Miracast dongles now under $20


While much is being made of Google’s Chromecast dongle (which has just launched in Australia), it’s not the only way to stream media content around your home. Back in the middle of last year, rumours were that Miracast dongles would soon be released powered by Rockchip single-core Soc CPUs that could sell for around $10.
Fast-forward to 2014 and that forecast has almost come true.… Read more

Specifications – Samsung Galaxy W SM-T255 smartphone


The bigger-than-Ben-Hur-screen smartphone market is gaining another new model, this time thanks to Samsung, with news the Korean giant is launching the sizeable new Galaxy W. There’s a good list of inclusions to gain some attention, such as a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU delivering up to 1.2GHz of processing power and a cache of 1.5 GB of RAM to play with.… Read more

Microsoft bumps OneDrive free storage from 7 to 15GB


Software giant Microsoft has announced changes to its OneDrive cloud storage service.
From July, free storage for everyone will increase from 7GB to 15GB, while those with Office 365 subscriptions will see their storage balloon from 20GB to a hefty 1TB.
The new storage offerings also filter through to specific storage plans and include new lower pricing – 100GB of storage will now cost AU$2.00 per month (down from $8.99) and 200GB will set you back AU$4.00 a month (down from $13.99). … Read more

Allwinner A33 to begin mass production July 2014


Popular Chinese ARM chipmaker Allwinner has announced that its new A33 quad-core SoC CPU will hit mass production in July 2014.
The new SoC (system-on-a-chip) features four ARM-designed Cortex A7 cores along side ARM’s Mali400MP2 dual-core graphics engine and is a drop-in replacement for the previous dual-core A23 SoC.
According to the company, the SoC is priced at $US4.99 in quantity in an AXP233 package.… Read more

New IPPLI Mars i2 TV stick mini PC offers external removable antenna


New mini PC brand IPPLI has just released this quite stylish TV stick style mini PC called the IPPLI Mars i2.
Like almost everything else at the moment, it runs Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU. However, it is pretty well stocked for features with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of flash preloaded with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.… Read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch price announced


Samsung Australia has announced that pre-orders for its Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch started this afternoon at 2pm at the Samsung Experience stores in Sydney and Melbourne. Word is the device will go on sale at selected retailers on October 3 with a recommended retail price of $AUD369.
The device is designed to be a companion to the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone but has some nifty features such as audio/video recording through the on-board 1.9MP camera (it’s able to capture 720p video in H.264 format). … Read more

Compact V482 STB mini PC delivers Wi-Fi, Ethernet, composite AV


There are plenty of different chassis designs for a mini PC these days but it’s still hard to go past the AppleTV-style option and this recent V482 STB mini PC is a reasonable example at a pretty skinny price.
The V482 is powered by Rockchip’s first-generation RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU – while it doesn’t have the same horsepower as the quad-core RK3188, it does share the latter’s GPU engine, namely the quad-core ARM Mali-400 MP4.… Read more

Ditter U24 STB mini PC packs in VIA SoC CPU


New mini PC brand Ditter has launched a set-top box model called the Ditter U24, the unusual feature being the VIA processor on-board. However at this stage, it’s not exactly clear which version resellers will have on sale.
In the marketing material, Ditter has decided the U24 will feature a choice of either VIA 8850 single-core or 8880 dual-core Cortex A9 CPU.… Read more

New Auxtek T001 TV stick mini PC hits the market


Mini PC brand Auxtek has come into the market with a new model, a TV stick-style mini PC called the Auxtek T001.
A reasonably stylish design, the T001 is built around the tried and tested Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of flash, preloaded with the latest (for a mini PC) Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.… Read more