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Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 in Pink

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Okay I just couldn’t resist posting this since anything that has to do with pink catches my eye. I know it has been awhile since I last posted in my blog, and coincidentally, my friend Wayne (Hi, Wayne!) asked me at work today about my blog mentioning that he hasn’t seen any posts from me in awhile.

xiaomi-mi-pad-2-pinkAnyway, I found this on Phone Arena today while comparing specs of phones that I was looking at that were on sale for boxing week. However, this device is not a phone, rather a tablet. It basically is visually similar to an iPad. Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is available in pink starting tonight, December 21, 2015 at 9:00 PM EST! I wrote a blog post about a similar device also (Onda V919) awhile back in January 2015.

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 has been available since November 2015 in silver or gold, with aluminum construction. It runs Android OS, or Windows 10 if you prefer. Dimensions are 7.89 x 5.22 x 0.27 inches. Rear camera is 8 Megapixels and front camera is 5 Megapixels. Processor is Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2200 MHz, X5-Z850, 64-bit, with Intel HD graphics processor. System memory is 2048 MB RAM, with built-in storage available in 16 GB priced at C$238.50 (US$189) or 64 GB at C$339.50 (US$269). To compare, the Onda V919 cost C$196.85 back in January 2015.

If the price was C$189, I think I’d buy it. Too bad the CAD to USD currency rate isn’t doing so well at the moment. How about you, would you consider buying one? Let me know in the comments below.

Image Credit: Phone Arena via Xiaomi Today

Who The Smartphone Revolution Left Behind

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I never really thought about how the disabled will be able to use smartphones. I do know someone who is considered legally blind, although he can still somewhat see if something is really up close to his eyes; he uses the option on a smartphone to make the text the largest size it is capable of. That feature would help the visually-challenged elderly too.

But for people with other disabilities, how are they able to use smartphones? Good news is that there have been a few companies who have developed devices that can primarily be used by the disabled. Read on to find out more.

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Editor’s note: Oded Ben Dov is the co-founder and CEO of Sesame Enable, the world’s first completely touch-free smartphone, created for the disabled by the disabled. 

How many of us have been tempted to chuck our smartphones into the ocean while on vacation to stop the incessant buzzing of incoming emails and texts from interrupting what is supposed to be down time?

While many of us have become increasingly desperate to unplug – there’s even a growing industry of “digital detox” vacation spots – in our love-hate relationship with our smartphones, love ultimately conquers all.

We wouldn’t dream of cutting the cord for more than a day or two max. After all, mobile connectedness has become so critical to modern life that according to research by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, even people living on less than $2 a day reported owning a mobile phone – cutting back on food purchases…

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This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

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For techies that want to create a DIY laptop, here’s something that you can put together: a Raspberry Pi Laptop.

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My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few parts.

The project uses the PiJuice battery module and a 5-inch TFT module. In this project you simply cut or print a case for the screen – this one uses laser cut wood – and an HDMI cable.

Slap in an HDMI cable, a wireless keyboard and mouse and you’re all set. Arguably this thing is far less complex than, say, the Pi-Top 3D-printed laptop but it could be a fun side project. You can also use a standard battery to power the whole thing and you can buy a tiny keyboard and touchpad combo to make things a bit smaller. While you probably won’t be doing much GIMP or 3D modeling…

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What It’s Like To Try Out The Apple Watch In-Store

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For those that are curious about the Apple Watch but don’t want to go in-store to check it out at this time, read on to find out about the experience by one of TechCrunch’s writers.

Also, if you want to see more pictures of the Apple Watch retail experience, check out this picture gallery that shows photos of the Apple Watch taken in the Apple Store at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto: A Guided Tour Of The Apple Watch Retail Experience

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Apple began offering previews of the Apple Watch at its stores this morning, and we had a chance to show up early and get a run-through of the demo process before doors opened to customers looking to make an appointment.

As expected, Apple’s changed up the layout of its Store to accommodate the Watch. In the Palo Alto store, they’ve brought in a long table containing all 38 models available to order under a pane of glass. When it’s time for your appointment, an Apple representative walks you over to a designated fitting table covered with blue leather mats (made from the same material as Apple’s iPhone cases).

Apple Watch fitting demo Yes, the Apple Store rep will help you try on the watch. No, it isn’t really awkward.

After walking over to a table away from the crowd of reporters, an Apple retail employee went to the back to grab a tray…

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Amazon ‘Unlocked’ Will Give Away Paid Apps For Free

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Through Amazon “Unlocked”, paid apps and in-app purchasing will now be completely free for (Android) users. Read on for more details.

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Amazon has been working hard to build up the popularity of its Android-based Appstore with consumers and developers — borrowing from the well-thumbed Amazon playbook of deep discounts to drive usage. Now, a new feature it wants to launch looks like it could be its biggest disruptive storefront promotion yet. The company has been working on a new section called “Unlocked” that will offer users a whole range of paid apps, along with those that utilize in-app purchases, free of charge.

Think of it as Amazon Prime for apps.

“Introducing Amazon Unlocked for Apps & Games,” the company notes in one promotional spot. “Paid apps and in-app purchasing now completely FREE from Amazon.”

TechCrunch learned of the new feature by way of an internal presentation, leaked to us, explaining how the new feature will look.

amazon unlocked appsApp developers whose apps are highlighted in the deck include biggies like Sega America, whose Sonic Dash game features prominently in the…

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