INTEL wants to put a full Windows PC in your Pocket

How about bringing your work home in your pocket instead of lugging a laptop home? Intel takes a leaf from the China gizmo manufacturers with their latest Intel Compute Stick, their take on the mini TV stick. The Intel Compute Stick sports a familiar looking design, with the HDMI port, and micro USB connection for power. It can run either Linux or Windows, and will be powered by a capable Intel Atom quad core Baytrail Z3735F processor, with up to 2GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of eMMC storage. WiFi is built in and memory can be further expanded via micro SD.

Back in 2012, I was impressed by the MK808, and thought that it could be fun to use as a PC stick equivalent. “The MK808 also offers other computing advantages such as internet browsing, word processing, etc, and its very scalable. The previous version MK802 was able to fully run Linux (Ubuntu, Puppy Linux). I thought it might be interesting to SMEs with technology cost constraints. This could easily replace a laptop (SG$1000). I owned one of those TV sticks and in truth, it was a little under utilised. Despite the convenient form factor, you still need to find a USB hub for your other essential computing devices like a mouse and keyboard, and the Android OS just wasn’t mature enough at that point in time for full computing. Well, the Intel Compute stick might have arrived at the right time. With Microsoft offering Windows 8.1 at a song for tablet-esque devices, this have made the Windows version of the Intel Compute stick affordable at $149. You should definitely opt for the Windows version as the additional 1GB and 24gb of storage is definitely worth paying the $50 more.
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MK808 Update Firmware (1080p)

The MK808 outputs video at a very odd resolution, 1024×768, regardless of which resolution it is actually set to. It supposedly supports 720p and 1080p resolution but somehow, the actual output resolution is 1024×768. Courtesy of geekbuying.com, there’s an updated firmware that supports 1080p for the MK808.

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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…)

Launch of the MK802 III – Initial Preview

The thumb-drive mini computer devices have seen quite a number of releases the year. Following the popularity of the MK802, the third version dubbed the MK802 III has now been released by Rikomagic to the market. The MK802 was a favourite due to the open-source friendly nature of the Allwinner A10 processor. It was firmware friendly and had the luxury of custom ROM support, as well as the ability to run Linux. Will the MK802 III be able to follow in its foot steps?
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How to: Rooting the MK808

The MK808 is a great little pocket android computer for US$65. It has decent specifications (a dual core RK3066 Cortex A9, 1 gb RAM, Jelly Bean 4.1.1) and has a mini HDMI for you to connect to your TV. Read more from our MK808 review here. If you wish to root your MK808, and install apps like Titanium Backup, I have listed the instructions here.

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Mini PC Revolution: UG802 and MK808 (Dual Core USB Sticks)

The Dual Core CHEAP Android Mini Computers have arrived in the market. Mini Android computers have improved quite a fair bit over our last review and are getting more popular around the world and in Singapore, too. The Raspberry PI, a similar device is way more versatile, but the Android mini computers like the UG802 and MK808 are easy to use and designed for plug and play. The technical specifications have jumped significantly in two months. It was only about a few weeks ago that the UG802 was first launched, a dual core Android Mini Computer and this week, a competitor has emerged with the MK808 – a new and improved RK3066 Dual Core Android Computer which improves with two WiFi antennas, improved cooling, CPU up to 1.6Ghz, increased storage from 4GB to 8GB and the device comes preloaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Best of all, the pricing still remains in theUS$65-US$75 region (Search MK808 at AliXpress) .

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