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Cubot X18 Smartphone: Looks Good But Not Sure How Good It Is, On Sale At $79?

The folks over at Gearbest are having a sale on this phone in about 2 hours from this posting. It will be going for about $80! If it is as good as the specs say, it could be a huge bargain.

However, like all new Chinese phones, you might want to research it a bit before buying.

The basic specs are as follows:

  • 5.99″ FHD+ Display
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB ROM
  • Android 8.0
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 20 GB Rear Camera

Those are the highlights, click here for all the specs.

You can purchase this device at Gearbest.com for just $79.00 for a very limited time.


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An alarming number of sites employ privacy-invading session replay scripts

By Dan Goodin

Enlarge (credit: Steven Englehardt)

If you have the uncomfortable sense someone is looking over your shoulder as you surf the Web, you’re not being paranoid. A new study finds hundreds of sites—including microsoft.com, adobe.com, and godaddy.com—employ scripts that record visitors’ keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior in real time, even before the input is submitted or is later deleted.

Session replay scripts are provided by third-party analytics services that are designed to help site operators better understand how visitors interact with their Web properties and identify specific pages that are confusing or broken. As their name implies, the scripts allow the operators to re-enact individual browsing sessions. Each click, input, and scroll can be recorded and later played back.

A study published last week reported that 482 of the 50,000 most trafficked websites employ such scripts, usually with no clear disclosure. It’s not always easy to detect sites that employ such scripts. The actual number is almost certainly much higher, particularly among sites outside the top 50,000 that were studied.

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Source:: Ars Tecnica

Kind of makes you want to go to the sites mentioned and type nasty comments into the search boxes…after all, they shouldn’t be doing this, so they can’t complain about being offended. 🙂

Tim


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ComFast Dual Band USB WiFi Adapter Review

I have had the ComFast Dual Band, (2.4/5Ghz), adapter since late May and although I have written a few articles on it I thought it was time for a full review.

This little adapter solves a myriad of issues for those who happen to only have a slower built in adapter on their tablets or notebooks that are only running wireless “n” speeds.

It will plug into any standard USB full size port and the bonus is that it is reversible. There is no “wrong way” to plug it in, so that makes it quite handy, especially f you don’t want the extremely bright led blinking at you. I have also used it on my HiBook with a full USB to USB C adapter and it works fine.

For less than $10.00 this is a very good deal. It should be capable, according to the specs, of 600 mb/s but with my home router I get about 433 mb/s which is still much faster than wireless “n” speeds. Speeds will obviously be dependent upon the router you use it with.

It does have a few downsides, which are quite minor. The first being the incredibly bright blue police cruiser intensity led, which if you plug it it with it facing away, then it is not an issue. The second one is that on a tablet with a small battery you will notice the extra battery consumption. On my Hi12 it makes no real dent in the battery life, but we are talking an 11000 mAh battery, while on the HiBook with a battery half the size, I do notice it.  So that is all of the downsides and as I stated not major at all.

So all of the above being said I am giving this one 5 out of 5 stars on my review scale! You can find the product right here currently at $9.99.

Tim

The author of this post is not connected in any way with the creators of the product reviewed and all opinions are strictly his. No guarantees of performance or reliability are either given nor inferred.


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Gearbest Offering Great Deals on Chuwi Laptops and Tablets Through June 6th.

Chinese retailer Gearbest.com is offing up some great deals on a variety of Chuwi laptops and tablets from today through June 6th.

Just a few examples are listed below. Starting with the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3. Which sports a 12.3 inch IPS display with a resolution of 2736 x 1824 resolution.  It also has a dual core Celeron N3450 with 1.1 GHz up to 2.2 GHz speed. Additionally it offers Windows 10 Home, 6 gb ram and 64 gb eMMC for storage.

CHUWI LapBook 12.3

The price is a mere $319 on this one and it includes an accessory package with a sleeve and a wireless mouse. That is a pretty good deal based on the specs.

Additionally they have the Chuwi 14.1 Notebook marked down to $235. This is the one that can be upgraded with an SSD quite easily.

Also on the list you will find the Chuw Hi12 for $220. That is a really good price for an excellent 12 inch Tablet  with a great display and fantastic battery life! I actually own one of these and it is what I am using as I write this post!

To view all the deals simply visit this link.


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Review: COMFAST CF – 913AC USB Adapter,Dual Band Adapter, Low Price, Works Great!

I have been testing out the  COMFAST CF – 913AC USB adapter for a few days now and I think it is worth every penny I paid for it. It solves the issue of less expensive devices not having dual-band wireless ac capabilities for a fraction of the cost of deciding to purchase some high-end device instead.

This little adapter which works with a standard USB port can provide you wireless speeds up to 600 mb/s. Keep in mind however that in many cases you do not need those speeds since your Internet provider may not offer those speeds on their end.

Just because you have a router that has WiFi ac band (5GHz) does not mean, as in my case, that your Internet provider allows those connection speeds on their network. The bottom line is as always, that the slowest link in the chain between you and the world controls all. If your ISP provides for example, 75 mb/s downloads and 6 mb/s uploads, no matter how fast you connect to the router you have it will NEVER be faster than the bottleneck provided by your ISP.

On the other hand, if you have a lot of devices in your home hitting your router, using the 5GHz channel in addition to the 2.4 GHz channel, can certainly provided a little  more speed out of the router itself.

Now all that being said, here is my review of the ComFast CF-913AC  USB adapter. First of all it works great, it is reversible, meaning you can put it into a standard USB slot either way., (I know, I thought that USB-C was the only thing that did that, but not true).

I have tried it on both my Chuwi tablets, the HiBook and the Hi12 and used every possible port, USB 2, USB 3, USB-C, micro-USB, whether directly or via a dongle and I always get 433.5 mb/s no matter what, which appears to be a limitation of my router because my Asus Z580CA tablet, a year or so back, did the same performance-wise, and my Zotac ZBox Ci323 connects at the same 433.5 mb/s.

Don’t waste your money in search of dual band wireless unless you can really use it, but if your device might be used in multiple locations, then consider one of these rather than blowing money on an Apple/Samsung/Microsoft or other expensive device just for the wireless speed.


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