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« on: May 24, 2013, 05:57:09 PM »
It's Memorial Day weekend folks and along with wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend I thought it would be fun to introduce a really cool Nexus 7 accessory that could come in handy all summer long. It's a waterproof case that let's you use your Nexus 7 while lying around and even IN the pool without any fear of damaging your tablet. In fact you can use the touchscreen even while you're in...or under water! Now this is terrific if you plan on reading, playing games or even watching a movie or tv show on your Nexus 7 while at the beach or perhaps while floating in that pool lounge in the backyard pool.
Now of course as those who know me...I'm ridiculously obsessive about my tech gadgets so of course I did a bunch of research while looking for a waterproof case and I quickly ruled out all of those cheap ones shipping in from China you find on Amazon or Ebay. Not worth the risk and I'd rather spend a bit more for a quality item. I wanted to find one that had some official certification of its waterproof effectiveness and the 'Beach Buoy' has it! The Proporta Beach Buoy is fully BSI IP57 and IP58 compliant and tested by the British Standards Institute! That means you can take your Nexus 7 up to 5 metres (approx 15 feet) deep and it'll stay perfectly dry! The case itself features both front and back 'crystal clear' windows so you can see the display perfectly. It's also amazing how responsive the touchscreen is with the case on so you can use all the functions. The only thing you won't have access to of course are the ports since the case is sealed.
Now I looked around and the Proporta Beach Buoy case is usually sold for $26.95 direct from the manufacturer but you can get it on Amazon right now for just $19.95 in the US with Free Shipping (the top link below) or for $25.99 in the UK (second link below). Definitely a worthwhile accessory that's also great at keeping out dust and moisture on camping trips, etc as well as being waterproof. It not only fits the Nexus 7 but also just about any 7 inch or smaller sized tablet including Kindles and Nooks, the iPad Mini and of course it'll be great to use when the new Nexus 7 comes out as well! It also includes a neck strap and a Lifetime Exchange Warranty! Hit the links below to grab one and take your Nexus 7 to the beach and pool this summer without any fear!
« on: May 24, 2013, 05:35:23 PM »
Now here's a game that's slipped under the radar and only just came to my attention. Featuring a deceptively simple concept that has been executed brilliantly with sharp, realistic graphics, great animation and physics and challenging gameplay that's as addictive as it is fun. 'Can Knockdown' is in its 3rd edition and they've finally hit the sweet spot where they have a certified hit on their hands. It's also the perfect game to play on your Nexus 7 as you can easily play while holding your tablet with one hand and 'throwing' the balls with the other. Here's the promo video...
• Multiple challenging levels in beautiful 3D locations
• Puzzles from Easy to Tricky… can you knock them ALL down?
• Show off your skills and challenge your friends!
• Multiple achievements and badges… collect them ALL!
• Gorgeous 3D graphics
• Amazing realism, perfectly-tuned physics engine, easy-to-use controls
• Gameplay boosts like multipliers, bonuses, and so much more!
• Unlock new levels, open new locations, and discover hidden secrets!
This challenging carnival game has you throwing balls in multiple locations with great 3d graphics. There's challenging puzzles and tons of new levels you can unlock by knocking all the cans down. There's also bonuses and multipliers as well as hidden secrets throughout the game. The physics engine is terrific and the animation of the balls hitting the cans is especially well done. Each set of cans is its own unique puzzle requiring you to think through the physics and setup before you start throwing. Only by hitting the cans in the right order...and in the right way can you successfully maneuver through all the levels. It takes dexterity, accuracy and patience...but it's worth it as the higher levels feature some really gorgeous graphics as well as satisfying puzzles. Definitely worth the free download. Hit the link!
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:42:38 AM »
The magazine I'm assuming you mean? Good higher brow read. Grew up with it.
« on: May 23, 2013, 01:57:45 PM »
As a fan of all things Google and a proud owner of a Nexus 7 I've also been paying pretty close attention to Google's hardware experiment and possible future breakthrough product, Project 'Glass'.(We even created a dedicated forum at www.GoogleGlassForum.net
) Now up until now unless you were one of about 1500 developers that were allowed to purchase the new-fangled augmented reality eyewear at Google's I/O Conference or you were one of the lucky winners of the company's #ifihadglass contest...well you were just plain out of luck in experiencing 'Glass'. Until now however.
It seems Redditer zhuowei has been able to modify some of the apps to run on your Nexus 7 so you can experience...sans eyewear...some of what to expect with Google's new baby. The 'Glass' OS and apps all run on a modified version of Android that uses special commands to use with the hands-free device. Starting with 'Glass Home' you activate the Glass OS by saying 'Ok, Glass'...followed by a particular command. There's a limited but quickly growing list of apps that run on the Glass OS (also known as 'Glassware') including maps, Facebook, The NYTimes, Twitter, and of course such Google staples as search and mail.
Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google Wearing The Company's 'Glass' Device
There's ongoing work to port more 'Glass' apps to the Nexus 7 so check out the original source
« on: May 21, 2013, 11:29:42 AM »
Similar but not the same one because you'll notice it has the 'coiled' cord which I find annoying for use with a tablet. It's always pulling on the connector due to the tension and usually ends up breaking pretty quickly. Thus why I prefer the straight cord for a use such as this.
« on: May 21, 2013, 02:57:47 AM »
The link is working for me. Not working for you?
« on: May 20, 2013, 06:32:17 PM »
Now here's an accessory item I've found to be really useful and I bet a lot of you haven't thought of it. It's a car charger for your Nexus 7 that lets you charge or use your tablet while in the car without worry of running out of battery power just buy plugging it into your car's cigarette lighter. Particularly useful when using your Nexus 7's GPS for navigation or for a passenger using it to watch movies or surf the web if you have a HSPA+ model.
Now I've gone through several car chargers over the years for various phones and tablets and there's a few things I look for when buying one, especially for a tablet. First off, while those spiral twisty cords might look nice and save space, I've found that over time the pressure it puts on the Micro USB connection on the tablet by pulling down on it actually will either ruin the cord, ruin the connector or both. Therefore I prefer a 'straight cord' charger so that tension isn't there.
Next I want my charger to have a specialized IC chip built in that is able to detect when my tablet is fully charged so that it can go into 'standby mode'...oh and I want a bright LED indicator light to show me this too so that I'll get visual notification of when my tablet is all charged up. Next...I want something that's inexpensive because as much as we try to buy quality gear inevitably cables occasionally go bad...although the 4mm thick cord here should last longer than many of the less flimsy ones.
The SM Wireless Nexus 7/Nexus 10 charger (it works with both) below fills all my requirements and in fact I've been using it over the past week. It feels decently made and so far has been charging my Nexus 7 and letting me use it while on the road without any issues. I'm especially liking the straight cord which gives me the easy mobility to pass my tablet over to my passenger in the driver's seat or even to the back seat with the 6 foot+ cord plenty long and with none of that coiled nonsense that ruins the connectors. It's only $6.99 and that includes free shipping...so if you've been looking for a car charger for your Nexus 7 grab one or two...and let me know what you think after you use it.
« on: May 19, 2013, 01:47:17 AM »
Good post JayJ!
« on: May 18, 2013, 02:50:04 PM »
'Temple Run' has been one of the most successful mobile franchies for awhile now with several variations of the original including 'Temple Run 2' and 'Temple Run: Brave'. Having played all three I was a little hesitant to try the latest version based on the recent hit movie 'Oz the Great and Powerful'. I'm happy to say though that this newest version is to me...the best one yet...with cool characters, music and graphics that all make you feel like you're right in the movie of the grand epic adventure movie. The preview below gives you a taste.
In this latest installment of 'Temple Run' you find yourself...yep you guessed it...running down the yellow brick road! As Oz himself no less but where this gets really interesting is instead of sticking to the tried and true run/slide jump off a path you get some cool variations such as the hot air balloon or even the middle of a twister. The graphics are really exceptional and there's all kinds of stunning environments ripped right from the film that lift this 'endless runner' heads and tails above all others I've played. It looks and plays simply fantastic on your Nexus 7. Grab it at the link below. It's 99 cents but worth it in my opinion.
« on: May 17, 2013, 03:37:40 AM »
Greetings Nick! Great to have you aboard!
« on: May 16, 2013, 03:34:17 PM »
During yesterday's Google I/O Keynote the company might not have introduced a new Nexus 7 (we expect that before end of summer though), but they sure did deliver when it came to new software features, developer tools and apps. For the curious the entire nearly 4 hour Keynote is embedded above. You'll see the new Google Maps, new Google Play Games, Hangouts and much more. It seems Google decided to make this year's Google I/O predominantly about software and is likely to hold a separate event this summer about hardware in which we'll probably see the new Nexus 7 and perhaps a new phone, tablet or two.
« on: May 15, 2013, 09:46:08 PM »
FYI. I installed the latest version of tapatalk 3.6.0 a few days ago so it's up to date.
« on: May 15, 2013, 08:19:25 PM »
I think that Google has decided to split hardware and software announcements into separate events perhaps. We'll probably see some kind of hardware focused event later on in the summer perhaps in June or July. That's my guess anyway. I too was expecting to see at least a new Nexus 7 today but I'm sure we'll see it before fall.
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:32:40 PM »
It was apparent to me they did that to emphasize the new Google maps and some improved and new apps were available on ios as well as Android.
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:52:44 PM »
Any last minute thoughts on what we'll see tomorrow at Google I/O? In addition to the new Nexus 7 there's been a lot of talk about Motorola's 'XFON' as well as a Google Music service and the Google Play Games we've mentioned before. Anything else?