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blip: Fujitsu’s fan-powered tablet sinks below the depths


blip: Fujitsu's fan-powered tablet sinks below the depths

We’ve heard of robots that rove the sea bed and cameras that can take snaps while submerged, but an underwater tablet that houses an extractor fan is something of a first for us.

Fujitsu’s ArrowsTab QH77/M, a Windows 8 convertible that was recently spotted by Engadget Japan, uses an internal fan to cool its Intel 1.6GHz Core i5 CPU when on dry land.

Unfortunately the fan stops when the tablet is submerged (it lets the sea keep it cool instead), meaning you won’t see it chase after shoals of fish like a curious touchscreen-toting manatee.

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2013 Nexus 7 with LTE lands on Australian Google Play store


2013 Nexus 7 with LTE lands on Australian Google Play store

Aussies awaiting the launch of the 4G-ready iteration of the new, 2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet can finally whip out the credit card and snap up the speedier version.

Following last week’s launch in its US homeland, Google has extended the availability of the LTE-toting, 7-inch slate to a whole range of countries, including the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Korea and Spain and, of course, Australia.

The 4G version is only available with 32GB of storage for $439 via the Google Play store and arrives unlocked, enabling it to be paired with all of Australia’s current LTE networks.

Google is also promising speedy shipping within 1-2 business days.

Options

Naturally, the device boasts dual-band Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, meaning there’s plenty of options for those who aren’t seeking to sign up for a 4G contract just yet.

The Wi-Fi-only version of the 2013 Nexus 7, made by ASUS, was launched by Google in late July before it was released via Australian retail channels last month.

It brings a 1920 x 1200 HD, 1080p display (with 323 ppi), a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.


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2013 Nexus 7 with LTE now available from UK Google Play store


2013 Nexus 7 with LTE now available from UK Google Play store

Brits awaiting the launch of the 4G-ready iteration of the new, 2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet can finally whip out the credit card and snap up the speedier version.

Following last week’s launch in its US homeland, Google has extended the availability of the LTE-toting, 7-inch slate to Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Korea and Spain and, of course, the UK.

The 4G version is only available with 32GB of storage for £299 via the Google Play store and arrives unlocked, enabling it to be paired with the UK’s growing array of 4G LTE networks.

Google is also promising speedy shipping within 1-2 business days.

Options

Naturally, the device boasts dual-band Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, meaning there’s plenty of options for those who aren’t seeking to sign up for a 4G contract just yet.

The Wi-Fi-only version of the 2013 Nexus 7, made by ASUS, was launched by Google in late July before it was released in the UK at the end of last month.

It brings a 1920 x 1200 HD, 1080p display (with 323 ppi), a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.


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Android gamers now outspending Sony PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS counterparts


Android gamers now outspending Sony PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS counterparts

Android smartphone and tablet owners are now spending more on games than is being outlaid on software for the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PS Vita consoles combined, according to a new report.

In more bad news for Sony, and especially Nintendo, spending on games on the Google Play has increased while revenue from games for dedicated handheld consoles has gone in the other direction.

Perhaps even more worrying for the console makers were the findings that the majority of Google Play spending took place in the Asia/Pacific market, including Japan, which is home to both Sony and Ninty.

Naturally, way out ahead of everyone is Apple, according to the quarterly AppAnnie and IDC Portable Gaming Report, underlining iOS’ position as the dominant handheld gaming platform.

Continued shift

In a post on its site, AppAnnie wrote: “In this Q2 2013 report, we offer insights into the continued shift of consumer spending from gaming-optimized handhelds to mobile devices.”

The news comes as Sony looks to give the PS Vita a new lease of life, by repurposing it as a companion device for the forthcoming PS4 console, as well as cutting the price to $199 and €199 in Europe (that’s around £170, AU$219)

It is also marketing the device as a home for indie developers to easily self publish their wares and have secured a host of exclusive titles.

Will these moves improve the PS Vita’s chances of a life less ordinary? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Updated: New Nexus 7 2: release date, news and features


Updated: New Nexus 7 2: release date, news and features

Google unveiled the New Nexus 7 tablet the morning of July 24 – right after U.S. retailer Best Buy posted specs and prices about the device on their website.

The highly anticipated reboot features full HD resolution – 1920 x 1200 – making this the highest resolution 7-inch tablet. The new tablet also offers the newest version of Google’s operating system, Android 4.3.

What’s more, the New Nexus 7 2 now has stereo speakers and Fraunhofer’s surround sound system, as well as an HDMI output for connecting to a big screen TV.

New Nexus 7 comes in three different models

Google’s “significant upgrade” to the New Nexus 7 includes the addition of three different models.

Depending on how much storage you want you can get the 16GB Wi-Fi version for $229(about £162, AU$270) the 32GB Wi-Fi model for $269 (about £179, AU$292) or the 32GB LTE tablet for $349(about £227, AU$379).

The 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models will go on sale Tuesday, July 30 on Google Play, and in “more retailers than ever before,” said Hugo Barra, Google’s vice president of Android product development at today’s announcement.

The 32 GB LTE model will be available in the coming weeks on the following U.S. carriers: T-Mobile, At&t, and Verizon.

Canada, the U.K. France, Australia, South Korea, Spain and Japan will also get the device in the “coming weeks.”

Your move, Apple

Google’s newly released “highest-resolution 7-inch tablet” should have the competition raising an eyebrow.

Even though the device is a bit more expensive, the price jump is justified. Google improved the screen resolution, bumped up the processor – 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU – and included a new rear- and front-facing camera.

