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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6BvEtiS5ga0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6BvEtiS5ga0</a>

The first time I thought about getting a VPN or Virtual Private Network, was when I was on vacation in europe and I found to my dismay I couldn't access my Netflix account to watch the latest episodes of Breaking Bad.  It hadn't occurred to me until then that lots of countries actually block content from other countries.  A friend suggested I get a VPN which would allow me to spoof a US IP address no matter where I was so I could continue to watch my US Netflix shows and so I got one...a buggy, slow, expensive one...but it worked at least.

Fast forward to today, several years later where I've discovered a world of shows, movies, news and tons of websites that are located all over the world that I never had access to before I started using Windscribe.  I routinely watch live British news shows and television shows right from the comfort of my home in Los Angeles by using a British IP address so that I can access British tv and web unhindered.  I do the same with French and German sites as well as several countries in eastern europe and even Russia.  It's amazing what you start finding once the world is unlocked.


There's other reasons to use a Virtual Private Network beyond just unlocking content however.  I personally don't like Google, Apple, Microsoft and frankly all sorts of other companies and advertisers knowing where i'm surfing on the web all the time.  I don't like the idea of being tracked by advertising bots and cookies that target advertising to me and keep records of every site I've been to.  With Windscribe you not only get to surf the whole world's web unfiltered but if you choose you also remain hidden from all those tracking bots and advertising cookies.  Windscribe is not only a VPN, it also has several additional features and a special browser plug-in that blocks most advertising and trackers so that you can surf the web privately.  Trust me...this is awesome...it gives you a sense of freedom to know that nobody is looking over your shoulder while surfing the web.

So why Windscribe you might ask?  Afterall there are a lot of VPN's out there.  Well frankly, I've tried about half a dozen of the leading VPNs and when I evaluate the entire experience, meaning performance, features, ease of use, reliability and price I have to give the prize to Windscribe.  Seriously, i'm not joking.  Several other VPNs I have used have had performance issues.  My connection will get hung up, or download speeds will be slow.   Sometimes I find that popular websites or forums are blocking other VPNs IP addresses.  I haven't had these problems with Windscribe.  Another problem I've had with some other services has to do with crashing or hanging my computer.  I've even gotten the blue screen of death using some other VPNs.  I've never, not even once had that happen with Windscribe.  It's rock solid and works every. single. time.   


Something else I like with Windscribe is that once you have an account, they have versions for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android all included so you can use it on your pc, phone tablet...wherever.  Just as importantly Windscribe is a GREAT deal.  I'm not just saying that.  You can sign up for a free plan to try it out and right off the bat it gives you 10GB. That's a LOT of free data for a FREE plan.  With most free plans you get maybe 1 GB.  The downside of the free plan is that it only let's you use a few different IP addresses so to really start surfing the world like I do you'll want to upgrade to the PRO Plan and then you get dozens and dozens of IP addresses in tons of countries.  But frankly, it's so cheap...less than $4/month with the special 50% promo code I give you below there is absolutely no reason not to get the Pro plan.  It is SO worth it.  Trust me, this is the single best investment you can make to improve your web surfing experience and frankly LEARNING experience. 

There is so much new content out there in other countries that you simply don't even realize exists until you start using Windscribe and start searching around with the country specific versions of Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.  I've linked the Windscribe site below so you can sign up for either the free or pro version.   My guess is that once you try it you're going to be hooked.  I can't believe I waited so long to start using a VPN.  Now I probably use it for over 50% of my web surfing.  I just love being anonymous and also being able to watch content and visit sites in other countries I just didn't know existed until I started using it. 

Make sure to check out all the free BBC, Sky TV and more once you connect using a British IP...I recently have been watching the original British versions of american shows...it's so cool to be able to do that....and also to see the live news broadcasts in other countries that are usually blocked to us in the U.S.  Practically every country has even more country specific programming and web content you'll discover as well. I've arranged a special 50% off deal that you can access by clicking the blue link below and then using the promo code 'WS50OFF' when paying for the Pro version.  With the discount it's $45 for the entire year.  That's less than $4 a month!  Do it now and sign up so you don't forget...you can thank me later.




