Another day, another round of cheap boxes that you can plug into your TV to run Android apps on the big screen… including one that looks oddly like a soda can with an eyeball (or webcam) sticking out of it.
Meanwhile, as we wait for Asus to officially tell us about its upcoming Chromebook, another round of photos of the Chrome laptop have leaked.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- A few more Android TV boxes with RK3288 chips (and some unusual shapes)
These systems feature Rockchip’s new quad-core processor with support for 4K video [CNGadget]
- List of system-on-a-module and computer on-module standards
Why buy a single-board computer like the Raspberry Pi when you can buy a single-board module that you can swap in and out of larger system boards? The concept is pretty cool: When you want more power, just swap out the module for next year’s model. In practice, few of these systems have a long enough track record for you to be sure you’ll want to use their hardware in a year or two anyway. [CNX Software]
- ABI: In 4 years most smartphones years will be based on reference designs from chip makers
Research firm ABI says that about a third of smartphones that shipped last year were based on reference designs from chip vendors. That number could increase dramatically over the next few years as external pressure prompts top phone makers to consider using these designs for at least their cheaper phones. [BusinessWire]
- GameBoy Advance emulator as a Chrome packaged app
Sure, you could play GBA games on your phone, tablet, or… you know, an actual GameBoy Advance. But wouldn’t you rather do it in a web browser? No? Well, you can if you want to…[Chrome Web Store]
- More Asus C200 Chromebook photos leaked
The Asus C200 Chromebook is expected to have an 11.6 inch display, an Intel Celeron N2830 Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. And here’s what it looks like. [Imgur]