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    For those of you interested in a productivity tablet that won't burn a hole in your wallet, Asus left us quite impressed at CES with its announcement of the Asus VivoTab Note 8. What made this tablet special is the fact that it's a full Windows 8.1 tablet that also supports a Wacom digitizer for stylus input, and that was aggressively priced at just $299, according to Asus. The tablet is now officially launched on the Microsoft Store, though with two minor set-backs as it's being priced $30 over the initial price that Asus confirmed, and also because it's already out of stock online, and ...

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    We may be nearly seven months removed from the initial launch of the second-gen Nexus 7, but Verizon has still not gotten around to officially offering the tablet on its network, despite compatible LTE bands. Recently, though, it's been looking like the carrier was finally coming around to the Nexus 7, and last week we both got an early look at Verizon-branded Nexus 7 accessories, as well as heard a rumored launch date: this Thursday, February 13. As we wait to see if that info's accurate, the retail leaks continue, with a shot of the Nexus 7's packaging, complete with Verizon logo. ...

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    It was a bit confusing to read about reports talking about a certain eight-inch Google Nexus 8, to be allegedly manufactured by ASUS, and then to read the reports that claimed HTC to be an upcoming OEM for a Google Nexus slate. However, today's reports are shedding just a tad more light on the events: the Nexus 8 is still, according to hear-say, going to be produced by ASUS. HTC, however, will be the one behind the Samsung-made Nexus 10 successor, claim "industry sources". Said sources also indicate that HTC has purportedly turned down Google's offer back in 2012, to be the OEM behind the ...

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    Verizon sure has been taking its sweet time in getting its act together with the 2013 Nexus 7. While the hardware has physically supported Verizon's LTE network this whole time, the carrier has been dragging its feet in officially welcoming the tablet, making it a real pain for anyone to activate – it's not like there weren't work-arounds, but we craved something more formal. Last fall, we heard that software issues might have been delaying Verizon's certification, and that the arrival of KitKat would finally start changing things – but even after Android 4.4 arrived, Verizon still ...

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    The Nexus "8", reportedly the next slate built by ASUS for Google, popped up in reports not so long ago. One such report claimed that it should land around mid-2014, and, based on these rumors, fan-made renders started to pop-up, like the one you see above. A similar report now claims that the Google Nexus 8 should avoid price competition in the seven-inch slate market. "Taiwan-based supply chain makers" claim that the Nexus 8 will be launched at the end of April, which is less than three months from now. Initial shipments should be around two million, said the same sources quoted in the ...

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    Nikolai Prettner was the creator of the HTC M8 concept we showed you two weeks ago. In the light of the recent rumors talking about a future possible ASUS-made Google Nexus 8 for this year, he has put together the Nexus 8 concept render above. This is how he imagines Google's 2014 smaller-slate, still one-inch larger than the 2013 model. Judging by the reduced size of the bezels, we'd be inclined to believe that the physical dimensions of the entire build would be similar, or very close to the 2013 model and the original Nexus 7. These slates packed a seven-inch display. We're seeing a ...

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    Pebble, Samsung, and Sony, to name a few, already have a jump-start in the wearables sector, specifically in the smartwatch business, but there are still key players that are yet to join the fight. While there are only rumors about an upcoming Apple smartwatch, and Samsung smart glasses, Acer and ASUS are two Taiwanese giants that already made their plans public. An Acer company executive admitted that wearables were demoed to key customers at CES, and that "the company is still developing certain types of wearable devices. We certainly aim to play a role in the new market", said ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Beats Music service, and how it competes in today's market. Then we talk about Sony as we get the first leaked photos of the Sony Xperia Z2 being compared to the Xperia Z1, aside from new rumors of a Wi-Fi only Xperia Z Ultra. Apple is next as we get the first leaked screenshots of iOS 7 beta 4 and its possible vehicle mode. Then we move the spotlight over to Samsung and a possible launch of the Galaxy S 5 at MWC. We end today's show talking about a possible ASUS-made Google Nexus 8 after all. All this and more after the break. ...

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    The seven-inch Nexus tablet is in its second incarnation but according to recent reports, demand for Google's smaller pure Android slate has been suffering due to low-price offerings from competitors. An eight-inch Nexus tablet has been rumored for quite some time, ever since the Android-maker ran a render of a tablet which appeared to be larger than seven inches -- which turned out to be nothing else but maybe a Photoshop mistake. However, according to the ever-present "sources from the upstream supply chain", Google might turn its attention to the eight-inch tablet market, with plans for ...

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    For all the months we spend looking forward to the CES, thinking about which devices we might see, and planning whose booth we're going to hit first, it sure can go by in a flash. Sure, it doesn't seem like it when you're in the thick of things, but looking back on it now, just a week later, it's already starting to seem like a distant memory. Part of that has to be due to just how close we are to MWC, and how quickly we have to transition back into that building-up role as we field the mountains of new rumors for what we'll see there, but before we put CES 2014 to bed, we're bringing you ...

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    You just saw us go hands-on with Samsung's latest tablets, checking out the company's spread as part of our ongoing CES 2014 coverage. If you've followed any of our trade show coverage before, that should clue you in to what's coming next: after the hands-on, it's time for some comparisons! That means putting these new Samsung slates up against some of our favorite existing tablets, and we start things off with the winner of our 2013 Readers' Choice poll, the Nexus 7, as well as the smallest iOS tablet available, the iPad mini. With no seven-incher among Samsung's new lineup, we'll go with ...

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    Considering all the teasers it had been dropping, we sure had some pretty high expectations for today's ASUS CES announcement. The company had been hinting at a dual-boot Android/Windows tablet, and a later video sure seemed to imply we'd be seeing new smartphones in 4, 5, and 6-inch screen sizes. Now that's all been confirmed, as well as some surprises. The Transformer Book Duet is ASUS's new dual-boot, hybrid, all-sorts-of-convertible tablet. It goes from Android to Windows 8.1 at the touch of a button, and from tablet to notebook with its keyboard dock. There's a beefy Intel Core i7 ...

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    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Our apology for the late upload. Sadly we've experienced some bad technical difficulties that just got fixed. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new Exynos S processor, and what this could mean for their smartphones in 2014. We then talk about Samsung's new mobile RAM chips to power 64-bit processors as well. Then we talk about Asus as the company has already begun teasing its smartphone line-up for CES. Windows Phone 8 returns to the news as we've seen a Jailbreak for the Lumia 920 being teased. We end today's show by talking about the possible joint venture between ...

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