While I wouldn’t classify this type of thing as “breaking news,” it is a fun little tidbit that wasn’t exactly broadcast by Google, and went completely unnoticed in the tear down we posted earlier today. Apparently, the Nexus 7 has the hidden ability to awake itself when a magnet is placed over the side of the device, then removed. A video was uploaded to YouTube today demonstrating the secret feature that will make the device even more easily accessible when paired with the official Nexus 7 “smart covers,” coming soon to Google Play. Have a look see.
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The Google Cloud platform has announced their intent to acquire Xively, an Internet of Things service. Xively is a division of LogMeIn that focuses on the enterprise side of connected devices and services.
Noted leaker Evan Blass is reporting that LG’s next flagship smartphone code-named Judy will likely be revealed in June. Hardware specs also revealed.
The latest hit comes directly from leaders of the CIA, FBI, NSA, and others, which suggested that potential customers in the US should not use products or services from Huawei or ZTE over concerns of security and espionage.
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Google is finally showing WiFi p[rojection mode in the Android Auto app. All the elements are there to make it ready for compatible devices.
Google has started sending out emails to former Nexus owners, providing a 20% discount on either the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. This offer lasts until the end of February, making it possible for you to see what Samsung has to offer in the Galaxy S9.
Essential has announced a new ‘Halo Gray’ color variant of the Essential Phone which will be exclusive to Amazon and will go on sale on February 21st. The device will be priced at $449 and includes Amazon Alexa voice services built-in.
Facebook is expected to release two smart speakers this July to compete with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Codenamed Fiona and Aloha, one of the smart speakers reportedly carries a 15-inch touchscreen.
Google is offering $80 in Project Fi credit when you buy the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL from the Google Store.