Migoal TransMaker TR10/TR11 turns Galaxy S3/S4 smartphones into 10/11-inch tablet laptops

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If you think about it, the only difference between most tablets and smartphones is a larger screen, a larger battery and keyboard. The new Migoal TransMaker aims to take those differences away by being able to turn a Galaxy S3 or S4 smartphone into a 10.1 or 11.6-inch tablet notebook.
Unlike the Motorola Lapdock, the TransMaker allows you to slot your phone into the back of the screen but then detach the screen from the keyboard base to give you the option of a large-screen tablet.… Read more

Cydia Impactor uses vulernability to root Android devices including Google Glass

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Gaining root access to any Android device can be a complex route of ¬†firmware flashing that is often ‘horses for courses’, relying on different techniques for different Android devices.
Cydia Impactor is different. Using what’s known as the Android ‘Master Key’ vulnerability, Cydia Impactor is a ‘work in progress’ Windows or MacOS X app that allows you to gain root access to most Android device,¬†including Google Glass, by simply connecting it up to your computer and running this app.… Read more

Motorola Moto X mid-range smartphone hits the market

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It’s not the easiest time to be a smartphone maker at the moment, but you’d think if any brand could get a decent model over the line with the latest Android operating system, it’d be Motorola. With that in mind, the company has launched the Motorola Moto X.
There’s a good list of inclusions here that should gain some attention, such as a 1.7GHz Qualcomm MSM8960Pro dual-core Snapdragon chip and a 4.7-inch panel with 720 x 1280-pixel resolution built from AMOLED screen tech.… Read more

New Finless ROM 1.5 for MINIX NEO X7 STB mini PC

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After a enforced hiatus, custom mini PC ROM maker, Finless Bob, is back on the job and has just released a new Finless ROM 1.5 release, this time for the popular MINIX NEO X7 STB mini PC.
The Freaktab.com administrator has been impressed with the MINIX ROMs of late, using the Neo X7 release as the basis for another Finless ROM 1.5 for the iMito QX1.… Read more

Himedia Q11 Duo STB mini PC powered by HiSilicon 3718 CPU

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Chinese mini PC maker Himedia has started churning out yet another model, this time called the Himedia Q11 Duo.
It’s an unusual design in that its powered by HiSilicon’s 3718 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU (almost everything else comes with a Rockchip SoC these days), however it only includes 1GB of DDR3 RAM and just 4GB of on-board flash, preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.… Read more

MeLE M8 quad-core STB mini PC discounted for limited time

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Mini PC maker MeLE looks to be running out its interesting set-top box style mini PC called the Mele M8, which normally sells for $120, but for the next seven hours on Aliexpress, you can pick it up for $89.99.
MeLE looks to be the last seller moving this one so it’ll likely be a run-out model. But for that price, you’ll get an STB mini PC featuring Allwinner’s A31 quad-core Cortex A7 SoC CPU.… Read more

New Tronsmart MK908II now features external antenna for $75

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Mini PC brand Tronsmart has taken the aging MK808 chassis and installed a rotating external antenna onto it, launching it onto the market as the Tronsmart MK908II.
Like the original MK908, the MK908II features Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU, equipped with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of on-board flash, preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. At this stage, we don’t know whether or not this kernel is built on the Rockchip SDK2.0, which delivers better and smoother performance from the CPU.… Read more

Ocean Star TRK306 quad-core mini PC selling for $57

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A new low-cost quad-core TV stick mini PC appears to have just hit the market – the new Ocean Star TRK306. Powered by Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU, the TRK306 sells on Aliexpress for $57, the cheapest price we’ve seen so far for a quad-core TV stick.
Apart from the RK3188 quad-core chip, it comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM but only 4GB of on-board flash, preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.… Read more

Whatever happened to Android for Raspberry Pi?

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One of the earliest operating system projects discussed in the same breath as the Raspberry Pi was Google’s Android. Back on July 31 last year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation posted on its blog that ‘Android 4.0 is coming!‘, but unfortunately, apart from some early screenshots of an ‘alpha’ build, no official Android OS for the compact $25 computer has since been released.… Read more