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You can’t be a famous rapper without showing off your “bling”, “swag”, “pimp mobiles”, or “bread” in public anytime you get the chance, can you? But when jewelry, clothes, cars and money are not enough to illustrate exactly what kind of rich and successful son of a… gun are you, what’s there left to do? If we are to take Soulja Boy’s example, when cars and jewelry ain’t enough, Android is the way to go. More exactly, you get an obscure tablet manufacturer to accept a “partnership” and launch two new products with your name and face slapped on their…

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Google has recently started a whole series of videos for their Nexus 7 tablet to show their customers what they can do with the Nexus 7 tablet and how to take advantage of all its apps and services. This latest video is about perhaps the most innovative feature of their Google+ service – Hangouts. Hangouts is a multi-way video chat tool, which allows up to ten people to talk to each other at the same time. It uses a neat technology that knows when a user is speaking, and enlarges his or her video screen, which makes it easier to…

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A few days ago we showed the response Asus gave when asked why the Nexus 7 tablet that it created together with Google – apparently the device would have been a little more expensive with a back camera on board. Therefore, the final Nexus 7 design offers only a front-facing camera with support for video chatting. The lack of a rear shooter has been mildly criticized by some users that for some reason want to take pictures with a tablet, no matter how big such a device is.   A recent xda-developers unboxing and teardown of the Nexus 7 reveals…

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Who needs real life friends when you have all your virtual buddies online and available to chat with 24/7, right? If you’re rather partial to Samsung’s ChatON instant messaging app, the phone maker has just updated the app with more features and bug fixes. The first thing you probably notice when you load the app is the new ChatON logo, but the other changes do go beyond skin deep. Being one of the major sponsors of the 2012 Summer Olympics, it’s only natural for the company to try and bring the excitement over to customers. Hence, you can now befriend…

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Android fans, and especially developers, that own Nexus-branded devices such as the Nexus 7 tablet or the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones, should know that Google has already posted the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean factory images for these devices, or at least, for most of them. Verizon Galaxy Nexus users alongside Sprint Nexus S buyers and Korean Nexus S owners will still have to wait for the corresponding Jelly Bean factory builds for their devices, as Google did not make them available yet. The factory images will help you restore your device to the initial settings if anything goes…

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Things continue to look not-so-good for Samsung in its complicated patent-based lawsuit against Apple. The two giants are going to face each other off in courts starting with July 30 in the U.S. case, the most important one of for both companies – and they’re fighting it out in over 50 cases in 10 countries. Earlier today, we heard that Google warned Samsung that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked too much like the iPad, which is what Apple was able to get apparently from Samsung documents. Now we hear that the iPhone and iPad maker scored other similar documents that…

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The Apple vs Samsung patent-based U.S. case is set to start on July 30, but until then we already have various tidbits to show you from the cases each company will try to prove in court in this legal clash of the titans – and they surely have a complex relationship. The two companies are fighting for market share and profits in the smartphone and tablet business, but they are also bound by a multi-billion dollar component supply partnership. Also important is the fact that they are facing each other off in more than 50 cases spread across 10 countries,…

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All the main companies in the tech business are posting their financial details for the second quarter of the year, ending on June 30, and after we looked at various players in the mobile business – including Google, Apple, AT&T or Samsung – we now have Amazon’s financial report for Q2 2012 to inspect. As expected, the most important product for the company remains its own tablet, the Kindle Fire, a device that’s sold at cost, as the giant retailer tries to make money off the digital content purchased on the tablet by its owners. But Amazon’s numbers weren’t necessarily…

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With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out for a while now, it’s only natural to expect the market’s major players to announce their upgrading plans. And while the first such signals have been quite shy, with only HTC and Asus making their voices heard, the past week or so has been much more spirited. Sony let us down by announcing that 2011 Xperia phones won’t be getting JB, while Toshiba and surprisingly Intel raised our spirits by making opposite announcements. Samsung is yet to unveil its Android 4.1 plans, but rumors state that their JB upgrades for the Galaxy S3 and…

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chrisjcks Good things come to those who wait. And for those who weren’t even expecting the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to come so soon, it makes it just that much sweeter. After the OTA update to Android’s latest and greatest OS was sent out to “soak testers” two days ago, the software update is now heading to all owners of the WiFi Motorola Xoom. Understandably, you may not see the Android 4.1.1 update notification right away on your Motorola Xoom, as this thing tends to go in stages. If you’re getting impatient, you can use the same trick that…