The Teclast X98 Pro is a tablet with a 9.7 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel IPS display, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
It’s also a dual OS tablet that runs Windows 10 and Google Android software. And it was one of Teclast’s first tablets to ship with an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Cherry Trail processor when the Teclast X98 Pro launched in 2015.
So I reached out to the folks at Geekbuying to ask for a demo unit… and then I never got around to posting a review.
A week after acknowledging a serious security vulnerability affecting its software, the makers of AirDroid have released an updated version of their app for sharing data between an Android phone and a PC.
AirDroid 126.96.36.199 is said to fix the security problems that could have allowed malicious hackers to intercept data sent between your devices if you were using an unsecured WiFi network.
The latest version of AirDroid is available from the Google Play Store.
Microsoft is offering some seriously cheap tablets today, but those aren’t the only savings you’ll find in the Microsoft Store and Windows Store at the moment.
The company is also running a “free music Friday” promotion, where you can pick up 5 albums for free. Add the items to your account and you can stream them in Microsoft’s Groove Music app… but you can also download the music as DRM-free MP3 files that you can transfer to any device for listening on the go.
If you bought a Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and haven’t returned it yet… you really should. Not only is the phone prone to catching fire, subject to a massive recall, and barred from boarding airplanes with you, but soon you may not even be able to turn the thing on.
The Verge reports that Samsung and US wireless carriers may be planning to issue a software update next week that will stop the phone from charging.
Chinese chip maker Rockchip has two new processors on the way and they’r eboth designed for Android-based TV boxes.
The Rockchip RK3228H and RK3228B chips can both handle 4K video playback and H.24/H.265 video decoding. And they’re both expected to show up in Chinese OTT (Over the Top) and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) devices.
We may also see them show up soon in some of the cheap Android-powered media players that have been coming out of China for the past few years.
Remember when Windows tablets used to be more expensive than their Android counterparts? Today you can pick up a model with an 8 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a quad-core processor for just $49.
The Microsoft Store is offering a 1-day sale on Windows tablets, and that includes a NuVision 8 inch tablet with an Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor for $49.
Want something with a newer/faster processor?
Microsoft’s latest preview build of Windows 10 includes improvements for Windows Ink, the Windows Game Bar, and support for new extensions in the Edge web browser.
But some of the coolest new features in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14986 include the Cortana digital assistant. Now you can use your voice to change the volume, turn off a PC, or restart it without touching the computer.
And those are just a few of the new Cortana features.
Pebble has announced it’s going to stop selling smartwatches now that Fitbit is acquiring the Pebble’s software-related intellectual property, but not the company’s hardware business.
So what does that mean for companies that are making hardware designed to work with Pebble watches? At least one group working on a smartstrap is abandoning its project, while another hopes to at least deliver on its initial promise.
Pebble introduced the smartstrap system in early 2015.
Google Assistant is the service that lets you ask questions, control media, and perform other actions on the Google Home smart speaker or Pixel smartphone. It’s also integrated into Google’s Allo chat app.
So far Assistant has relied on Google technology to do just about anything. But now Google is inviting developers to tap into the platform, allowing you to do things like order an Uber by voice or chat with a virtual chatbot.
Sure, your smartphone battery will usually last all day… if you don’t actually use it all that much. But if you spend a lot of time playing games, watching videos, and generally running down the battery, a portable battery can be a life saver for those times when you may not be able to plug your phone into a wall jack.
Today Amazon is offering discounts on a bunch of smartphone accessories, including a 10,000 mAh Anker PowerCore battery that’s on sale for $18.
Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform turns supported smartphones into virtual reality devices (with the help of a Daydream View headset and remote). When I first tested Daydream, there were a few compelling apps for the platform, but in the weeks since launch we’ve seen more and more Daydream-compatible apps and games hit the Google Play Store.
Today Google is announcing the launch of more apps, including video streaming services HBO GO and HBO Now and a bunch of VR games including shooters, racing games, and more.
After announcing plans to acquire LinkedIn this June, Microsoft has revealed that the $26.2 billion takeover of the social network for professionals is complete.
Now the company will start bringing LinkedIn features to existing products including Office and Windows.
For example, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says LinkedIn notifications will be visible in the Windows action center, and you’ll be able to use Linkedin identity features in Outlook and Office.
