The original Macintosh computer was released in 1984, and it was the first popular personal computer to run software featuring a graphical user interface. It had a 9 inch display, a 7.8 MHz processor, and 128 kB of memory.
Computers have come a long way since then — today you can pick up a $35 Raspberry Pi which has far more powerful hardware than a Macintosh 128. You can even emulate classic Mac software on it if you really want to… and if you’re going to do that, why not go a few steps further and build a miniature replica of a classic Mac case for the little guy?
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Turning a Raspberry Pi into a tiny Macintosh computer
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny, low-power computer that can fit in all sorts of tiny places… including the shell of a classic Macintosh computer, shrunk down to a palm-sized devices. [Cult of Mac]
- Video preview of the upcoming Jynxbox dual-core Android media center box with XBMC
The Jynxbox line of set-top-boxes are small devices that let you run Android apps on your TV. Here’s a preview of the user interface for an upcoming model which supports XBMC and other media center apps. [Theater in a Box]
- New Asus PadFone Infinity might just be called “new Padfone Infinity”
The next-gen Asus PadFone Infinity is a smartphone with an optional tablet dock that’s expected to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and other top tier specs. Asus may also take a page out of the Apple and Google playbooks and just call the new model the new model instead of giving it an entirely new name. [Engadget]
- BLU unveils Dash range of dirt cheap Android phones, starting at $49 (unlocked)
Don’t expect much from a $49 phone — that model has a 3.5 inch, 480 x 320 pixel display, a 1 GHz processor, and Android 2.3. But BLU offers models with better specs for $99 and up. Or you could just spend $199 and get a Google Nexus 4. [Android Police]
- Panasonic Let’s Note LX is a 12 inch, 2.5 pound notebook
Like most Panasonic laptops, this model will sadly probably never be released outside of Japan. [Engadget]
- Coming soon (for some reason): $130 Nintendo 2DS
I get that Nintendo is dropping support for 3D in order to save a few bucks — who uses that feature anyway? What I don’t get is why this dual-screen handheld game console doesn’t have a hinge that lets you fold it in half for portability and protection. [Polygon]
- Earl rugged, E Ink Android tablet to launch in 2014 instead of mid-2013
This is hardly the first crowd-funded project to get its release date pushed back. [The Digital Reader]
Most inexpensive Windows 8 tablets on the market right now are powered by Intel Atom processors. But if you’re looking for a model with a little more oomph, there’s a new 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablet with a 1.8 GHz Intel Celeron 1037U dual-core processor.
That’s the same chip that recently started showing up in low-cost mini-desktop computers.
The new tablet seems to be a Chinese model, and it’s kind of tough to tell who the actual manufacturer is. But if that doesn’t scare you off, you can pick one up for $440 and up from AliExpress or about $500 from eBay.
The eBay model seems to have 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and comes with a keyboard, while the AliExpress version has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and the keyboard for that model is an optional accessory which adds $40 to the price.
Both models feature 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays with 140 degree viewing angles, 10-point capacitive multitouch input, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
There’s a 2MP camera on the back and a 1MP camera on the front and an 8000mAh battery which is said to last for 4 to 5 hours of run time. Around the sides of the tablet you’ll find 2 USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, and a microSD card slot. There’s also a kickstand on the back.
Note that the eBay seller has less-than-perfect feedback, so proceed with caution.
Interestingly, it looks like ViewSonic is releasing a remarkably similar tablet, with the same processor, screen size, and even a kickstand. That doesn’t necessarily mean ViewSonic is the manufacturer of this tablet, but it’s likely that the company is ordering from the same supplier.
There are a few cosmetic differences between the ViewSonic ViewPad 116i S2 and the other models, but the biggest difference is that the ViewSonic model has a 64GB solid state drive.
Not long ago, Barnes & Noble decided to scale back its tablet business. This week, competitor Kobo decided to go all in on it.
Last year’s first Kobo Arc was a surprisingly competent Android tablet — not that Kobo isn’t capable of making good hardware, just that the company usually lags behind the competition while pricing their products higher than average. That wasn’t the case with the Arc at all. And from my initial hands-on impressions, it doesn’t look to be the case with the Arc 10HD, either.
This Android tablet has some stand-out features, though nothing worth setting off fireworks over. Most importantly, it’s at least on a par with the best Android tablets available right now, and at $400, it costs about the same, too.
It feels like everyone has a high resolution display these days, and the 300ppi, 2560 x 1600 screen on the Arc 10HD is meant to impress. These numbers are nice, but what matters is how it looks.
