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25 Dec 12 First five Nexus 7 apps to download – Pocket

So you’ve ripped open the wrapping paper and flipped the lid on your brand new Nexus 7. You turn it on, only to stare at the vast emptiness that is the Android home screen.

Soon this void will be filled with all the wonderous apps that Google Play has to offer, but which to download first. Read on to find out the first five apps you’ll want on your Nexus 7.


An exciting twist on the traditional methods of interacting with social media is Flipboard. One sign-in from each and then social networks like Facebook and Twitter will be turned into an entirely personalised digital magazine.

The real joy of Flipboard is in its design, which looks especially plush on the Nexus 7′s 720p screen. Each network and status update is laid out differently, with images and video being cleverly interwoven into Flipboard’s UI. Flipboard review / Download it here

Sky Go

Only recently did Sky Go get Nexus 7 compatibility and it still doesn’t function on many other Android devices, so count yourself lucky if you are a Nexus 7 owner. The app allows you to watch your Sky subscription as well as on-demand content on your Nexus 7.

It costs around £15 a month for non-Sky TV customers and free for customers. The portability of the Nexus 7, coupled with access to your Sky account, can make for a very handy second-screen experience. Sky Go review / Download it here


Inside the Nexus 7 is a powerful quad core Tegra 3 processor. This means the tablet can run the very best of mobile games. Horn is one of them. Boasting stunning graphics and an in-depth console-rivalling style of gameplay. It is the gaming app to enjoy on your new tablet.

Horn is $6.99 (£5.07), making it one of the more expensive apps on Google Play, but when you realise the scale of the title, it should become clear you have got your money’s worth. Horn review / Download it here

TuneIn Radio

This app might be slightly long in the tooth, but it certainly isn’t showing its age. TuneIn Radio is one of the best ways to listen to music on your Nexus 7 for free.

The app is like a DAB radio but in app form. It accesses a large database of digital radio stations, including those of the BBC and then lets you stream them to your device. A clever browser lets you do things like search by genre and a Pro version allows you to record whatever you want to your Nexus 7. Download it here

Amazon Kindle

The Nexus 7 is an ideal eReader. As with just about any mobile platform or device, there is a Kindle app capable of running on it.

The Kindle app on Nexus 7 grants you access to more than 1 million titles, making for more than enough reading material to satisfy even the busiest of reader. The app is also capable of reading other things like PDFs, making it handy for work. Kindle review / Download it here

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06 May 12 NotCompatible Android Trojan; Spotify for iPad; Target Pulling Amazon Kindle

Security was top of mind on Wednesday, as Lookout Mobile Security reported that there are now hacked websites targeting Android devices with a new Android Trojan called NotCompatible, an attack vector previously only used to infect PCs with malware.

Lookout called the development “the first time hacked websites are being used to specifically target mobile devices.” Malware threats to Android phones in the past have largely come via apps.

In other news, just 5 percent of Android devices are running the latest version of the mobile operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, according to stats released this week by Google.

Meanwhile, the streaming music service Spotify finally launched an iPad app. The Spotify for iPad app, which is now available in the App Store, lets users of Apple’s coveted tablet browse and play tracks from Spotify’s catalog of 17 million songs. iPad owners can enjoy the app for free during a 30-day trial, but will need to shell out $9.99 a month for a Spotify premium subscription to continue using it after the trial period.

And, if you’re in the market for a new Amazon Kindle, then don’t head to Target. The popular retailer confirmed yesterday that it will stop selling Amazon’s Kindle devices in the coming weeks. Kindle devices have already been pulled from the Target website. Searches for “Amazon Kindle” just bring up Kindle covers.

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06 Apr 12 Google Rethinks Price, Specs On Android Tablet

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Google has decided to make changes to its co-branded Android tablet. Citing a source familiar with Google’s plans, The Verge today reports that the current design of the tablet had been nearly final, but Google now wants to lower the price point further, which will lead to design, component, and specification alterations.

The Verge‘s source said that the original target price of Google’s first co-branded tablet was $249–half the cost of the entry-level Apple iPad and competitive with products such as the Amazon Kindle Fire. The tablet, which is being built by Asustek, will reportedly have a seven-inch display, Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Wi-Fi (only) for internet connectivity.

Now Google wants to drop the price from $249 to $199 or less.

