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To: E_K_S who wrote (5580)4/23/2012 12:11:52 AM
From: sylvester80
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My Galaxy Nexus is a 4G GSM true Google (yakju) variety that is pentaband and truly a world phone. There is not a country that the Galaxy Nexus won't work. I use it with T-Mobile but will work equally well with AT&T. It gets updates from Google directly as soon as they come out. It's battery with the 4.0.4 update lasts and lasts and lasts. I can say with certainty that the battery endurance went up more than 50% from the 4.0.2 version to the 4.0.4 version. Yet at the same time the speed on everything went up as well. Android 4.0.4 is truly a work of art.

Look for 4.0.4 AOSP roms for your phone as they will be based off the same code. Kudos to Google. They are truly the greatest software wizards.

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From: sylvester804/23/2012 12:12:56 AM
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ASUS announces pricing and availability for the Transformer Pad TF300
ASUS announces pricing and availability for the Transformer Pad TF300
by Chris Parsons on 4/22/2012 | Filed Under: Tablets, News; Tags: asus, pricing, asus transformer, availability, nvidia tegra 3, Transformer Pad TF300, asus Transformer Pad TF300 | 13 comments


Back when ASUS announced the new Transformer Pad 300 at Mobile World Congress they left pricing and availability up in the air. Here we are now a few short months later and ASUS is now ready roll the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor powered tablet featuring Android 4.0.3 out to the masses starting with online sales beginning on April 23rd and in-store options happening on April 30th depending on stock availability.

The Transformer Pad TF300 will be available in royal blue immediately but other colors such as torch red and iceberg white will be available in early June. US Pricing is $379 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 32GB model with the optional docking station retailing for $149. Keep in mind, if you're a ASUS Transformer TF101 or Transformer Prime TF201 owner, the docking station is not backwards compatible.

If you're not sure if the Transformer Pad TF300 is for you, no worries. We've got you covered with a full review of the device, spec sheet and more. If you're going to be picking up, drop a comment and let us know.

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From: sylvester804/23/2012 9:47:55 AM
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Tegre 3 ASUS Transformer Pad 300 now shipping for $379
ASUS Transformer Pad 300 now shipping for $379
by Kevin Krause on April 23rd, 2012 at 8:32 am



The latest member of the Transformer family from ASUS is now available for purchase by US consumers. The quad-core Tegra 3 slate can be purchased for an easy-to-swallow $379 for a 16GB WiFi model or $399 for the upgrade to 32GB of internal storage. The keyboard dock can be had for an additional $149. The 10.1-inch slate runs Android 4.0 and features an 8MP camera. It will be available next month in Europe, while the high-end Transformer Pad 700 is expected to arrive in early summer.

[via Electronista]

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To: dybdahl who wrote (5576)4/23/2012 11:25:54 AM
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Samsung's Galaxy S3 teaser...

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To: dybdahl who wrote (5576)4/23/2012 12:09:48 PM
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Samsung Galaxy S3 teaser 2..... (love the isheep in the end... :)

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From: sylvester804/24/2012 3:00:15 PM
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BREAKING..Google Drive is official: 5GB of free storage, business-focused approach (video - click link)
By Darren Murph posted Apr 24th 2012 11:23AM
engadget.com
Breaking News


If it happened any other way, it just wouldn't be as satisfying, now would it? After years of leaks, murmurs, hubbub and other familiar synonyms, Google's mythical cloud storage platform is now official... sort of. As Lady Fate would have it, the company apparently outed a memo of the features on its French blog earlier today, but before it could yank the 'pull' switch, an eagle-eyed reader managed to grab the text and run it through -- surprise, surprise -- Google Translate. What's left is an official-as-you'll-get-right-now transcript of Google Drive's features, but contrary to the hype, it all feels way more enterprise-centric than consumers may have wanted. For starters, there's no real mention of music (we guess Google Music is on its own, there), and there's just 5GB of free storage for "documents, videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, etc." According to the brief, it's designed to let users "live, work and play in the cloud," with direct integration with Docs and Google+.

We're also told that Drive can be installed on one's Mac, PC or Android phone / tablet, while an iOS version will be "available in the coming weeks." Of note, Google's making this accessible to visually impaired consumers with the use of a screen reader. As for features? Naturally, Google's flexing its search muscles in as many ways as possible; if you scan in a newspaper clipping, a simple Search All within Drive will allow results to appear directly from said clipping. If you upload a shot of the Eiffel Tower, it'll show up whenever you search for the aforesaid icon. Moreover, Drive will allow folks to open over 30 types of documents directly from a web browser, including HD video, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and more -- "even without the software installed on your computer." For those concerned about access, the new platform will have the same infrastructure as any other Google Apps services, giving admins a familiar set of management tools on that end.

On the topic of storage, just 5GB are provided gratis, with 25GB costing $2.49 per month, 100GB running you $4.99 per month and 1TB demanding $49.99 per month, with a maximum of 16TB ($799.99 per month, if you're curious) per user; thankfully, Google Docs will not be included in your usage total. Finally, the note played up the ability to "attach documents directly into your Drive Gmail," and given that it's intended to be an open platform, Goog's promising to work with third party developers in order to enhance Drive's functionality even further. The source link below is still dead as of right now, but it simply can't be long before the lights are officially turned on. Oh, and if you're not enamored at the moment, the outfit's suggesting that "many more developments" will be arriving in the coming weeks.

