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Date: Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 15:53

Pretty much screams older, incomplete device with an unfinished Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie?

Most people do like the slip resistant back that comes from the Nexus 7. Also the stereo speakers located at the bottom will be well received. A lot of anxiety can be seen in the comments of various blogs, concerning a reduced battery (3000 mAh vs. 2300 mAh) and the possibility of a less than stellar camera. Most people will be happy with an 8mp shooter that delivers awesome photos. A camera that impresses, has been absent from all Nexus devices to date.

Here’s to hoping.

Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Misc"
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Date: Monday, 14 Jan 2013 22:35

Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Mobile, android, Google, smartphone"
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Date: Monday, 03 Dec 2012 00:25

Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2.1 GPS bug is certainly annoying but seems easily fixed.

Try the following:

1. go to settings

2. Location Access

3. Un-check ‘Wi-Fi & mobile network location’

4. Re-check ‘Wi-Fi & mobile network location’

or possibly try the following:

1. On main page press the search bar at the top (box written Google following of a mic symbol). This will open Google Now

2. Google now will tell you that location service is currently Off.

3. You will have a link to a setting menu to turn it on

4. Go in that menu and turn it on.

5. The GPS/Navigation still not working.

6. Repeat step 1.

7. Repeat step 2.

8. Now you will see something like “Enable Google app access the GPS location”, turn it on.

9. There we go, the GPS/Navigation works again!

Second problem:

Seems like the GPS is spending a lot of time trying to connect with a signal.

Look in the settings for ‘Battery’. Investigate to see what apps may be using the battery way more than they should. I found ‘The Weather Channel’ app was the culprit. Once I uninstalled this app, the GPS stopped trying to constantly connect.

Other users have indicated issues with certain apps like ‘Shazam’ and possibly ‘Zillow’.

Whatever the case…keep an eye on apps that frequently use location as part of their service to you. Sometimes un-installing and re-installing these apps may solve the problem.

Also I have found that deleting app caches tends to speed up the phone. Check out ‘App Cache Cleaner’ in the Play Store. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.infolife.cache&hl=en

Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Apps, Mobile, android, Google, smartphon..."
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 11:26

Customers are reporting that the 4.1.2 update has made them happy.

Just received update 4.1.2 on my Nexus S – brilliant fixed the bug on making phone calls- so very happy. Kyren Tremble

The list is not very long. In fact, the list is pretty much non-existant as far as any features go. All those goodies will be saved up for Android and the next Nexus devices.

Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Apps, Operating System, android, Google,..."
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 11:02

There is a reason that Samsung is the king of Android. They make some of the best Android devices on the planet. There was a time when I thought that HTC was the undisputed champion of Android devices. This is no longer the case. Since the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the reign has shifted to Samsung. With the arrival of the Galaxy S3, they simply insured that no one would topple their rule over the Android kingdom.

The Galaxy S Relay is a phone designed, not to take top honors, but to fill a niche market where people desire a physical keyboard and an affordable price.

Probably the most significant feature of the Galaxy S Relay is the full 5 row qwerty keyboard. Most current smartphones lack a slideout keyboard. They tend to favor the on screen keys so the device can be the tinnest possible.

Samsung did a nice job with pairing form and function with the Galaxy S Relay 4G. It has a very crisp 4 inch Super AMOLED display that is very responsive and easy to see in direct sunlight. The 5 megapixel rear facing camera that is very user friendly and takes a nice picture or records 720p HD video to capture your favorite events.

Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Gadgets, Mobile, android, Google, samsun..."
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Date: Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 09:30


http://lifehacker.com/5950035/noozy-picks-up-the-zunes-music-player-and-drops-it-on-android Seems that some developer was smitten with the Zune’s UI and has created a new Android app (music player). Apparently it isn’t just superior in visual appeal. Sounds like it has a decent sound engine behind it as well.

Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Apps, Mobile, Music, android, applicatio..."
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Date: Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 22:42


We’re releasing Android 4.1.2 to AOSP today, which is a minor update on top of 4.1.1. As a note to maintainers of community builds running on Nexus 7: please update to 4.1.2 at the first opportunity. Future variants of the grouper hardware will have a minor change in one of the components (the power management chip) that will not be compatible with 4.1.1. The build number is JZO54K, and the tag is android-4.1.2_r1. Enjoy, Conley and JBQ

This is a quote from the developers of Android. Some people are saying that this update will include functionality that, in my opinion would be included only in a major revision. Android 4.2 (key lime pie) would benefit from any major visual change. Why waste something like this on a very minor update? Remember, Google is not stupid! Unfortunately, consumers have become accustomed to simple updates being upgrades. This puts undue pressure on coders, designers and architects.

Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Apps, Gadgets, Mobile, Operating System,..."
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Date: Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012 12:52

Here is a trailer for the New SimCity. This game looks awesome!

I know that I have lost many hours of my life to playing the various SimCity games over the years. This game looks like it could eclipse all of the hours that I have currently racked up playing this franchise.

Anyone know the release date?

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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Apps, Videos, Games"
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Date: Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012 11:31

Google knows how important it is to have top quality applications available in the Play Store. With these tablet application guidelines, Google has upped the ante in the war against the iPad.



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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Apps, Gadgets, Mobile, android, applicat..."
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Date: Monday, 08 Oct 2012 00:07


The upcoming Nexus smartphone announcement is always an exciting time for those of us who appreciate this line of hardware. High End devices with untainted Android, and which are first in line for system updates offer up the best bragging rights in the business. I currently have the GSM Galaxy Nexus, which was first in line to receive Android 4.1(Jelly Bean), will of course easily update to Android 4.2. I bought this device for this reason alone. Whether or not the LG Optimus is the next lg nexus, is ultimately of little consequence. It will be a stellar smartphone.



