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[DEAL] AT&T Gives Nexus 9 LTE Owners $100 Credit with Contract

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Aspirant Nexus 9 LTE owners received a little holiday incentive from AT&T. The wireless carrier is driving a promotion on many tablets, including the newly-released LTE variant of the Nexus 9, offering a $100 statement credit for adding the device to your contract.

The process here is a bit trickier than with other tablets, as the consumer must purchase the Nexus 9 LTE from Google Play and then activate it with AT&T. After activation, the credit will appear on a statement. No word on when the promotion ends.

The Nexus 9 hasn’t quite lived up to the hype before its release, with many reviewers expecting a more refined device given the price point. Still, it’s a serviceable tablet and one of the better ones out there, especially if you want access to unadulterated Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Google Play carrying Nexus 9 with LTE for $599

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Earlier today, T-Mobile started selling the Nexus 9 with LTE. The carrier is charging customers $24.99 per month for two years with the full retail price being $599. Prospective buyers that are not with T-Mobile have another option to purchase the LTE variant of the Nexus 9. Directly through Google Play, the Nexus 9 with LTE is available for the same $599 full retail price. Color and storage options are limited to the 32GB model in Indigo Black.

The Google Play listing has the Nexus 9 with LTE leaving the warehouse by December 19.

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2-in-1 soft shell case for the Nexus 9 now available from HTC

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Although the Nexus 9 has been available for quite some time, with the LTE model launching today. it was not until recently that the company launched the keyboard folio case for $129. But what if you don’t want an expensive cover + keyboard for your tablet? Well there’s a cheaper and more viable alternative coming straight from HTC, starting today. Although the case has been listed on the Play Store for a while now, it’s for the first time that it has gone on sale.

HTC is only offering the case in Coral Amethyst with more colors expected to be available soon. This is a conventional magnetic cover for the device which can protect the back or front (not simultaneously, mind you) of the device. It can fold up in various angles so that you can use it as a kickstand for watching movies or playing games. There are no visible hinges on the device, so it’s pretty minimalistic as far as the design is concerned.

This 2-in-1 soft shell case for the Nexus 9 will set you back by $39.99, which is quite a lot for a device accessory, although not much by HTC’s standards. Are you looking to get one for yourself?

Source: HTC
Via: Droid-Life

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Nexus 9 with LTE now available from T-Mobile

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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If you have been desiring a Nexus 9 with LTE connectivity, than your dreams have come true. T-Mobile just announced that the Nexus 9 with LTE is now available for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $24.99 (FRP $599.76). You can also add your shiny new tablet to your Simple Choice voice plan for only $10 per month, and they will match your data for up to 5 GB. Also don’t forget, that all mobile tablets get Free Data for Life for up to 200 MB, assuming you are using it on T-Mobile.

Other than the LTE radio, the rest of the tablet is identical to the WiFi version.

We have the short presser after the break.

HTC Nexus 9 Now Available at T-Mobile with Best Tablet Plan in Wireless

If you don’t know, now you know. Starting today, the HTC Nexus 9 is available at T-Mobile online via the Underground for $0 down (and $24.99 for 24 months; FRP $599.76).

T-Mobile is the first U.S. carrier to offer the LTE Nexus 9 tablet – and is the ONLY place Nexus 9 customers can get the best tablet plan in wireless this holiday season. Just $10 a month enables you to add a tablet and match the data on your Simple Choice™ voice plan—up to 5 GB a month—for use specifically on your tablet. And all T-Mobile tablets can get you Free Data for Life, giving you 200 MB of free data a month for the life of the device as long as you use it with T-Mobile.

The HTC Nexus 9 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, features a crisp 8.9-inch screen with two front-facing speakers and is powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, for fast and easy transitions from work to play.

More information on the best tablet plan in wireless can be found at http://www.t-mobile.com.

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T-Mobile pushes updates to Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Tab 4, and Galaxy Avant

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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A trio of devices from Samsung operating on T-Mobile’s network are receiving software updates. The Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE, and Galaxy Avant are the devices getting attention today.

