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Pico-ITX SBC extends hexa-core Rockchip RK3399

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Aaeon’s “RICO-3399” SBC runs Android 7.0 on the Rockchip RK3399, with 2x Cortex-A72 and 4x -A53 cores, plus 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, and GbE, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, serial, and mini-PCIe connections.

Aaeon has posted details on a successor to its similarly Pico-ITX and Rockchip based RICO-3288 single-board computer. Although there are several significant changes in features, the main difference is the switch from the 32-bit quad-core, Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288 to the 64-bit, hexa-core RK3399. Aaeon is offering Android 7.0 or 7.1, depending on different citations, and with Rockchip’s thorough support for Linux, you likely have other options.

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Aquaris M10 tablet with Android - Road test

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Once upon time, I gleefully purchased a BQ Aquaris M10 FHD Ubuntu tablet, believing this would be one of the technology platforms to take the Linux operating system big and mighty. However this never happened, and I ended up with a device that had little day-to-day use. So I upgraded it to Android, to see if this would make a difference.

However, early tests in the cozy comfort of my home are one thing. Actually using the tablet is another. Luckily, I had a chance to see how well it performs in a real-life situation, hence this article. It will also give us an opportunity to compare to my Samsung Galaxy Note device, which I also recently refreshed for new use. Follow me.

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CopperheadOS: Security features, installing apps, and more

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Several years ago, I made the decision to replace proprietary technologies (mainly Apple products) with technology that ran on free and open source software (FOSS). I can't say it was easy, but I now happily use FOSS for pretty much everything.

The hardest part involved my mobile handset. There are basically only two choices today for phones and tablets: Apple's iOS or Google's Android. Since Android is open source, it seemed the obvious choice, but I was frustrated by both the lack of open source applications on Android and the pervasiveness of Google on those devices.

So I entered the world of custom ROMs. These are projects that take the base Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and customize it. Almost all these projects allow you to install the standard Google applications as a separate package, called GApps, and you can have as much or as little Google presence on your phone as you like. GApps packages come in a number of flavors, from the full suite of apps that Google ships with its devices to a "pico" version that includes just the minimal amount of software needed to run the Google Play Store, and from there you can add what you like.

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