Google Nexus 7 (2013): The Best Android Tablet Yet

Google made a brilliant decision last year to take the bull by the horns and deliver its own brand Android tablet to the masses. Built by ASUS to Google’s specifications, the original Nexus 7 awarded a patient (and eager) audience with a stock Android experience wrapped in an affordable package that was high on value and low on feature concessions. It was precisely the kind of tablet the Android camp had been clamoring for, because for whatever reason, most third-party manufacturers were tying to push larger, overpriced slates onto an audience that simply wanted a solid tablet without paying a premium. Up until the Nexus 7 arrived, the only viable alternatives, other than cheap off-brands with questionable build quality, were Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, a fine pair of slates for their intended purposes, but also deeply rooted in each company’s own ecosystem.

A year later, Google isn’t taking a breather and is once again showing the competition how to deliver an Android tablet that caters to consumer demand. The new model Nexus 7 is a worthy successor to the original, boasting an improved design both internally and externally. It’s thinner and lighter for improved portability, has a faster processor to handle a new crop of games and applications, and wields a higher resolution display that allows viewers to watch Full HD 1080p movies as they’re intended to be viewed.

It’s not just a hardware upgrade, either. Like before, the new Nexus 7 introduces a new version of Android, though the software upgrade isn’t as dramatic this time around. Android 4.3, which makes its debut on the 2013 model Nexus 7, is still labeled Jelly Bean, presumably because Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0) still has some baking to do. In the meantime, Android 4.3 brings some new features to the table, including support for OpenGL ES 3.0, location detection through Wi-Fi, virtual surround sound, and more.

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Let’s take a quick look at the new Nexus 7 before moving on…

Read the full review at HotHardware.com

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone Video and Photo Shoot Preview

Lumia-1020-Cam-FeatureNokia has been trying hard to play catch-up in the smartphone race for a long time now, and as Microsoft’s strategic partner with the Windows Phone operating system and ecosystem, they’ve got their work cut out for them, with a gridiron full of Android and iOS devices offering compelling and powerful solutions.  And so, Nokia, perhaps more-so than any other smartphone manufacturer in the game right now, needed to find a way to make something special. The new Nokia Lumia 1020, though it sports essentially the same internals and display as Nokia’s Lumia 920, most definitely is different, and perhaps even a very attractive alternative, depending on your specific needs.

41 megapixels of resolution, floating image stabilization and a powerful camera app to back it up, will make the Lumia 1020 pretty “special” to a lot of people, some of whom might be considering a Windows Phone for the first time as a result.  We’re quickly working up a detailed review on Nokia’s new Lumia 1020 but wanted to give you our initial impressions of the device and its camera performance, here in this quick-take preview.

First, we’ll give you our nickle tour and hands-on demo of the Lumia 1020, then we’ll let some pictures we took with the phone weigh in with their worth of a thousand words or so…

small_Lumia-1020-front2Read more at: http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Nokia-Lumia-1020-Video-and-Photo-Preview/

What Sets HotHardware Apart From Other Tech Blogs?

With an 18-year career in the semiconductor industry, it was fitting that Dave Altavilla would go on to share his knowledge of technology with others. Through his website, HotHardware.com, Dave Altavilla and his team of technophiles post the latest news and offer reviews for products from some of the biggest names in tech.

What sets HotHardware apart from other tech blogs is the more hobbyist nature of many of the articles. For example, articles are written about how to maximize hardware performance from computer components via overclocking. Not only do the bloggers discuss whether or not they personally recommend the product, but they also explain how far they can safely overclock the machine without causing issues. For true performance enthusiasts, the information provided can help eek out every last drop of potential in their hardware.

Because of the rapid pace of technology, tech users must always have the latest information in order to not be left behind. The detailed, tech-savvy, and up-to-date nature of David Altavilla’s HotHardware (http://hothardware.com) makes it a popular destination for tech enthusiasts throughout the web. In addition, the company has almost 6,000 followers on Twitter and over 10,000 Facebook fans.

A Look at Digital Rights Management Software

As editor-in-chief at HotHardware.com, Dave Altavilla oversees a staff responsible for reporting on the latest advancements in technology. On the cutting edge of this market’s most vital issues, Altavilla’s team covers many topics, like digital rights management software, for example.

images (1)Digital rights management, or DRM, emerged as a way to combat piracy. Due to the ease of copying media in the digital age, companies use DRM to control access to copyrighted content, including videogames, movies, and music. Most DRM strategies involve three components: identifying the copyrighted material, controlling its distribution, and deciding how buyers may utilize it once they have purchased it. These restrictions may include limiting the number of downloadable copies or forbidding the consumer from printing out the material.

Companies use two main methods for DRM. Web-based permission software involves a user receiving an access key to open the software. Each computer/IP address gets a unique identification mark so that subsequent users cannot install the item onto their hard drive. Alternatively, the digital watermark style applies mostly to DVRs and sends out a “flag” that prevents recorders from capturing an event on television; however, some customers complain that the limitations of this approach are too strict and that maintaining everything through the Internet prevents buyers from actually owning the product they purchased.