Here are some convincing arguments to not buy this new Nexus.


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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Gadgets, Mobile, android, Google, LG, ne..."
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Date: Sunday, 07 Oct 2012 18:43


There will always be companies that make assertions that can’t be delivered. Unfortunately this becomes much more of an issue when the consumer is under contract and made that decision based assurances from the device manufacturer. People are claiming that Motorola Mobility (Google by extension) have done just this.


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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Gadgets, Hardware, Mobile, android, Goog..."
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Date: Sunday, 07 Oct 2012 17:52


Atooma is a new app for Android that allows you to create many different conditional scenarios on your device.
What this means is that you can set up your device to react to certain conditions and then perform preset tasks.

For example, you can set your phone to turn off the wifi after you have left your home wifi network.


Atooma says :


Atooma in the Play Store

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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Apps, Mobile, android, applications, Goo..."
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Date: Sunday, 07 Oct 2012 17:26


FashionTV is the largest global fashion network in the world broadcasting to over 350 million households. With a Facebook fan-base of almost 1.8 million likes.

FashionTV.com have launched a new Fashion Video Widget. The widget is free and lets you enrich your site with constantly updated fashion videos, following our TV broadcast programs.

The benefits:

·         1-5 video slots, updating every couple of minutes.

·         Personalized graphics and titles, to compliment your site the best

·         You can even customize your country zone to receive videos that are viewed in your area.

To get the Fashion Video Widget go to:


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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "News, Widgets, Fashion, video"
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Date: Wednesday, 03 Oct 2012 21:53

Search Engine Land is reporting that Google HAS finally confirmed Street View for Google Maps Mobile. This is the mobile browser based Google Maps that is available to any smartphone user, includinh iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone and others…(if they exist)

It seems as though Google would confirm this option to a select few publications but not to the majority of the Internet at large. What could have possibly been going through Google PR minds when they decided to do this?

It’s kind of crazy. Two major US newspapers were citing Google that Street View was coming, but Google itself didn’t want to acknowledge that directly?

After a further phone call with Google PR this afternoon, I got a direct confirmation. Yes, Street View will come to Google Maps. Presumably other publications can also now get the same confirmation. But as for timing, Google’s still not saying when it will happen. It seems pretty likely that the Wall Street Journal is correct, that it will hit tomorrow. After all, the Journal is citing Google as saying so.

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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Apps, Gadgets, Google, maps"
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 14:56

Rumors indicate that the next Google Nexus Flagship phone could be coming from HTC and be based upon the Droid Incredible X series.

GSMArena.com brings us this information and have been known to be correct on industry speculation before.

All information points to a slightly updated Android 4.1.2 (JellyBean) release and a whopping 5″ screen with possible 1080p resolution. We can only assume a quad-core configuration (excluding USA?) with 2Gb RAM? and 32/64 Gb storage? (no microSD support).

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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Gadgets, Mobile, android, Google, HTC, n..."
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 13:26

Wirefly puts the two top dogs of the smartphone industry head to head in this video review.

Apple’s iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III are both 4G LTE smartphones that are available for Verizon Wireless and Sprint. See which of these very popular smartphones is better then the other.

Apple and Samsung have both released a very popular smartphone recently and Wirefly decided to compare them and see which one is better. In this Schmackdown comparison review you will get to see the differences between the Android powered Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple’s iOS powered iPhone 5.

See how the iPhone 5 compares to five of the best Android Smartphones on the market today

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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Reviews, Videos, android, apple, Google,..."
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 12:42

Artist and toy designer, Tristan Eaton, has stripped away our notion of what a tablet computer is cabaple of and replaced it with a new sense of wonder.

People have always viewed tablets as a personal device. One that is viewed and enjoyed primarily by a single individual. With a bit of ingenuity and creativity, Tristian has shown us how a large group could be brought in on the fun from one small device. His ability to stimulate the imagination with a unique perspective, using a simple canvas and a powerful yet affordable device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, is definitely worth viewing.

Check it out!

As you can see, Tristan’s brand of street tough, urban art is an ideal way to show the power of the ‘S Pen, the stylus that accompanies the Galaxy Note 10.1. With the S Pen, an artist is capable of so much more control over their images that it really brings the Galaxy Note 10.1 into the realm of sketch book replacement.

Awesome specs:

1.4GHz Exynos Quad-Core Processor
16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)
10.1″ WXGA(1280×800) LCD
microSD (up to 64GB)
Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera
Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh

this post is sponsored by Samsung

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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Gadgets, Videos, android, Google, samsun..."
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Date: Friday, 14 Sep 2012 17:08

This xkcd comic explains why TI calculators are so damn expensive.


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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Funny, Misc"
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Date: Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 22:06

The current flagship device from Samsung. The Galaxy S III is the current benchmark that all other smartphones will be measured against. Even the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 will be compared repeatedly to this device.

Lisa Gade reviews the Samsung Galaxy S III US models. She covers the T-Mobile and Sprint versions but all four major US carriers are using the same hardware other than cellular radio. The Galaxy S III has a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED 720p display, a 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon Krait CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage for $199 with a contract. It runs Android 4.0 ICS with Samsung TouchWiz software.

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Author: "Derek Anderson" Tags: "Gadgets, Mobile, Reviews, android, Googl..."
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