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The Nextway F9X tablet features an Allwinner A31 processor, a high-resolution display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software.
Keep in mind, this isn’t a great tablet. It’s a cheap tablet with a pretty good screen. Geekbuying sells it for $205. It’s an even better deal if you can get one for free.
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A few years ago a company called WIMM Labs started showing a smartwatch with a 1 inch screen and an Android-based operating system. It might have been a bit ahead of its time — in the next year Samsung, Apple, and many other companies are expected to launch their own smartwatches, while WIMM’s device has sort of faded out of view.
But as GigaOm reports, the reason you don’t see a lot of WIMM smartwatches in the wild might not necessarily be due to any failure on the company’s part. It could actually be a sign of success: It looks like Google acquired WIMM Labs in 2012 and brought many of the company’s employees into the Google Android team.
Update: Google has confirmed that it’s acquired WIMM.
That could be a sign that Google is working on its own smartwatch… or perhaps that Google is working to make Android a more wristwatch-friendly operating system designed to run on devices made by companies including Samsung, Sony, and Motorola.
One of the things that makes WIMM’s technology interesting is that it doesn’t just let you pair the watch with your phone to view notifications or control music playback on your phone. There’s also support for apps that run entirely on the phone, including games, clocks, a stock tracking app, pedometer app, a tip calculator, and more.
Google hasn’t made any official statements about its plans for smartwatches, and the acquisition of WIMM happened pretty quietly. So there’s no telling when, or even if the company will publicly launch any sort of wristwatch-related devices or software.
After all, it’s not like the company is putting all its wearable computing eggs into the wristwatch basket. Google has been pushing its Google Glass eye-level computer pretty hard this year.
It’s been nearly two years since Amazon released the original Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble launched its NOOK Tablet (which was technically the company’s second tablet). While each company offers limited updates and support for those aging devices, the hardware’s still pretty useful — especially thanks to independent developers who continue to bring Google’s latest versions of Android to to older devices.
Both tablets feature 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS displays, 1 GHz TI OMAP 4 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processors, and each originally shipped with a highly customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
In order to do that you’ll need to install ClockworkMod or another custom recovery on your tablet which you can use to flash the unofficial firmware. There are a few different ways to do that, but if you haven’t already rooted, installed a recovery, or flashed a custom ROM on your device you can probably find support in the xda-developers forums for the Kindle Fire or NOOK Tablet.
If you’ve already installed a custom recovery, you should be able to update simply by downloading and flashing the latest ROM.
Android 4.3 brings new features including support for restricted user profiles, a new default camera app, and more (which is of limited use, since neither of these tablets has a camera). It’s a relatively minor update since Android 4.2, but it’s a big jump from Android 2.3, offering a user interface, notifications, and other features that are much more tablet-friendly.
CyanogenMod 10.2 is a custom version of Android 4.3 which is still under development, but nightly builds are available for each device, bringing the latest available features and improvements (and occasionally new bugs). Among other things, CM10.2 brings enhanced security and privacy features.
Companies including Dropbox, Box, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have been offering users anywhere from 2GB to 25GB of free cloud storage for the past few years. You can use that space to store your music, movies, documents, or other files and access them on any PC or mobile device — and if you happen to need more storage space, most of those companies are happy to offer it… for a price.
But a group of Chinese companies are taking things to a new level, offering from 1TB to 10TB of free space. That’s not a typo — we’re talking about terabytes, not gigabytes.
Users only get 1TB when they sign up for Tencent, but as you start to approach the limit, the company promises to incrementally increase your storage space until you go all the way up to 10TB… if you ever get all the way up to 10TB.
I don’t know about you, but all the hard drives in my house don’t even come close to adding up to 10TB, so it’d take me a while to find that many files I’d want to store online.
While Tencent isn’t exactly a household name in the West, the company offers a range of internet services including an internet portal site, web games, social networking, and chat software. It’s kind of a big deal in China.
Whether you want to trust your data to the site… or if you can even navigate the company’s website or mobile apps without speaking Chinese is another question.
I found Katrina Elisse Caudle searching for a new bitstarter.com project to fund. She sells several of her pieces for Bitcoins and mixes storytelling, illustration, and fantasy themes so well you’ll be whisked away at every turn. Some projects morph into real world installations allowing people to literally walk through and be surrounded by her narrative. She has quite the collection of work scattered about the web and I asked her to break things down for us. Ruben Alexander: How did you first learn about Bitcoins? Katrina Elisse Caudle: I first learned about Bitcoin in February when I came to stay with a friend in Vancouver, Grant from Black Lilac Financial (http://www.blacklilacfinancial.com). He taught me about the basics of Bitcoin [...]
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