YouTube gets political with ‘Elections Hub’ channel [Video]


Google launched the YouTube Elections Hub today so folks have a complete video resource for all-things political until the U.S. Election Day on Nov. 6.

“You can watch all of the live speeches from the floor of the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions, see Google+ Hangouts with power brokers behind the scenes, and watch a live stream of the official Presidential and Vice Presidential debates,” announced YouTube News Manager Olivia Ma on the YouTube Blog. “You won’t need to go anywhere else for the must-watch moments of this election cycle…”

The hub will feature videos from politicians, parties, and well-known media, as well as shared coverage with live and on-demand content from ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, The New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision, and the Wall Street Journal.

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iFixit tears down the $99 Google TV-powered Vizio Co-Star

We knew from an announcement in January that the ARM-based Armada 1500 chipset from Marvell would be at the core of new Google TV products in 2012. Today, we see the chips inside of one of the latest Google TV streaming products that went on sale last month, the Vizio Co-Star. The guys and gals over at iFixit decided to make the Co-Star its latest teardown victim, revealing the $99 set top box is powered by Marvell’s Armada 1500 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor, 1GB of RAM, and various other Marvell components:

* Here’s the specs on the Co-Star:
        * Marvell Armada 1500 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
        * Marvell 88DE2755 QDEO Video Processor
        * Nanya NT5CB256M8GN-DI 1 GB RAM
        * Samsung K9GBG08U0A-SCBO 4 GB NAND Flash
        * Marvell Avastar 88W8787 WLAN/Bluetooth/FM SoC 

iFixit provided some highlights after giving the Co-Star a respectable 8 out of 10 repairability score: Read more

Feds shut down three Android pirated apps sites, more to come?

In a press release today, the U.S. Department of  Justice said it seized three domains associated with pirating and distributing Android apps. The three seized domain names –, and – are now in the custody of the federal government and signs are posted from the FBI (below):

“Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation’s economy and creative culture, and the criminal division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it,” said Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A Breuer in a statement.

As PC World noted, the websites were not always on U.S. soil. French and Dutch authorities also helped with the enforcement.

It will be interesting to see if the closures curtail pirating or if the actions just move the exploitation underground. The full press release is below. Read more

Nikon unveils $350 Android-powered Coolpix S800c [Photos]

Update: Nikon added more press shots (above) to its website with the S800c’s white paper.

Nikon just unveiled its Android-powered, point-and-shoot Coolpix S800c camera that we detailed earlier this week.

Just as rumors suggested, it boasts built-in GPS for geo-tagging, a 10X optical zoom lens, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 3.5-inch touchscreen display, 1080p video capture, 4GB of internal storage, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Google Play access.

“The S800c establishes a new line in the COOLPIX S series powered by Android with built-in Wi-Fi compatibility for operation similar to that of a smartphone and wireless Internet connection,” announced Nikon on its website. “The S800c fulfills Nikon’s latest proposal for new ways to use digital cameras–Capture, View, Connect, Enjoy–all in a single, compact body.”

The S800c will be available in September in both white and black versions for a suggested retail price of $349.95.

The full press release is below.

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Google Postini Email services will be shutting down, new encryption service appears to be on the way

Google picked up Postini in 2007 to close the gap between its Gmail application and the more enterprise-ready platforms like Exchange and Lotus Notes. The service acts as an intermediary between email servers and the outside world and allows an extra layer of encryption/security/discovery/filtering that helped Gmail become the Google Apps platform many businesses now rely on. However, it appears Google is ready to move on.

Google announced it would integrate/merge Postini’s services into Google Apps/File Vault. For those who use Postini with Exchange or Lotus Notes, Google will be dumping you.


Interestingly, Google said it would have a solution for Message Encryption that it will announce later this year. From the direction Google is going, we are likely to see that integrated into Google Apps and probably Gmail too. That would be nice.

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Rumor: T-Mobile to introduce truly unlimited data plan for $30 a month

Updated: …and it’s real! Press release below the fold.

Offering a fix to its $70 not really unlimited data plan that is often capped, TmoNews reported big news this evening that T-Mobile will introduce a truly unlimited data plan for only $30 a month ($20 a month for value customers). That is insanely cheap. I mean seriously.

So, what is truly unlimited data mean exactly? The plan will reportedly do away with “speed limits, caps, or overages” for smartphone and tablet owners. Sadly, the plan does not apply to T-Mobile’s hotspots, but rather customers will be forced to choose from the 5GB and 10GB plan offerings.

Sprint is the only other carrier in the United States to offer an unlimited data plan. Sprint charges $80 a month, and it did away with the speed limits and caps that are set by other carriers. Nevertheless, T-Mobile certainly has Sprint beat at a $50 difference. We will let you know when the plan goes official. Who is excited?

