Electronics And Photo – Phones
You can get the 16GB version for 199, the 32GB for 239 and the 32GB with LTE and HSPA+ for 299, all from Google 3 . Excellent screen Let's talk some more about that 7-inch screen. It's very high resolution -- 1,920x1,200 pixels to be precise -- which makes text look very sharp.
Google is far better than it used to be at giving you opportunities to buy books, music and movies directly from its Play store, and those books look lovely on the display. Amazon's Kindle app is available on the Play store too, so you can also buy books through that. The screen is 7 inches, and very high-res.
Games look lovely on the high-res screen too. I had a great time playing Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 marvelling at how good the graphics have become on tablets. The level of detail is incredible for a device I personally mostly use for emailing and browsing.
Movies and TV you buy from the Play store look similarly glorious. Android KitKat The Android KitKat update doesn't add anything Earth-shattering to the Nexus experience. Probably most noticeable is the new 'immersive mode', so when you're reading a book, the controls go away so you can just concentrate on the words.
The really big appeal of the latest version of Android is that it uses less memory than previous iterations, which doesn't mean much on this device as it already has 2GB of RAM. A few of the Google apps crashed when I used them sometimes, which isn't ideal, although I've also had similar problems with the new 64-bit apps on the latest iPad 4 , so slight tablet instability seems to be doing the rounds. The Nexus 7 has been updated to the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat.
Personally I find iPads slightly easier to get started on -- with Android my sense is that new users will find the apps that await you when you turn it on confusing. Plus, with Apple giving away free copies of Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie and Garageband with every new iPad (to download if you want them), there's slightly more with Apple to be getting on with for newbies. But the gap is much smaller than it used to be, especially if you have a Google account you use regularly.
There's no physical home button on the Nexus, which I found annoying. Instead the home and back keys are soft-keys underneath the screen. But depending on which way round you hold the screen, they change position -- that stumped me for a few minutes until I worked out what was happening.
It's lightweight and you can hold it easily in one hand. Battery life is as good on the Nexus 7 as all the other best tablets. Google says you'll get nine hours of "active use" out of it, which reflects what it was like when I used it.
Overall Any shortcomings of the device are more than offset by its amazing price. At over 100 cheaper than the retina iPad mini, it is a great bargain. If you can afford the extra money, I think an iPad mini is a better buy, and the screen is slightly larger.
But otherwise this is a great product for emailing, browsing, playing the odd game and watching movies on the bus.
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They simply need to pay the monthly mobile broadband subscription fee for the duration of their two-year deal. The Huawei E5776 Mi-Fi device enables EE customers to take advantage of 4G connectivity in areas where the firm's next-generation network has been enabled. The 5GB Mi-Fi plan is priced at 21 per month over a two year deal, while 8GB of data is available for 26.
A 20GB subscription costs 36 per month, while the top-tier 50GB package is priced at 50 - one gigabyte of data for every pound spent. So what can subscribers expect from their Huawei E5776 Mi-Fi device? The router measures 106.4 x 66 x 15.5mm, meaning it is small enough to fit into your pocket.
It supports up to ten Wi-Fi devices at any one time, and offers ten hours of battery life.
As for the Android Tablet - it offers a seven-inch screen, which allows users to browse, email and watch films while out and about. "The One Touch Tab is sleek to the touch and a doddle to carry," EE stated. "Worth 90, consider it our Christmas gift to you." Continue reading
Apple's big bets on two properties well outside its core business are just the latest evidence that the personal technology sector is consolidating 3 into the hands of a few enormous corporations -- tech giants that integrate a wide range 4 of online services, software, and physical devices. Google began as a search engine, but now the company offers a social network, its own mobile environment, and even its own phones. Facebook was originally just a social network, but now it does search, and yes, it too offers its own mobile operating system, running on a phone tagged with its own brand.
Apple is building a similar empire -- just from the other direction. Such vertical integration helps these companies more efficiently deliver new products that work well with all the other tools around them. But this is also a way for the giants of tech to drive additional purchases and rake in the revenues through online advertising.
If people use your stuff across multiple platforms, you can not only show them more ads and more products, you know more about them -- and that helps target ads with far more precision. Nowadays, Apple is moving into all sorts of online services, including everything from iTunes to its new mobile mapping tool, Apple Maps. It's not clear why the company is suddenly interested in social search, but there are so many ways the company could use Topsy and Cue, in part because both offer not only search engines but also tools for analysing the use of social networks.
There has been speculation that, with the Topsy deal, Apple might be looking to improve recommendations in its App Store or its iTunes Store, improve its Siri digital assistant, which leverages web search, fine-tune its ad targeting, or even forecast product sales. Individually, each is a just guess. But the larger point here is Apple could very well be looking to do all that.
Social search is one of the most fertile frontiers in the burgeoning area of "big data," a place where you can mine all sorts of valuable information capable of feeding any number of other endeavors. That's why Google pivoted its operation around Google+, an attempt to graft social networking features onto search and other properties. And it's why Facebook spent upwards of a year developing Graph Search 5 , a social search engine that is now rapidly evolving 6 in front of our eyes.
Though it has never been as obsessed as Google, Apple has long shown an interest in search, from the Spotlight 7 search system integrated into OS X in 2004 right through to the 2011 launch of Siri 8 , a search service wrapped in a humanoid voice, and now it's taking the next step. There may be bumps along the road -- as there were with Apple Maps 9 -- but clearly, Apple is committed to becoming far more than just a hardware maker. The company has close to $150 billion ( 91 billion) in cash, which means that the Topsy and Cue deals -- at around $250 million ( 152 million) put together -- could simply be peripheral buys for a peripheral business like ads.
But ads could very well become a big business for Apple. Don't think of the company as a hardware maker -- or even as a hardware makers that offers software too. Think of it as a tech empire, something that will rival every bit of Google and Facebook.
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