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Nexus 10 Help / Re: Battery life
« on: August 24, 2017, 04:49:14 PM »
I don't think there's anyway of reconditioning the battery.  Your best bet would be to explore ways of having it replaced...maybe it's a project you could do yourself.  There are places you could take it but they'll probably charge you at least $100 or more...might not be worth it.    I would just do it yourself as there are good tutorials and videos out there... it's not that difficult to replace the batteries on tablets and phones...the hard part is just opening the unit without making a mess of the case and breaking the screen. 

Doing a quick search it seems there's a really good video tutorial and replacement battery available.  The battery itself isn't that expensive and can be purchased with a video tutorial on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Google-Nexus-10-Replacement-Installation/dp/B00F3T1F6G

Here's the video :
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/yru4k62qdEU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/yru4k62qdEU</a>

There's another text writeup by someone else here as well:
https://forums.androidcentral.com/google-nexus-10-tablet/403066-replace-your-nexus-10-battery.html

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Nexus 10 Help / Re: JellyBean 5.1.1 update question
« on: August 11, 2017, 04:36:39 AM »
Unless you have the apk for the previous version stored somewhere I don't know if there is a way of uninstalling.  You might just have to wait until the next revision comes out and hope that it takes care of the bugs.  I would definitely report the issues you're having though to Google in their message and support areas online.  They might know of the issue and have a fix and if not you can tell them and they can pass the info on and have the next version include a fix.

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(Hint, it's much more than just digital money)

Up until a few months ago, like a lot of people I'd heard of 'Bitcoin' and 'cryptocurrency' but frankly while it seemed mildly interesting, I didn't feel any overwhelming urge to figure out how to get some or use it.  It sounded like a less secure, new fangled, roundabout way of paying for things 'electronically' and since so few places accept them for payment vs. the dollar...I didn't see the point. Why bother, right?

Wrong. Boy was I wrong. Because what I didn't understand...and most of you reading this probably don't either...is that many of these new 'cryptocurrencies' that we see in the news are not 'currencies' at all...they are actually a new technology utilizing a structure called the blockchain that are creating the next version of the internet, an internet 3.0 right now...and the vast majority of people have no idea this is going on.  How is that you ask?  Because many of these digital 'coins' are actually more like programming languages that let you build decentralized applications.  What the heck is that you ask?  Let me explain.

Let's say you want to buy a product off of Ebay, or Amazon like a pair of shoes.  Or perhaps you want to rent a room for a weekend through Airbnb, or get a car ride to the airport through Uber.  All of these businesses utilize a middleman that you have to pay a fee to for their service.  Think about it. You buy something from Ebay or Amazon and they take their little cut out of the seller's gross.  You book a room through airbnb or a car from uber and again...they take a little cut out of the seller's piece or charge a fee to the buyer...either way there's a middleman.

But what if you could get rid of the middle man?  What if there was some kind of company that did each of these things...sold goods..rented homes...drove you around....and there was no middle man?   What if transactions were peer to peer...you to the seller direct...without the middle man's fee?  Well that is exactly what the blockchain allows programmers to do.  Create decentralized applications, businesses, markets, etc.  It does this by utilizing the blockchain as a way of keeping everyone honest.  How?  Well, this video does a nice job of explaining it. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0</a>

But the important thing to realize is that what we are looking at here is basically the dawn of a brand new internet.  Just like in 1992-94 nobody could have predicted that Amazon or Uber or Facebook or Google could become the behemoths we see today.  Twenty years from now people are going to look back and say the same thing about decentralized, blockchain based companies that will be just as big...or bigger.

It's very likely we'll have decentralized search engines without advertising, we'll have decentralized selling with brand new 'amazons' or 'ebays'. We'll have decentralized banking without the bank taking fees and we'll have virtually every kind of business you can imagine from insurance to education to manufacturing to distribution and it will be done through decentralized applications and companies that basically 'live' on the internet and don't require a middle man taking a fee.

Once you understand this concept the next thing to understand is that the cryptocurrencies that we see today...and the new ones being introduced...are all representative of different kinds of decentralized  businesses and these digital 'coins' are being used to fund the development of these businesses. Now there are some like Bitcoin and Litecoin that are still just digital money.   But others like Ethereum, Golem, Stratis, EOS, Factom and others each represent a new type of decentralized company or platform that are part of this new internet 3.0.  And in order to use any of these companies or platforms you'll have to know how to use these new 'digital currencies'.