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Google Play Gift Cards rolling out to Target, GameStop, RadioShack, & Walmart

We told you last week that Google was readying physical gift cards for Google Play content, and the company made things official today by announcing the cards will roll out to Target, GameStop, and RadioShack retail outlets in the coming weeks. The cards will be available in $10, $25, and $50, and they will initially only be available in the United States at the retailers mentioned above and through later this month.

-Explore millions of songs from top artists, thousands of your favorite movies and TV shows, the world’s largest selection of eBooks, and much more. Play your purchases instantly on the web or on the go — no need for wires or syncing.

-Shop for all the Android apps and games you love with your Google Play gift card. You can even use it to purchase extra levels, add-on packs, and virtual currency.

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Chrome OS gets a redesigned apps list, custom wallpapers, & Google Drive support

Over on the Chrome Blog today, Google highlighted some of the new features in this week’s stable release of Chrome OS with the most notable being a redesigned apps list that includes an omnibox search bar at the top:

Notably, we made the apps list much more compact, so you can access your apps without interrupting your browsing experience. We also added a search box at the top of the apps list, which you can use like an omnibox to search the web, specific websites, or the apps on your computer.

Other improvements included in the release: custom wallpapers, a redesigned Cloud Print dialog, and the ability to save files directly to your Google Drive. Google also noted the release includes”audio support for USB and HDMI, additional sandboxing security features, and many more bug fixes.” Read more

Specs for Google’s next-generation Nexus (GT-I9260) leak?

If the spec sheet above picked up by SamMobile is to be believed, we could be looking at the specs for a next-generation Nexus. The device in question is listed as the “GT-I9260″, which would put it between the Galaxy Nexus (I9250) and the Galaxy S III (I9300). As for upgrades, the document lists a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a 1.5 dual-core A9, as well as better cameras like an 80megapixel main camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus, the I9260 is listed with an SD card slot. There is not any other information present in the report, but we will keep you updated when we find out more.

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Google Offers and Boingo to expand free Wi-Fi to 24 more locations, malls and airports

We reported in June that Google Offers is sponsoring free Wi-Fi in New York City until September, and now the discounted service will extend to more nationwide locations.

The sponsorship is possible through an agreement with Boingo Wireless. New Yorkers and tourists currently access free Internet at six subway stations and over 200 Boingo hotzones in the borough of Manhattan due to the partnership. The free Wi-Fi coverage, which even reaches below street level, will end Sept. 7. However, another 24 locations across the country will soon have access to the wide-reaching, complimentary service.

Starting today, the sponsored Wi-Fi will cover eight malls and 16 airports throughout New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and other major cities. Google Offers, which is an infant deal-of-the-day website piping localized savings to huge geographic markets in the U.S., is the first sponsor of Boingo Wi-Fi in New York subway stations.

The full press release is below (via BusinessWire):

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Analyst: Google to sell 2.9M Nexus 7s in Q3, 8M by the end of 2012

Shortly after becoming available in the United States and Canada at various retailers and Google Play in mid-July, we reported Google suspended orders of the 16GB version while reports claimed the company had simply sold out of initial supplies. It would take Google weeks to restock the device, according to reports, but the 16GB model was again available on the store just a week later. Today, we get a look at just how many Nexus 7 tabs Google might have sold with analyst Sameer Singh estimating 6- to- 8 million units sold by the end of 2012 (via ComputerWorld):

Google could sell between six million and eight million of its $199 Nexus 7 tablets by year’s end, according to a new estimate… That’s more than double the three million Google expected to sell by the end of 2012, after putting the device on sale in July and seeing the 16GB version sell-out briefly… The estimate, based on projections using expected shipments of four million touch panels for the Nexus 7 in the third quarter 2012,

Google has not released any sales data related to the device and declined to comment on the estimates. Singh’s estimates definitely blow by the “1.5 million units in five weeks” estimated by Gartner. The estimate of 8 million units by year’s end is also significantly higher than Gartner’s estimates. According to Singh, “Google and Asus may have roughly doubled their [sales] estimates and cranked up the production volume.” Singh explained how he used panel orders to come up with his estimates: Read more

From the ‘How bad could it be?’ dept: $50 Android 2.2 7-inch tablet with front and rear cameras from Pandigital


OneSaleADay offers the “Google Android Pandigital Planet 7″ Touchscreen Tablet with Android 2.2 OS, 2GB & MicroSD Expansion Slot!” for just $49.99 with $5 for shipping. That’s a pretty insane price even if this thing is just a 2GB photoframe. But it isn’t. It is an Android 2.2 tablet with front AND BACK cameras, SD card slot (take that Nexus 7!), and 802.11N networking.

You are not going to love reading on this, with a 800-by-600 resolution, but it might make a good Google Hangout/web browsing/ general-use Android tablet for those without a lot of cash.  Amazon’s reviewers were not very kind, but “you get what you pay for.” The full specs are below: Read more