Grab a 16 GB Nexus 7 for $149 through Staples or 32 GB for $169

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I know what you’re thinking. Another Nexus 7 deal? Yep, these things are hitting are hitting the sale rack just about every week as we wait for Google to announce something to replace it. If you don’t mind not having the latest and greatest, though, Staples is selling the Nexus 7 for as little as $149 for the 16 GB, or $169 for the 32 GB with a coupon code. This is one of the lowest prices the tablet has dipped to, so if you’ve been meaning to pick one up, jump on this deal. These are also brand new, so no refurbished devices. Hit the links below to check it out if you want, and remember to use the code 20098 for the lowest possible price.

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Nexus 7 32 GB

source: Slickdeals

Benchmark on upcoming Acer tablet reveals a beast in the making

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A recent benchmark out of Italy has leaked onto the internet, and if it’s to be believed, then we can tell you that Acer has something pretty big in the works. Apparently, this mystery device has a Tegra 4 chipset, a display of 2560 x 1344 pixels, and a full 2GB RAM.

If this is to be the Nexus 7 successor, it’s definitely going to be pretty impressive. This device is about twice as fast, and the display is almost as good as a Chromebook Pixel. The specs are definitely a bit too impressive for a $200 tablet, so that’s where we think it’s not the next big Nexus device.

None of this is official, so just take it all with a grain of salt. More to come as we get more info on this mysterious device. Picture of the benchmark after the break—

AT&T Optimus G Pro quick review: A fantastic phone at a fantastic price

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In a mobile world that has been dominated by Apple and Samsung, LG has been quietly making some noise. LG finally made a name for themselves last year with the Optimus G and the Nexus 4, but if you want to compete with the likes of Samsung, you better have something that competes with the Note as well. LG already tried this route with the Optimus Vu, which was a total flop. For whatever reason, they thought a 4:3 display would attract consumers, but all it did was detract them. After the success of the Optimus G, they won’t make that same mistake again. Using the “G” theme they designed a phone that has all the hardware and tools to go head to head with Samsung. Is it good enough? Hit the break to find out.

Verizon releases ‘FamilyBase,’ gives nearly complete control over kids’ phones to parents

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It looks like the NSA is  about to have a rival in the spying business— good old Mom and Pops.

Got a feeling your kids are up to no good? Want to monitor your kids’ data usage? Need to lock your son out of his phone because he won’t do his homework?

Good news for you— Verizon has announced “FamilyBase,” which will let parents (or account administrators) monitor and limit calling, texting, app usage, app purchases, as well as set time restrictions and review contact lists. The feature to remotely lock their devices on demand is also available.

Big Red is making the service available for $5/month for up to 10 lines— it’s only for Android devices running 2.1 or higher. (So pretty much all of you can use it.) To set it up, parents can visit familybase.vzw.com, or by calling SAFE, or by texting SAFE to #7233. The apps are also available in the Play store.

Check out the press release after the break for more info.

Rovio gives a tease of an Angry Bird in Star Wars gear, tells us to look out for July 15th date in the process

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Well would you look at that? Rovio went ahead and started teasing all of you Angry Birds stans out there with a clear, yet simple image of an Angry Bird in Star Wars gear. So if we deduce correctly– then Rovio clearly has an Angry Birds Star Wars follow-up in the making. Unfortunately, there’s no additional detail about what to expect from this new game, except that it will have a July 15th unveil date (peep the #July15 hashtag)— meaning we’re just days away from seeing this new game. Hopefully you folks can try to contain your excitement in the meantime.

source: Droid Gamers

Moto X customers will be able to pick back plate material, source says

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The Moto X is preparing to be one of the most customizable gadgets we’ve ever seen. Android and Me founder Taylor Wimbley tells us that even the material that the back plate is made of will be customizable. Via his Google+ profile, Wimbley posted saying that the X “features a curved design engineered from ground up for personalization.” Pastic, wood, ceramic, fabric, you name it, it might be an option.

At first, only wood and plastic will be available, and the other options will roll out gradually after the August 23 launch. Wimbley also mentioned in his post that AT&T has an exclusive “thing” for the Moto X launch, which could possibly be an exclusive material or color, but he’s not sure.

Source: +Taylor Wimbley

Video showcases MoDaCo.SWITCH’s ability to easily switch between Sense and Stock

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News of the MoDaCo.SWITCH caused a lot of excitement last week. The tool will essentially allow HTC One users to switch between their carrier’s operating system and stock Android, creating a best of both words experience.Developer Paul O’Brien has released a video to show exactly how it will work – and it’s pretty cool. The video explains that both ROMs will use the same data directory, meaning all of your files, apps, and settings will be usable on both operating systems.

Currently, to switch operating systems, it’s necessary to reboot the device, but O’Brien wants the switch to be possible without a reboot. Also, after finishing the functionality for the HTC One, he says that he might work on a Samsung Galaxy S 4 version.

TMoDaCo.SWITCH is currently in beta, but O’Brien believes it will be stable pretty soon. You can view the video yourself after the break.

Second-generation Nexus 7 may not reach 8 million sales

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While some Taiwanese-based vendors say that as many as eight million units of the second-generation Nexus 7 could be sold, a new report by DigiTimes explains that that figure could be hard to reach due to rising competitors. Acer, HP, and Lenovo are just some of the rival companies who have, or are planning to release tablets under $169. The first-generation Nexus 7 shipped six million units, in large part due to its low price that few competitors could match at the time.

