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Nexus 7 (2013) Review

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Last year Google, with some help from Asus, released its first generation Nexus 7 tablet. It was an inexpensive ($199) way to get into the Android eco-system. Quickly it became the most popular tablet not named iPad. It was small and portable, fitting in most pockets, while still packing a punch with a quad core processing chip. A big selling point of the Nexus brand of devices is that they are the first to receive Android software updates. The Nexus 7 (2012) was indeed the first device to ship with Android 4.1. It was a solid device which received much acclaim, but some improvements were needed to its 2013 offering in order to become a more well rounded tablet.

This past July Google released the updated Nexus 7 (2013) in 16GB ($229), 32GB ($269), and 32GB LTE ($349) variations.. This tablet would prove to be one of the most sought after tech products of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google Releases Nexus 5 Smartphone Silently, Some Models Already Sold Out

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Last year Google released the Nexus 4, to go along with their Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The smartphone was a success despite its lack of LTE connectivity. Those with cellular companies that used the GSM standard (AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and most of the rest of the world) were able to buy an unsubsidized smartphone for the relatively affordable price of $299 for the 8 GB model. This year in a silent rollout, Google released the Nexus 5 (Nexus devices are typically named after their screen size). Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook’s Stock Is Up: Is the Future Still Bright?

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For years Facebook has been the go to social network for me and most of my friends. I’ve been active on the site since early 2006, back when Facebook first started letting high schoolers on its site with an active .edu email address. Back then Facebook was cool. It was exclusive. Grandmothers and little cousins need not apply. For years I would listen to contrarians say how Facebook was played out and not a preeminent place to share their lives anymore. I strongly disagreed. How could they say that when Facebook boasted 750 million active users? Well, despite lofty goals of having every person on Earth with a profile, Facebook’s best days are behind it. Here are 5 reasons why: Read the rest of this entry »