The updates for the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Avant are identical. Both devices added Chinese as a supported language. The build for the Galaxy S 4′s update is M919UVUFNK2 while the Galaxy Avant’s is G386TUVU1ANK3.

The Galaxy Tab 4, though, is getting a heavier update that stabilizes the user experience. The build is T337TUVU1BNK4.

Source: T-Mobile (1) (2) (3)

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Freescale working on wireless charging for tablets next year

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Wireless charging is slowly becoming a standard for smartphones (even if an actual standard cannot be decided). Tablet, on the other hand, have received very little attention when it comes to wireless charging. Hardware just do not seem to care about the feature for tablets. The primary reason for that is because the current technology would have a tablet charging at an extremely slow pace. Freescale, a company that his its roots with Motorola, is developing a solution that would bring wireless charging to tablets.

The company is working on a 15-watt wireless charging system. The wireless charging system Freescale is developing charges tablets with three times that wattage of a smartphone’s wireless charging system. Tablets are not the only focus, however. Freescale says everything from power tools to medicals devices are also supported.

So, what standard is Freescale basing its wireless charging solution on? The Qi wireless charging standard. But do not groan just yet because Freescale claims that it does also work with the wireless charging standards from the Wireless Power Consortium and the Power Matters Alliance.

Source: Freescale
Via: VentureBeat

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[Deal] AT&T bundling the LG G Pad 7.0 for $0.99 with smartphone purchase

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Now is a great time to be an AT&T customer in the market for a new smartphone. The carrier is running a promotion that includes the option to bring home an LG G Pad 7.0 for $0.99 when purchasing any smartphone. For the smartphone, customers must be using the AT&T Next program while the tablet requires the signing of a new two-year contract.

Both AT&T’s website and retail stores are offering the bundle; however, only select retail stores are going to take advantage of it. Online, add the smartphone to your cart and then add the G Pad 7.0 to see the $0.99 price.

AT&T has not specified an end date for the promotion, but the carrier does say that the bundle will be unavailable once it runs out of G Pad 7.0 units to sell.

Source: AT&T

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Latest leak indicates more HTC Hima line devices to launch next year

Posted by wicked December - 7 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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After alleged specs for HTC’s next flagship smartphone surfaced a few days ago, including the codename Hima for the project, Twitter tipster @upleaks is back with information on several other devices HTC is working on. The devices include several variants in the Hima line of smartphones along with a new generation Butterfly smartphone for the Japanese market and a new HTC branded tablet.

The Hima devices include a listing for an Hima Ultra and an Hima Ace smartphone. The Hima Ultra is suspected of being an up-sized version of the “base” Hima smartphone. It appears the device is intended to make it to at least AT&T and Verizon in the U.S. market along with other markets around the globe. It would not be surprising to see it available on all major carriers.

The HTC Buttterfly 3 should be the next generation of HTC’s Butterfly line of devices. These have been Japan market only smartphones thus far and we would not expect that to change this time around. For now at least, it looks like the Butterfly 3 is headed for KDDI in Japan. The Butterfly devices historically have mirrored HTC’s flagship devices available in the rest of the world, sometimes besting them in terms of hardware.

Finally, HTC appears to be planning to bring their own branded tablet to market in 2015. Indications are the tablet will be based on the Nexus 9 that HTC is producing for Google. While some minor hardware upgrades may be in the cards, the biggest change is suspected to be the inclusion of HTC’s Sense UI on top of the Android Lollipop operating system.

source: @upleaks

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I have never been a fan of kids tablets, but Fuhu does a fantastic job with the nabi line. Not only are the tablets kid-friendly, but they encourage learning through the Wings Learning App. With that said, it can get quite expensive buying the different modules for Wings, not to mention finding other entertainment content.

To makes things easier, Fuhu just launched nabi Pass, which is a monthly subscription that includes Wings Unlimited, as well as curated music, movies, TV shows, short videos, apps, games, and e-books. These offerings are sure to delight kids ages 3 to 14, and will cost only $4.99 per month.

