New Sandisk Extreme Pro 256GB CF does 65MB/s write speed for 4K video capture

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Flash memory maker Sandisk has just launched what it claims is the fastest CompactFlash card in its new Sandisk Extreme Pro.
The card packs in 256GB of storage but with a ‘VPG-65′ rating. The new ‘Video Performance Guarantee’ means the card delivers a minimum 65MB/second write speed, enough for it to be certified for use in capturing 4K (4096×2160-pixel) resolution video.… Read more

New Radxa Rock single-board computer runs Rockchip RK3188 for under $90

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When mini PCs first started hitting the market, we saw three main form factors – the set-top-box style, the TV stick option and the barebones single-board computer (SBC) style. Since those early days, there have been comparatively fewer low-cost SBC options with HardKernel’s Odroid-X series arguably the most notable release (aside from the Raspberry Pi, of course). However, in recent times, we’ve seen an increase in SBCs hitting the market such as the WaxberryPi and Parallela models.… Read more

MeLE M3 STB mini PC comes with three video output options

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Mini PC maker MeLE has been a popular maker of set-top box style mini PCs for the last year or so but the new MeLE M3 should turn a few heads for its excellent peripheral port options.
The M3 is powered by Allwinner’s A20 dual-core Cortex A7 SoC CPU with dual-core ARM Mali-400 MP2 graphics engine, clocking along at 1GHz. Its accompanied by 1GB of RAM and only 4GB of on-board flash but its preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.… Read more

New Rockchip RK3026 dual-core CPU has cell-calling support

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While chipmaker Allwinner recently launched its A23 dual-core SoC CPU with 2.75G call support, its fellow Chinese chipmaking rival Rockchip isn’t being left behind, announcing its own Rockchip RK3026 dual-core chip due for release later this month.
But unlike the Allwinner A23, the new RK3026 features twin Cortex A9 cores, albeit running at a lower 1GHz clock speed. Compare that to the first-generation RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 chip from Rockchip that clocks at 1.6GHz and performance is likely to be significantly lower.… Read more

Allwinner A23 dual-core SoC CPU can run at 1.5GHz

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Chinese ARM chip maker Allwinner has announced the new Allwinner A23 at the Berlin IFA consumer electronics show. The new SoC CPU features dual ARM Cortex A7 cores but runs at a higher 1.5GHz clock speed compared with the previous-generation A20′s 1.2GHz.
The A23 will also continue to use ARM’s own dual-core Mali-400 MP2 graphics engine.
Allwinner CPUs are typically used in low-cost tablets and occasionally in mini PCs where Allwinner’s quad-core A31 and A31s SoC CPUs are more common.… Read more

Apple iPhone 5c price premium in Australia

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It was the phone originally rumoured to go on sale for $99 but there are other questions set to be ask about pricing regarding the new Apple iPhone 5c.
There have long been concerns in Australia that Australian consumers were at the back of the queue when it came to global technology pricing, so much so, that the country’s federal parliament ran an inquiry into technology pricing, the report of which was tabled on July 29 this year.… Read more

Apple iPhone 5c announced, presales Sept 13, on sale Sept 20

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Any thoughts that Apple would make a budget smartphone have disappeared out the window with the release of the ‘colourful’ Apple iPhone 5c.
Announced overnight, the 5c was the phone originally rumoured to be set for release at $99. If only it were true.┬áThe new model features a polycarbonate shell housing a 4-inch Retina display powered by Apple’s A6 processor and new iOS 7 operating system.… Read more

UG007III TV stick boosts Allwinner numbers, adds Bluetooth

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Mini PC brand REKO has been churning out the UG007 series of TV stick mini PCs for some time but somewhere along the line we missed the release of the REKO UG007III.
For a while, it seemed as though the world only had one quad-core ARM-class processor to choose from for mini PCs – Rockchip’s ubiquitous RK3188. However, in recent times, several new models have arrived sporting the Allwinner A31 quad-core Cortex A7 chip instead.… Read more

QT970 TV stick features Allwinner quad-core chip, external Wi-Fi antenna

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Despite what might seem a glut of mini PCs hitting the market, there always seems to be room for one more with the QT970 the latest to make its arrival known.
The QT970 TV stick mini PC appears to feature a new chassis design with an external Wi-Fi antenna located at the back-end of the slim casing and a standard HDMI plug on the other end.… Read more

iPEGTOP Dual-core RK3066 TV stick mini PC drops below $33

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These days, its mostly the Asian electronics retail sites like dx.com and Aliexpress that get mentioned in the same breath as mini PCs but it’s still worth keeping an eye on eBay for bargains that pop up like iPEGTOP’s dual-core TV stick.
We just spotted this one on eBay selling for under $US33, which is a pretty decent price for a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core CPU TV stick.… Read more