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ASUS ZenPad 10 Z300M Tablet Gets Updated, With Bundled Notifications Switch, Security Patch

By Radu Iorga

There’s a fresh software update in town, one meant for an ASUS tablet, the ZenPad 10 Z300M model from last year. It hits software version 5.3.6 and it brings a few changes and the new Google security patch.

 

Included here are bundled notifications switch, Game Genie and lock screen wallpaper slideshow. Nice to see Game Genie here, particularly since it was so well received on ZenFones. It’s a feature that lets the user record gaming, even stream it while also using the device’s microphone and front camera. Just like ZenFone updates from the past year, this time around ASUS also removes redundant apps.

PC Suite also disappears, as do preloaded live wallpapers not compatible with Android N. The apps menu no longer includes shortcuts to Audio Wizard, Splendid, System Update and Flashlight, all of them considered redundant. ZenUIKeyboard also gets New Unicode code 9.0 emoji and skin tone. So, have you received the update? How is it working for you?

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It is Saturday April 29th and Once Again Time For The HiBook News!

By Tim

Being that this is Saturday I am once again tasked with reporting on the news here at HiBook Labs. There isn’t all that much to report on right now, but I shall try to make up some good stuff.

First on the list is the Comfast WiFi ac adapter (USB) that I ordered from Gearest.com, incidentally the price has dropped to $9.99. At this point it has yet to arrive, but I certainly am looking forward to getting it and seeing how good it works. The good news is that it will work just fine with the new Hi12 because I do have a spare full size USB port to use it in.

Better news is that the Chuwi Hi12 has proven to be a great little notebook, (okay it is a tablet), along with the Logitech K480 keyboard which has now served me well with 4 tablets and avoided the expense of buying those pretty but not so great keyboard docks.  Bottom line here is that along with a cheap case the Hi12 is every bit as good as any laptop minus a track pad, but I hate those damned things anyway. There are some minor issues with it, but the display and battery make it a killer work tablet!

Of course once I figure out how exactly to update the BIOS on the Hi12 I will immediately boost the RAM speed to the full 1600 MHz if possible, which so far is not possible on the Z8350 processor version. More info on that can be found in my review.

If you happen to be a regular visitor you have realized that for almost 2 weeks straight the HiBook has been doing the bulk of the server duties here, which was what I bought it to do. So I am completely satisfied with the original HiBook which has good battery life and since I updated the BIOS and the RAM speed and Windows 10 and the wireless Realtek driver, seems to quite stable. It will remain the primary server at this URL for the foreseeable future, only being allowed to sleep during the evening recharge, when the Chuwi Hi12 takes over.

So that is all I have for today,

Tim

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My Review of The Chuwi Hi12 Tablet, Dual Boot (With the Z8350 CPU): Video

By Tim

Since I have had my hands on this tablet for a good deal of time, I thought I should write a review and include one of my crappy videos shot on the BLU Studio Energy 2 phone, which incidentally is on day 3 of a charge and still has 28% battery.

So the new tablet has performed as expected and works extremely well in Windows 10, although the Android portion is just so-so. It has a lot of positives and a few negatives and I shall now list those below.

Positives:

  • Stunning display, incredibly bright! Sharp and can be run comfortably at 25% unless in bright lighting.
  • Battery life is stellar. I never bring a charger with me to work and get through an entire day of web editing, image editing, using Office and Paintshop Pro and I go home at no less than 48% battery!
  • Speed is good, apps open quickly and running multiple apps is not an issue.
  • Works perfectly with my K480 Keyboard and is essentially a 12 inch notebook when used this way.

Now on to the negatives:

  • When the screen falls asleep it can be a pain to wake it up. It can take 2-3 seconds to respond to a mouse click or to pressing the Windows button.
  • I have been unable to increase the RAM speed to 1600 MHz as this may require a BIOS update which I have yet to find.
  • The Touch screen does not allow me to choose an operating system on boot-up, although I can switch to Android or back once booted in.
  • The Chuwi Forum is a horrible place to find info on this device. The downloads/tutorials are almost indecipherable and just joining the forum took me over a month to get a link to verify my email address.

However, considering the $235 price tag, I would still recommend this tablet to anyone looking for long battery life and a great display. Sorry, you won’t see any game testing results here because I sort of outgrew those when I became an adult.

Below you will find the usual crappy video…enjoy!

Last but not least this post was written on the Chuwi Hi12 running a VM perfectly in Linux, just thought I would point that out.

That is all for now,

Tim

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Fresh Apple Patent Details Real Wireless Charging, Without a Charging Pad

By Radu Iorga

You’ve all heard about wireless charging, but it usually entails a charging pad and the inevitable wires are there to spoil the definition of wireless. It would appear that Apple has been working on REAL wireless charging, which means using radio frequencies to juice up devices and they have a patent for it.

Their invention refers to iPads and iPhones and using radio frequencies like cellular (700 MHz to 2700 MHz) or WiFi (2.4 GHz to 5 GHz) and milimmeter wave (between 10 GHz and 400 GHz) to charge iDevices. The patent sounds amazing and involves a system of “Dual Frequency Patch Antennas”. It actually dates from back in 2015, but it only saw the light of day recently via USPTO.

It entails transmitting power through the 60 GHz wavelength and using the WiGig 802.11ad standard. A “beamforming” technology of sorts is also mentioned, when it comes to locating a device that requires charging and sending direct power in that area. This is already used by routers and access points and we could even see wireless charging offered by routers.

Of course there are many challenges involved by this tech and it would appear it requires a series of antennae integrated around the perimeter, to carry the signal. Things sound really interesting this time around.

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Huawei MediaPad M4 (BZK-L00) Tablet Gets Certified by TENAA; 8-inch Slate with Android 7.0 Nougat

By Claudiu Sima

Recently, the Chinese agency TENAA certified a new tablet device developed by Huawei – product known as BZK-L00 and picture down below. Apparently, this one might be launched as Huawei MediaPad M4, but it looks early for such a launch on the market taking into consideration that the MediaPad M3 was announced back in September 2016.

However, we get to know that this tablet arrives with a 8-inch HD display (1280 x 800 pixels resolution), with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and with 3 GB of RAM memory. There’s 32 GB space of internal storage and a microSD card slot for up to 128 GB. It runs Android 7.0 Marshmallow and it measures 7.95 mm in thickness and it weighs 350 grams.

On the back we get a 5-megapixel camera, while on the front stands a 2-megapixel sensor. Huawei BZK-L00 brings a 4650 mAh battery and the following connectivity options: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and a microUSB v2.0 port for data transfer and charging. This tablet will be available in colors like Moonlight Silver, Sky Gray and Day Treasure Gold.

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