see people buying Android craptabs. They’re being fooled by price, ignoring quality altogether. This is not good for Android. Tablets aren’t like cheap phones, where Xiaomi and Asus can provide quality products at below-average prices. Cheap tablets are basically nasty. Asus has a job to do, to change that perception.

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Blog Notes: Standby

WordPress problem preventing new posts.

Same-day update: WordPress has — without warning — deprecated their Classic Editor by removing buttons from it, forcing everyone to the new shitty editor.

The final days of this blog and my being at WordPress are at hand.

Second same-day update: The buttons in the Classic Editor are back. Was this a temporary glitch or WordPress seeing if people would even notice? But I’ve served my notice here again: If the Classic Editor ever goes away and we must use the new shitty editor, I’m out of here, period.

Previously here:

WordPress Pushing Its Bullshit Again
The Loveliest Sight In The World Today
It Begins Again, Again
Nope. No Posts Today.
No Progress, No Blogging
Yet Again At The Fucking WordPress Support Forum
Public Relations 101 At The WordPress Support Forum
Meanwhile, At The WordPress Support Forum …

No Blog Today
WordPress Is Murdering This Blog
Still Not Back
Not Back Yet
WordPress Fucks Up Again

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Updated: Google Books PDF Test Page

Google Books PDF Test

I’ve now added direct download links for Google Play APKs (current as of today, July 9, 2015).

This will be helpful for devices that don’t have a demo Google Play account set up. Trying to use APK Downloader on a mobile device is often too painful, due to ads.

I intend to test some of these links on a device or two later today.

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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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