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Teclast update HD X98 Air with Windows, 3G and more

Posted by Tom October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Teclast X98 will be released in a Windows 8.1 edition, complete with an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3736F processor clocked at 2.16GHz, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage.

It has a 9.7-inch HD display at retina specs, namely 2,048 x 1536 resolution and powered by the onboard Intel HD Graphics Gen7 processor.

Bundled in there’s also Office 365 and anywhere goodness thanks to 3G connectivity.

It’s currently on pre-sale in China and will no doubt spread around the world upon release.

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iRig Mic HD portable microphone

Posted by Tom October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

iRig has produced adaptors for the likes of guitar and bass for iPad and iPhone recording.

Now it’s aiming at musicians who are tired of instrumentals or podcasters on the go with the iRig Mic HD.

Reviewed over at Slashgear, it comes up trumps on portability and quality.

It connects via microUSB and takes its power from whatever it’s plugged into, rather than relying on batteries.

There’s a control knob for input levels and that’s the lot – other adjustments can be made on the apps.

It costs $120 and comes bundled with a case and mic clip.

Via slashgear

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Spin class: Chuwi DX1 Android tablet with rotating camera

Posted by Tom October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s got some Oppo chops but the DX1 is Chuwi’s newest tablet that features a 206-degrees rotating 13MP camera.

The Chuwi DX1 has a 6.98-inch 720p display and runs on a Mediatek MTK8392.

The smartphone-looking, tablet-hearted DX1 comes with 1GB of RAM and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It also comes with 16GB storage, microSD expansion and 3G support.

Via gizchina

iFive MX2 Windows tablet with Full HD display

Posted by Tom September - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The upcoming iFive MX2 Windows 8.1 tablet will feature an 8-inch Full HD display.

Fronted by 1,920 x 1,080 pixel screen, the MX2 runs on an Intel Z3735X processor and comes with 2GB of DDR3l RAM and 32GB storage.

Further details are scarce, but it’ll feature front and rear cameras and front-facing stereo speakers.

More info as it comes in.

Via tablet-news

iPad Mini rival ifive mini 4 HD tablet in pictures

Posted by Tom August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The ifive mini 4 tablet debuted earlier this year at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair and now it’s broken out of the show stalls and is being shown off in a hotel room with a friend.

The ifive mini 4 is one of the closest rivals to the iPad Mini, with a spectacular 2048 x 1536 resolution 7.9-inch retina display, powered by a RockChip RK3288 A17 core processor.

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Dual boot 64-bit Teclast X89HD goes down iPad Mini route

Posted by Tom July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

A contender for the iPad Mini’s crown of slick, portable computing is the Teclast X89HD tablet: a dual boot Windows 8.1 and Android slate what’s powered by a nippy 64-bit Intel Bay Trail T processor.

It has a 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, a nice 32GB of flash storage and is 7.4mm thick.

Via tablet-news

5 free HD video players for Android you should try

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With the proliferation of high definition video – whether streaming or in file form – available for Android devices, and with the ever-improving video performance and higher video resolutions being shipped with handsets and tablets, one would now start to understand the need of a great media player application that will be able to handle such content. Given that the stock Android players that come together with your new devices would probably be able to handle most of the file types out there, it would be unbecoming of any user to not look around the Google Play Store and see the multitude of options – free options at that! – available. So we took it upon ourselves to give you our top 5 free HD video apps.

Moboplayer

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Any respectable discussion about free media players will honestly not be complete without mentioning Moboplayer, as it has been one of the most popular free media players out there for quite a bit of time now. MoboPlayer supports a lot of the video file formats that are rampant in the Internet, including ones that your device might not normally support, this through a feature called software decoding. The player itself also supports multiple audio tracks, subtitles – even multiple onscreen subtitles, and media streaming to media and home entertainment servers. The player takes some time in opening HD video files – especially 1080p ones – but it is rarely more than 3 seconds. With our Samsung Galaxy S3 Alpha (SC-03E) test bed – 4.8-inch 1280×720 screen, 1.6Ghz Exynos processor, Mali-400MP graphics, 2GB RAM – there was no visible lag opening a 1080p MP4 file.

It is available free the Google Play Store, with ad support.

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MX Player

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One of the more substantial free media players out there, great for general purpose video viewing, is MX Player. Using this app, you get a feeling that the developers chose to put in just that right balance between ease-of-use and robust features. The video viewer itself is sleek and logical, and the app supports most popular formats. For better format support, there is a codec download available, both from the developers, or you may choose to use any other codecs out there. There are gestures galore, and pinch-to-zoom. You have access to subtitle options, aspect ratio control and other stuff just from the main screen, while a lot more tweaks can be discovered in the settings menu. No lagging on this one as well, the software and hardware decoding holds up well. And since this is a free version, there will be ads, but the experience was altogether unobtrusive and tolerable.

Download from Google Play Store here.

