Android Mini PC MK908 Cooling Mod

The Android Mini PC is a pretty handy device, but there’s a problem of it frequently overheating especially on the T428, MK908 and newer model Android sticks which run on the faster chip RK3188. I started off 2014 with a little spring cleaning and found an old CPU Heatsink that I thought I could hook it up with the Android Mini PC (MK908) for improved cooling performance.

There are quite a number of cooling mods out there, so this is nothing really new. This installation on a Measy U4K is quite slick, with concealed wires and all: http://www.freaktab.com/showthread.php?6687-Measy-U4K-cooling-mod

measy android stick cooling mod

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Paranoid Android for Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 is a great phone but the lack of hardware buttons means that the softkey buttons take up an additional row on screen. However, My favorite ROM (Paranoid Android, that is) has received another update which adds a completely new feature: PIE controls in fullscreen mode (watch the video below to find out what is is).

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Useful Functions of NFC

NFC was something that Apple left out of the iPhone 5. It has been in Android devices for more than a year now but the technology had never garnered enough mass consumer traction to take off. NFC builds upon RFID systems by allowing two-way communication, and is currently being used in contactless payment systems, similar to those currently used in credit cards and electronic ticket smartcards, and allow mobile payment to replace or supplement these systems.
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XBMC for Android: External Player for HW Acceleration

XBMC for Android had been frequently tested on mini Android PCs such as the MK802 III or MK808. However, the software itself had yet to incorporate hardware acceleration and would lag and skip while playing 720p and up videos. Taehyun Kim, one of the DicePlayer developers, developed a patch to allow XBMC to call a External Player on Android. By doing that we can replace the internal player of XBMC with Dice Player or MX Player. (more…)