This gels with what The Wall Street Journal reported last week: Google wants to win tablet market share from Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle, and to do that it will sell devices that are co-branded with its hardware manufacturer partners. Rather than sell just one Google-branded tablet from a single OEM, the search giant will offer several devices from a variety of manufacturers.

[ The pace of mobile innovation has never been greater, according to Google's Larry Page. Read more at Google's Page: 'Android Is On Fire'. ]

The Journal listed Motorola (which Google is in the process of acquiring), Samsung, and Asus as possible hardware partners, noting that the companies would be responsible for designing the tablet. Asus, according to the Journal and The Verge, is on deck to offer the first tablet and will likely have an exclusive spot as the lone device available for a short time.

In addition to offering the tablet at a low price point, it is possible that Google will launch an online store to sell the tablet directly to consumers rather than through wireless network operators. Wireless network operators have not had much success selling subsidized tablets to consumers, mainly due to the financial burden necessitated by the required two-year contracts.

Looking at the specs and features listed by The Verge, Google could get things right with this phantom Android tablet. The smaller display size has several advantages. It would require less power, allow the device to be smaller and more portable, and work well with scaled-up Android smartphone applications. The key component, however, is the Tegra 3 quad-core processor. I’ve used the HTC One X with the Tegra 3 for several weeks now and can attest to this chip’s computing prowess. It delivers incredible performance and manages to sip power at the same time.

Sticking to Wi-Fi as the sole means of connecting to the Internet is also essential to keeping the cost low. This approach should be just fine for most users, as very few people use wireless broadband networks to browse on their tablets. The vast majority of tablet users browse via Wi-Fi.

As long as the display of this unnamed, unannounced device isn’t garbage and battery life is decent, it could be just what Google needs to gain traction in the tablet market.

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26 Dec 11 dotEPUB Google Chrome Extension

You don’t always have the time to sit in front of your laptop or desktop computer and read lengthy material. Google Chrome, which is a fantastic browser in so many ways, brings yet another extension to the Google Chrome features. This extension is called dotEPUB and it enables you to take the text from a website and generate an eBook in the file format .epub. This means that you can simply click an icon and get a named download in the form of readable text by using this extension. This can then be read on your desktop computer or mobile devices when it is more convenient. With this extension, there is no need to bookmark the page and try to find it again later. The URL is included in the file if you need to find the original source again in the future.

Install the dotEPUB Chrome Extension and it will instantly manifest as an icon that looks like a green traffic light in the upper right pane of your Google Chrome browser window.


Here it was highlighted in yellow, but it is difficult to miss an added Chrome extension. When you are on a web page that has an interesting article or you have found a lengthy Wikipedia article, all you have to do is click this green dot icon and the entire webpage is converted into an e-book format that can be saved, converted and read at will. You can read it on your desktop or laptop or your iPhone or Android. It doesn’t matter what device you use, especially if you use a good conversion tool, which will be discussed shortly.


As many of you are familiar with, Google Chrome downloads files and then creates a tab for the recent downloads in the bottom pane of the screen. When you use dotEPUB, you will see that the text of the page you selected has been downloaded in the form of an .epub file. It is best to open the file location and move these files to a specific folder. Otherwise, you will be sorting through downloads later to find the file.

The new EPUB file will not be instantly readable unless you have software capable of reading .epub files and it is set as a default for such files. You need to have software that can read .epub files. Notebook will not do it, nor will any other text editor, unless you are in the mood to decrypt it. Here is a suggestion:

Try using Stanza, an excellent utility for not only reading .epub files, but also for converting them into formats that most devices can use. Normally, dotEPUB is available to move directly to several different mobile devices, but not the Amazon Kindle. Stanza allows you to read your saved text from dotEPUB and also export it in various formats, such as Kindle compatible formats.

Download Stanza for Windows and you will have the perfect freeware that will enable you to actually read the content you copied and saved. Use the File tab to convert to readable formats for eReader, HTML 4x, Amazon Kindle, etc. You can use Stanza as a reading tool on your desktop for all of the website texts you have saved using dotEPUB.


Though you don’t get the pictures with the text, you can still have the text. In a matter of five minutes, you can save extensive information from websites and save them for reading offline. The possibilities are numerous with this Google Chrome extension. Enjoy the information.

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