HTC Nexus 9 goes up on Amazon for $400 shipped for 16GB, $480 shipped for 32GB

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For those who want to jump into the Nexus 9, nows your chance. Amazon has the order page up a full day early and is accepting orders now. The Nvidia Tegra K1 2.3GHz 8.9 inch tablet with QXGA 2048×1536 display just blew up Geeklab benchmarks pulling it even with Mac Pros from 2012 in some tests. It also features high end 8MP camera on the back and selfies come in at 1.6MP. The whole package weighs in under a pound and  it also includes blistering fast AC wifi with MIMO.

GOOG Q3 2014 earnings a miss, stock down in after hours trading

 

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Google reported Q3 2014 earnings today that didn’t quite meet analyst expectations. Sales rose 20% to $16.52 billion in the quarter. Profit was $6.35 a share. Analysts’ expectations were $16.59 billion and profit of $6.54 a share.

“Google had another strong performance this quarter, with revenue up 20% year on year, at $16.5 billion,” said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google.  “We continue to be excited about the growth in our advertising and emerging businesses.”

It will be interesting to see what Google has to say for themselves when they talk earnings at 4:30.

The call will be live, above.

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GOOG Watch: What to expect from Google’s third-quarter earnings call

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Google is set to report its third-quarter financial results today after the market closes at 4pm EST. The tech juggernaut has been extremely busy, recently making a few acquisitions, facing regulatory challenges in Europecompeting with Amazon and preparing for new hardware releases. Yep, the internet’s reigning search king definitely had its hands full this past quarter. Hoping to make things a little easier to follow, we’ve put together a quick overview of a few key items that may come up during today’s big call.

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Google finally announces Motorola-made Nexus 6

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Today, Google announced its highly anticipated Nexus 6 smartphone and as anticipated the Motorola-made device will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The biggest Nexus phone yet, this purebred Android handset packs a massive 5.96-inch 1,440 x 2,560 display, a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, an Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM, a 3,220mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter.

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Latest Google Glass update allows automatic display of phone notifications

Google has announced that Glass owners will soon be able to immediately view any notification from their Android phone using a new feature, Notification Sync.

Max sent you a WhatsApp message, marycam81 tagged you in a photo, your Lyft has arrived… these are just some of the reasons for pulling out your phone. You want to know about the things that matter to you, but you don’t want to be distracted by your phone when you could be enjoying the moment.

Today we’re launching Notification Sync on Glass, which means you can see your Android phone app notifications at a glance … 

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Google posts Android L casting tease video, “Sweet: Coming Soon” (update: extended video)

Sundar likes sweets. Lollipops too? Tomorrow’s supposed to be the big day, but we can’t avoid some of the hidden gems lurking in this teaser.

Here’s Android Lettuce hoping to get the call. Do you see him?

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Also, gotta love the shot of all the previous Android versions sitting on the table with a batch of Easter eggs set in the mix. Easter eggs by the Easter eggs!

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We’re pulling for a dark horse like Lava Cake or Lady Finger, but those are less likely to happen. One particular editor has his money on Lima Bean, but that guy is just a crazy dreamer. Be sure to let us know what you think Google has planned for Android 5.0.

 

 

More DROID Turbo details leak, include two-day battery life, Snapdragon 805 processor

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Earlier today, Verizon sent out invites to an October 28th press event for its unveiling of the DROID Turbo, but thanks to leak from Android Central, we now know everything there is to know about the device. The report claims that the device will be available in classic Verizon red and black variants with 32GB of internal storage.

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Google Shopping Express becomes true Amazon Prime competitor w/ $95/year memberships, new cities & more merchants

Google announced today that its rebranding its Google Shopping Express service while expanding the same day delivery service to new markets and merchants. While announcing the new shorter “Google Express” name, Google announced that the service is now available in Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C. After first rolling out the service a year ago, it’s now accessible to more than 7 million people.

Google also noted some of the big merchants it’s added support for in recent months, including alcohol delivery in the Bay Area, making for a total of 16 new shopping options through Express: Read more

Talking Schmidt: Our biggest search competitor is Amazon

Business Leaders Meet In Sun Valley, Idaho For Allen And Co. Annual Conference

Eric Schmidt has been busy pounding the pavement promoting his new book How Google Works, but today the Google chairman switched gears and made a stop in Berlin to visit the headquarters of Native Instruments, a major producer of hardware and software for digital music production. In front of an intimate group of company founders, scientists and economists, Schmidt touched on important topics like innovation, tech and the future of the internet.

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FBI director continues push against Google & Apple on smartphone encryption (Video)

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FBI Director James Comey isn’t backing down from his position that Google and Apple are wrong to encrypt customer smartphone data preventing law enforcement agencies the possibility of access if requested. After last month sharing that the FBI was in talks with the two companies to discuss concerns with marketing devices as being inaccessible to third-parties including the government, the FBI Director spoke with CBS News in an interview where he continued to make the case against such encryption… Read more