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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 receives two updates at launch

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An initial update to build JWR66N and subsequent update to build JSS15J are available

Early adopters of Google's new Nexus 7 are being greeted with software updates right out of the box. The first update will automatically begin as soon as the tablet connects to WiFi for the first time, usually during the initial setup process. The tablet will shut down, boot into recovery, apply an update to bring the build number up to JWR66N, and bring the user back to the setup screen to continuing signing into a Google account.

The second update comes in a more traditional fashion: it is downloaded in the background, and then triggers a system update notification in the notification tray. Once the user accepts the update and it is applied, the build number becomes JSS15J. Both seem to be minor updates, most likely containing some system fine-tuning and bug fixes.

Now if Google would just post the factory images for this model.

More: Nexus 7 Q&A in the forums, Nexus 7 first impressions and video

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3 years ago

Chromecast tip: Broadcast Youtube videos straight from the browser

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It's worth a quick reminder that Chromecast doesn't just mirror a browser tab onto your TV. You also can beam individual YouTube videos on over, same as you do from your phone or tablet. By now you've got the "Google Cast" extension installed, right? Once you've got it, just head on over to Youtube and fire up a video. Then look for the Chromecast icon in the lower right. Click it and choose where you want to send the video to. Done. 

Get more tips and tricks in our Chromecast forum!

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3 years ago

Need help updating your Nexus 4 to Android 4.3?

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It's important to remember that not everyone's a whiz when it comes to the command-line aspect of Android. And to that end, the fine folks in our forums — 1.6 million strong and growing — have you covered. 

The over-the-air update that brings the Nexus 4 to Android 4.3 is pushing out now. But if for some reason you haven't gotten it yet and you don't want to wait any longer, Phalgun Gujjar in our forums has a nice little tutorial for sideloading the update. No, it doesn't root your phone, and it's really no different than just waiting for the update to push out. It's quick and it's easy and it's a great way to learn one of the basics of working with your Android phone with the command line.

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3 years ago

Chromekey ...

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In case you had any doubt about its prerelease name. More in our Chromecast forums.

Thanks, Explicit!

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 models now out of stock at Staples

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The laws of supply and demand at work: Staples sells out of new Nexus 7 tablets.

It seems that Staples's $30 off tablet promotion worked well for them, as both models of the new Nexus 7 are already out of stock on their website. They join the 32GB version at Amazon, which now has a lead time of three to four weeks before orders can be filled.

Of course you can still try your luck at Google Play, or call around your local Best Buy and Walmart stores to see if they have any sitting quietly on the shelves.

We're glad to see the demand, but we sure hope we don't see a repeat of the last time.

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3 years ago

Chromecast dongle torn open, no unicorns or leprechaun dust found inside

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Motherboards and heat sinks are what little Chromecasts are made of.

With people everywhere getting their Chromecast units, you knew iFixit would be doing this soon. They've taken their tools and guitar picks and busted the thing open, and found out it's a pretty simple device.

Turns out there isn't much magic or mystery inside the casing, and there are really only two parts -- a motherboard with parts soldered in place, and a big solid aluminum heat sink. On the board itself, the interesting parts are:

  • Azure Wave AW-NH387 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, FM combo module IC
  • Marvell DE3005-A1 System-on-a-chip, similar to the Marvell DE3005
  • Micron 4GB flash memory 29F16G08MAA
  • Micron D9PXV 4Gb RAM (that's Gigabits, not Gigabytes. In other words, 512MB)

IFixit considers the Chromecast a "luxury device" that you just throw away if it goes bad and replace it with a new unit. At just $35 a pop we have to agree. For tall the gory details, see the source link.

Source: iFixit

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3 years ago

Did Google gloss over Chromecast needing USB power? Not hardly

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A ... certain segment of fans ... have gotten it into their heads that Google played down the fact that Chromecast needs USB power to work. They are wrong.

Here's Google's Mario Queiroz, describing Chromecast at Wednesday's event:

"Once you take it out of its beautiful, clean box, all you have to do is plug it in to, ah, any HDMI input on your TV, power through USB, connect to your home Wifi, and you're ready to kick back and watch."

See also:

Just stop it.

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 now available from Google Play, ships by July 30

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New Nexus 7 2013 models now available for order in Google Play for those who want to risk another Nexus launch

For those who want to order the new 2013 Nexus 7 direct from Google, things are live in Google Play to order one. Both the 16GB and 32GB Wifi-only models are available, and Google says they'll have them shipped out on or before July 30 -- with free ground shipping for a limited time.

With the devices being available in Walmart stores and online from Amazon at launch, hopefully the order and delivery process will go a little smoother this time. Grab yours from the Google Play link above if you've been waiting.

