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.

Tech Stats and Gadgets

Android Distribution Figures

Google will release the new version of its popular O.S, Android Nougat, before the end of the year. Until then, Google has released the current Android distribution stats, which show that Android Marshmallow is now installed on 13.3% of devices.

Android Lollipop continues to be the most popular version, being present on over 35% of the devices, closely followed by KitKat, which is found on 30.1% of the devices.


So was Android Marshmallow a hit? Not at all, according to the stats above. The explanation for its lack of popularity is quite simple, though: Android is an open source OS, and this allows big companies like Samsung to customize it, branding it with their own sets of features, and so on. Then, when a new Android version is released, those companies choose to focus their energy on their newest devices, leaving the older ones with an outdated O.S.


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Leaked

We are about a month away from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 release. Yes, you read that right: there will be no Galaxy Note 6. The jump from Note 5 to Note 7 will be done with the goal of making it easier for people to choose their large screen phones: having names like S7 and Note 7 for the same phone generation will simplify the users’ job.

A few days ago, a new image of the Note 7 has been released.


So what will be special about Galaxy Note 7, besides a curved screen, a slightly faster CPU, a slightly better camera, etc? Samsung is bringing dust and water resistance to its flagship phone this time.

The Note 7 is probably going to incorporate a 5.8 inch display, running at 2560×1440 pixels, Exynos/Snapdragon CPUs coupled with 6GB of RAM and a 12 megapixels camera.
Pricing details, availability and other features are probably going to be announced at Samsung’s press event that will be held on the 2nd of August.


Invidyo Child Monitoring System

A new child monitoring system, which incorporates advanced AI algorithms, has been recently unveiled.

Invidyo uses face and emotions recognition artificial intelligence code to identify important moments in your child’s life, and then assembles them, creating adorable photos and movies.

Sure, it would be even better if you’d have the possibility to spend all day with your kid, but this is the next best thing imho.


Invidyo saves any parent a lot of time; you won’t have to watch countless hours of still movies to capture the moment of joy on your child’s face from now on. With Invidyo, a daily “Magic Moments Clip” is automatically generated for you.

Right now, Invidyo is on Kickstarter. Pledges start at just $99, offering a huge saving in comparison with the expected $298 retail price.