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Fuhu Nabi Jr. And Nabi XD Both Available Now From BestBuy.com For $99 And $250 Respectively

Back in early-to-mid December, Fuhu announced a pair of new tablets: the nabi Jr. for small children, and the nabi XD for tweens. While release details were scant for the nabi Jr., the XD was penciled in for a mid-January release date. That time frame has come and gone, but it looks like both device are now available through BestBuy.com, though it's possibly the company pulled the trigger a little bit early since there's been nary a word from Fuhu since the initial announcement.

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As the name suggests, the nabi Jr. is a smaller, more toddler-friendly version of the nabi 2.

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Samsung Posts Full Two-Minute 'Next Big Thing' Promo Ahead Of 'The Big Game' [Video]

A few days ago, Samsung published their "El Plato Supreme" promo video in which Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen try to develop a pitch for Samsung's don't-call-it-the-Super-Bowl ad. Rounding out the story, a full two-minute video was uploaded earlier today which shows how the two ended up working together on the pitch, throwing in a few more self-aware marketing gags along the way.

In the deliciously meta ad, Rogen and Rudd bicker over who's "the next big thing" before finding out that they're working together not in the ad, but on the pitch. Their meeting with Saul Goodman (I mean Bob Odenkirk) covers topics from diapers to crowd-sourcing to space travel before LeBron James abruptly joins the meeting by way of a Galaxy tablet, suggesting he make a cameo in the ad on – you guessed it – a tablet.

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Google Pushes New Android 4.2.1 Code To AOSP (JOP40G, 4.2.1_r1.2) - Here Is The Developer Changelog

Earlier this week, we got wind of a new OTA build JOP40G possibly hitting the Nexus 4 soon. I thought this update would finally be the elusive Android 4.2.2 that we've been hearing about, but it looks like that's not the case.

Yesterday, Google pushed some new open source code to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) marked with 2 new tags: android-4.2.1_r1.1 and android-4.2.1_r1.2. The build number corresponding to the 4.2.1_r1.2 release is - you guessed it - JOP40G (with mentions of JOP40F and JOP40E along the way too) - the same one we thought would be 4.2.2.

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The dates you see here are commit dates, not dates the commits were made public (which was Feb 1st 2013)

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[Deal Alert] Verizon's Titanium Gray Galaxy Note II Only $149 For New Accounts From Amazon Wireless

Want a behemoth phone on Verizon, but don't feel like shelling out three-hundred dollars for it? Look no further than Amazon Wireless for your solution – it just dropped the price of the Note II on Big Red to $150 for new customers. That's half of what Verizon is asking. For the same phone. Existing customers can snag one for $190, so it's still a savings of over $100.

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There's only one catch here: this deal is only for the Titanium Gray version of the massive handset. If you're dead-set on getting the white one, you'll be stock paying $200.

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HTC: Sharing RUUs And Sense-Based ROMs Is OK, We Just Want The HTCRUU.com Domain

Over the past couple of weeks, there's been a bit of a kerfuffle surrounding HTC and its shut down of HTCRUU.com. The general consensus across the Android community has been quite understanding in some respects – after all, HTC has every right to protect its intellectual property. The problem was, however, that in the original takedown request, it also demanded that all hosted RUUs and Sense-based ROMs be indefinitely removed, as well. This, of course, didn't sit well with the dev community.

As a result, HTC took to its official blog, vowing its "continued support for the developer community." Since actions speak louder than words and HTC's lawyers were demanding that all RUUs and Sense-based ROMS be removed, there was a clear disconnect between what HTC was doing and what company spokespeople were saying.

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BLU Products Announces A New Series Of 'Quattro' Devices, Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Processor

What would you say if I told you that a new series of phones is coming out that can get you some pretty top specs, while keeping the pricing around $300 off contract? Would you be intrigued? That's exactly what BLU Products is doing with its upcoming lineup of Quattro phones.

If you haven't heard of BLU before now, let me give you a brief intro: this is a company to keep an eye on, because they're putting out some beautiful hardware while keeping the prices extremely affordable. Like most carrier-free manufacturers, they focus on quad-band GSM devices – the Quattro series is no exception.

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[Deal Alert] Pre-Order The Sony Xperia Z, Get A Free Pair Of MDR-1R Headphones Worth £299 (UK Only)

United Kingdom readers, never say we didn't do anything for you. If you've been patiently waiting for Sony's new flagship phone, you can pick up some pretty sweet studio-quality headphones at the same time. If you pre-order the Xperia Z through one of Sony's partners, you can pick up a pair of Sony MDR-1R headphones for free, gratis, and nothing.

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You don't even have to buy it outright - O2 and Three UK are both offering subsidized versions which qualify for the free headphones. If you'd rather go for an unlocked model, both Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u are participating in the pre-order.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T's HTC One X+ Only $80 For New Customers From Amazon Wireless

The HTC One X+ may be a rehash of the original One X, but it's a good rehash. It's easily the best HTC phone on AT&T right now, and if you're looking to pick one up without breaking the bank, Amazon Wireless has the deal for you.

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Right now, if you agree to a new two-year term with Big Blue, Amazon Wireless will hand over this little beauty for $80. By contrast, AT&T will charge you $200 for the same phone, with the same contract. Scumbag carriers. Similarly, If you're already an AT&T customer thinking of re-signing with the carrier for this device, you can grab it for $140.

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Ping: Hey Samsung, You Ever Gonna Release That Developer Edition Of The Galaxy Note II?

The year was 2012. A mere two days before the alleged Mayan apocalypse—and about nine days before people stopped making tired old jokes about it—we got wind of the Developer Edition of the Galaxy Note II for Verizon. There were three differences between this handset and the version you could buy in the carrier's stores: it had an unlocked bootloader, it's unsubsidized, and it was not available for sale yet. Even though the locked version had been available for nearly a month. Oh, and it's still not out yet.

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Here's the timeline:

  • September 26th, 2012: Galaxy Note II first released internationally.
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Sony Xperia Z Up For Pre-Order On Three UK From £34 A Month On Contract, Available On February 28th

Sony's waterproof and dustproof flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, is available to pre-order in the UK today from Three, although you'll have to wait until it's released on February 28th to get your hands on it yourself.

We first saw the 5-inch, 1080p phone last month at CES, and found ourselves impressed by its minimalist, elegant design. Water resistance comes at a price though, so you can expect to pay at least £34 a month if you want to take the phone home on a contract.

Three is offering two tariffs for the Xperia Z with unlimited data: the £34 Ultimate Internet 500 plan, which gives you 500 minutes and 5000 texts, and the £36 One Plan, which gives you 2000 minutes and the same amount of texts.

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