The Wings Unlimited service is for Pre-K to 6th graders and is an adaptive learning solution that teaches your child reading, math, and writing. Trust me, you won’t find another app anywhere that comes close to what Fuhu offers with Wings. I would say the $4.99 per month price tag for just the Wings Unlimited is good enough, but the fact that you will get additional content from Walt Disney Records, National Geographic Kids, Cupcake Digital, Saturday Evening Post/Curtis, Paws, Inc, and Nelvana, make this a no-brainer.

If you’re (I mean your child) rocking a nabi tablet, be sure to check out nabi Pass today. It’s available on all Fuhu tablets, including the nabi 2, the DreamTab HD8, and the Big Tab HD 20” and 24″. Check out the presser below for more details.

Full Press Release:

Fuhu Announces the Launch of nabi Pass, Bundles of Good For Your Brain, Kid-Friendly Content Subscription Service

nabi Pass includes Music, Movies, TV, Shorts, E-books, Apps, Games and Features Wings Unlimited, a Comprehensive and Personalized Learning System Built for Skill Set Mastery in Math, Reading and Writing for Pre-K to 6th Grade.  Everything You Need for Your nabi Tablet and Child All for Only $4.99 Monthly.

El Segundo, CA DECEMBER 4, 2014Fuhu, Inc., the creator of the award-winning nabi® tablet and the foremost innovator in technology for kids and their families, announced the introduction of nabi Pass, a first-of-its-kind subscription service created and curated specifically for kids ranging from 3-14, to provide a deep offering of a vast array of mixed media content – from movies, television shows and short form videos, to apps, games and e-books. Additionally, for the first time ever with any media subscription service, nabi Pass gives subscribers access to Wings Unlimited a comprehensive and personalized learning system that includes Wings Challenges, Wings N-Site and Wings Classroom.

  • Wings Challenges – An adaptive learning solution that personalizes courseware to your child’s proficiency across math, reading and writing and leverages game mechanics to motivate your child to practice to achieve skill set mastery in key subjects.  Unlike other single skill learning apps, Wings Challenges is a comprehensive learning system aligned with Common Core State Standards across required fundamentals, topics and lessons in math, reading and writing featuring over 300,000 questions and over 16,000 lessons from Pre-K to 6th grade.  Whether your child is trying to get a head start in school or struggling, Wings Unlimited is the perfect solution to give them a passion for learning.
  • Wings N-Site – A parental analytics tool that give parents grade-based assessments of their child’s proficiency levels, usage reports, proficiency assessments and recommendations.

 

  • Wings Classroom – A video-based instructional and tutorial solution that walks your child through topics and questions that were answered incorrectly.

 

Designed to build confidence, skill set mastery and passion for learning, Wings adaptive learning system is the most comprehensive learning solution in the market.

In addition, nabi Pass features an engaging, easily navigable user interface with programming that has been carefully curated for “good for the brain” content spanning several media categories to enrich and inspire kids based on their age and interests.  Unlike other services, nabi Pass not only features Wing Unlimited educational solution, but also focuses on content that is not only entertaining but also educational.  Although nabi Pass includes Tier 1 content, it’s content mix is heavily weighed on videos, e-books, apps and games that teach your children about nature, animals, geography, dinosaurs, values and interactivity.  A wide-range of how-to content will encourage children to learn how to master new skills based on their interest.  This will include content designed for kids to interact with while they try their hand at such things as cooking, making crafts and sports.  Finally, unlike other content services, nabi Pass isn’t a library of content that remains the same month to month but a continually changing set of content curated to introduce your children to new content to promote discovery versus constant replay.

“With the help of our globally renowned content partners, we have created a multi-media, `all you can eat’ subscription service purposely curated to deliver deep and enriching content that is not only entertaining but good for the brain,” said Jim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu. “Kids consume content in very different ways than adults.  They like to discover new things and jump back and forth from watching programming, to playing games, to reading and learning about exciting new topics.  With nabi Pass, we are providing a platform for them to learn and explore ─ and in turn give them the access to the type of content that will not only entertain them but also help them learn new skills that show the world how amazing they can be.”

