A pair of inexpensive micro-PCs have generated quite a bit of buzz this year. The dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi started shipping in mid-April, but the FXI Cotton Candy has yet to make it out the door. The $200 Android PC-on-a-stick will also have some competition once it finally arrives: a very similar $74 AllWinner A10-based system has already popped up on online shopping sites.Meet the MK802, which (like the Cotton Candy) features an ARM processor, Android 4.0, and WiFi connectivity. It’s not quite as powerful, with a single-core 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 processor and 512MB memory compared to a dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos chip and 1GB. The MK802 does offer two USB ports — one full-sized and one micro — and it utilizes the same Mali 400 GPU as the Cotton Candy.One other difference is that the MK802 sports an HDMI port, not an HDMI plug. That means, of course, that you’ll still need a cable or a male-to-male plug to hook up to your HDTV or monitor. Really, though, that’s a reasonable trade-off when you consider that you can buy almost three MK802s for the same price as a single Cotton Candy.If you do decide to pick up the MK802, remember that you’ll have to rely on your own stash of APKs or a third-party marketplace like the Amazon Appstore, at least initially. With the ridiculously low price tag on this device, it’s a good bet that the Android developer community will jump on this solid little stick computer and hack in support for Google Play in the very near future.CNX Software, via Liliputing
Amalfi CoastearlybirdsItalysmall group tours Albatross Tours has announced the return of the Amalfi Coast to its 18 day The Italian ‘Grande’ tour, with savings of $700 per couple when booked and deposited before 31 October 2017.With leisurely two, three, four and five night stays this escorted small group tour explores the Italian Lakes District, The Dolomites, Tuscany, Umbria and the Amalfi Coast regions.Escorted by an experienced tour manager the tour includes 17 nights’ hotel accommodation, 29 meals, all sightseeing, excursions and entrances as per the itinerary plus more.Priced from only $7,149 per person twin share when booked and deposited by 31 October 2017. The 18 day The Italian ‘Grande’ tour offers departures between April and October 2018.