Some of these new kinds of decentralized companies are already in operation.  For instance http://steemit.com is a hybrid of reddit and facebook where you use Steem coins as a way of rewarding content.  Instead of Zuckerberg and staff at FB choosing what to show you...it's more democratic and the use of Steem coin rewards content makers.

So how do I begin getting into this world?  What's the first baby step I can take? Open a Coinbase account.   

Coinbase is the oldest and most reliable and safe of the online wallets to start buying your first digital 'coins' with.  You can buy a bit of Bitcoin or Ethereum or Litecoin...the three coins they currently support...and begin to learn how to use them.   For example, you can purchase some 'Steem' at Steemit.com by opening an account there and sending some Bitcoin to yourself from Coinbase to Steemit.  Then you'll convert that Bitcoin to Steem to use.

As you become more comfortable with these currencies you might want to open a trading account on a site like Poloniex...which just like a stockmarket trading site allows you to buy, sell or just watch all kinds of digital coins and see their values fluctuate just like a stock.

But frankly the very first step you should take, just so you can get started and start to explore is to open a Coinbase account.

Right now Coinbase has a promotion where they're offering $10 in free Bitcoin to you* if you open an account with just $100, which is exactly what I did to start.  Then you can start playing with it. 

Want to learn even more and become a cryptocurrency expert?  Start reading sites like Cointelegraph.com and Coindesk.com and TheMerkle.com to learn more about all these new currencies and what they do. 

Look, I know it seems intimidating at first.  But trust me, this is not just the future of money, it's the future of the internet being built right in front of our eyes.  This is an amazing opportunity.  Don't miss out like you did the last time.  Just think how many times you've told yourself 'if i had just invested in Facebook or Netflix or Amazon back in 199x...well this is your next chance...because the next version of the internet...the decentralized internet is happening right now, today.  Open your Coinbase account and take your first step into that world today.  You'll thank me later.





*I'll also get a referral bonus but you get your $10 in free Bitcoin and it's the place I recommend to start on your journey to learn about this brand new internet 3.0

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Pick up a refurbished Google Nexus 10 for just $89.99 on Ebay.  Manufacturer refurbished so these appear to be brand new.  Yes, we know they are several years old but they still have that gorgeous 2560 x 1600 display.  These have 16GB of memory and 2mb of RAM.  Originally they sold for $399.   Limited supplies below.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-Google-Nexus-10-P8110-16GB-Wi-Fi-10-2GB-RAM-Android-Tablet-Black-/222509301307?_trkparms=5373%3A0%7C5374%3AFeatured

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GroupOn is selling the 2nd generation Nexus 7 16GB model...BRAND NEW for $109.99.  That's an amazing deal considering new these went for $229.99...it's over $100 off! The Nexus 7 is still a great powerful little tablet and as soon as you unpack it you'll be able to upgrade it to the newest version of Android; Marshmallow!  if you like the smaller 7 inch form factor and want to save a ton of cash you'll want to grab one or more of these Nexus 7s. They make an absolutely terrific gift.

The 2nd generation Nexus 7 features that gorgeous 7 inch Full HD display (1920x1200) and still potent Snapdragon S4 Pro along with stereo speakers and that legendary Asus build quality.  There's front and back cameras and of course...always the latest and greatest version of Android since it's a Nexus.  As part of this deal you also get an optional official Travel Cover making it even more of a bargain.  For just $109.99 for a brand new unit with full one year Asus warranty this is an offer too good to refuse...pick up a few before they're gone cause this is a very limited time offer with limited supply.  Hit the link below now and grab one!


SPECIFICATIONS
Model number: ASUS-2B16 (2013)
7 LED backlight WUXGA full-HD (1920x1200) display
IPS panel with 10 finger multi-touch support
2.3 million pixels create 323ppi
1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
2GB RAM
16GB hard drive
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system
Pre-loaded with Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangout apps
Buy apps from Google Play
1.2MP front and 5MP rear HD cameras
Stereo speakers
Up to 10 hour battery life
WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth V4.0
Narrow bezel
Color: green, grey, pink, or orange
Condition: new
Dimensions: 4.5x7.9x0.35, 0.6lb.
1 year warranty from ASUS