Update: It's live on the Google Play store, and a pair of explanatory videos are embedded after the break!



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Gurwin Sturm (Google+), Fran?ois Bacconnet (Google+)

TechCrunch, Google Drive, Google Play



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From: sylvester804/24/2012 3:11:46 PM
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Google Drive vs. the competition: pricing plans and perks, compared
By Dana Wollman posted Apr 24th 2012 1:53PM
engadget.com


Sometimes a table says a thousand words. Now that Google has finally announced its cloud service, Google Drive, we're sure more than a few of you are crunching the numbers in your head in an attempt to figure which is the best deal. Far be it for us to tell you which service to use when we've barely had a chance to poke around Drive, but for now, better if we lay out those gigabytes and dollars in number form, rather than squeeze them into a crowded paragraph, don'tcha think? Follow past the break for a brief breakdown of what you'll get from Google, along with Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive and iCloud.


Google Drive

(drive.google.com)

Microsoft SkyDrive

(skydrive.com)


Dropbox

(dropbox.com)

Apple iCloud

(icloud.com)

Free storage5GB7GB (25GB for existing users who opted in)2GB (with referral bonuses, as detailed below)5GB
Pricing plans25GB: $2.49 per month; 100GB: $4.99 per month; 1TB: $49.99 per month. Maximum plan is 16TB for $799.99 per month

20GB: $10 per year; 50GB: $25 per year; 100GB: $50 per year50GB: $9.99 per month / $99 per year; 100GB: $199 per year / $19.99 per month; 1TB and up: starts at $795 for five users10GB: $20 per year; 20GB: $40 per year; 50GB: $100 per year
20GB annual cost$29.88* ($2.49 per month for 25GB per year)$10N/A$40
100GB annual cost$59.88 ($4.99 per month)$50$199 ($19.99 per month)N/A
Maximum file size10GB2GB300MB via the browser; unlimited if you upload from your desktop25MB for free accounts; 250MB for paying subscribers
Desktop appsWindows and Mac (free)Windows and Mac (free)Windows, Mac and Linux (free)Windows and Mac (free)
Mobile appsAndroid (free), with an iOS version "coming soon"iOS and Windows Phone (free)Android, iOS and BlackBerry (free)iOS
Talking pointsSDK available; deep Google search, Google+ and Google Docs integration; OCR technology; if you sign up for a paid account your Gmail storage expands to 25GB.Remote desktop access; users can create Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and OneNote notebooks in the cloud with group editing; ability to share files; Bing search integration.Dropbox recently made sharing easier by adding a public link for every file; customers with free accounts get half a gigabyte per referral, and can expand their service to up to 18GB; paying customers get 1GB per referral and can add up to 32GB in additional storage this way.Deep iOS (and Mountain Lion) integration; iTunes Match, which costs an extra $24.99 a year, allows you to store music you did not purchase through iTunes, such as ripped CDs.


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From: sylvester804/24/2012 3:22:23 PM
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BREAKING..Google back in the smartphone sales game: unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ (GSM) available for $399
By Myriam Joire posted Apr 24th 2012 11:00AM
engadget.com


Hang on to your kneecaps, folks. Google's just announced that it's making the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+available in its Play web store for $399 contract-free. That's right: the unlocked, unbranded, pure Google, 16GB GSM version everyone's been importing from foreign lands far and near is now officially available in the US -- booyah! The handset ships with Android 4.0.4 ( Ice Cream Sandwich) and comes with Google Wallet pre-installed (including a $10 credit to get you started with the company's mobile payment service).

As a refresher, it's not Google's first time in the smartphone sales game. The company made the Nexus One available on its own website in 2010 before pulling the plug and then partnering with Best Buy to sell the Nexus S later that year. One of the problems with the Nexus One was support -- or lack thereof. Google's assured us things will be different this time and it will be offering proper support for its Nexus flagship. We sure hope so.

The Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ is on sale now for $399 (plus taxes and two-day shipping) in the new Devices section of the Play web store. It's a phenomenal deal for one of the best Android phones on the market today -- especially when you consider it provides 21Mbps HSPA+ with great battery life (unlike the "fake" Nexus) and no commitment on your choice of AT&T or T-Mobile. So go ahead, stick it to the carriers and get a taste of dumb-pipe utopia -- delicious, isn't it?
Google Mobile Blog, Google Play store
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From: sylvester804/24/2012 3:27:32 PM
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This is HUGE: Unlocked no contract Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ for $399 available now
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To: sylvester80 who wrote (5578)4/24/2012 3:48:55 PM
From: dybdahl
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I'm way lower than a day on Nexus S with Android 4.0.4. It goes pretty well as long as I don't use the phone - but as soon as I start to use it, it seems to burn clock cycles at a very high percentage, and thereby draining battery, fast.

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