Source: @GooglePlay

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3 years ago

Cut the Rope updated with new 'Cheese Box' level pack

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Om Nom teams up with mice in 25 challenging new levels

Everyone's favorite little green critter gets some new levels to devour candy in, as Cut the Rope adds its latest level pack, "Cheese Box." As Om Nom continues his ever-hungry quest for candy, he is now joined by some new mousey friends, who can drag the sweets of interest from cheese hole to cheese hole, helping deliver them to On Nom's insatiable gullet.

There are 25 new levels set against the backdrop of cheese, all available now through the Google Play Store. The update is also coming to the Amazon App Store and NOOK in the coming days. Cost of admission for new players is $0.99 on the Play Store and through Amazon, with the NOOK version ringing up at $2.99.

Those interested in the Play Store version can follow the Play Store button link above.

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3 years ago

Get the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Sprint for under $100 from Amazon

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The promotion lasts Sunday 7/28 through Thursday 8/1, includes waived activation fee

Those looking to make the switch over to Sprint have a chance to land a nice deal on one of the hottest phones of the season. Amazon will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S4 to new Sprint customers for $99.99, down from the current price of $139.99. To sweeten the pot even more, they will even waive the $36 activation fee.

The deal starts this Sunday, 7/28, and will continue through Thursday, 8/1. The Galaxy S4 comes with 16GB of internal storage (with less than you'd expect available to the user, but there's an update for that) and is being offered in both the white and black varieties.

For those still undecided if this is the phone to get when switching to Sprint, get out the full Samsung Galaxy S4 review.

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3 years ago

Google Hangouts gets a minor update with more emoji and butter

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More butter and emoji added to the recipe, still missing that dash of Google Voice that everyone wants.

Google Hangouts has received a relatively minor update today, bringing the app to version 1.1. Normally, we don't cover every little app update, but this time around the team have added a little bit of project butter to make the app smoother, and folks with older phones are going to be happy with that news. The full change log:

  • Added more emoji!
  • We added some butter to Hangouts to make it run faster and slicker.
  • Fixed a bunch of bugs.

We still all hope that Google can incorporate Google Voice or SMS messages into Hangouts, but no dice just yet. The last couple updates have had some interesting permissions, though. Hit the break to see what I mean, and grab the update from the Google Play link up top.

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3 years ago

How to use Android 4.3's 'Restricted Profile' feature

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The ability to add a second user profile was added to tablets in Android 4.2, and it's gained even more granular functionality in Android 4.3 with the addition of "restricted profiles." In a nutshell, this lets you choose which applications that restricted user can use.

It's not quite a full-functioned kids mode, and there still are a couple things to watch out for. But for basic account compartmentalization, it works pretty well.

Let's dive into it and show how to use the new "restricted profile" feature in Android 4.3.

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3 years ago

Pioneer's AppRadio adds 16 more Android devices

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Additional models from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Sony get official compatibility

AppRadio Mode, a feature of recent Pioneer in-dash car receivers, is expanding its official compatibility list: 16 more Android devices now function with the companion app to allow the use of dozens of popular apps directly from the in-dash receiver screen. This brings the total number of compatible Android devices to over 40. In-car app compatibility just keeps getting better.

Compatible Pioneer models include AppRadio 3 and AppRadio 2 smartphone receivers, a DVD receiver, and select navigation receivers. A connection kit is required for AppRadio, which is sold separately. Some Samsung phones require an additional connection kit on top of the standard one, including the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy S4.

The AppRadio app can be found through the Play Store link above, while the full press release and a list of the latest smartphones and their AppRadio-compatible OS versions can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 available for shipping right now at Amazon

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Amazon is letting the new Nexus 7 go a little early, too.

If you can't wait until July 30 for a new 2013 Nexus 7, and no retailers in your area are selling them early, Amazon has your back. Google's latest tablet, and what everyone is talking about, is available right now, and ships today.

It's the Wifi model, and the same one we saw Sundar and friends show off in San Francisco just a few short days ago. With the new 1920x1200 display, Android 4.3, and double the RAM of the previous incarnation, it looks to be the tablet everyone will want this year. There's even a Saturday delivery option for Amazon Prime customers for an extra $9.

Who's clicking? We clicked a couple times. Shout out in the comments if you did, too.

Source: Amazon Google Nexus 7 FHD Tablet (7-Inch, 32GB, Black)

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3 years ago

T-Mobile offering $0 down deal for all devices

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Promotion starts July 27 and includes customers participating in JUMP!

Summertime and back to school sales are great ways to save a few bucks, and it looks like T-Mobile agrees. Starting tomorrow, July 27, customers can pick up any one of T-Mobile's devices for zero dollars down -- this means any smartphone, tablet, mobile hotspot, or feature phone. Even a phone like the recently released Sony Xperia Z, which was $99 just recently, will qualify for $0 down.

Both new and existing customers can take advantage of this deal, as long as they meet T-Mobile's "well-qualified" criteria (on approved credit). Those taking advantage of the new JUMP! program can also get in on this deal.

For a list of popular phones and their corresponding monthly payments with this promotion, jump past the break.

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