Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Nexus 7 16GB Tablet Back In Stock, 8GB Coming Soon

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The wonderful little tablet that could called the Nexus 7 has been enjoying some popularity lately since its' launch a couple weeks ago. Since then, the Google Play store actually ran out of the 16GB version of the 7inch slate, only to leave us with the 8GB version for $200 USD, or a 'Coming Soon' notice for the 16GB model once stock was back up. Well...stock is back, and you can now order the 16GB version for $250 USD.

The funny thing about the 16GB version availability again, is that now the 8GB version shows a 'Coming Soon' notice! This is obviously due to the low price point, and the consumer awareness that this tablet is worth every penny. When the 16GB weren't available anymore, people just ordered the 8GB anyway.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is made by ASUS, and comes with a 1280x800 HD IPS display, 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetoth, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor and the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. This is a STEAL of a deal for $250 or less. Get them while they're still available...again.

Source - Google Play

Microsoft Announces Outlook.com Cloud Email with Skype, Twitter and Facebook Integration

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Microsoft just announced that they are launching a new cloud based online email service called Outlook.com. When it comes to past email services, one can't help but think of Hotmail, and how it has been slowly fading in the wake of Google's  cloud email service gmail. As big tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft seem to all be battling for best cloud services, Microsoft seems to finally be joining the group with it's clear new focus in design and user experience. All of these changes we've been hearing about lately, are steps towards Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 releases within the next couple months.

As we heard about over a year ago, Microsoft had purchased Skype, the ever popular online communication service featuring audio and video calling anywhere in the world. Now we are seeing the beginnings of the fruits from that acquisition, as the new Outlook.com will feature Skype integration to battle the awesome offering from Google+ Hangouts. Along with Skype integration comes Twitter and Facebook integration, linkage to your contacts list, calendar and Skydrive. All of this comes in a free 'unlimited' (it's actually 7GB, but who's counting) package from Microsoft, all in a nice Windows 8 'metro-inspired' interface.

This is simply not a re-branded Hotmail account, but rather a whole new, re-built email service. Outlook.com features a new interface, with modern dressings, minimal ad displays and non-existent banner ads. All the annoyances of Hotmail and gmail taken out, and that may just be enough to get gmail users back over to Outlook.com and Microsoft. It's a smart door to lure users over to Windows Phone 8 from Android as well, if only the calendar portion didn't send you straight back to the old Hotmail interface that we are still trying to forget.

You can check it out for free right now at the source link below.

Source - Microsoft

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Friday, 27 July 2012

'Like' it or Not, Facebook Phones May Officially Launch Mid 2013

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Back a few months ago, the rumors of another Facebook branded smartphone hit the interwebs again. DigiTimes and the New York Times both stated they knew of the facebook phone officially launching, with DigiTimes saying it would come in Q3 2012, and NY Times stating not until 2013. These statements were made based from information that several (12) software and hardware engineers from Apple were acquired by Facebook to work on this project.

Bloomberg is now throwing in their '2 cents worth' on the subject, and motioning the same story with their latest on the facebook smartphone rumors. They claim that they have "people with knowledge of the matter" who say a joint venture between HTC and Facebook will launch the smartphone in mid 2013. The report lists the former Apple employees as a viable reason for the release of the facebook branded device. Specifically, the report named Greg Novick, Tim Omernick and Chris Tremblay and Scott Goodson, who have all helped design popular parts of the UI experience in the iPhone. Adding to that, facebook has recently hired experienced former staff from the Palm operating system projects in mobile devices.

When wondering what operating system we may see on the new social smartphone, it could be a combination of WebOS and Android like features, but given HTC's involvement and Android's open source background, a modified and skinned version of Android is logical. That's not always how things turn out, are they.

Source - Bloomberg
Image - TheTechVoice

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Nexus 7 16GB Sold Out, New Commercial Launches

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It's been a pretty successful run for Google and the Nexus 7 tablet. So far, they have managed to sell completely out of the 16GB models on the Google Play online store. When you visit the store to make a purchase, you'll see what we see above, which states it's "coming soon". The 16GB model is clearly the more popular choice than the 8GB model being the tablet is only $200. Chipping in another $50 US gets you the 16GB model. Apparently, that's the sentiment of most who made the orders.

