Hardware and Software News

Ubuntu Mini PC For $90

Star Cloud, a Chinese hardware manufacturer, has recently unveiled the PCG03U Ubuntu mini PC, which can be bought for a modest $90.

The computer, which has a size of about 6 x 4.7 x 1.6 inches, runs using the Ubuntu O.S. and is powered by an Intel Atom CPU. Specs include 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The Star Cloud PCG03U Ubuntu mini PC, which can be purchased from AliExpress, includes a removable Wi-Fi antenna. It’s true that the antenna is inexpensive (what did you expect?) but fortunately it can be replaced using a U.FL cable.



Textalyzer Prevents Drivers from Texting While Driving

New York Police has recently added Textalyzer, a device that can find out if a driver who was involved in a crash was texting, to its arsenal.

In addition to this, Distracted Operators Risk Casualties, an awareness organization, has proposed a bill that would allow the police to examine any phones that would be found at an accident site.

Textalyzer, which was developed by Cellebrite, an Israeli technology development company, will keep all the phone users’ data private, respecting their privacy.

Car crashes have significantly increased this year, after a decade of steady decline. Since drunk driving car crashes diminish each year, texting while driving is the most likely cause for the increase.


Andromium’s Superbook Converts Smartphones into Laptops

Microsoft’s Continuum project, which was built into Windows 10, promised to turn your mobile phone into a PC. And, truth be told, it has kept that promise to a certain degree.

Nevertheless, there are many situations when working at the same project with two different devices will cause problems like inconsistent formatting, screen resolutions, etc. In addition to this, Continuum doesn’t support the Android O.S. – at least not yet.

Ideally, you would use a single device as your smartphone and PC, and now, thanks to Andromium’s recent invention, you can do just that!

Their Superbook is an innovative docking station that also includes a monitor. Just plug your smartphone into it, and then you can use your Android device as if it were a laptop.

Besides the aforementioned display, the Superbook includes a keyboard, a trackpad, a battery and the needed ports that allow you to connect your smartphone to it.

Andromium, the app that runs using the Android O.S, turns the typical Android user experience into a familiar looking desktop environment. People have access to the same files, but they can do that using windows that can be moved around and resized. In addition to this, Andromium has its own built-in, desktop-like set of apps.

The Superbook will have an HD display with a diagonal of 11.6 inches. It will sport both Type-C and micro USB ports, and promises at least 8 hours of use without needing to be plugged into a power outlet. Of course, since it’s also supposed to charge your smartphone, it may last a little less – or more! – depending on the status of your smartphone battery.

Andromium’s Superbook will be launched on Kickstarter within the following few days, with a price starting at $99. It’s an exciting project, and the price seems right for what it is supposed to do.