Google’s Nexus 7 gets full teardown and repair treatment

Google’s Nexus 7 is no doubt one of the better built tablets on the market, thanks to ASUS. But, even with its exceptional build quality, a brutal fall could easily do some serious damage to the beautiful hardware. Thankfully, a new video will show experienced users how to completely tear down the Nexus 7 and proceed with any repairs that may need to be made.

Keep in mind that unless you are 100% sure of what you’re doing, then you probably shouldn’t start dismantling your $200+ tablet. Although, whether your a tinkerer or just a curious Nexus 7 owner, the video below provides some invaluable insight into the inner workings of Google’s first tablet.


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Google Wallet Prepaid Card Program to end October 17th

Google has revealed that it plans to discontinue the Prepaid Card Program for early adopters of its Wallet service. Because the company recently updated its mobile payment service to offer compatibility with all major debit and credit cards, it feels the current prepaid program is redundant.

Thank you for being one of the first users of the Google Wallet app and for activating your Google Prepaid Card. Since we recently launched the ability to use any debit or credit card in Google Wallet, we are going to discontinue the Google Prepaid Card soon.

While Google may be terminating the program September 17th, the company is giving users an entire month (until October 17th) to use the remaining funds. After that point, abstainers will be charged $2.00 for every 30 days of inactivity, down from the usual 180 days. To avoid this fee, Google recommends using your card at least once before October 17th. So, be sure to take care of your remaining balance and link your account to a new card before the deadline rolls around. Hit the source link below for the full low-down.

Source: Google

Google Drive for Android gets major update, brings a slew of useful new features

Google Drive has just received a major update in the Play Store, bringing a fairly impressive set of brand new features. For starters, users can now browse folders by file type, giving complete control over finding your content. Additionally, Google has provided a highly improved viewing experience for Presentations, as well as the option to auto-sync your pinned content over a 3G/4G connection.

The full changelog is as follows:

  • Create folder, upload to folder and move to folder
  • Filter folder contents by file type
  • Option to auto-sync pinned content while on 3G
  • Richer Google Presentations viewing experience
  • Basic table support in Documents Editor
  • Create, reply and resolve comments in Documents Editor
  • View and change fonts in Documents Editor
  • Pinch to zoom in Documents Editor
  • Print files using Google Cloud Print
  • Option to resume interrupted uploads

Amazon In-App purchases to expand to include physical goods

Similar to some of the aftermath of Google I/O this past summer, as Amazon’s press event last week fades into history we are starting to discover some other changes in their ecosystem that may have been overlooked in the excitement of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD announcement. One of these new features Amazon is implementing is the ability for developers to sell physical goods “in-app.” Initially this appears to only be rolling out in games, but other uses are sure to emerge. This capability will be a point of differentiation compared to Google and Apple.

Amazon has indicated their first partner is Activision, which plans to make toys available in its Skylanders game. The toys will connect to the game using a “portal” plugged into a videogame console. Once plugged in, the toy activates a character inside the game. In order to purchase the characters, players will buy them from within the game using Amazon’s 1-Click Purchasing. Amazon indicates a player’s progression with a character in the console version of the game will carryover to the mobile version. This will likely be achieved using Amazon’s new Whispersync for games capability that was announced last week. An indication of how important games are to Amazon’s overall strategy is the announcement that the new Kindle Fire will have a separate tab to access the games category in the Appstore.

Is the ability to order physical goods something to get excited about? Can you think of any ways this could be used effectively outside of games?

source: All Things D

Sprint Releases Next List of 4G LTE Network Locations That Will Be Available In The “Coming Months”

Sprint has operated an old-school 4G (WiMax) network since 2008, but is now set to expand its new and constantly-growing 4G LTE network in the “coming months” in order to be more competitive with the likes of Verizon and AT&T. As part of Sprint’s Network Vision, it has included a list of nearly 100 cities that will be set with upgraded 4G LTE infrastructure by the end of 2013, with the deployment in Baltimore, Boston and Washington DC as notable examples. Although Sprint is set to expand its 4G LTE network, Sprint also pledges to strengthen its existing 3G network which should bring fewer dropped calls and better wireless connectivity.

Users that currently have a Sprint 4G LTE phone should be able to connect during the pre-launch phase in the 4G LTE coverage areas. Sprint has already accelerated construction of its expanded 4G LTE coverage for the selected cities. You can see the full list of cities after the break.

