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Benchmarked: 2013 Nexus 7 vs. 2012 Nexus 7 - Just How Much Faster Is It? A Lot, Apparently

While we aren't going to claim benchmarks are any kind of end-all measurement for real-world performance, there's little denying many people take a lot of stock in such utilities when purchasing a new device. The new Nexus 7, which is now packing basically the same chip as the Nexus 4, should provide a major performance boost over its Tegra 3 predecessor. But just how much of a boost? Google quantified it as 1.8x CPU performance, and 4x GPU performance.

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The Hour-Long Nexus 7 2013, Android 4.3, And Chromecast Event Is Now Available On YouTube

Do you have a spare 64 minutes and a burning desire to analyze every second of Google's latest press event? Alternately, did you miss the livestream and Sundar Pichai's dulcet tones because a faulty alternator stranded you at a truck stop for two hours? Then you're in luck, and so am I! The full version of Google's July 24th event has been posted to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

If you'd like to dig deeper, check out our coverage of the new Nexus 7, the Chromecast TV dongle, the introduction of Android 4.3, and an in-depth look at the new additions to the third Jelly Bean release.

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Verizon Galaxy S4 Now Available In Autumn Brown Color, But Something's Fishy About Those Product Shots

As previously leaked, Verizon has a new mahogany hue for its Samsung Galaxy S4, and it's also showing up on Best Buy's site. The 16GB brown version is now available online only, at the same $199 on-contract and $649 off-contract prices as the black and white versions. But wait, those preview shots on the Verizon home page look a little... off.

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Compare the brown in the screenshot above to the much more subtle brown in the Evleaks press shot, to say nothing of the fact that only the front of the device is actually brown.

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[New App] Quad Drawer From LevelUp Studio Is A T9 App Launcher With A Ton Of Features

Good old T9 is still good for some stuff, as we recently learned from T9 App Dialer. Apparently this is becoming a thing now, because here comes LevelUp Studio (of Beautiful Widgets fame) with an alternative T9 app launcher. Quad Drawer lets you tap out app names, but it does a lot more.

You can launch Quad Drawer like any other app to get the keypad, but it also has swipable tabs with multiple ways of listing your apps – recent, install date, alphabetical, and most used.

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Chromecast Availability Update: Amazon And Best Buy Are Out Of Stock, Play Store Now Ships In 3-4 Weeks

It's been less than a day since Google unveiled the Chromecast, and after both virtual and physical dashes to the store, it's worth pausing to see how the dust has settled. Many of us couldn't help ourselves and may have accidentally bought two as impulse buys, but there are bound to be some of you who needed a bit more time to come to a decision. Here's how the landscape looks.

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[SIMply Absurd] LG Partners With MediaTek To Create Triple-SIM Phones

Almost all the GSM phones released in North America have a single SIM card, but there are a lot of areas of the world where having a dual-SIM device is a big advantage. These devices can utilize two networks at the same time for calls, data, and SMS. For when two just isn't enough, LG is going to soon offer phones with three SIM slots.

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LG is teaming up with MediTek to create the new triple-SIM devices, which will almost certainly never arrive in the US.

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App Ops: Android 4.3's Hidden App Permission Manager, Control Permissions For Individual Apps! [Update]

Android 4.3 has a hidden feature! It's called "App Ops" and it lets you selectively disable some permissions for your apps. Is some misbehaving app constantly pinging your location and draining your battery in a few hours? You can fix that now.

Update! Optional permissions at install

I'm working on my full 4.3 teardown, but I just ran across this and had to add it here:

<string name="grant_confirm_question">Do you want to grant the following permissions?

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Nexus 7 2013 Listings Show Up On Staples Website In 16GB And 32GB Flavors

Prospective second-gen Nexus 7 buyers, you've got one more option for when the Play Store is (probably) overwhelmed on July 30th. Staple has already posted pages for the 16GB and 32GB WiFi versions of the new Nexus 7, though of course you can't buy one just yet - they're both marked as out of stock. Staples was one of 11 retail partners mentioned in the Google announcement. The prices are the standard $229.99 and $269.99, respectively.

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Chromecast Coming To Google TV And Existing Hardware, Two Products Will Coexist Going Forward

Chromecast may perhaps be the evolution of the Nexus Q, but it's not a replacement for Google TV. True to form, the company believes that the two products do not compete with one another and can co-exist comfortably side by side. This should come as no surprise from the folks that brought us both Chrome OS and Android, two operating systems that just aren't going to merge regardless of how loudly some people cry.

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Download: Latest Google Play Store 4.2.9 [Updated]

Simultaneously with the Android 4.3 release, Google started rolling out an update to the Play Store with version 4.2.9, which follows closely behind 4.2.3 from last week's Nexus 4 system dump leak.

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