If you want to buy a Nexus 7 from Google but haven’t gotten around to doing it, today is a good day to finally pull the trigger. After today, customers who buy the Nexus 7 will no longer get $25 of credit in the Google Play Store along with their purchase. Those who buy a Nexus 7 today will get $25 of credit toward Google Play Store purchases and an entire year to spend it. If you buy it after today, you’re still getting a cool new tablet, but no free apps to run on it. If you’re still on the fence and you like free things, it’s probably time to buy one. If you have been eyeing the Nexus 7 for a while, chances are good that you might know the specs, but just in case, here is a refresher. The Nexus 7 includes a 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM, either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, a 4325 mAh battery, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 7-inch HD IPS display at 1280 x 800 and 216 ppi. The tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and, being a Nexus device, will receive frequent updates. For gadget fans, its nice to know that you won’t be stuck running a dated version of Android while other devices are seeing updates. The Nexus 7 will cost you $199 for the 8 GB version, and $249 for the 16 GB version. Both devices are for sale in the Google Play Store. Are you finally going to buy a Nexus 7 today? If not, have you already got one? What did you get with your Nexus 7 Play Store credit? Related Posts PSA: $25 Google Play Credit With Nexus 7 Purchase Promo Ending September 30th, Google Nexus 7 16GB […]

The Kindle Paperwhite is popular. So popular in fact, that unless you’ve already preordered it, you won’t be able to get your hands on it until October 22. While you wait for your order to arrive, Amazon has released a video that shows off some of the technology inside the Kindle Paperwhite. In the video, VP of Kindle Project Management Jay Marine says ”This is the Kindle we’ve always wanted to build.” It sure seems like it, because a surprising amount of work went into what you might think are minor details of the device. While the video touches on some other details, the majority of it is dedicated to explaining the front-lighting technique that the Kindle Paperwhite uses. Chances are that if you’re reading this on a screen, it’s backlit. The Kindle Paperwhite, however, uses a reflective film above its capacitive touchscreen that reflects light back at you, like a lightbulb on a book. It’s more complicated than it sounds, as illustrated by the video below. Who knew it could be so complicated just to keep a screen evenly illuminated? For those of you who pre-ordered the Paperwhite early, it ships October 1. For everyone else, it ships October 22. Have you pre-ordered the Kindle Paperwhite already, or are you on the fence about it? Related Posts Kindle Paperwhite is official, and it looks amazing, Watch the full Amazon Kindle Fire event here, Amazon Kindle event is over, and man what a show it was This article, Technology behind the Kindle Paperwhite explained , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

Image credit: Consumer Reports Since Apple Maps, one of the main advertised features of Apple’s recently released iOS 6, is not the great out-of-the-box product the iPhone maker believed it would be, we keep finding various comparisons between Apple’s mapping and navigation solution and Google’s own Google Maps, in addition to ads and funny memes. In fact, today we’re going to look at an Apple Maps vs Google Maps report coming straight from Consumer Reports. The publication compared the two products in day-to-day navigation operations just a week after finding the Apple Maps to be disappointing. This time around, Consumer Reports took Apple Maps for a real test drive out in the wild – in the greater New York area – right alongside Google Maps. The chosen devices were the iPhone 5 running iOS 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich: Our evaluations were performed in the greater New York City area using two phones per platform, each on a different carrier. We found that both Apple Maps and Google Maps route effectively, providing clear guidance and great points-of-interest integration. This time around, Consumer Reports found Apple Maps to be satisfying in actual tests, although it still trails behind Google Maps. Some of the highlights of Apple Maps in navigation with turn-by-turn directions tests include “the graphic presentation for the interface, results, signage and point of interest info.” Apple offers “less customization” than Google, which is seen as a “mixed blessing” when it comes to driving, but Google “comes across as more business like and less fun:” Apple Maps is relatively streamlined, providing basic navigation guidance and limited travel information. The large display for next-turn information (which looks like a familiar green-and-white highway-sign) is easy to read at a glance, and it compensates for a […]

It wasn’t all that long ago that Modbook Inc‘s CEO, Andreas Haas, made the mac-in-tablet Modbook Pro official, now we’re learning that the super-slate will launch with high performance SSD storage. So, as you wield your MacBook Pro come tablet, you’ll be free from spinning disks. Great, but what impact will this have on capacity? Well, according to the firm, storage will start at 64GB as standard, with upgrades possible all the way up to a, not-unreasonable, 480GB. Pre-orders go live on October 3rd, along with the all important reveal on price. Regardless of cost, if that void between the iPad and full-fat Windows 8 slates had been irking you, here’s your answer. Continue reading Modbook Pro to launch with SSD storage, up for pre-order October 3rd Filed under: Tablets, Apple Modbook Pro to launch with SSD storage, up for pre-order October 3rd originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:23:00 EST.