So this had the TechRadar staff asking, which 7-inch tablet is a better deal.

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  • Here’s a look at all the news and rumors we collected about the New Nexus 7 prior to the July 24 announcement.

Google will be rebooting its Nexus 7 tablet this year, and while many were hoping a refreshed version would make an appearance at Google IO back in May the reality is we’re still waiting for the new Nexus 7 2.

Thankfully that wait is almost over after one U.S. retailer spilled pretty much every bean relating to the new Nexus 7 tablet ahead of Google’s expected launch of the slate on July 24.

The Asus-built Nexus 7 slate launched last year with beefy specs and a seriously low price which made it an instant hit and hopes are high for the new Nexus 7.

We’ve trawled the web just for you to bring you all the latest on the new Google Nexus 7 2, which you can read below. And, if you are a visual sort of person, you can watch the live event unfold in the YouTube video below.

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZzS6BxHEns#at=857

Nexus 7 2 release date and price

As we’ve mentioned the new Nexus 7 tablet was expected to rear its head at Google’s IO conference back in May, but alas no such device showed up – although July was then touted after the event.

The date now on everyone’s lips is July 24, as Google is hosting a lovely little breakfast with Android and Chrome Chief Sundar Pinchai, and the whole thing will be streamed online for your viewing pleasure.

It looks like the Google Nexus 7 2 will make an appearance here alongside Android 4.3, and there’s an outside chance that we could possibly see the Moto X too.

The Nexus 7 2 release date is a little tricky to muster at the moment, but rumours suggest it will go on sale within the next couple of months – we’ll just have to wait and see.

Update: Early reports suggested the new Nexus 7 may cost as little as $150 (around £99/AU$143), but more recently a leaked inventory listing for the Nexus 2 7 had a 16GB version at $229 (about £150, AU$250), while the 32GB could set you back $269 (about £175, AU$290).

Credit: Best Buy

The latter matches the prices posted by Best Buy on its Nexus 7 2 pre-order page, and means the slate will be slightly more expensive than its predecessor.

Nexus 7 2 operating system

Update: In light of all the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean talk the new Nexus 7 tablet is being hotly tipped to run the updated version of Google’s mobile platform, and that looks to have been confirmed after a pre-order page popped up for the tab listing the new version of the OS.

As this is a Nexus device you can expect it to come running an unadulterated version of the Android software with no overlay covering it up, something which most manufacturers like to do.

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN7cq800Hyc

Nexus 7 2 display

The current Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch (duh!) IPS LCD display with a 800 x 1280 resolution which is decent enough, but considering we’re now getting full HD screens on our smartphones we’re hoping the new Nexus 7 will offer something even sharper.

Early rumours suggested that we’d see a full HD display on the Nexus 7 2, and this leak has been supported by a FCC filing in the States which highlighted a 1080p resolution.

Further leaks have outed a 1980 x 1200 resolution for the Nexus 7 2 slate and more recently a report suggests Asus will stick to the LCD panel tech for the tablet.

Update: The 1980 x 1200 resolution has now appeared on a US retailer’s pre-order page which all but confirms the full HD IPS display on the new Nexus 7 2.

Nexus 7 2 power

The original Nexus 7 sports Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and it looks like the new Nexus 7 will follow in a similarly powerful suit.

According to the various rumours we’re seeing it looks like Asus may be ditching Nvidia in favour of Qualcomm, although there’s a little bit of uncertainty over which Snapdragon chip will feature in the Nexus 7 2.

First off the Nexus 7 2 was tipped to sport a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, but then we saw reports that suggested it may instead pack the quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip, backed up by 2GB of RAM – similar to that seen in the HTC One.

However the balance swung back in favour of the Snapdragon S4 Pro with a big spec leak for the new Nexus tablet also revealing a whopping 4GB of RAM.

Update: And it’s the Snapdragon S4 Pro which seems to have won the race to be inside the Nexus 7 2, with Best Buy publishing specs which revealed a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU.

More Nexus 7 2 specs

You got just one, front-facing 1.2MP camera on the Nexus 7, but for the next generation of 7-inch Nexus slate we could be treated to two.

We’re not particularly big fans of using tablets as cameras, but at least the smallish form factor of the Nexus 7 makes it less unwieldy than the larger slates out there.

The front camera may get a slight boost to 1.3MP (although some suggest it will stay at 1.2MP), while round the back we could find a 5MP snapper on the Nexus 7 2.

Update: It looks like the cameras on the new Nexus 7 will be a 5MP offering on the rear, while the front will sport the same 1.2MP snapper from the original tablet.

It might be easier to handle the Google Nexus 7 2 when it comes to shooting pictures – as well as watching movies and playing games – as it’s been suggested that it’ll sport a thinner bezel round the screen which should reduce the dimensions a little.

Update: The latest from the size camp is that the new Nexus 7 will rock up at 200.7 x 114.3 x 7.62mm and weigh 318g – down from 340g.

In terms of storage it’s a little disappointing as it appears Google is sticking with the 16GB and 32GB sizes, with no sign of 64GB or 128GB, nor any mention of a microSD slot. *sob*

Battery wise the Nexus 7 2 may be in a little trouble if it does sport a punchier full HD display as reports claim it will also carry a smaller 4000mAh battery – down from 4325mAh on the current Nexus 7 – although wireless charging may well be an option.

Update: When it comes to connectivity the Nexus 7 2 is set to pack Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS, but there’s no sign of NFC or 4G LTE capabilities just yet.

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