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US Cellular this morning has announced an increased expansion of its 4G LTE network and aims to have 58% of customers covered by the fast service by the end of 2012.

There will be additional 4G LTE networks in Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

In addition, new 4G LTE markets will be in Illinois,  Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

The markets will be able to access the higher speeds beginning on November 5th. There are also upcoming markets that US Cellular has planned an expansion for by the end of the year. Those are:

  • Rockford, Illinois
  • Medford, Oregon
  • Yakima, Washington
  • Knoxville, Tennessee

Always great to see LTE service expanding to new markets. Congrats if you live somewhere that will see faster speeds on November 5th. Full press release is after the break.

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UK retailers PC World and Currys is now offering the 32GB Nexus 7 for sale. The stores, which are both part of the Dixons group, are selling the new Nexus 7 model for £199 inc. VAT, matching Google’s Play Store price. Home delivery is available, as is the option to reserve online and collect in person, assuming you’re near a PC World or Currys store. All the stores in our area seem to have stock, so if you’re anywhere near a major city, stock levels shouldn’t be a problem.

Announced on Monday, the 32GB Nexus 7 sells at the same price point occupied by the 16GB model since launch. The cheaper 8GB model has since been discontinued, and the £159 ($200) spot is now occupied by the 16GB’er.

So far there’s no sign of the 32GB 3G Nexus 7 in the UK, either at retail or in the Google Play Store. UK carrier Three will offer that version at subsidized prices, but currently offers no release date.

Anyone planning on picking up a 32GB Nexus 7? Shout out in the comments!

Source: PC World




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The HTC One X+ is now available on O2 in the UK. The price of the HTC One X+ varies on the monthly plan you choose to couple with the handset, but consumers are able to get it for free if the select a £41 monthly plan with a two-year contract. For O2′s Pay & Go [...]





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Zombie Driver launched on Google Play for $6.99, giving players with Tegra devices the pleasure of running over undead with a wide variety of vehicles. Of course, nitro boosts can help a bunch when the hordes get a little thick, plus military-issued weaponry can thin the ranks from range. Beyond the story-based campaign, there's a race mode where you compete with other survivors to complete three laps, or you can try to weather an endless tide of zombies in the slaughter mode. Over time, players upgrade their various vehicles according to their playstyle. Like to get up-close and personal? Crank up your armor and dozer ratings. Prefer to hit and run? Upgrade your nitro and get a fast car. 

I played the first few levels and the graphics are beautifully gross on the Nexus 7. My only serious qualm is that the controls aren't that awesome. The game came to Xbox Live Arcade and Steam first, and it really shows. The default control scheme lays out WASD-style virtual keys with some awkward diagonal movement. At least there's support for keyboards and gamepads if you've got either handy. 

In any case, if you can't get enough gruesomeness this Hallowe'en, Zombie Driver is a nice change of pace from the deluge of other slaughterfests out there. 

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Android CentralAndroid interface design guru and shirt connoisseur Matias Duarte has taken to Google+ to answer fans' questions about the upcoming Nexus devices and Android 4.2.

One of the first subjects tackled in the G+ post was the new system button placement on Android 4.2 tablets like the Nexus 10. The new Samsung Nexus tablet, unlike predecessors like the Motorola Xoom, ditches a split system bar and notification area, instead opting for a Nexus 7-like status bar up top. Duarte says this is about keeping the Android experience consistent and simple across multiple categories of device –

This new configuration is based on usability research we did on all of the different form factors and screen sizes that Android runs on. What mattered most of all was muscle memory – keeping the buttons where you expect them, no matter how you hold the device.

Duarte says that in Jelly Bean, the system buttons automatically gravitate towards the bottom of the device, unless doing so would reduce the available vertical space too much.

In addition, Duarte addressed the question of SD cards, which are absent from Google's Nexus devices –

Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it's just confusing for users. If you’re saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt everytime? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It’s just too complicated.

That's the user experience side of the argument, but if you want to get a bit more technical, you should check out Jerry Hildenbrand's take on why Google's Nexus devices lack removable storage.

More: Why Nexus devices have no SD card

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Work continues on Open webOS for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (and likely will for some time), and today the webOS Ports team has brought a video of UI scaling. As you can see, it's looking more and more like a working smartphone user interface (and animation is getting pretty smooth, too), though we wouldn't recommend getting anywhere near this as a daily driver yet.

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T-Mobile has announced that it will be releasing a new black variant of the HTC One S on November 7th.  This new version will not be available in retails stores and can only be obtained through the T-Mobile website and the customer care department. To refresh your memory, the HTC One S is a 4.3″ [...]





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Today, Microsoft officially announced some of the new features available on new Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.  Microsoft believes that today’s smartphones have become static with the same look and feel to them.  To counter this stagnation, Windows Phone 8 was uniquely designed to be “the smartphone reinvented around you“.  Here are some of [...]





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