The Nexus 7 tablet is made by ASUS, who has definately enjoyed Android tablet success with the Transformer family of devices. The Nexus 7 tablet is being hailed as the best sub $200 tablet available. That thought from many comes with good reason as it has access to the huge number of apps through the Google Play store, the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed and $25 worth of free Play purchases. On top of that, it has a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, front facing camera, 1GB RAM, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and a 1280x800 HD IPS display. No rear camera however, but who really needs that anyway.

Google is enjoying the success of this tablet launch, so much so, that they've launched a new commercial for the Nexus 7. It highlights a few features, as well as our inability to let technology go, even when camping. My dad would not have been very impressed had I had one of these camping in my youth.

Source - Google Play, youtube
Via - The Verge


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BlackBerry 10 Device Shows Siri Integration

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BlackBerry 10 dev alpha devices have actually gotten many people a little excited about BlackBerry smartphones again, except for the fact that we need to wait until early 2013 before the public can try one out. Aside from the postponement of the BB10 smartphone, Developers have been playing, and in the video seen below, you can see Siri-esc features being tested. Funny thing is that it not only works just like Apple's Siri personal assistant App, but it sounds exactly like her too!

Siri is powered by a company called Nuance, and although Apple put Siri out to the world with the launch of the iPhone 4S in late 2011, it stands to reason that Nuance may be looking at sharing its technology (by sharing I mean selling) and licensing to other smartphone manufacturers. It's a competitive world, and Research In Motion needs to find a killer feature to stay alive. This new Siri-like integration testing may be the key. Have a look below.

p>Source - N4BB


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Nokia May Launch Windows Phone 8 Ahead of Everyone Else

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Nokia may be getting an exclusive early launch of the next mobile operating system from Microsoft ahead of other Windows Phone 7 manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and LG. Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO, made mention of this in a statement made to the NY Times. He mentioned that Windows Phone 8 would be "Launched in September", which is a good head start of the tentative launch dates at the beginning of November 2012.

It should be made clear that Elop didn't specifically state that Nokia would be launching WP8 devices in September prior to HTC, Samsung or LG devices, but with Microsoft mentioning it's launch dates for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 near the end of October, one has to wonder why Elop would state to the NY Times that we would see it in September. Clearly, he knows something that we don't.

After Nokia released its' financials this week of an operating loss of over $1 Billion, a turnaround is needed. Having a solid month to sell Nokia WP8 devices on the market ahead of a new iPhone launch would be the right thing to do in gaining market share. It should also be noted however, that Nokia did manage to sell 4 million devices this last quarter in 2012. Many of those devices being Windows Phone 7 devices in the Lumia family, accounts for the lions share of total Windows Phone devices sold in that quarter as well. Microsoft may just be giving Nokia the advantage due to their recent rise in WP7 device sales.

Source - ZDNet

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Friday, 20 July 2012

Nexus 7 Tablet Has No Rear Camera - ASUS Tells Us Why

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The Google Nexus 7 tablet has been enjoying some success as pre-orders get filled and shipped.Most stores are starting to bring the 7inch Jelly Bean tablet in stock as well, meaning there's some level of commitment from the box stores like Best Buy and London Drugs.

The Nexus 7 tablet is, by all reviews thus far, the best 7inch tablet you can get. Even when compared to Amazon's Kindle Fire, or the BlackBerry PlayBook, the Nexus 7 stands supreme, mainly due to its software, not necessarily because of the hardware. The Nexus 7 has a 7inch 1280x800 HD display, 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 8 or 16GB internal storage and 1GB RAM. What it's missing is the rear camera. Who needs the rear camera anyway...right?

ASUS may have been asked that question a few times from its new owners, and they have now given their answer. It's not nearly as technical as one may think, but purely financial. The decision to put a rear camera on the device would have meant upsetting users with a crappy low end camera, or simply not putting one in at all. The alternative was a better camera which would have cost more to manufacture, which would have resulted in a higher price point. Google wanted this tablet to sell for $200 US, so the good camera is out. Hey, ASUS just saved you looking funny to everyone by not being able to take pictures with a tablet. We should be thanking them.

Source - Slashgear


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