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Nexus 7 LTE finally coming to Verizon, $350 for 32GB model

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Last Friday we reported that the LTE version of the Nexus 7 2013 was likely on its way to Verizon’s network at last. Now Verizon has officially confirmed the tablet will arrive on February 13th at a price of 9.99 for the 32GB LTE model, or 9.99 for those willing to sign a two-year contract.

The even better news is that existing owners of the LTE Nexus 7 2013 will finally be able to activate their tablets without hassle on Big Red’s network without dealing with a workaround. On Verizon’s website, the carrier reveals that existing owners of the tablet will be able to activate as long as they “download the latest software update” first.

Regardless of whether you buy from Verizon or bring your own device, the Nexus 7 2013 can be added on to an existing Share Everything plan for just a month.

It’s great to see Verizon finally allowing the Nexus 7 2013 onto its network, too bad it took them about a half year to get there, though. We suspect that folks that purchased the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE in the past have since moved on to another network (at least for the tablet), but perhaps this change in policy is enough to bring them back.


    








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Samsung rumored to still be in the Chromebook race with a new model coming

When a handful of new Chromebook models were unveiled during the Intel Developers Forum in September, Samsung was noticeably absent from the lineup. This might be due to the fact that Samsung’s next Chromebook, which is rumored to be coming soon, will be powered by its ARM-based Exynos chip instead.

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Samsung’s first Chromebook actually also used the manufacturer’s own processor, a 1.7 GHz dual core Exynos 5 to be exact. Although its second Chromebook, the 12.1-inch Series 5, did come with an Intel Core i5 CPU, for one reason or another, Samsung has opted to fall back to its Exynos chip once more. That reason might be related to rumors floating around that this new Chromebook will be showcasing Samsung’s octa-core Exynos processor.

Samsung recently teased what is to be the next iteration of its processor. It is still largely shrouded in mystery, but one theory is that it will be an improved version of the octa-core Exynos 5, complete with Heterogeneous Multi Processing (HMP) capability. If that is indeed the case, we might see that system-on-chip in this Samsung Chromebook. The ultraportable notebook is also rumored to sport a 12-inch or lower screen with resolutions of up to 2560

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T-Mobile Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update released for T999 model

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A new Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is available for users to install, this time for the 3G T-Mobile version (model number T999), although you should remember that various Galaxy S3 owners had issues with similar updates, albeit in other markets.

As expected, the update is available either as an over-the-air (OTA) download on the phone, or via Samsung Kies. Furthermore, the update measures 486MB, so you should make sure you have a dependable Internet connection and enough battery juice to go through it.

In addition to all the expected Android 4.3 Jelly Bean goodies, the update also brings Galaxy Gear and Samsung Knox support, if either feature is something you’re interested in.

We’ll remind you again that Samsung UK confirmed that the Android 4.3 update for the international Galaxy S3 has been pulled until further notice following the many issues encountered by users in the region. Similarly, the AT&T Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been stopped, so you may want to make sure the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 update is safe before proceeding.

The LTE T-Mobile Galaxy S3 version (model number T999L) will receive its Android 4.3 build at some point in the near future.

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T-Mobile Nexus 5 launches online for $449.99, only 16GB model available

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T-Mobile has kicked off Nexus 5 sales on its website, at a time the handset is not exactly available any more from Google’s Play Store (or at least the version the carrier is selling).

As previously announced, the T-Mobile Nexus 5 retails for 9.99, a full 0 more than the phone’s starting price in the Play Store – we’re looking at the 16GB model here.

T-Mobile offers Nexus 5 buyers the possibility of paying for the handset in 24 installments of each, after a .99 up front fee.

The carrier insisted a few days ago that it’s not pocketing the extra 0, and that buyers will pay for the full price when purchasing the handset, thus implying that Google is subsidizing the device.

However, the 32GB model of the handset is not available from T-Mobile. We’ll also note that the white Nexus 5 is also unavailable from the carrier. These models can still be purchased from the Play Store, even though you’ll have to wait a few weeks to get some of them.

