July 2012


Apps update for my iPhone or iPad in the past week: 55



Fifty-five apps for my iPhone and iPad were updated in the past week. Here’s a summary of the updates I found interesting.

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Nexus 7 charging problems using 3rd party chargers?

The Nexus 7 has been my go-to tablet since receiving it less than two weeks ago. I have, however, run into a problem. It appears that the tablet may have issues when used with third party chargers. In my case, I found that the Energizer E1129701 10w USB Charger charger that I’ve used with an Apple iPad 2 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 does now work with the Nexus 7. I tried using the USB cable that came with the Nexus 7 to eliminate the possibility of a cable problem. However, this 2.1A charger was still not able to charge the Nexus 7.

A discussion over at XDA Developers indicates mixed results with a variety of third party chargers. Chargers for the Kindle Fire and HP TouchPad, interestingly, can charge the Nexus 7.

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Nexus 7 tablet out of stock with no estimated ship date

If you didn’t order the 16GB model of the Nexus 7 Android tablet from Google, prepare for a long wait (unless a local retail store has one). It appears to be out of stock with no estimated future shipping schedule.

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Passed 7,777,777 steps on my Fitbit

Noticed I recently (like in the past few minutes) passed the 7,777,777 lifetime step mark while wearing a Fitbit activity tracker.

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Fragmentation: NBC Olympics Live Extra for Android app incompatible with ALL my devices

How’s this for Android fragmentation? The official NBC Olympics Live Extra streaming video app for Android is incompatible with every Android device I have ranging from Eclair to Ice Cream Sandwich (2.0 – 4.0).

You can read what it is supposed to do in this CNET article.

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Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 update for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0


My Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet received a minor update to Android OS 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) last night. You can see photos of the process here. The AllShare Play and Next Issue noted in the update text (second photo) are two Samsung apps that provide a way to share media and subscribe to magazines, respectively. The update also appears to have added apps named S Suggest (suggest apps) and Screensaver.

The most interesting aspect of this minor update is the change to how bookmarks are displayed in Android’s default web browser. Previously, the browser required a lot of taps to go into a bookmark folder, back out, and then to a different folder. Folders are now displayed on the left side. Tapping a folder displays its bookmarks. This makes for a better and much faster web browsing experience for me.
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