Automatic launches a new lower cost connected car adapter

automatic-lite-and-car Automatic went for a more expensive, but more full-featured offering with the 3G-enabled Automatic Pro earlier this year, but the new Automatic Lite delivers a more affordable connected car device with Bluetooth connectivity, at a lower price point than any previous hardware they’ve released.
The new Automatic Lite is $ 79.95, and will sell at Best Buy, Amazon and Automatic’s own site. Read More

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Apple’s Sapphire iPhone Costs Could Be Lower Than Expected

Apple patents stronger sapphire displays Apple’s plan is to work synthetic sapphire into pricier next-generation iPhone models, according to the WSJ, provided they can get enough supply. While some analysts quoted expect this to potentially increase the consumer price of iPhone hardware, I’d be very skeptical of next-gen smartphones from Apple carrying retail costs higher than they currently do for buyers. Instead,… Read More

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Here’s The First Hands-On Video Of Android Wear In Action (Spoiler: Lower Your Expectations)

gwatch The video above is a hands-on report with a beta unit of LG’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch. Not a lot is shown. Hopefully that’s because it’s in beta and not the true depth of Android Wear. Google Now’s card-based UI is prominently featured. Apparently, like earlier shots also show, users scroll through a list of cards. However, even if this is just a beta unit,… Read More

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Google Refreshes The Nexus 7 With New Storage Options, Lower Prices, 3G Option

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The Nexus 7 is now a little more awesome. Google just released the details on a significant update that includes larger storage options for less money. Starting today, the Nexus 7 is available with 16GB for $ 199 and 32GB for $ 249. There is also a $ 299 32GB 3G model, providing Google plenty of ammo to fight off Apple and its new iPad mini.

Today’s news was supposed to be announced at a large NYC event. But Hurricane Sandy decided to come to town. Google instead announced the Nexus 7 updates along with Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Android 4.2 on its Android blog.

The Nexus 7 update does not bring any physical changes to the 7-inch tablet. It’s still the same Asus-made device as before — just a little cheaper. The new 3G model operates on HSPA+ GSM networks (AT&T and T-Mobile in the US).

Google also announced the latest version of Android today, which will hit the Nexus 7 shortly. Still designated Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 features multiple user accounts, a revamped camera interface, and quick settings. Android 4.2 also brings Photo Sphere panoramic camera, gesture typing, and wireless HDTV streaming, making up for the N7′s lack of HDMI port — but it’s unclear at this point if the N7 will get these features.

The new 3G 32GB model will be available on November 13. Look for it in the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB and 32GB WiFi-only model hits standard retail partners shortly.

So, for the trolls and fanboys, the 3G 32GB Nexus 7 is available for $ 30 less than the WiFi-only 16GB iPad mini and a whooping $ 260 less than the 4G 32GB iPad mini. Just saying.

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