Dec 18

Mini PC: Entering the Age of Miniature

Nowadays people are pursuing the smaller and smarter features in all most all portable devices, and on some aspects, their need are successfully satisfied while the others are not. They use smart phones with a thinner frame and smaller size (or larger screen) and computers in more light and small appearance. Actually, now smart phones are used as computers as they has the function which allow people to surf the net with the phone. Now to meet the requirement of people who want to access the Internet via HDTV: mini PC, with miniature volume which has the shape and size of a USB drive disk and use mobile platform for data exchange.

These kind of pint-size PCs are amazingly tiny, incredibly inexpensive, and eminently customizable and avoid the power-hungry x86 processors found in desktop and laptop PCs in favor of mobile CPUs and GPUs, but each relies on an external monitor or HDTV—connected via HDMI—to display its user interface and other video output. Among them some mini PCs are extremely tiny and can be connected to the display with USB port.

There are various of mini PCs in the market and some of you may interest in this tiny and versatile computer, here is a brief introduction of an outstanding mini PC for example.

Although this kind of PC is cheap and affordable for most people, but you need to do some preparation to render them completely functional, don’t worry this would not takes much money and time and it is within the range of bearable things.

One of the outstanding mini PCs is MK802 II which is Android based computer manufactured by Chinese company. It has the size and appearance very much like a USB drive disk, and with a 1GB RAM and 4GB storage and A10 Cortex-A8 CPU. About the operating system, it is equipped with Android 4.0.

The release of such PC with mini size gives us a hope that someday in the future we may have the chance to access maybe USB sized computer with full function and features the same with computers we use today. We cannot deny that there are still some limitations in the using of mini PCs today, while this is the tendency and direction for the development of future computer.  

When you are enjoying the convenience brought by the newest technology you should not neglect issues related to data security in computers. Folder encryption methods are wildly used in today’s “normal” PCs, we hope in the future the similar theory can be applied to protect data security in the mini PCs.

One thing for sure is that, mini PCs are resemble the ordinary USB drive disks, and technical workers may get inspiration from the way to lock USB drives and secure people’s sensitive data in mini PC.  

Dec 13

Android-based YotaPhone Features Dual-screen

Now with the development of the technology on smart phone field people can enjoy the newest and interesting experience from newly releases smart phones. After we witness the release and take-off of new generation of Windows phone, iPhone and Android phone we may not have much surprise to see a new snart phone.

Russia’s Yota Device has turned the idea of equipping the phone with two screens into reality and let slip of some details about the phone on their release schedule: the Android-based phone with both front LCD and rear E Ink screens.

Yota Device announced that featuring two screens on a phone allows the smart phone users receive messages and phone calls in any time without pressing on the power button and then sliding to unlock the screen. Customers can view news, SNS, agenda or other things on E Ink displayed conveniently. Even the E Ink is lighted all the day it will not consume much of the electricity in the battery of the smart phone because this kind of display are low power consuming products. And the two screens also function separately, which means the LCD screen is an ordinary smart phone screen while the E Ink on rear is more or less a display.

As far as specs, the LCD portion of the device is rated at 720p resolution and measures in at 4.3 inches. The E Ink screen matches the size of the “front” display and is rated at 200dpi. Both are constructed with Gorilla Glass for extra toughness. Internally, the phone will rock a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of storage. The LTE-enabled YotaPhone also sports a 12MP camera with complimentary HD front-facing camera.

YotaPhone is good attempt for the development of smart phone, while at least it make us to  expect new user experience from it as we’ve use the phone again and again. However no matter how the phone’s appearance changed its storage device will not change rapidly and greatly. Phones are using memory card and other USB storage devices to expand the storage of them. So you’d better notice that when you keep secret files or data in these devices you need to lock usb or memory card and ensure data security in the phone.  

Right now the YotaPhone is pegged for a tentative Q3 2013 release in Russia, with a potential for European and US release as well. By the time Q3 rolls around, however, we doubt two screens will be enough to keep the handset afloat given its decidedly mid-range spec sheet.

When you are cheering about the birth of new telecommunication devices you also need to pay attention to memory card protection and related USB encryption issue. Only in this way can you live a secure and joyful life on the go.