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[Four Days Of Tegra International Holiday Giveaway] Day One: Win One Of Two Nexus 7 3G's From NVIDIA

We've selected the winners. Congrats to:
  • Dustin D.
  • Rap

We'll be in contact shortly.

We're kicking off our fourth major leg of our holiday giveaway series, courtesy of NVIDIA's Tegra division. We'll be holding 4 Tegra-themed giveaways over the next four days - so be sure to come back every day through Sunday to check out the latest one. We're starting off by giving away two 3G-enabled Nexus 7 tablets, powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

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MetroPCS Makes The ZTE Avid 4G Official - An LTE Smartphone That Costs $150 Off Contract

If you're looking for an LTE smartphone on a serious budget, look no further - MetroPCS may have just unveiled the cheapest LTE phone to date, in the form of the $150 ZTE Avid 4G. Yes, really, an LTE phone that costs $150. Color us shocked (well, as shocked as we can get about budget phones).

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Of course, the Avid 4G is designed to also work with Metro's CDMA network, (thus that whole PCS business) so it won't do much good outside America's smallest national carrier.

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Samsung Releases AllShare Framework SDK 1.0, Lets Developers Share Things With Other Things... Or Something

Samsung devices and sharing go together like Australian car racing and fistfights - you rarely see one without the other, in quantity (whether you like it or not). It makes sense, then, that Samsung wants to share its passion for sharing with developers. And today, it's making that a little easier, with the initial release of the AllShare Framework SDK.

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What does AllShare do? That's a pretty good question I can't give a complete answer to.

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Android 4.1.2 With 'Premium Suite' Now Rolling Out To The International GSIII Across The UK, Germany, Switzerland, And More

Earlier this month, Samsung started pushing Android 4.1.2 to its test bed in Poland. It seems that all must've gone well during the short, two-week trial, as it has now started pushing the update to a variety of different locales, including the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Colombia, Romania, and more.

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Not only does the update bring 4.1.2 and all its goodies, but also Samsung's Premium Suite, which features a number of useful enhancements, like Multi-Window, page buddy, an improved Gallery app, customizable notification panel, smart rotation, the paper artist app, and more.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Available For The Samsung Captivate, AT&T Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III (Metro PCS, US Cellular), And Acer Iconia A700 [Updated]

It's going to be a long time yet before devices like the Galaxy S III and Acer's Iconia Tab A700 get Jelly Bean 4.2, and the Samsung Captivate and Galaxy S II probably won't ever get another OS version update. That's why we love us some custom ROMs, and the CyanogenMod team has released nightlies of CM10.1 to all of these devices, including the MetroPCS and US Cellular variants of the GSIII.

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ASUS Nexus 7 Desktop Pogo Dock Up for Pre-Order At B&H For $39.99 [Updated]

It's been five months since the Nexus 7 went on sale, and just about as long since eager Android fans have been waiting to get their hands on official accessories. We've seen the first-party Asus dock show up time and again in various overseas web stores, but never actually go on sale. The wait might soon be over, at least for US residents: B&H Photo & Video has put up an online pre-order for the Pogo Pin dock for $39.99.

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[Update: Changelog] AT&T Galaxy S II (i777) Receiving Unexpected Update To Android 4.0.4 (Build LK3)

Update: AT&T has published the changelog for the update (link to complete info):

The software update improves the AT&T branded application launch process, an EAS/Office 365 security pop-up fix,  and an update to all Google branded applications.

Hey, do you still have an original AT&T Galaxy S II? Really? You should probably work on an upgrade. However, on the off chance you haven't already custom-ROM'd the ever-living-Cyanogen out of it, Samsung's rolling out an update for it, as we've heard at XDA, and had confirmed by Samsung's own support website.

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Republic Wireless To Customers: "It's Not OK To Root Your Phone"

Just like subscribers to any other phone service provider, advanced users of the hybrid 3G/WiFi mobile virtual network Republic Wireless are eager to customize and modify their phones - probably more so, in fact. That's why we posted a rooting guide for the only Republic phone available, the Motorola Defy XT.  But in a message to the Republic subscriber base, an employee clarified the company's position on rooting, custom ROMs and other modifications to the Android hardware it provides to its customers.

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Google To Sell Motorola's Set Top Box / Modem "Home" Division To Arris Group For $2.35 Billion

Telecom equipment manufacturer Arris Group has just announced that it will acquire the Home division of Motorola from Google, for a total of $2.35 billion in cash and stock. The sale of the division had been predicted from basically the day Google announced its purchase of Moto, and in recent weeks was all but confirmed.

As part of the deal, Google will gain a 15.7% share of Arris Group. The Motorola Home division encompasses products like set top boxes, broadband modems, landline phones, and (apparently) baby monitors.

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Galaxy Note II Developer Edition (16GB) Shows Up On Samsung's Site, Proves Its Existence

One of the biggest frustrations of dealing with Verizon, if you're someone who likes to tweak their phone, is that the carrier insists on locking the bootloaders on its phones that otherwise would not be locked. Samsung has offered Developer Editions of its phones in the past, including the Galaxy S III, largely to avoid that problem and appease the dev crowd. Today, that tradition continues with the Galaxy Note II which has now appeared on the company's site in a similar hacker-friendly model.

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