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We want to wish all our forum members and their families in the U.S. a very Happy Thanksgiving from!!!  We hope you all are able to spend a fantastic day with your loved ones and enjoy an awesome Thanksgiving feast. 
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Ok, so I thought I'd kick things off as far as Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals that I'm gonna take advantage of this year.  The first purchase I just made is this $199 Windows 8 laptop from the Microsoft Store, the HP Stream 13 Signature Edition Laptop for only $199..  I've been wanting an inexpensive almost 'disposable'  level laptop that I could use to do some writing and web surfing at the local Starbucks without having to take either my expensive Thinkpad or Macbook with me.  I wanted something I didn't have to worry too much about if I spilled some coffee on or perhaps banged around in my backpack but I also didn't want one of those absolute crap cheap laptops that is almost unusable.  I also wanted a Windows machine...not a Chromebook as I want to be able to install some screenwriting software as well as Microsoft Office on it. 

Presto...this HP laptop should do the job perfectly.  It runs full Windows 8.1 and comes with Office 365 free pre-installed.  It has a 13.3 inch display and gets over 9 hours of battery life according to PCMAG IN THIS REVIEW and even wins an Editor's Choice Award from the popular tech magazine.  It starts up super fast thanks to its 32GB eMMC solid state drive (easily expandable via MicroSD or USB stick) and the screen gets good marks for brightness and quality as does the keyboard, trackpad and overall design of the unit.  It'll basically run any Windows software you have perfectly fine except for perhaps the most graphically taxing games.  But hey, I have my primary pc for that.  It's great as a secondary pc/laptop, for the kids or as a gift and Microsoft has it for $30 off today for only $199 and that includes Free Shipping plus a free $25 Microsoft Windows Store Gift Card which effectively brings the price down to only $174!.  That's a great deal.   I just grabbed two just for myself and another for my nephew who's always using his father's (my brother's) PC.  Here's the link:
Don't forget to post your cool Black Friday online deals here as well so others can take advantage of them and don't forget to paste a link to the product page!  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Hi everyone!  So as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday we all know that there's some terrific deals online for all sorts of tech gadgetry from tablets to computers to tvs to phones and lots more.  We want to encourage everyone to post their favorite deals that they come across right here in this board for others to take advantage of.  Please make sure to paste a link to the product page at the online store or site to make it easy for others to purchase as well!

Happy Black Friday shopping!


New Member Introductions / Re: Newbe Nexus 7 Soon To Be Owner
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:14:56 PM »
Well after you look through the forum to see if it already exists or not...if not I'd start up a topic about the issue with the 1st gen Nexus 7 and credit card readers.  It's my understanding there are some bluetooth ones that do work.  Apparently ones that require headphone jack input don't work on the Nexus 7 like 'Square' but there are others that do.

New Member Introductions / Re: Newbe Nexus 7 Soon To Be Owner
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:51:35 PM »
Congrats wildbill23c and welcome to the forum.  Looks like you got yourself a 1st generation Nexus 7 there.  We've got tons of info in the forum just make sure reading the boards for the 1st generation or 'original' Nexus 7 instead of the 2nd generation which had different hardware.  The 1st generation is still a fine tablet though and can handle just about everything you throw at it.  Should serve you well.  Look forward to you being part of the community.


While the new Nexus 9 is an awesome device with a larger display it's also good deal more expensive than the Nexus 7.  While the company is no longer offering new Nexus 7s there are still batches of refurbished units popping up now and then and that's what we have today with this 16GB model for just $139.99.  This is the 2nd generation model and you can grab one while they still have them at this link:

While last year's model the Nexus 7 2013 is still more than capable at handling all the modern games and apps and still has that gorgeous IPS display. 

Interestingly, there's also a listing on Ebay today for a brand new factory sealed 2012 32GB Nexus 7 for sale as well.  No clue as to where a batch of these was laying around that they should be sealed brand new units still available a year after they stopped making them but hey, if you want a brand new 7 inch tablet and don't want a refurbished 2013 model above then this might suit you.


We're only a couple of days away from all our Nexus 7's being rejuvenated with the pending roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop.  Google has been so kind as to make available the above quick start guide which is available to download for free from the Google Play Store at the link below.  The 62 page book is chock full of details about the coming new version of Android.  Now officially this is really a tutorial for new Android users.  But it's using the Android 5.0 Lollipop version as its base.  So from the the new 'material design' look, new icons,  the bevy of cool animations  to the new quick settings menu and more...everything you ever wanted to know about Android 5.0 Lollipop you can learn right now in preparation for the big day.   In addition to what's mentioned in the book we should also see battery life and performance improvements as well with the new version and the entirely new look of 'material design' will make you feel like you just took your Nexus 7 out of the box for the first time.

