R.I.P. Film Director Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and whose Talking Heads documentary “Stop Making Sense” is considered one of the greatest concert films ever, has died. He was 73.

Rest in peace. You made at least one movie that will be immortal.

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TV: House Of Bond

Bond. Alan Bond.

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#GirlBoss: The Netflix Series

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The China Mirage Continues

‘It’s All Over Now But the Screaming’: Inside the Unraveling of LeEco in America

In an October blog post describing the company’s ambitions in America, Jia, who goes by YT, said he’d been eyeing the United States market for years. LeEco would hardly be the first tech brand to try to elbow its way into the US market, in which established players like Apple and Samsung reign supreme, but perhaps it could be the first to succeed. Americans have proven an elusive target for many Chinese tech upstarts, like Xiaomi and Huawei, who can’t get their smartphones to catch on in a meaningful way. Even TCL and HiSense, which have gotten traction selling cheap TVs, still haven’t managed to establish brand recognition.

LeEco was never going to go anywhere with a brand name that people would immediately say as “Leek-o.” Even their original LeTV name was idiotic — “Let-vee.”

Huawei is under pressure and I have no real idea about ZTE. And both make worthwhile products.

You don’t see glowing articles about Xiaomi anymore, do you?

Most of the big brand names from Japan have fallen.

Korean brand names might be next, but I expect Samsung to fight like hell.

But that doesn’t mean Chinese brands will rise.

Previously here:

The China Mirage: VR
The China Mirage, Part Two
The China Mirage

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SmartQ Reader Needs An Update

I ran across a rare beast at a Best Buy yesterday:

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 updated to Android 6.x!

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Photos: Amazon’s Upcoming NYC Bookstore

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MiPad 3 Gets Unboxed In Photos

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Unboxing

No surprises. And it still doesn’t interest me.

Previously here:

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Review: Mi Pad 2 With Enhanced Hardware
MiPad 3: Still Disappointing

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MiPad 3 Gets Reviewed, Benchmark Scores

​Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Review: Mi Pad 2 With Enhanced Hardware

Here’s AnTuTu, revealing a screamer:

But this tablet still doesn’t interest me.

Previously here:

MiPad 3: Still Disappointing

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R.I.P. Comedian/Actor Don Rickles

Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

Rest in peace.

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March 2017 “New iPad” Brief Google Books PDF Test

The new iPad of March 2017 is heavier and thicker than the iPad Air 2 it replaced. Physically, it’s a step backward. I didn’t notice anything particularly brighter about the screen, either.

I was more interested in how it would perform compared to the iPad Mini 4. The Mini 4 has an A8 CPU and the new iPad has a more powerful A9 CPU.

The only difference that made was how quickly a downloaded Google Books PDF opened in iBooks.

Otherwise, page rendering speed seemed to be identical.

Something else was identical too. But it was no surprise.

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