The new Nexus 7, co-developed by Asustek Computers and Google, is scheduled to launch by the beginning of August, sources say. It’s supposed to have a 7-inch 1980 x 1200 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 5-megapixel camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a price tag of around $199-$249, for the Wi-Fi only model.

Source: DigiTimes

Google Glass video shows Motorola’s Rick Osterloh having way too much fun with the Motorola X smartphone

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Man— these Google execs sure are making it difficult to hide the Motorola X smartphone, aren’t they? After seeing at least one Google head honcho rocking the device in plain view, another executive using shows up ecstatically using the device in plain view— this time at an exclusive event hosted by Motorola. While the event was private and only open to a select group of journalists, guest and avid Google Glass user Robert Scoble went ahead and made a recording of what was supposed to be a music performance… except the video clearly shows a unique toy that is used by none other than Senior VP for Product Management at Motorola Rick Osterloh. The unique toy seems to match up with other leaks we’ve seen in the last few weeks, especially with the placement of the camera, as well as the quality and finish of the device. Oh and get this for the icing on the cake: guests “weren’t supposed to share anything about what [they] were doing there“. It’s looking like it’s pretty safe to say that this private event was meant to show some important folks an advanced look of what should be the next big gamechanger in the smartphone industry.

So yeah— at least a few people out there know the true identity of the Motorola X. Hopefully we’ll see the new toy in all its glory sooner than later.

source: Robert Scoble+
via: Android Authority

Eric Schmidt reveals Moto X while talking about Google’s relationship with Apple [Updated]

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Eric Schmidt was at the Allen and Co media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho yesterday and a couple of interesting things came out of it. The first is that although the Moto X hasn’t officially come out of hiding, he wasn’t shy about taking a phone call with it. Rick Wilkinga Reuters photographer, was able to grab the image above. Ironically this image isn’t visible on the Reuters website at present. Instead, they opted to show the photo below, which doesn’t show the phone as much.

Other than taking phone calls, the Google Executive Chairman spoke about Google’s relationship with Apple. He said it has improved over the past year and they are conducting “lots and lots” of meetings. What they are discussing at these meetings, we have no idea, but the companies are in “constant business discussions on a long list of issues.”

BLU Dash 4.5 is an Android 4.2 phone for only $139 unlocked

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Cheap smartphones are becoming more and more popular these days. Phone manufacturer BLU Products is offering their new device at an amazingly affordable $139- that’s unlocked too. The Blue Dash 4.5 for AT&T and T-Mobile is an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean device with a 1.2GHz quad-core chip from MediaTek, 512MB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 4.5-inch 854 x 480 pixel display and 21Mbps HSPA+ support.

You can read the full press release from BLU after the break.

Vine app for Android gets large update, includes timeline features and new camera tools

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Vine’s Android app has received a pretty update today that includes several features that many users are going to appreciate. First on the list is a set of new Vine channels, which will allow you to easily find new users to follow on the video service. There are 15 channels in all and users can upload their own Vines to any of the channels for some extra exposure. In addition to those extra channels, you can now “revine” other user videos, which is basically retweeting on Twitter with a weirder sounding name. Still, it fleshes out the social aspect of the service and was definitely a worthwhile addition.

On the capturing side of things, Vine has added a quick capture widget for you to stick on your home screen. One click and you’ll be launched straight into Vine’s camera to quickly capture videos so you don’t miss anything. In the actual camera, there are now extra features for a camera grid, a focus button, and support for ghosting, which is useful for stop-motion videos.

The last addition is the ability to mute your entire timeline so you aren’t blasted with a circus of sounds when you’re browsing the app. Simple, but a great addition. Hit the links below to get your hands on the update.

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Sprint makes Unlimited My Way and All-In plans official

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Just yesterday we caught wind of Sprint’s newest revamp to their cell phone plans, and barely a day later, Sprint has made those plans official. They’re offering both “Unlimited My Way” plans and “All-In” plans. The Unlimited plans will give you unlimited talk, text, and data for $80 per month, while the All-In plans are a bit more at $110 but include 5 GB of tethering per month. Customers will be able to add up to 10 lines on these plans with decreasing prices for more lines added onto each account.

Sprint is also offering an “unlimited for life” guarantee with these plans, which may indicate that the carrier has some plans to remove their unlimited data offerings at some point in the future. Nothing official on that, but that type of guarantee is going to get a little bit of speculation.

source: Sprint

Vector Unit releases new videos showing Riptide GP2 gameplay

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Game developer Vector Unit is getting ready to release Riptide GP2, a sequel to their original Riptide title. They have already gained some buzz for the title by partnering with NVIDIA to get the title ready for the SHIELD gaming device. To help ramp things up even more, Vector Unit released three videos today that show off some of the gameplay and graphics that players will experience in the game. You can check them out after the break.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 11, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Patriot Aero Wireless Mobile Drive Review: Easily add 1TB of wireless storage to your smartphone or tablet

Apps

Google quietly brings back open-view option for offline maps in the new Google Maps update

Update for Google+ app allows users to see friends’ +1 activity in stream

Vine app for Android gets large update, includes timeline features and new camera tools

‘One Today’ charity app by Google released to public, invite no longer necessary

Rovio Stars’ Tiny Thief now available in the Play Store

Sprinkle Islands makes big splash in Google Play Store

Pacific Rim game hits the Play Store

Vector Unit releases new videos showing Riptide GP2 gameplay

Carriers

Sprint makes Unlimited My Way and All-In plans official

T-Mobile launches #hate2wait promotion