Microsoft has already told us to expect Windows 10-ready Virtual Reality headsets with prices as low as $299 in the coming year. Now we know what kind of PC you’ll need to have if you want to use those headsets.
The minimum specs suggest you won’t need to spend a lot of money on a new PC if you want to use one of those headsets. But that doesn’t mean that your old PC will necessarily be compatible.
Microsoft and Intel’s Project Evo brings Amazon Echo-like features, mixed reality, and more to Windows
Microsoft’s answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home may not be a standalone device. Instead, the company is bringing Echo-like voice recognition features to PCs through a partnership with Intel called Project Evo.
That seems to confirm a recent report that Microsoft was working on Windows 10 software called Home Hub which would let you talk to a PC using Cortana from across the room. But it turns out that’s just the tip of the Project Evo iceberg.
Soon you may be able to run desktop Windows software on devices with ARM-based processors.
Rumors had suggested that Microsoft was working to add support for ARM chips to future versions of Windows 10 by making it possible for 64-bit ARM processors to emulate x86 chip architecture. Now Qualcomm has confirmed that this is true, and that some of its chips will be among the first to support Win32 software.
We could see the first ARM-based Windows 10 systems in the second half of 2017.
Asus seems to be prepping an updated version of its Zenfone Zoom.
The original was a smartphone with a 3x optical zoom lens and specs that are largely the same as those for the Asus Zenfone 2. The follow-up is called the Asus Zenfone 3, and it’s a phone with dual cameras on the back.
As Notebook Italia discovered, an unannounced Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) just showed up at the Bluetooth SIG website.
AsteroidOS is an open source, Linux-based operating system designed to run as a replacement for the OS on some Android Wear smartwatches. Developer Florent Revest says it offers users more control over privacy and allows them to run free and open source software.
The software may have another function: breathing new life into older hardware. Some first-generation Android Wear smartwatches have already been largely abandoned by their makers, with no planned updates to newer versions of Google’s Android Wear operating system.
NuVision isn’t exactly a household name, but the company made a bit of a splash with the launch of a $99 Windows 10 tablet with a full HD display.
The company later added a $149 model with an updated Intel Atom processor, and now there’s a 10 inch NuVision Duo tablet with a 10 inch display and a detachable keyboard.
The latest model is probably the most versatile yet, but with a $299 price tag, it’s also the most expensive NuVision computer available from the Microsoft Store.
Didn’t get a chance to pick up a $25 media streamer on Black Friday or Cyber Monday when mulitple retailers were selling the second-gen Chromecast for that price.
No problem. Office Depot is doing it again today. The latest Chromecast is available for $10 off its usual price, and it’s available for shipping or free in-store pickup.
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
- Google Chromecast (2nd gen) for $25 – Office Depot/OfficeMax
- Amazon Tap portable Bluetooth speaker w/Alexa for $80 – Best Buy
- Refurb Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st gen) for $40 – Woot
- Refurb Kindle & Fire eReaders and tablets for $35 and up – Woot
- Samsung Radiant360 R1 WiFi/Bluetooth speaker for $120 – Samsung
- Buy Samsung Notebook 7 Spin + Galaxy Tab E 9.6″ tablet for $800 – Samsung
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4 w/Core i5/4GB/128GB for $740 – Walmart
- HP ProDesk 600 G2 mini PC w/Core i3-6300T/8GB/180GB/Win7 Pro for $380 – Woot
- Fitbit Alta for $85 – Amazon
- Refurb Fitbit Charge HR for $69 – A4C
- Motorola Moto 360 2nd gen 42mm smartwatch w/leather strap for $200 – Verizon
Gaming & more
- Oculus Rift + $100 gift card for $599 – Amazon
- Assassin’s Creed III for free – Ubisoft
You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.
Bluetooth has long been the go-to wireless spec for connecting gadgets over short ranges. It’s what you use to connect a smartwatch, fitness tracker, speaker, or wireless headphones to a smartphone. It can connect a mouse or keyboard to a laptop or tablet.
But the folks behind the Bluetooth specification are eyeing the smart home and Internet of Things space with the latest version of the standard.
Bluetooth 5 launches today, and it supports faster speeds, longer ranges, and the ability to transfer more data in a message.