Fuhu has attracted an impressive line-up of launch partners who are providing a wide range of content for nabi Pass.  This includes content partners such as National Geographic Kids, DreamWorks Animation and Cupcake Digital.  The cutting-edge subscription service also features a vast music library from Walt Disney Records —who will serve as the exclusive music provider for the service—offering users free full song streams and 30 second track previews. Fuhu will continue to add new partners to its subscription service.  This will include an all-new interactive animated mystery series – that bridges Hollywood entertainment and gaming — created by one of today’s foremost television creators/executive producers.

In the coming months, Fuhu will further enhance nabi Pass with an ever-expanding variety of new and regularly changing content and advanced navigation tools. Additionally, Fuhu will continue to develop niche vertical channels that bring together all types of related cross platform content featured on the service (i.e. nabi Sports, nabi Food).

nabi Pass at launch will be comprised of such standout content as:

  • Walt Disney Records - The exclusive music provider to nabi Pass, will provide hundreds of songs from current and classic properties from film and TV including “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Teen Beach Movie,” “Sofia the First” and many more.  Fans will have unlimited access to song previews, in addition to full streams per month.

 

  • National Geographic Kids - The leader in nonfiction programming for kids will provide episodic and long form video including acclaimed series Toot and PuddleMama Mirabelle and Are We There Yet?
  • Cupcake Digital - One of the leading children’s app developers will share their portfolio of deluxe storybooks, imaginative play and learning apps featuring favorite characters including Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, RIO, Smurfs, Turbo, Biscuit, Ice Age and many more.
  • Saturday Evening Post/Curtis - EZine articles from popular kids’ magazines Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill will be accessible on nabi Pass.
  • Paws, Inc. - Kids will be able to read E-books and eZine articles featuring the iconic cartoon feline, Garfield.
  • Nelvana - Leading kids’ television producer will provide long form videos and movies, featuring the literary classic Babar and others.

nabi Pass is available exclusively on Fuhu’s family of nabi tablets including, best-selling nabi 2, award-winning nabi DreamTab HD8 and the recently launched, category-defining, nabi Big Tab HD 20” and 24” for the low monthly fee of $4.99.

Fuhu has established multiple categories in the kids’ tech space with its high-end integrated software enabled hardware solutions, led by its best-selling nabi tablet ─ the world’s first full-featured Android tablet made just for kids. The game-changing nabi Pass subscription service extends Fuhu’s mission to deliver purposeful and thoughtful experiences for kids and families into the realm of top notch content specifically designed to help kids explore and discover media that is age appropriate, educational, good for the brain, and engaging.

The launch of nabi Pass is taking place during what has been a banner year of prestigious accolades for Fuhu.  Earlier this year,Inc. Magazine name Fuhu the  #1 Fastest Growing in America for a second consecutive year, and Forbes named Fuhu the #1 Most Promising Company in America. Most recently, Fuhu was honored as the #1 Fastest Growing Company in North America in the Computer/Peripherals category on the Deloitte 2014 Technology 500™ list.  Also, Fuhu was named a Kidscreen “Top 50” for being one of the top 10 digital media companies worldwide. This has been a stellar year for Fuhu with the debut of a number of highly anticipated product lines including the category-defining nabi Big Tab HD™ 20” and Full HD 24” and the nabi DreamTab™ HD8.

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Android 5.0.1 OTA updates for Nexus devices now available to download and manually install

Posted by wicked December - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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As reported yesterday, Google has updated the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi), Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 10 to Android 5.0.1. Factory images were already posted, which you can use to manually update your device, but unless you’re unlocked, the preferred method is updating with the actual over-the-air (OTA) update since you won’t lose your data.

Good news!! The OTA updates are now available to download for the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) and the Nexus 10. The Nexus 9 should be available shortly.

We have the download links after the break, and don’t forget to check out our extensive guide on installing the OTA update to your Nexus device. If you prefer to go the factory image route, we have an extensive guide on that one as well.

Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LRX21P to LRX22C (5.0.1)

Nexus 9 (volantis) From LRX21R to LRX22C  (5.0.1) (Coming Soon)

Nexus 10 (mantaray) From LRX21P to LRX22C (5.0.1)

These links are also included in our how to guide for installing OTA updates. Enjoy!!

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