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In case you don’t want to wait for Google to ship you a Nexus 5, you can always get it from T-Mobile (or from Sprint for that matter, which has it even cheaper, but bundled with new two-year contracts), even though that means paying an extra 0 for the handset.

Have you purchased your Nexus 5 yet? Are you buying it from T-Mobile? Don’t forget to check out our full review of the handset available here!

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iPad Air vs. Retina iPad mini vs. iPad 2 vs. iPad mini: Which iPad model should you get?

 iPad Air vs. Retina iPad mini vs. iPad 2 vs. iPad mini: Which iPad model should you get?

2013 iPad buyers guide: How to choose the perfect new iPad Air or Retina iPad mini, or less expensive iPad 2 or iPad mini for you!

Once you’re sure you’re buying an iPad and now, the next step is to decide which iPad you’re going to get. And this year, it’s a tougher decision than ever. The new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini are identical in every way but screen size, 7.9- vs. 9.7-inches the only differentiator. If money is incredibly tight, though the old iPad 2 is a bit cheaper, and the old iPad mini, a cheaper still. No matter which one you choose, however, you’ll be paying hundreds of dollars. Either a few, or a lot. So do you go with big or small, old or new? Which iPad should you get?

Current iPad models and price points

 iPad Air vs. Retina iPad mini vs. iPad 2 vs. iPad mini: Which iPad model should you get?

Apple’s 2013 iPad lineup consists of 4 different models, the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, iPad 2, and iPad mini. The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini have 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options, in either Wi-Fi only, or Wi-Fi and cellular models. The iPad 2 and iPad mini come only with 16GB, but still have Wi-Fi only, or Wi-Fi + cellular models. That makes for a dizzying array of possibilities.

Yes, both the new Retina iPad mini and the old iPad 2 start at 9. Wacky.

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Up-front vs. total cost of ownership

 iPad Air vs. Retina iPad mini vs. iPad 2 vs. iPad mini: Which iPad model should you get?

The original iPad mini starts at 9, making it the cheapest iPad ever. The iPad 2 starts at 9. Both cost less up-front than the new Retina iPad mini, which starts at 9, and the new iPad Air which starts at 9. That can be a considerable difference up front, 0 or 0 at the very least, depending on the exact model and options you choose. That’s real money, in your pocket, for rent, for food, for car payments, for school, or for other important things in your life.

However, if you keep an iPad over the course of a year or two, 0 or 0 isn’t that much spread over the course of that time. In some cases, it’s less than a month, for a much better screen, a much better processor, and more.

If you have absolutely no money to work with, the iPad mini is good tablet and the iPad 2 an okay one. I’d recommend the Retina iPad mini over the same priced iPad 2 every day of the week, but if you absolutely need the bigger screen and that’s all the money you have, that’s what you need and what you have.

If money isn’t your biggest consideration, go for the iPad Air or Retina iPad mini.

Finite vs. future-proof

 iPad Air vs. Retina iPad mini vs. iPad 2 vs. iPad mini: Which iPad model should you get?

Apple is pretty good about supporting older devices. The 2011 iPad 2 is still be sold in stores, after all, and is compatible with iOS 7. However, compatibility comes with compromise. Older generation iPads have older generation hardware. They have lower screen density – standard instead of Retina – and outdated processors – Apple A5 instead of Apple A7. They also don’t come with any storage options over 16GB – not 32GB, and certainly not 128GB.

So, while the iPad 2 and original iPad mini might have gotten iOS 7 this year, and be able to run iOS 7 apps, the odds of them being able to run iOS 8 or iOS 9 in a couple of years isn’t great.

Alternatively, the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, their awesome Retina displays, beefy 128GB storage options, and monstrous Apple A7 processors should last you for years to come.

Who should get an original iPad mini?