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Vplayer

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Vplayer is a simple approach to a media playing. It lacks the bells and whistles of most premium players and even like Moboplayer and MX Player, but if you want a straight up video player, this is one of the “lighter” media players out there. It supports the common file formats, and then some. Vplayer will also detect all your folders that contain video files and display them in folder view, but there are no ways of filtering or organizing your content. One of the cool things about Vplayer is that it lets you copy and paste links out of Youtube and Vimeo and play them on Vplayer.

Download free from Google Play.

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DicePlayer

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DicePlayer is another feature filled player that leverages on a streamlined and uncluttered viewing window, with some straight up features available. When viewing your movie, the controls for view lock, playback speed controller, audio track and subtitle support, and aspect ratio adjustment is immediately available. DicePlayer even has controls for subtitle sync calibration, for those times when annoying subtitles are just not synced with your movie file. Finally, Dice Network playback support allows users to push their device-based media to media servers and home networks over Samba filesharing, FTP, and other such processes.

Download free over Google Play.

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BSPlayer

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Our last media player on this list is definitely not the least of them all, as the BSPlayer is a solid all around media app as well. Robust to the core, BSPayer offers software and hardware decoding in what seems to be a pretty uncluttered viewing pane – and we do realize that an uncluttered and simple viewing pane is one of our main considerations in a video player. One of the major selling points for the BSPlayer is that it lets you customize the interface to your liking with a variety of skins available. The app has support for subtitles, even built-in subtitles in video container files such as MKVs. As an added feature, the BSPlayer can even automatically find subtitles for your files online – very neat. The BSPlayer also has a “pop-out viewer” where you can keep your video on top of any app you may be running at the moment. As with everything here, it is available for free download and install over at the Google Play Store.

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One last app that is probably worthy of mention outside of this list is the VLC Media Player Beta for Android. The downloadable app, even in its beta stage, is still very much usable with your device, and like its desktop version, it can pretty much play whatever file format you throw at it. The app is far from perfect, and being in the beta stage, it has a number of bugs and lags in most cases playing 720 and 1080p files. But in its defense, the team behind it keeps improving the program towards perfection until it finally decides to release it as a full pledged app.

This list is not by any means a comprehensive list, just the ones we like. Tells us what you guys like over at the comments section.

Cube Talk9X – slim octacore HD tablet with big features

Posted by Tom May - 30 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The new Cube Talk9X is a slim tablet new with big features, including an octacore processor, retina display and 3G connectivity.

I know what you’re thinking, the lady in the picture needs to get herself a Thanko tablet stand for bedtime reading.

Regardless, she’s laying next to the new Cube Talk9X, which boasts a big 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 resolution HD display with a 178-degree viewing angle.

The Talk9X is powered by the octacore MediaTek MT8392 processor, which is clocked at up to 2GHz, and has a Mali-450 GPU that supports super-HD decoding for 4KH.263 and h.265/VP9.

It’s also good to go on the go, thanks to the 3G support and it’s not too bulky either thanks to its modest 7mm thickness.

The back camera is 5MP with a Schott glass lens, while the front cam is 2MP.

Via imp3

Google’s Video Quality Report monitors ISP quality and suggests solutions

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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There is nothing worse than having poor video streaming quality. Issues can be blamed on the device being used, the router, or the internet service provider (ISP). Google has a solution to find a solution for folks in the United States: the Video Quality Report. While it was previously available in Canada, it is now available here as well. The Video Quality Report is primarily meant to help with YouTube streaming, but users can use it as an indicator for anything else.

Here are the different levels of quality:

  • HD Verified: If your provider can consistently deliver HD video, a resolution of at least 720p, without buffering or interruptions–it’s HD Verified.
  • Standard Definition: If you can watch videos at a resolution of at least 360p, your provider is delivering Standard Definition.
  • Lower Definition: If videos load slowly or frequently buffer, even at resolutions lower than 360p, your provider is delivering Lower Definition performance.

Experiencing an issue getting that high definition quality? Take a look at the infographic above. Google provides seven solutions for how you can the most out of your video streaming experience. Over time, Google does intend to add more countries to the Video Quality Report mix.

Source: YouTube (Official blog)

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Long-awaited Xiaomi Tegra-packing HD Android tablet announced

Posted by Tom May - 16 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The official specs for the Xiaomi Android tablet are out and it’s shaped up nicely.

It’s a 7.9-inch tablet with a 2048 x 1536, 326ppi screen made with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Pushing the screen to its pretty limits is the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and a desktop-quality Kepler GPU.

It excels on battery life too, with its mighty 6200mAh battery from LG, which claims to offer 1200 hours stand-by, 24 hours reading and 16 hours of video playback, as well as quick charging.

It also comes with a Sony 8MP back camera, a 5MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 16-64GB storage options, which support for 128GB SD card expansion. To top it all off it comes in five colours.

In China the 16GB model costs 1499 yuan (US$240) and the 64GB model is 1699 (US$272).

Lookin’ good, Xiaomi. Lookin’ good.

Via gizchina

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