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Android latest: Lollipop does not suck
November 22, 2014 | 10:32 am

My first-generation Nexus 7 tablet recently updated itself to the latest version of the Android OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop, thanks to Google's commitment to keep the entire Nexus system abreast of the latest developments in its platform. And so far at least, despite some other reports to the contrary, the experience has been almost entirely favorable. Lollipop is supposed to be all about a change and improvement in the user experience, with faster and smoother operation thanks to the new Android Runtime (ART) environment that replaces the old Dalvik virtual machine with its just-in-time compilation method. On that score, it does seem...

Pre-paid WiFi roundup: TruConnect, Wal-Mart, Karma
March 21, 2014 | 11:49 am

A while back I talked about the TruConnect Mi-Fi portable WiFi hotspot I had purchased. It’s time for an update, and discussion of a couple of reasonable prepaid Wi-Fi alternatives. First of all, I still use the TruConnect MiFi. In fact, I’m on my second one now. The first one stopped working after I dropped it; I bought a replacement and kept the battery from the old one, which means I now have access to twice the battery life, even before plugging in the three different battery backups I now have—bonus! I don’t use it as...

Reading Manga On Tablets: Using the Viz Media App
December 30, 2013 | 4:51 pm

reading manga on tabletsAs I continue to switch to consuming more digital media, I was looking for a way to read manga on tablets. I wrote earlier this year about Viz Manga coming to Kindles, and writing that motivated me to download the Viz app to my iPad and Nexus 7, where it sat until recently when Viz had a big sale. A sale finally got me to purchase some manga and try them out. I started with reading them on my Nexus 7. Page turning was smooth, although I wish I could turn with a tap instead of a slide. The image quality is excellent,...

Office Max store closings offer bargain tablet, e-reader opportunities
December 22, 2013 | 7:35 am

CAM00515[Bumped due to factual correction.] Looking for a good tablet bargain? Check out your local Office Max or Office Depot store—it’s possible you might find one that’s going out of business. Offices Max and Depot merged this year, and my local Office Max store is closing. (Probably because it’s right down the street from an Office Depot.) An employee at the store told me this closure was due to the merger. I have since been contacted by a representative of Office Depot who said that no closures have been announced and any closures are “part of the...

Deal alert! 2013 Nexus 7 tablets, $40-$50 off
December 12, 2013 | 7:30 pm

Here’s a great deal on the 2013 Nexus 7. Office Depot has the 16 GB version for $180, $50 off list (sold out online; in-store pickup only), and the 32 GB version for $230, $40 off the $270 list (currently available both on-line and in-store). Sale ends 12/21. Of course, sales tax will apply to those purchases if you’re in a state where Office Depot has stores. (Amazon at one point listed the 32 GB 7 for $239 with free shipping, which would be better than $230 + tax, but the price and stock seem to fluctuate throughout the day...

Google Auto Awesome may be a bit too automatic
December 9, 2013 | 7:40 pm

Screenshot_2013-12-09-16-14-32How far is going too far to get consumers interested in your services? It’s a question Google must have to ask itself repeatedly. Sometimes, as with the Google+ privacy debacle of a couple years back, they get it wrong. And I ran into another possible case of it this morning. I’ve been trying out the Nexus 7 that my brother got for his 3-year-old daughter to play with. It’s a nice little machine, has Android 4.4 Kit Kat on it, and makes my Nook HD look like my Nook HD made my Zeepad look in terms of speed. I might just...

Queens library members can start borrowing tablets next week
November 15, 2013 | 4:52 pm

Nexus 7 People in Queens, N.Y. will be able to use tablets for free starting next week. Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to the New York State Community Action Association, and Queens Library received 5,000 of those units. The library is going to lend the tablets to library card- customers starting Nov. 20. The tablets will be at seven Queens locations, and customers can borrow them for a month with the option of three renewals, according to InfoDocket. The tablets will come with pre-loaded content with educational information, resources for job searching, computer skills training, immigration and citizenship information and more. The tablets will...

New Nexus 7 Release Date for U.K. Expected to be August 29
August 3, 2013 | 12:52 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem It's been over a week since Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7. The device is available for sale in the U.S. through various retailers and the Google Play Store. But unfortunately, there'd been no official word from the company about the availability of the device in U.K., from the Play Store or anywhere else. One overseas retailer, however, EBuyer, has leaked the expected launch date on Twitter. According to Ebuyer, the expected launch date of the second-gen Nexus 7 appears to be Aug. 29. If you're one of those lucky users who pre-ordered your device through Ebuyer, you should...

Android 4.3 Made My Old Nexus 7 Faster… For Now
August 2, 2013 | 6:57 pm

Nexus 7Google is currently rolling out Android 4.3 to a handful of devices, such as the Nexus 7. It’s a rather tame update as far as brand new front-facing features are concerned, but Google has made a change under the hood that has improved my tablet’s performance. In recent days, it was discovered that Google added support for fstrim. Without going into super technical details, fstrim basically does a better job of freeing up data that isn’t being used by the tablet. Think of the old Nexus 7 as a closet that held all the things you did and didn’t need. Fstrim is like...

Google Nexus 7 Sign Up Page is Now Live
July 29, 2013 | 11:40 am

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem It's been a few days since Google unveiled its mighty second generation of the Nexus 7. And now, the device is available for pre-orders in the U.S. Google Play Store. The search engine giant did mention that the device will be available globally in the “coming week” but they didn't reveal an exact release date. Today, the company has set up a sign-up page for a number of countries.  Apart from U.S., the Nexus 7 will be available in many countries including UK, Germany, France, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Canada—all in the coming weeks. There are retailers worldwide...

Tablets and mobile just took a generational leap forward
July 25, 2013 | 2:07 pm

tabletsWith the blogs and newswires buzzing over Google's update of its hugely popular Nexus 7 tablet, as well as Google's release of the new ChromeCast HDMI dongle, it's not hard to conclude that quite a lot is happening in the world of Android. The Nexus 7 tablet, after all, was arguably the device that really put Android tablets on the map over the iPad. And the new ChromeCast dongle, for those of you who may not be familiar with it, essentially turns any mobile device (Android or iOS), or any Chrome browser-equipped PC or laptop, into a video-streaming hub able to feed media...

Google Officially Unveils Nexus 7 Alongside Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
July 24, 2013 | 5:03 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem Google has finally unveiled the second generation Nexus 7, a device that was not the company’s best kept secret. It happened at a small press event known as “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai.” The new tablet was announced alongside Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The second generation Nexus 7 features a 7-inch Full HD display sporting a 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution, 2GB RAM, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor, Adreno 320 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), 5MP back shooter with a 1.2MP front camera, 16/32GB onboard storage, HDMI output, NFC, optional 4G LTE, and wireless charging support. Google’s Hugo Barra says that...