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There's not one, but two Chromecast promotions going on right now that when combined end up being quite a deal.  First off, Google is offering any new Chromecast or Chromecast Audio buyer $20 in free Google Play Credit to use for your choice of music, movies or apps.   This offer is good for all new Chromecast purchases as long as they are activated by January 2nd, 2016.  But that's not all.  BestBuy is also offering their own promotion.  You can save $5 on a single Chromecast (now $30 instead of $35) or $15 on two Chromecast or Chromecast Audios when bought together for just $55 for both.  If you consider in addition to this discount you factor in the $20 in Google Play credit you're in effect getting two Chromecasts for $35...the normal price of one.  The Google Play Credit is good no matter where you purchase your new Chromecast as long as it's activated by 1/2/2016.  We've included the link below to Best Buy's Chromecast page where you can get this deal.  Then, once your Chromecasts arrive simply set them up and navigate over to Google's Chromecast page to redeem for your free $20 in Google Play Credit!


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As we approach the holidays, many major retailers are holding their annual 'Cyber Week' deals and specials for online shoppers especially for anything related to technology but also for non-tech categories as well such as household items, clothes and more.  For those too busy to take advantage of the Black Friday sales of last week this is your 'next best' chance to order discounted gifts for the holiday season and take advantage of the sales to stock up or buy that item you've been waiting for.  We've included links below to some of the most well-known large 'Cyber Week' participants so use these links to check out the great deals and enjoy saving some cash!. 








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'Cyber Monday' is typically known as the day Amazon and other tech retailers pull out all the stops to drop prices and get customers to empty their pockets.  This year, Amazon is starting their tech deals earlier than usual with some deals already appearing on the site over a week early.  We've provided a link below so you can browse all the Amazon tech deals and we'll be updating it daily all the all the way through Cyber Monday and throughout Cyber Week.  We'll be highlighting particularly cool deals for Nexus 10 and Android lovers as we find them and if you discover one first please post a direct link and a comment in the comments section below.  Happy shopping everyone as holiday season approaches and we all start buying presents for both our loved ones...and ourselves. :)


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If you've been waiting to snatch up a brand new Google Nexus 9 tablet (the perfect successor to your Nexus 10) and want to save a few bucks then this deal is for you.  Right now if you act fast you can grab any Nexus 9 model...16GB or 32GB in white or black for $50 off.  That means the prices are $349 for the 16GB (down from $399) and $429 for the 32GB (down from $479).  These are for the wifi Nexus 9s and they are BRAND NEW at Amazon at the link below.  You even get Free Shipping to boot!

The Nexus 9 specs include the state of the art NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3 GHz Processor,  Android 5.0 Lollipop; 8.9-Inch IPS LCD TFT Display; QXGA (2048x1536), 16 GB Flash Memory, 2 GB RAM Memory, 1.6MP Front Camera; 8MP Rear Camera, 0.96 pounds; 802.11ac WiFi; 2x2 (MIMO) and of course that.  Don't miss this opportunity to get Google and HTCs hot new NEXUS 9 TABLET for a nice $50 discount.  Grab one (or more) at the link below before the price goes back up!


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There's a great blowout deal going on right now for BRAND NEW 2nd generation Nexus 7's on GroupOn right now. It's a great 'little brother' to your Nexus 10.  If you hurry you can grab a 16GB model for $149 which is $79 off list price of $229.  The 2nd generation Nexus 7 features that gorgeous 7 inch Full HD display (1920x1200) and still potent Snapdragon S4 Pro along with stereo speakers and that legendary Asus build quality.  If you thought the Nexus 9 was a little pricey at $399 and want to pick up a great tablet as a gift or yourself for the holidays this is a great choice.  Of course you also now get the Android 5.0 Lollipop operation system with the Nexus 7 as it always gets the latest and greatest updates from Google as soon as they are available.  Hurry up though if you want to take advantage of this deal as supplies are limited and remember...these are not refurbished...they are BRAND NEW which makes this price all the more impressive.  Hit the link below!


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We're only a couple of days away from all our Nexus 10's being rejuvenated with the pending roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop.  Google has been so kind as to make available the above quick start guide which is available to download for free from the Google Play Store at the link below.  The 62 page book is chock full of details about the coming new version of Android.  Now officially this is really a tutorial for new Android users.  But it's using the Android 5.0 Lollipop version as its base.  So from the the new 'material design' look, new icons,  the bevy of cool animations  to the new quick settings menu and more...everything you ever wanted to know about Android 5.0 Lollipop you can learn right now in preparation for the big day.   In addition to what's mentioned in the book we should also see battery life and performance improvements as well with the new version and the entirely new look of 'material design' will make you feel like you just took your Nexus 10 out of the box for the first time.