The iPad mini launched in October of 2012, and comes with a Lightning adapter. Aside from that, it’s all old tech. Standard display instead of Retina, and Apple A5 processor instead of Apple A7. The current version does come with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + cellular options, but with only 16GB of storage, which isn’t much these days.

If there’s any way for you to save up an additional 0 for the Retina iPad mini, or better still, 0 for the 32GB Retina iPad mini, you’ll have a much, much better experience. Otherwise, if you really want an iPad, and you’ve got 9 earmarked for it and not a penny more – or you’re equipping a school or business by the score – get the iPad mini and enjoy.

Who should get an iPad 2?

The iPad 2 launched in April of 2011. It has no Lightning connector, a standard display instead of Retina, an Apple A5 processor instead of an Apple A7, and while it has Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and cellular options, it maxes out at 16GB of storage, which can be hard to manage.

You might want to consider a Retina iPad mini for the same 9. If you can save up even 0 more, a 32GB Retina iPad mini is great, and a 16GB iPad Air is also go. For 0 more, you can get a state-of-the-art 32GB iPad Air. Otherwise, if you really want a full-sized iPad, and you’ve got 9 in your pocket and that’s it – or you’re equipping students or employees by the score – get the iPad 2 and enjoy.

Who should get a Retina iPad mini?

The Retina iPad mini comes packed with 7.9-inches of 2048×1536 Retina display and a smoking fast Apple A7 processor. It’s identical in every way but size, weight, and price to the iPad Air. That means choosing between them comes down to 0 and just about 2-inches.

If price is a consideration, the Retina iPad mini is a fantastic tablet, and starts at just 9. If size is a consideration, the Retina iPad mini is better if you want to travel with it, use it as a mobile hotspot, and otherwise value portability the most. (It’ll fit in a back jeans pocket if it has to.) If either of those things are appeal to you, get the Retina iPad mini.

Who should get an iPad Air?

The iPad Air is the current top-of-the-full-size-line iPad. It has a 9.7-inch, 2048×1536 Retina display and screamer of an Apple A7 processor. Aside from size, weight, and price, however, it’s pretty much identical to the Retina iPad mini. So, your choice boils down to an extra 0 for an extra 2-inches.

If money is no object, the iPad Air starts at 9 and is the best big tablet on the market today. If size is something you’re debating, the iPad Air is primed for people who use it around the house, office, or school, and otherwise put productively ahead of portability. (Those extra inches can come in handy.) If any of that resonates with you, get the iPad Air.

Still undecided?

If you’re still having trouble choosing between the iPad mini, iPad 2, Retina iPad mini, or iPad Air, jump into our iPad discussion forums and the best community in mobile will happily help you out.

Bottom line, don’t spend money you don’t have, but don’t skimp if you don’t have to. Your iPad will be one of the most often-used, most important possessions in your life for months and maybe years to come. Get as much iPad as you can reasonably afford, and then enjoy!

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Here’s a fan-made full 3D model of the next Nexus (5)

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On Friday, we showed you a great render of the “Nexus 5” (Nexus 4 2013?) created by Reddit user Vovicon based on the leaks from the past couple of weeks.

While Vovicon’s design was certainly impressive, another Reddit user took the idea to the next level. The interactive model below is a mockup made by Redditor Annihilia:

The model seems to include all the cues that we got about the new Nexus from the wide ring around the camera, to the positioning of the headphone jack, and even the apparent absence of the earpiece.

Would you buy a Nexus smartphone that looked like this?

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LG G2 pre-order starts in Europe,16GB model priced at €599

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LG on Wednesday unveiled its new flagship device, the LG G2, but it didn’t provide pricing details and launch dates for the device.

While LG did say that the phone will be available from the four main U.S. carriers, and other mobile operators, later this year, it did not reveal actual availability information.

However, a German website has already listed the LG G2 for pre-order, suggesting that the 16GB model will cost €599 and the 32GB model will sell for €629. The handset is available in black or white, no matter what capacity you’d pre-order, but a ship date is not provided by the retailer.

