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Flashing Evercoss Winner Tab V (AT8B)... and Possibly Other Spreadtrum Devices

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Last year, for business purposes, my workplace decided to purchase Evercoss Winner Tab V, a very delicate entry-level Android tablet. The tablet currently serves as a template and benchmark device for our web apps. Even though the specs are... well, let's say they reflect its highly-affordable price... the tablet itself is pretty good. In fact, to our surprise, we just realized that it's been upgraded to Marshmallow. Yes, the Winner Tab V, which comes with Lollipop (Android 5.1) and costs less than $100 has received the major update to Marshmallow. Don't hold your breath for Nougat, though...

However, the update process isn't as easy as OTA. You need to flash the firmware. Yes, you read that right--flash the firmware, which may include risks such as brick and bootloop. The instructional video listed on the device's support page wasn't helpful, either, as it seems to be outdated (the PC in the…

Steelseries Rival 500 Review: Buttons, Buttons, Buttons!

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This may not sound right, but I used to think that pro gaming peripherals are nothing more than glorified your-everyday-mice-and-keyboard. Actually, scratch that. I used to think that they are overpriced and doesn't really give an advantage over your usual peripherals, aside from prestige and cool appearance. However, I saw my friend use a gaming peripheral by Logitech and he seems to really like it. Just listening to his experience was enough to entice me to try one.

Meet the Steelseries Rival 500, a professional gaming-grade mouse from Steelseries with best-in-class sensor and whopping 15 buttons. The first thing that I had in mind when learning about this mouse was "This thing has 15 buttons?" I thought it was overkill, but when I learned that each button can be programmed individually, I changed my mind to "maybe I could be more productive with this mouse". Okay, so let's see if this m…