The display is bright, colorful, and sharp. The glossy coating didn’t fare well in showcase lighting, but during normal use it might not be a problem. Viewing angles are really wide and overall the Arc 10HD’s screen is really nice.
At 0.4 inches, this is not the thinnest, lightest 10.1-inch tablet around, but that probably doesn’t matter if you plan to use the tablet mostly around the house. The size and 1.4 pound weight might be more of a pain during a long reading session.
The chassis design has some interesting facets — it’s clearly inspired by the look of the Kobo Aura HD eReader. This continues the tradition, since the original Arc looked just like the Kobo readers that came before it. However, it’s not the aesthetics that will attract most people to the tablet.
Kobo designed their Android experience around reading and readers, so the Arc 10HD features a user interface skin. Before you slam your browser closed in distaste, the skin isn’t that extensive.
And unless you’re looking at Kobo content, you don’t even have to deal with it. There are three Home screen areas: the initial Reading Life panel that shows your most recent reads, the Collections area where you can find all of your books, magazines, and more, and the “normal” Android Home screen. Other than this, Kobo doesn’t mess with Jelly Bean 4.2 too much, so you’ll get a mostly stock experience.
I’m a big fan of the Collections screen because it works similar to the way tapestries worked on the first Kobo Arc (read my review if you want to get an idea). Here you can pin books, magazines, URLs, apps, quotes from books, notes, and more.
The discovery engine that looks at what you collect and makes suggestions is less obvious in this version. And creating a collection is separate from just putting an app on your Home screen. It’s a good overhaul.
My first impression is that the Kobo Arc 10HD is a sweet tablet, and at $400 the price isn’t bad. Performance on the demo units was snappy even though they didn’t represent the final build. The tablet has an NVIDA Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM.
Come October I hope the magazine experience is improved, at least (and from the things I heard at the launch event, that’s likely to be true). If Kobo can get the reading experience down as well as B&N did without hampering or hindering customers on the software and content side, all the new Kobo Arcs could do very well. Looking forward to doing a full review on this one for sure.
With representatives from the Bitcoin Foundation currently meeting high-level officials from a number of US regulatory agencies, the topic of Bitcoin anonymity has once again taken center stage. In part as a deliberate effort to downplay Bitcoin’s privacy aspects to regulators, in part as a result of recent revelations from Edward Snowden about the scope of the NSA’s digital surveillance initiatives, and finally in part due to new research regarding the Bitcoin transaction graph itself, the current mood is that Bitcoin may be far less private than we thought. On August 14, researchers from George Mason University released a regulatory primer on Bitcoin heavily downplaying its anonymity. On August 26, Vice released an article “describing researchers’ success in de-anonymizing some [...]
The GameStick is a tiny video game console that fits on a stick not much larger than a USB thumb drive. Just plug it into the HDMI port on your TV, and you can run Android games on your TV using the included Bluetooth game controller.
You can also store the stick in the controller when it’s not in use.
Originally scheduled to ship in April, the GameStick has been delayed a few times. But the developers say the first units should be on track to ship in September to folks who backed the project on Kickstarter.
Some more evidence that the GameStick is coming soon comes from the FCC website, where the Bluetooth controller showed up this week.
The GameStick is powered by an Amlogic 8276-MX ARM Cortex-A9 processor and has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash storage. It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The device runs a custom version of Google Android, and the developers plan to offer support for media center software including XBMC soon, as well as DLNA wireless media streaming.
GameStick $80 game console set to ship in September is a post from: Liliputing
Lenovo is expanding its line of notebooks with screens that rotate almost all the way around. At first glance, the new Lenovo Flex line of ultrabooks look like any other notebooks with 14 and 15 inch displays. But unlike most ultrabooks, you can push back the screen 300 degrees so it’s facing away from the keyboard.
This lets you use the Lenovo Flex 14 or Lenovo Flex 15 in presentation mode, letting you view pictures or videos without the keyboard getting in your way. You can also prop it up on a table or desk and use the computer as touchscreen device.
Last year Lenovo introduced its Yoga line of convertible ultrabooks. Those laptops have screens that you can rotate nearly 360 degrees, so that the screen rests directly under the keyboard. That way you can use them as notebooks or tablets, depending on the screen position.
While it might seem a bit odd that the new Flex ultrabooks stop at 300 degrees, odds are you weren’t going to use a 14 or 15 inch laptop as a tablet anyway.
CNET Asia reports the Flex 14 is also cheaper than the IdeaPad Yoga, at least in Singapore.
The 14 inch model features a 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M graphics.
There will also be a 15 inch model which has a number pad next tot he keyboard.