Interestingly, electronics retailer Notebooks Billiger also lists on-contract prices for the device, starting at €49.90 or €79.99, depending on storage, with new Vodafone contracts.

That said, should the prices be confirmed in the near future, we can expect the device to be priced similarly in the USA, but in U.S. dollars, therefore 9 and 9 for the unlocked 16GB and 32GB versions, respectively.

So far, Sprint and Verizon have already announced they will sell the LG G2 in the future, without providing availability details.

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Source: Notebooks Billiger

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Galaxy S4 root apparently achieved before launch, only for Exynos 5 Octa model

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The Galaxy S4 is already available for pre-order in some markets, but it will be a few more weeks until we see it in stores. Even so, it looks like a first root method for Samsung’s 2013 flagship handset is already available.

Xda-developer forums senior member as i9000 has posted instructions that will help Galaxy S4 buyers root their devices once they’re shipped.

However, there’s a small problem with this root version, as it will apparently only work on the GT-I9500, which happens to be the Exynos 5 Octa Galaxy S4 model. Most markets will receive (at least initially) the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Galaxy S4 version (model number GT-I9505,) which will need its own root. We’ll be back with more details on that version when it’s available.

We’re not encouraging you to root your Android devices and install any custom software on them, and you’ll be the only person responsible for whatever happens with your handsets and tablets during such processes. If you do decide to go the root way, make sure you exercise caution and follow the available instructions (see Source link below,) especially if you’re not comfortable performing such tasks. Backing up the data on the device is also in order before rooting the device.

Will you use the Galaxy S4 as-is right out of the box, or will you root and further customize your experience?

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Real Racing 3 finally arrives in the US App Store with fremium model and lots of in-app purchase options

Its been a long wait for whatever reason but from today, Real Racing 3 has finally shown up in the US App Store. Real Racing 3 was released to other countries over a week ago but for for some strange reason it never showed up in the US App Store. That has now changed and you can now get your hands on this amazing looking driving game.

Hyper-realistic. Pure fun. And FREE. Real Racing 3 sets a new standard for mobile racing games – it really must be experienced to be believed. Trailblazing new features include officially licensed tracks, an expanded 22-car grid, and over 45 meticulously detailed cars from makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti, and Audi. Plus, racing with friends gets kicked into another dimension with the reality-bending Time Shifted Multiplayer (TSM) technology.

The game is free to download and play but has received a lot of criticsm for its fremium model. Once you have the game you are then faced with a plethora of in-app purchase options which if you are not careful can soon mount up and make Real Racing 3 a really expensive experience. Of course you don’t need to buy any in-app purchases but its hard to resist getting your car a spec bump to help you win more races.

Real Racing 3 is currently compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 4th and 5th gen, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad mini; you must be running at least iOS 4.3. The game has also been optimized for the iPhone 5’s larger screen as well as being a universal binary for iPhone and iPad full screen gaming.

Real Racing 3 looks like an awesome racing game and the graphics really are outstanding. If you grab this one, make sure to let us know how you enjoy playing it! Also let us know what you think of the in-app purchases.

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Nexus 7 expected to sell 8 million units by release of second-generation model

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Despite Google’s Nexus 7 reportedly selling half the units than Apple’s iPad Mini in 2012, as well as being outsold by the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 is expected to sell 2 million more units on top of the unconfirmed 6 million units sold so far by the time the second generation Nexus 7 is released in June 2013, according to DigiTimes. That’s an estimated total of 8 million units sold by June this year.

According to Taiwanese suppliers, the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have set the price cap for mainstream tablets at 9, and thus other vendors have been driven to manufacture 7-inch tablets instead of 10-inch models. Since the Nexus 7 started selling, other tablet makers have launched, or are about to launch, 7-inch models of their own, priced at 9 or even more competitively.

As for the next Nexus 7 tablet, the first rumors have appeared suggesting the device will not come with a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, although the product is yet to be confirmed by Google.

Are you buying a 7-inch tablet this year?

 

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