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While it came out last year the Nexus 10 still is Google's largest Nexus tablet and its 2560 x 1600 display is still state of the art when it comes to Android tablets.  With its Exynos 5250 dual core 1.7GHz Arm processor, 2GB of RAM, 5 mp rear camera and 1.9mp front camera, front firing speakers and long lasting Li-Po 9000 mAh battery...the Nexus 10 is still one of the best 10 inch tablets out there.  Other features include a Mali T604 GPU for smoking graphics, upgradability to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS, GPS with GLONASS, NFC, microUSB v2.0, Bluetooth and more.   This is a BRAND NEW unit...not refurbished and has the full Google warranty.  Grab em while they got em!


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The Nexus 10 tablet is an awesome device.  With its still awesome 2560 x 1600 display, always up to date Android OS, fast processor and stereo speakers, there's only a few areas where we see complaints and most of those tend to be about the lack of expandable memory.  Let's face it, while there's been lots of debate about the reasons for Google to not include a MicroSD slot on their Nexus devices, there's no denying it would be nice to have at times. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive solves this problem by providing an easy, portable expandable memory solution in a tiny wifi enabled drive that you can carry with you in your bag, pocket or case and that provides a ton of extra memory for your Nexus 10 or any other wifi enabled device to connect to wirelessly.   

Here's how it works:  The Wireless Media Drive has its own wifi networking chip so it creates a wifi network that you and up to 7 other mobile devices can all connect to simultaneously.   You can load pictures, documents, even stream movies from it and it has an 8 hour battery life per charge.  As the video below shows you can not only take your favorite catalog of movies or documents along but you can expand the memory by putting up to a 128GB SDcard in giving you a total of 192GB of memory.   That's the equivalent of 6 entire 32GB Nexus 10s in one tiny wifi streaming device. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/NGTZJH4Y8HE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/NGTZJH4Y8HE</a>
While the video above shows the Wireless Media Drive being used with a different tablet, it works just as well with your Nexus 10

Now this isn't the first wifi portable battery powered drive we've seen, but it and its little brother, the SanDisk Connect Flash Drive are some of the smallest we've seen.  One trick the Wireless Media Drive can do that most others can't is that it accepts SD and MicroSd cards that can be plugged right in, say from a camera or other device and let you access your content on the go over the wifi network.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive shown in the video above comes in 32GB or 64GB versions and there's also a smaller SanDisk Connect Flash Drive shown in the picture above that comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB for a little less cash .  One thing to note is that the flashdrive only has about a 4 hour battery life compared to the big brother's 8 hour and can only take MicroSD cards where its big brother can take full size SD as well.    The 64GB version of the SanDisk Connect Wirelss Media Drive can be found for $99 at Amazon at the link below with the 32GB costing as low as $79.99.   The SanDisk Connect Flashdrive is a little less with the 32GB version coming at $59.99 and a 64GB version at the same $99.

Both give you about a 150ft radius wifi network that multiple devices can connect to simultaneously but of course throughput is affected with multiple devices.  Our pick would be the 64GB version of the Wireless Media Drive.  While a tiny bit larger than the flashdrive, the additional 4 hours of battery life plus ability to take SD cards on the fly make it worth it.    Definitely a cool accessory for those that like to take collections of media on vacation or on the road with their Nexus 10.  We've linked to several of the options on Amazon below.






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It's hard to know what to make of this latest Nexus 10 leak.  On the one hand, apparently several tech news sites were forwarded at least one of the above pics by an anonymous tipster along with some supposed details such as the new tablet being made by Samsung, including black and white versions and shipping with Android 4.5   Next we have the usually reliable @evleaks tweeting out a similar looking render below with similar facts included.   But as the day has gone one...it seems more and more people are questioning whether this is simply a hoax.   Both pictures look fairly generic, with front facing speakers and a thin bezel.  Interestingly, this afternoon @evleaks actually deleted their tweet citing his suspicion that it was a hoax.  What do you think?  Any chance this is real?  Even if not...do you like the design?


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