Pre-orders for the WiFi-only second-generation Nexus 7 tablet are now being accepted. The ASUS designed slate is the successor to the original Nexus 7. The new tablet has received a bump in resolution from 1,280 x 800 to 1,920 x 1,200, giving it 323 PPI compared to its predecessor's 216 PPI. It has also received a rear-facing 5MP camera, wireless charging, NFC capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0, and SlimPort support. The Nexus 7 from Google will also be the first device to ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Android 4.2 brings the ability to lock down individual user profiles. This will allow parents to control what apps their children download, and block in-app purchases. The new Google OS also adds OpenGL ES 3.0 support, plus the ability to stream 1080P HD movies from the Netflix app.
Motorola has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to revive their DROID lineup of smartphones. The company announced today the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini at a press event held in New York City. All three devices feature a thin and lightweight design with a glossy, unibody Kevlar shell. They all ship with Android 4.2 and Google's Now app which "Touchless Controls" and "Active Display."
The Droid Maxx is the successor to the RAZR Maxx HD. It is powered by a 3500 mAh battery with an impressive 48 hours of usage. The Maxx is equipped with a 10MP camera, built–in wireless charging, a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU with quad-core graphics, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The Droid Maxx is currently available for pre-order for $299 with a new two-year agreement from VerizonWireless.com.
The Droid Ultra is one of the thinnest 4G LTE smartphones currently one the market. It measures in at 7.18mm while boasting a 5-inch HD display. It also features a long-lasting 2130 mAh battery for up to 28 hours of usage. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of on board memory. The Droid Ultra is currently available for pre-order for $199 with a new two-year contract from VerizonWireless.com.
Hasbro is following its 2012 Furby relaunch with the release of Furby Boom. The new Furbys will be available in "six fashion forward pattern combinations," and will interact with the new Furby Boom app for iOS and Android devices. Furby owners will be able to collect up to 50 virtual eggs while they care for their new pets. Each egg will eventually hatch to become a "Furbling" virtual friend, which can interact with the physical Furby toy. Furby enthusiasts will also be able to play Furby games and spend real money on "Furbucks" to enhance their own Furby empire.
Engadget got an early look at the new Furby Boom, and was kind enough to demonstrate its unique capabilities such as pooping roses. You can watch Furby go to the potty at the 4:28 mark in the video posted above. Each individual Furby Boom will also feature a happiness, hunger, and cleanliness level that its owner will have to monitor every day.
After several leaked images and videos, the Moto X has once again popped up in two new photos. Evleaks posted images of a black and "unicorn white" Moto X, alongside the first profile image of the handset. The Moto X is far from a secret, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed its existence back in May, but Motorola hasn't officially released any details about the new device. However, leaks have shown it will be an exclusive to Rogers in Canada, and that it is headed to Verizon in the U.S.. A video posted on Google+ also revealed some of the Moto X's hands-free voice features.
Other leaked images suggest that the Moto X will feature a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display. It is also expected to ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 2GB of RAM, a 10MP rear-facing camera, and 16GB of internal storage.
Pre-orders are now being accepted for Dexter: The Complete Series Collection and Dexter: The Complete Series Collection Exclusive Gift Set. The blu-ray collection includes 25 discs, and comes in a collectible slide box inspired by the television show. The set also includes an exclusive bonus disc with over 3 hours of special features. The exclusive gift set includes an exclusive Art of Dexter book, and the limited edition packaging pictured below. Dexter: The Complete Series Collection will be available on November 5, 2013. It is currently $329.69 on Amazon.com, and the gift set is $381.49.
Griffin Technology's space-saving charging station for iOS devices is now available from the accessory maker's online store. The PowerDock 5, which made its debut at CES earlier this year, can charge up to 5 iOS devices simultaneously. It is also a great way to keep your countertops or work space free of clutter, since it occupies about the same amount of space as a single iPad. The PowerDock's individual charging bays can even accommodate most tablet and smartphone cases.
The PowerDock 5 is compatible with all USB-chargeable devices, and most Apple products including iPods, the iPhone 3G or later, and all iPad models. Each charging bay includes its own 10-watt, 2.1-amp power supply, and utilizes Griffin’s ChargeSensor technology to insure safe charging for each individual device.
A new video posted to Google + reveals some of the new tricks users can expect from the Moto X. Users can access almost all the device's features by saying the words “OK Google Now”. Saying these three magic words will wake the Moto X, and allow the user perform tasks like getting directions or setting alarms just by speaking to the phone. The Moto X also features no notification light, and users can flip on the camera with a twist of their wrist. Also missing is a shutter or camera icon so users can snap a picture by tapping anywhere on the display. This should make taking "selfies" a lot easier.
The video also reveals that the Moto X will be an exclusive to Rogers in Canada. However, a leaked Verizon roadmap and image seem to suggest that the Moto X will be available through the U.S. carrier in August. A previously leaked image of a Moto X casing also suggests that it will be equipped with a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display.
Verizon Wireless customers with a Windows 8 phone will get the first crack at Halo: Spartan Assault when it is released sometime this month. Spartan Assault is the popular franchise's new mobile game, which was recently previewed at E3. Players will be able to choose between Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis as they complete all new Halo missions. "Xbox 360 owners who play Halo 4 can also earn additional experience points for their Spartan Career by playing through Halo: Spartan Assault and acquiring certain weekly achievements," according to the official Verizon announcement.
There is already a stock Android 4.2.2 ROM for the HTC One available, but a new ROM from MoDaCo gives you the best of both worlds. The MoDaCo Switch allows you to have both the Sense or stock Android interface on your HTC One handset at once. However, switching between ROMs is not seamless, and having two ROMs on your device requires a lot of storage.
Flashing the stock Android 4.2.2 ROM to your regular HTC One sounds a lot better than switching back and forth between two interfaces, but the adventurous may want to check out MoDaCo's Switch when the public beta is released next week. Non-adventurous types can just buy the HTC One Google Edition from the Play Store.
After breaking pre-order records, Amazon has finally sold out of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Launch Editions.
"After a crazy and exciting month, we’ve sold through our initial allocations of PS4 and Xbox One," Amazon wrote on Facebook. "Thank you to all who have ordered and shared your opinions. We have the Standard Editions for both consoles still available, but we can’t guarantee these at release. Please check back here as we’ll update you first if we receive further release day allocations."
Customers can still nab an Xbox One Launch Edition directly from Microsoft or Walmart, but unfortunately for Sony fans, the PS4 Launch Day edition is sold out at most retailers. However, you still have time to pre-order the standard edition before it also sells out.