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This New Nexus 10 Ad Featuring A Couple Preparing For Their New Baby Is Exactly What Good Marketing Should Be

I am vaguely aware of the iPad. I know that my Galaxy has Google stuff in it and my nerdy friend tells me about his Next Us that is cool. I am the target audience for this new ad for the Nexus 10. Why? Because my friend who reads tech blogs already knows about it and doesn't need to be convinced. I do. And you know what? It's doing a pretty good job of convincing me.

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[Update: One More Time!] Deal Alert: 32GB Nexus 7 With $30 VISA Gift Card And Ear Buds Is At eBay Daily Deals For $259.99

Update 3/18/13: Those who missed out the first forty-seven times now have another chance. Alternatively, a bunch of refurbished units popped up for $219.99. It's $10 cheaper once it's all said and done, but they are refurbs after all.

Update 2/23/13: How about a third round?

Update 2/14/13: The deal has popped back up today. Grab them while they're hot.

If you're still looking high and low for a good deal on the Nexus 7, and eBay's recent deal on refurb 16GB units didn't entice you, we've come across yet another deal: seller buydig, through eBay, is offering the 32GB Nexus 7 for $259.99.

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Google Continues To Make The Extravagant Mundane, Allows You To Explore Everest, Kilimanjaro On Your Phone With Google Maps

Have you ever wanted to scale a giant mountain? It's a really cool thing to do that challenges you to reach your peak physical condition, invest heavily in gear, and the payoff is joining a tiny percentage of the population that can say they've seen the world from one of its highest points. Or you could just go to Google Maps, now that the company has added images taken from the peaks of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

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[Update: Really, It's Coming - Don't Listen To HTC] AllThingsD: Verizon Will Get The HTC One... But Not For A Month Or Two After Everyone Else

Update 3/18/13: AllThingsD dismissed the now-deleted claim by HTC's Twitter account that the One would not be coming to Big Red as bogus and reiterated that it is, indeed, in the works. As originally reported (see below), it's scheduled to arrive months after other U.S. carriers.

According to AllThingsD, America's biggest and reddest carrier will be getting HTC's One phone - but not for a while. Yep, Verizon has signed on as a distributor of the handset, but it won't be available for "a month or two" after the three other major wireless providers in the US have it.

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Verizon Approves Droid 4 Jelly Bean (4.1) Update, Will Roll Out 'Soon'

Verizon has very surprisingly been killing it lately with Jelly Bean updates for various devices. Today, the Droid 4 is joining the pack with an imminent upgrade to Android 4.1. The rollout hasn't begun just yet, but support docs have shown up on the carriers website indicating that the update will be 'Coming Soon.'

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Of course, the major benefits of Android 4.1 are obvious: access to Google Now (which can be updated directly from the Play Store after that), improved voice controls, expandable notifications, and voice transcription even when you don't have a data connection.

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T-Mobile's Galaxy Note II Gets An LTE-Activating OTA; Amaze 4G Gets Security Fixes

Well, T-Mobile just got its first LTE device. It's not the already announced SIII, either – it's the Galaxy Note II. That's right, the first LTE-compatible phone comes to T-Mobile by way of OTA update. Owners of Samsung's massive smartphone should be able to pull the 9MB right now, which also brings "various device improvements" along for the ride. Basically, it makes the already-powerful device faster and less buggy.

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For those who are rooted and want in on the LTE action, you can grab both odexed and deodexed versions of the ROM, as well as the new modem and kernel files for your flashing pleasure over at XDA.

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Sony Announces Xperia L And SP To Round Out Its Mid-To-High End Lineup

Today, Sony announced two new handsets to add to its existing smartphone lineups, led by the new SP. This handset has a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus, 4.6" 'HD Reality Display' and Android 4.1. It's not the most awe-inspiring spec list we've seen, but certainly good enough to stand next to other highish-end handsets.

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Here are the full specs for the Xperia SP:

  • 1.7 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Plus dual core processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4.6” 1280x720 display
  • Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • LTE
  • NFC
  • 8MP camera with HDR

In addition to the SP, Sony also announced the Xperia L, which is closer to a mid-range handset.

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The Sony Xperia Z Can Survive Being Boiled Alive In A Pot Of Soup (But You Probably Shouldn't Drop A Hammer On It)

6 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 large onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 large celery stalk
1 cup penne noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 Sony Xperia Z

Heat chicken broth in a large pot over medium-high heat. Check your Xperia Z for any new emails. In a separate pan, heat olive oil, add diced onions, cook about 4 minutes. Pull up your favorite music video on the Xperia Z.

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[Weekend Poll] HTC One Or Galaxy S4?

On last week's podcast, the question "HTC One or Galaxy S4?" came up, and was posed to each host. We all made our call, and now it's your turn. While I know many of you have no interest in either of these phones, today's question is not what your ideal phone is, but given a choice between them - which would you get? And no, 'neither' is not an option.

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Each phone has its advantages and disadvantages - that's clear.

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[Update: Unlocked LTE SIII, Too] CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly Builds Now Rolling Out For The LG Optimus L9 And U.S. Cellular Note II With LTE

Another day, another set of CM10.1 nightlies for some currently aging handsets. Well, maybe not that aging, but the point remains: new nightlies are here for the LG Optimus L9 and U.S. Cellular's LTE variants of the Galaxy Note II.

Update: Looks like the unlocked LTE variant of the SIII (i9305) just got its first experimental nightly, as well.

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If you just can't stand not having stock Android, have been dreaming of CyanogenMod 10.1 for your device, or some other thing related to flashing this ROM, the time is here.

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