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Remix OS and Remix Mini @ CES 2016

Every year at CES one the best parts is being able to wander around aimlessly and check out new products from up and coming companies. The Remix Mini is one of those products that somehow slipped under the radar even though they managed to raise a little over $1.6 Million dollars during their KickStarter campaign recently.


The Remix Mini is a full Android-powered computer that retails currently for $70 USD. Now I know what you're thinking already, "So what? There are tons of inexpensive Android-powered devices!" and you'd be correct in thinking that, but what sets the Remix Mini apart from the rest is their Remix OS version of Android that comes installed on the Remix Mini. Remix OS is a desktop version of Android that offers you all the basic desktop functionality you'd expect from a Windows PC, but due to the fact that it's Android, the performance and portability is fantastic. 


 

The Remix Mini features a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with 2 USB ports and a MicroSD cardslot offer you lots of expansion options. All of this weighs in at 14.6 ounces and is small enough to fit into your pocket easily. 



 

As I mentioned earlier, the Remix Mini is powered by Remix OS which sets this device apart from all other Android-powered devices that I've seen. Remix OS is extremely functional and at first glance you'll question whether or not it's actually Android-based. The cool thing about Remix OS is that the folks at Jide (developers of Remix OS) are going to be giving away Remix OS for free for anyone to install on their x86 computers starting January 11th, 2016. In the demo that we saw, Remix OS had been loaded onto a USB flash drive and booted up on an older Dell desktop and the performance was very good (even much better than it would be on a new tablet running a mobile processor). Remix OS might just be the solution to breathe some new life into that old PC that you have sitting around. This product is one of the more impressive Android based products I've seen in a long time and was a nice surprise at CES 2016.

 

If you'd like to find out more about the Remix Mini or the Remix OS (and get a copy for yourself), head on over to Jide.com.


If you'd like to see more pictures from our CES coverage, check out our CES 2016 photo gallery.


 

Google Docs Gets a Little Better

While I love Microsoft Office for the powerful and robust platform, I do use Google Docs and other Google apps almost as much. When it comes to major work though, I prefer Microsoft Office as they allow better formatting and customization. That is changing a bit though as Google is pushing their Docs App to be better and better. The lastest update to G Suite will help you prepare research papers with citations much easier. 

But beyond that, the feature will format the citations in APA, Chicago or MLA styles. So, no matter what your professor requires you're probably covered here. This starts rolling out tomorrow for folks using G Suite for Education. You know, just in time for that final paper you've been putting off all semester long.

Source: Engadget

Nintendo Switch Battery Not Removable

While it's not really that big of a deal to me, the Nintendo Switch's FCC filings show that the battery will not be replaceable. While some may bemoan this development, how many of you have swapped out batteries in your 3DS or NDS Lite. I'm sure there are a few, and while it is not specifically "removable", I'm sure it will be able to be serviced - if the device actually lasts longer than the battery.

When the Wii U gamepad was panned for dying too soon, Nintendo was able to release an easy to install high-capacity battery pack that boosted the runtime to 8 hours. That won't be possible with the Switch. Consumers will be stuck with however much battery life Nintendo's next game console has at launch.

Source: Engadget

Android Superbook misses launch date

The Android Superbook project, which raised a cool $3 million on Kickstarter, has missed its launch date. The Superbook takes your Android smartphone and turns it into a notebook, all for $99. Kickstarter projects don't have a great track record of being on time with their launch dates but anytime a deadline gets missed people start to get nervous as to whether or not they'll get their product. Endgadget has the full story.

The Superbook, a device that converts your smartphone into a laptop, is the latest high-profile Kickstarter project to delay shipping to backers. The $99 device, basically a screen and keyboard shell powered by your smartphone's processor and memory, raised nearly $3 million after garnering pledges from 16,732 backers. However, the company has announced that it will postpone shipping from February 2017 to June 2017 because design changes and supplier issues.

Smart Watches Fell on their (smart)Face in 2016

One of the biggest things I've noticed over the past few years is how marketing really works. Companies create a product that isn't in demand, try and create excitment around the product that no one really wants and then convince us that we need it. 3D TV was one such product - as well as Smart Watches. While they can be handy in certain situations, they aren't a product that everyone needs - and people are figuring that out - which is why sales of these devices was pretty flat this past year. What would it take for you to buy one - if you haven't already?

Battery life continues to be unsatisfactory, the cases are usually still too thick, and companies still struggle to balance timeless design with futuristic functionality. Google, which originally planned to launch Android Wear 2.0 this year, is pushing that update to early 2017. The new version will apparently allow for apps that can run independently on smartwatches without requiring a companion phone, something that Apple's watchOS 2 has offered since fall 2015.

Source: Engadget

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