Site News / is now live!
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:31:19 PM »
We're happy to announce that our newest forum, dedicated to Google's new Nexus Player is now live at   Please come join us as we build this great new community dedicated to Google's new Android TV device.

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We want to wish everyone a very Happy Halloween!  For those who want to try out a cool, spooky screensaver check out Haunted House HD by DualBoot Games which I've linked below.  Happy Haunting!  (evil laugh)

This one is a Halloween fan's delight with an awesome old haunted house, indoor and outdoor scenes and lots of customization options to add the finishing touch.  Here's a video of it in action:

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'Haunted House HD' lets you choose whether you're inside or outside this great haunted house.  Outside you'll be greeted by jack-o-lanterns, your choice of quiet moonlit night or a violent rainstorm and fog, all sorts of cool touches like blowing leaves, bats and the ability to customize by adding your name to the mailbox and door.   The indoor scene brings us a ghost, flickering lights and the lightning from outside, an awesome swinging chandelier and the stairway that leads to who knows where...   There's all kinds of customization options.  You can have the scene automatically pan or move with the flick of your finger as you rotate home screens.  You can choose the shape of the pumpkins and also choose to hide or show numerous items. Try out the new 'Cemetery Pack' as well.  Your kids will love it as an early Halloween present to get them in the mood.

Site News / New Embed Plugin Installed
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:32:55 PM »
Good news folks.  I've just installed a new plug-in which makes our videos HTML5 compliant.  You'll now be able to see videos without the use of Flash on mobile devices.  From now on if you ever want to embed a video all you need to do is paste the url of the video right into your need to use the embed codes.  You can still use the centering bracket code to center the video if you want.  I've gone through the last 2 years of posts and swapped out the old videos for the html5 versions.  (yes, it was a lot of work).  If you've posted a video in the past and find it hasn't been updated to run in html5 (in other words it doesn't show up on your mobile phone or tablet without Flash) feel free to replace it with the url of the video (usually the youtube url in the browser url bar up top).  This new embed tool also recognized dozens of different video sites like Facebook videos and others.

Most importantly if you enjoy browing old posts and articles that had videos you'll now be able to view them on your mobile devices instead of having the dreaded (plug-in needed) message.

New Member Introductions / Re: hallo
« on: October 19, 2014, 12:00:54 PM »
Welcome to the dark side!  (evil laugh) Brrrruuuhaha ha ha ha ha....

Just kiddin...glad to have you here. :)

Nexus 7 Polls / Re: The Nexus 9 Will You Make the Switch?
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:47:11 PM »
I'm in the market for a new phone and will be deciding between the Nexus 6, Note 4 and LG G3.  As for the Nexus 9, I want to wait to see it in person.  I do like the keyboard case accessory and am interested to see how Android Lollipop handles multitasking and the 4:3 screen ratio of the Nexus 9.  I've found myself doing more and more work on my Nexus 7 and a Nexus 9 with bigger screen and good keyboard could persuade me to pick one up.  Let's see some of the reviews first.  I'm also curious as to if/how many app developers tweak their software for the 4:3 resolution display to take full advantage of it.


The Nexus 9 was just officially introduced folks and for the most part it lives up to the specs we've had rumors about for several months now.  Made by HTC and available in 3 colors the Nexus 9 starts off at $399 for the 16GB model we're looking at a 64 bit K1 processor in a 4:3 ratio 8.9 inch IPS display form factor with stereo BoomSound speakers, 8mp rear/1.6mp front cameras, Turbo Charge (15 minutes gets you 6 hours of use) and a nice soft touch back with brushed metal sides.

Pre-orders will start on October 17th and pricing is as follows:  $399 for 16GB, $479 for 32GB and $599 for a 32GB w/LTE version.  It's also available in three colors:  Black, White and Beige.  Of course all this runs on the newest version of Android - L for Lollipop.  Separately, Google will also sell a keyboard case that let's you position the Nexus 9 at multiple angles for easy typing. The official page is at the link below.  We've got a dedicated forum setup at so please join us if you're interested in the Nexus 9.  Google also introduced the Nexus 6 phone today so if you're interested in their new large 6 inch screen Nexus phone you can join us at  Of course we'll continue to have for all our Nexus 7 owners.


Have you dreamed of having a LTE version of the Nexus 7 (works with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile) so you could use that 'always on' connectivity and access the internet anytime you wanted without being connected to Wifi?  Well now's your chance to get one on the cheap if you don't mind buying a refurbished unit on Groupon right now for only $199.  Now these LTE Nexus 7s usually go for $400 on Amazon or $350 at BestBuy or the Google Play Store.  So you're saving at least $150 and as much as $200 on this baby.  All you need to do to get one is hit the link below and use the Groupon link below and you'll be swimming in as much all you can want LTE internet wherever you are.

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