After updating the Xperia S and Xperia Ion with ICS earlier, Sony decided this would be a good time to bring all that ice creamy goodness to other devices. It’s the Xperia U, Go and Sola’s turn now. Read more…

Google has announced it has shut down, or soon will close, a number of its services and programs, including removing AdSense ads for website RSS feeds and more. Read more…

It’s been a while since we’ve wrote about the high-stakes legal clash between Apple and Samsung, but that doesn’t mean that the two tech giants are sitting idle. Samsung’s legal team has been in damage-control mode ever since a San Francisco jury decided that the Korean conglomerate has been willingly infringing Apple’s intellectual property. For Samsung, the silver lining in the decision concerned its tablet line, which the jury surprisingly left out of the list of infringing devices. While the Koreans might be off the hook (at least for now) when it comes to their tablets, the thing is Apple won an injunction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 prior to the trial. Right after the verdict was announced, Samsung asked Judge Lucy Koh to lift the injunction on the Tab 10.1, pointing out that the jury has not deemed the device to be infringing. But Koh denied the motion, because Samsung had already appealed the ruling. If you want to learn more, check out Florian Mueller’s far more knowledgeable explanations on Foss Patents. Now Samsung has finally won a small, but encouraging victory in this case. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington has ruled yesterday that Judge Koh can reconsider the injunction over the Galaxy Tab 10.1. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the injunction will be lifted, but Koh has indicated that she will reevaluate it bearing in mind the jury’s decision. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was launched in 2011, and since then, has been mostly superseded by the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Having it back in stores is not a triumph for Samsung by any mean. Nevertheless, for the embattled Koreans any victory is important at this moment. Related Posts Samsung gets another hit – Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction remains in place, Judge Koh: Sales ban […]

Looking for a new Samsung smartphone from AT&T? There is certainly no shortage of options, especially with AT&T’s announcement that they are now adding three new Samsung phones and one new tablet to their line-up. The first of these devices is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which they have already announced before. Next, we have the Galaxy Express. This is a brand new entry-level smartphone, though it actually has reasonably good specs for a lower-end phone. The Express features a 4.5-inch super AMOLED Plus display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and runs on Android 4.0 ICS. The third phone is the Galaxy Rugby Pro, a refresh of the Rugby Smart. The new version has a 4-inch display and is designed to be waterproof and extremely tough, built to military specifications. Last but certainly not least, AT&T is adding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to its line-up. The 10-inch Android tablet is essentially the same as the first-generation Tab 10.1 with a few minor revisions and changes to the design. When are the new AT&T Samsung offerings shipping? For the moment we have no actual release dates or pricing information. AT&T simply states that the new Samsung devices will arrive “in the coming months.” Check out the press release below for more information. Are you excited to get your hands on one of these newly announced devices? Show full PR text AT&T CONTINUES TO BUILD 4G LTE ANDROID PORTFOLIO WITH THE ADDITION OF THREE SMARTPHONES AND ONE TABLET FROM SAMSUNG DALLAS, SEPT. 28, 2012 – AT&T*  and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile)1 announced three new 4G LTE Android™ smartphones– Galaxy Express™, Galaxy Rugby Pro™ and the Galaxy Note® II – and one new 4G LTE Android tablet, Galaxy Tab® 2 (10.1), available in the coming months. Samsung Galaxy Express First-time smartphone […]

It feels like it was only yesterday that we were praising Google for giving us access to a plethora of handy, everyday tools — oh wait, it was yesterday. At any rate, today the folks from Mountain View are back with more travel-friendly software for you to enjoy, announcing that its useful Flight Search service is now fully-optimized for use with, as Google points out, tablets such as its own Nexus 7 and, naturally, Cupertino’s iPad. Jet-setters can see the changes now by simply hitting the Flights link below, and with the dearest holidays just around the corner, now is probably a good time to make use of that “lowest fare” tool. Filed under: Tablets, Transportation, Software, Google Google optimizes Flight Search for tablets, makes booking trips easier originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:34:00 EST.

If they can build nuclear bombs, then why not Android tablets? A report by the Associated Press says North Korea seems to be manufacturing — or at least trading — Android tablets, as well. Photos taken at a trade fair in the country’s capital, Pyongyang, show a representative from Chosun Computer showcasing a large-sized tablet computer apparently running Android. The retail boxes were actually marked “Samjiyon,” which caught the attention of South Korean media, as well as the local Google office. It can be noted that a few Android powerhouses come from neighboring South Korea, such as Samsung and LG. The North is not exactly known for its tech prowess, given that only a very small minority have access to the Internet and online services. In fact, North Korea reportedly has a total of 605 Internet users as of 2011, statistically zero percent of its population. Earlier reports on the Samjiyon tablet even indicate that it does not have Internet connectivity options, although it does have an encyclopedia, games and a photo album. Tablet computers like the one featured on the AP photo are likely meant for the elite and communist party members. We’re not sure how much these devices cost, but the company is not likely going for mass production and sales. Related Posts North Korea Outlaws the Use of Mobile Phones for the Next 100 Days, Lenovo Developing 5-inch Android Tablet / Smartphone, Motorola to bring the XT701 to Korea as the XT720 This article, North Korea developing own tablet computers? , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

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