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Win a custom HTC One by Cushnie Et Ochs in Repin to Win contest

Are you someone who finds themselves stuck in “analysis paralysis” mode when it comes to selecting a color for your new smartphone device? Perhaps you lament the fact that smartphones lack a certain sense of style? HTC hopes to combat that by offering a distinctive black and white HTC One X inspired by Cushnie et Ochs.

If you are interested in joining the exclusive group of owners of this custom designed HTC One X, HTC is offering a way for you to win one. You do have to be a member of Pinterest to participate. On Pinterest, you just need to follow HTC Mobile, repin one of their images, and leave a link to your repin on the original image. A winner will be randomly selected on September 14th. Hit the source link for the specific instructions and links to participate.

source: HTC Blog

Install Jelly Bean firmware update on ASUS Transformer Infinity TF700

Last month ASUS pushed out an update to their ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 to install Jelly Bean. This left owners of the higher-end ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 feeling a bit left out in the cold. XDA forum member MysticMgcn has come to the rescue in the form of instructions on how to use the TF300’s firmware on the TF700. According to his How-To post on the XDA forums, the only two things not working are changes to screen brightness and changing the DPI, which is set to 160. Screen brightness can be adjusted by using third-party apps, but there currently is no solution for the DPI issue.

MysticMgcn’s How-To includes instructions and files for rooted or unrooted devices, locked or unlocked bootloaders, and stock or custom recoveries. If you have a Transformer Infinity TF700, you may want to head over to the forum thread linked in the source to read up on everything you need to do to get Jelly Bean onto your device. Just remember, you will be responsible for anything that goes wrong with your device if you attempt this.

source: XDA Developers Forum

Featured Play Store Newbie: LandGrabbers Strategy Game [Gaming-Casual]

Nevosoft is quickly becoming one of the leaders of Android gaming. We’ve already covered a couple of their recent releases, but here’s another one to throw into the mix. It’s called LandGrabbers and it’s set in the Middle Ages when the Crusades were taking place. In this game you’re a brilliant military leader with your own set of troops. Can you conquer the world? This addictive game combines the elements of strategy, simulator, and resource management. There are 27 levels in all that that take place in settings like forests, deserts, and even on an iceberg.

Full features

  • 27 levels in 3 diverse locations
  • Unique level mapping design for deeper tactical capabilities
  • Three incredible enemy armies
  • Five types of buildings with different strategic features
  • Three difficulty levels that will challenge even experienced strategy experts
  • Gorgeous graphics and a catchy soundtrack create a medieval atmosphere

LandGrabbers was recognized as the Best Casual Game of 2011 at the Russian Game Developers Conference. Best of all it’s Free so check out the demo video and hit one of the download links below to get started.



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Toys ‘R’ Us set to release exclusive Tabeo 7″ kid-friendly tablet

There is certainly no shortage of 7″ tablets these days, and now Toys “R” Us is getting in on the action with their own tablet, not surprisingly, with kids in mind.  The 7″ tablet, dubbed the Tabeo, isn’t the first tablet the toy giant has sold, however it does differ slightly from others in that it was designed using the input from kids and parents alike on what they expected to find in a tablet. As expected, online security will be paramount boasting “robust and flexible” options while offering customizable levels of Internet access for each member of the family. The tablet features a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, an 800×480 TFT LCD display, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, and WiFi connectivity. It’ll also come preloaded with 50 apps and games which aim to educate and entertain the little ones. The most notable feature will be the inclusion of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, however the interface will look different as compared to other tablets running Android 4.0 since they want to make it as kid-friendly as possible.

The Tabeo is available for pre-order now and will be available beginning October 21st for $149.99 exclusively at Toys “R” Us. What are your thoughts on kid-friendly tablets? Are you inclined to purchase a tablet specifically designed for kids, or do you lean more towards a proper tablet since the prices are very comparable now? Hit the break for the full press release.
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C Spire Announces Its 4G LTE Network Is Officially Live, Brings With It The Motorola Photon Q And

The major wireless carriers aren’t the only ones moving towards the 4G LTE Promised Land— regional carriers are moving there too. Formerly known as Cellular South, C Spire announced it has launched its 4G LTE service in the Greenville and McComb markets starting today. The hope is that its newly launched and ever-expanding service will bring blazing network speeds and awesome 4G-capable devices. Oh and speaking of which– C Spire also announced the Motorola Photon Q smartphone will be available for $199 on-contract, while the Samsung Galaxy S III will be “coming soon”.

It’s always nice to see additional alternatives, isn’t it? Hit the source link for additional details.

source: C Spire
via: Android Central