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Nexus 7 sports a magnetic sensor, ready for some smart cover action

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There’s more to the Google Nexus 7 than meets the eye. Quirky unboxings aside, it turns out the Nexus 7 is also sporting a magnetic sensor.

That’s right, the Nexus 7 supports smart covers. A lucky early owner of the tablet decided to go for a hunt of the magnetic sensor, in spite of the risk of ruining his tablet. Read more »

Nexus 7 gets an unboxing video, starring UFC champion Georges St-Pierre and the ninjas

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Google has a tradition of doing unboxing videos of each of their Nexus devices. The videos aren’t made by Google themselves, merely sponsored, with Patrick Boivin being the real mastermind behind them.

In each of these videos the theme has been a bunch of toy ninjas unboxing the phone, shot in stop motion animation. But for this video, Boivin managed to rope in GSP, the mixed martial artist and the current Welterweight Champion of the UFC, Georges St-Pierre, who takes part as Dr. Paul. Read more »

Tweetbot for Mac now out in alpha

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The ridiculously anticipated Tweetbot for Mac is nowhere near its final stage yet but the developers have taken note of the incredible demand and so they probably decided to release an alpha version for now.

As you can expect, this version of the app will be buggy as it is still being developed but those who have used the app have already proclaimed it as the best Twitter client they have ever used. Read more »

Google Nexus 7 shipments in the US to begin in three to five days

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Google’s first tablet – the Nexus 7 – is just about to become available in the USA. The slate is available on the Office Depot website and the seller promises to bring it to your doorstep in 3-5 business days.

There’s a chance that this might be an error or a simple publicity stunt by the retailer, as other stores still list the Nexus 7 as unavailable and Google’s own page says shipping soon. Still five days from now would be July 16, which aligns nicely with the mid-July release promised at the Galaxy Nexus 7 announcement event. Read more »

Kindle Fire gets its first AOSP Jelly Bean ROM, handles it surprisingly well

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When Google unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, few would have predicted that one of the first devices to get it would be the Kindle Fire and yet today the Amazon got its own beta port thanks to the always helpful XDA-developers coders.

Despite being only the first beta that we’ve seen, the Kindle Fire Jelly Bean ROM does quite well supporting all of the slate’s hardware, except for the HD codecs decoder for YouTube and Netflix videos. You would also need to use ADB to enable the wireless connectivity, but that’s still a small price to pay for getting to experience Android 4.1 before all those other tablets. Read more »

HTC confirms it’s working on a new tablet, will bring it to UK eventually

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HTC was among the first Android manufacturers that entered the tablet game, announcing the Flyer back in February 2011. The pen-supporting slate couldn’t quite live up to its high price tag though, and it never really became a best seller. A year and a half later the only other attempt at a tablet by the Taiwanese company was the AT&T-exclusive Jetstream in September and it did even worse, so we suspected HTC might have given up on that market.

Luckily, this isn’t the case as a spokesperson of the company confirmed in front of PC advisor that HTC is working on another tablet. There were no specifics given (understandable, since there’s no official announcement yet), but we know it’s ‘definitely’ coming, which is something. Read more »

Angry Birds to hit Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo 3DS later this year

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The Angry Birds universe will undergo another expansion at the end of the year. After a small teaser on the E3 in June, Rovio has finally spoken on the matter.

New Angry Birds versions that are being “built from the ground up” will hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS in the holiday season. Read more »

Android-powered Ouya console breaks all Kickstarter records, raises over $2M in a day

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Yesterday an interesting project launched on Kickstarter. An Android-based gaming console called Ouya promised to change the gaming world for good. The $99 console aimed to deliver cheap, high quality games to everyone by being completely open to developers, hackers and users.

Yet, what Ouya managed to achieve was probably beyond its creators’ wildest dreams. The developers were hoping to gather $950,000 to begin production, but the Kickstarter project generated a whopping $2 million on the first day alone. Read more »

Indoor Google Maps gets support for 22 of the most popular US museums

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The indoor maps are one of the coolest features of Google Maps, but the coverage is rather limited for now, meaning you don’t get to use it as often as you might like. It’s good to know though that the developers are working on that and have just announced newly-added map data for 22 new museums and a zoo.

The newly supported venues include the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and 17 Smithsonian museums, as well as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Read more »

Dropbox doubles the available storage for paid plans, introduces a new 500GB tier

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Dropbox has just brough some good news to its Pro customers, doubling the available storage for the Pro 50 and Pro 100 plans. This means that if you subscribe to one of these you will get your 100GB and 200GB of storage, respectively, for the same price as before. Even if you are already a paying Dropbox customer you still get your quota doubled.

And if that still doesn’t seem enough to you, Dropbox announced the launch of a whole new plan offering 500GB of storage. It will set you back $49.99 if you choose the pay monthly option or $499.99 for a whole year if you pay in advance. Read more »

Nexus 7 gets Android 4.1.1 update, adds support for Google Wallet

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Google has released a new OTA update for the Nexus 7 tablet, which was so far running an early version of Android 4.1 that was installed on the devices provided at Google I/O.

The new update bumps the version number to 4.1.1, which is the same version that will be rolled out to other Nexus devices this month. There is not much known about this update other than the fact that it adds support for Google Wallet. Read more »

Sony Xperia ion for AT&T completed our battery test, here go the results

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We are all well aware by now that the combination of Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset and LTE network connectivity do not bode well for the battery life of a smartphone. Throw in the Sony Xperia ion’s HD screen in the mix, and its easy to guess that the 1900mAh non-removable battery has a lot to deal with.

As always we took a look at the 3G talk time performance of the Sony Xperia ion first for AT&T. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus now getting Android 4.0 ICS

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The next Samsung slate to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

The update is currently rolling out in Austria and its neighbors, but should hit other regions soon. Read more »

Rovio’s Amazing Alex launch trailer is here, the game to follow in two days

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We already knew Rovio had another title planned for us. Amazing Alex features some nicely done animation and promises hours of creative contraption building.

As the title is nearing its July 12 release (that’s only two days from today), Rovio has released the full trailer of the game (as opposed to the previously available teaser). Read more »

Tiny Wings 2 coming for iOS devices in July 12, Android version in the works

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Tiny Wings was such a huge hit on iOS that it gave the start to a whole new genre of mobile games and now its creators have announced that we are about to get its sequel.

Tiny Wings 2 is also expected to hit the Google Play Store soon after the iOS release (which should happen in two days). To build up some hype ahead of the imminent release, the developers also released a trailer video. Read more »