We’re now on Facebook! (finally)


Yep, it’s taken us a few months but we’re finally on Facebook. So if you’d prefer to keep up with our mix of stories, tutorials, specification lists and news about the latest smartphones, tablets and mini PCs through Facebook, just hit the Like button on the right here.
Compact, low-power computing devices have taken the world by storm and sure, we’re not the only website providing the latest news, views, tips and tricks on them – in fact, there are a number of great sites doing something similar.… Read more

Google Nexus 4 drops start price to $199 in US, $249 in Australia


Search and phone giant Google has taken the axe to its Nexus 4 smartphone pricing, lopping $100 off the price of the LG-built models. That sees the 8GB model on sale in the US for just $199 and $249 in Australia.
The 16GB release sells in the US for $249 and Australia gets it for $299.
Currently, the 16GB model is selling at retail from Harvey Norman stores in Australia for $419 – $120 more than the Google Play price.… Read more

Windows 8.1 RTM announced, released on October 18


Ten months after the company launched what can be described as one of the most controversial releases of its Windows operating system, Microsoft has announced the RTM (release to manufacture) status of its new Windows 8.1 update. The new point release will be released for general use on October 18.
However, in a departure from its normal stance, Microsoft has decided it will hold off the new update from its professional MSDN and TechNet subscribers until the October 18 general release date.… Read more

New rumour has Apple launching iOS 7 to all devices September 10


It’s that time of year again when Apple rumour numbers start to rocket up as we inevitably get closer to the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5S and its eagerly anticipated ‘budget’ phone, the iPhone 5C. While the latest rumours are that Apple will launch the phones on September 10 for sale on September 20, a new rumour is gathering a head of steam that the Cupertino giant will also launch its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7 at the same announcement.… Read more

Google kills off Chromecast local streaming apps – for now


Chromecast has become arguably the second-most popular mini PC on the planet after the Raspberry Pi with its low-cost and ability to stream video from the web, controlled by a PC, tablet or smartphone.
However, not long after its launch, developers found a way to add in the one missing feature many users were looking for – the ability to stream local video content.… Read more

A20 mini PC combines Allwinner A20 CPU with Android 4.2.2 OS


It’s arguably the smallest STB stick mini PC chassis going around but the MK805-style build is getting another run here, these days called the A20 and combines Allwinner’s A20 dual-core Cortex A7 SoC CPU with the latest (for mini PCs) Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
Despite its diminutive size, the A20 is surprisingly well stocked with extras. The internal storage can be expanded via MicroSD card slot, good for cards up to 32GB.… Read more

How to measure power consumption of a mini PC


WARNING: Electricity can be dangerous if you don’t treat it with respect. If you follow the circuit, it will work but because we can’t control how you use it, this info comes with no warranty whatsoever – you use it at your own risk.
Quite often, the simplest way to measure power consumption of a mini PC is to simply throw an AC power meter onto the power brick feeding your device and take a look at the reading.… Read more

How much power does my mini PC use?


There are a few misunderstandings around when it comes to mini PCs and the amount of power they consume.
While you can get a basic ‘order of magnitude’ idea of the power required by looking at the power brick rating, that will only give you a worst-case scenario.
Most TV stick and STB mini PCs come with either a direct-connect AC power brick or a USB phone charger-style power brick, either way, usually with a rating of 5VDC/2A.… Read more

MK819 dual-core STB mini PC sells online for $36?


Somehow we managed to miss this MK819 dual-core set-top-box style mini PC, despite thinking we’d already covered it. However, looking into it, we’ve found it selling on eBay for just $36.99, including shipping.
It’s a compact Apple TV style model with just a slightly higher profile. It’s powered by the first-generation Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board flash, preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.… Read more

How to improve Wi-Fi speed


For most of us, creating a Wi-Fi home network is pretty much a case of buying a wireless ADSL router, plugging it into the phone line and plonking it down in the corner. We then grab our wireless device, switch on the Wi-Fi adapter, get a signal, log in and away we go. However, the transmission of radio waves (for that’s what a Wi-Fi access point is really doing) is a bit of a black art and just because you’re “getting a signal” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a high-quality one.… Read more