Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet manufactured by Asus. It is considered to be one of the best 7 inch tablets in the market. Sony, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics has also introduced Xperia range of tablets. The Xperia series have always been compared with Nexus lineup of tablets. By launching Xperia Z1 Compact, Sony has tried to explore a different path. The Xperia Z1 Compact has all characteristics of an Xperia tablet but the compact form makes it’s a smartphone. Let’s compare Nexus 7 with Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and know the technology and features each device has.Nexus 7
This 7-inch tablet is powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm having clock speed of 1.5 GHz. The processing power of the device is greatly enhanced by the addition of an Adreno 320 GPU running at a clock speed of 300 MHz. Asus has tried to take performance of Nexus 7 to next level by providing ample RAM (2GB) and internal storage of 16GB/32GB.
The tablet has an array of connectivity features such as dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. If that is not enough, you can also use the device on GSM, HSPA+ and LTE networks by inserting a SIM provided by telecom service provider. The 7.2 inch HD Display in Nexus is packed with 323 pixels per inch allowing you to watch HD content at resolution of 1920 X 1200.
Nexus 7 has two in-built cameras, one 5 MP Rear camera and 1.2 MP camera at front of the device. The 3950 mAh battery can be charged wirelessly and a single recharge gives you talk time of 9 hours. Asus has also provided speakers with surround sound feature in Nexus 7. The Amazon Deal of Nexus mainly depends on the storage capacity of the device. The 16GB model is priced at $199 while you can purchase 32 GB model for $249.Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Xperia Z1 Compact is considered to a new breed of device that brings features of tablet, camera in form of compact Smartphone. The 20.7 MP camera is the most talked about feature of Xperia Z1 Compact. The camera’s photo clicking capabilities are further enhanced by G-Lens and BIONZ image processing engine. You can click stunning photos even in low light conditions using Xperia Z1.
The Xperia Z1 Compact 4.3 inch screen is protected from scratches and it has a shatter proof resistant glass. The 4.3 inch display packs 342 pixels per inch. Sony has powered this device with quad core processor from Qualcomm. The performance of the device is greatly improved by a discrete Adreno GPU and 2GB RAM. Sony has tried to improve the device location capability by providing GLONASS and A-GPS support. Despite the small factor, the Xperia Z1 Compact weighs around 137g.
The Smartphone works on wide range of networks such as 2G, 3G and 4G. The phone is loaded with Jelly Bean OS and the company plans to upgrade it to latest KitKat OS. Sony has loaded Xperia Z1 with all latest connectivity technologies such as Wi-Fi, Wi-Direct, Bluetooth, and NFC. The Xperia Z1 Compact retails at approximately $822.
UPTOWN - Exposed hands and faces aren’t the only things hurting in this frightfully frigid, snowy winter. Small business owners said the extreme weather has hit their bottom lines.
That’s why Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) and commerce officials are partnering with shops across Andersonville, Edgewater and Uptown to launch the “Review" campaign, a promotion featuring one-day discounts and specials at one or more stores each day in March.
Osterman said Thursday he hoped the campaign, a collaboration between the chambers of commerce in Uptown, Andersonville and Edgewater would be a “shot in the arm” for local business.
"This winter’s been brutal," Osterman said. "It’s been brutal on everyone. It’s been very hard on businesses. We’ve heard a lot from local businesses that there’s been a drop off."
Ashley Collier, the manager at Sparkles Fine Jewelry in Andersonville said January has been a bit hard with, as she put it, “people hibernating because of the arctic tundra.”
"I think it’s extremely wonderful that the chambers and the ward is reaching out to the small businesses and trying to make sure that we are getting the attention that we may have missed out on because of the cold," she said.
On March 14, Sparkles is “going to be playing a little game” as part of the Deal of the Day campaign, Collier said.
Collier said her store, at 5405 N. Clark St., will ask patrons to guess how many diamonds are in a piece of jewelry (likely a pendant, she said, although it hasn’t been finalized yet) and the person who guesses closest to the actual amount will win a 14-karat white gold and diamond pendant necklace.
City Olive, which sells special olive oil and gourmet food products at 5644 N. Clark in Andersonville, has experienced its own winter woes, owner Karen Rose said.
"It’s definitely been quieter than normal, for sure," Rose said. "Obviously it’s been a long winter for everybody, whether you’re in retail, restaurants, the service industry; It’s been more difficult for people to get around and want to be out."
On March 25, City Olive is offering 10 percent off and a free mini whisk with the purchase of oil.
Shake Rattle and Read held a four-day sale that kicked off on Valentine’s Day to commemorate the book, record and memorabilia store’s 48th year in Uptown. But the venerable shop raked in “a couple thousand dollars less,” than last year’s anniversary sale did, said owner Ric Addy, who pinned the decrease on the cold and snow.
"This was probably the worst winter we’ve ever had here," Addy said, discussing a drop in sales at his store, 4812 N. Broadway.
Addy is optimistic his fortunes will change with the season.
"I know when spring comes things will start popping around here," he said.
Here are some of the deals available in March:
* On Monday, Cookies and Carnitas, 5757 N. Broadway, is offering customers a buy-one-get-one deal for cookies.
* On March 7, Andersonville’s Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., is offering 20 percent off all Swedish glass, crystal, and children’s books in the museum store.
* On March 19, Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., is giving customers 20 percent off their bill at the restaurant between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
* On March 25, Uptown’s Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, 4801 N. Broadway, will give a 25 percent discount on entrees.
* On March 29 in Andersonville, graphic novels and kids’ comics are 20 percent off at Third Coast Comics, 6234 N. Broadway, on March 29.For a full schedule of Deal of the Day promotions, click here.
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However, as Fireproof had previously revealed to us, a pocket-sized release for The Room Two was in the works for “early 2014.” The developer has confirmed to Pocket Gamer today that the official launch date for The Room Two for iPhone will be this Thursday, January 30th. Great news, as that’s only about half the time iPhone and iPod gamers had to wait for the pocket edition of the original game. And, as is evident from our 5 star review, The Room Two is a worthy sequel to the original, and deserves to be played by as many people as possible. Keep an eye out for The Room Two on iPhone later this week.
Update: Fireproof has clarified in the comments below that The Room Two will be coming to iPhone by way of a Universal update rather than a separate “Pocket” edition like the first game. Awesome! So don’t keep an eye out for a new app later this week, but instead for an update to the existing version of The Room Two.
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Verizon Communications Inc. said it will acquire Intel Corp.’s online television unit in a deal that signals the growing importance of harnessing the Internet to deliver movies and television shows into the home.
The transaction, valued at less than $200 million, would marry Verizon’s FiOS cable TV service with Intel Media’s OnCue Cloud TV technology for streaming television shows online.
Verizon, which has seen growth in its FiOS service, will take charge of Intel’s OnCue, envisioned as a subscription TV service that enables users to watch television shows and movies delivered over the Internet.
The deal, announced Tuesday, suggests that Verizon wants to own online TV technology to hedge its bets as the television industry goes through a period of upheaval, and as more consumers are migrating to the Internet for entertainment, subscribing to services offered by Discount.com-inc.-ORCRP000672.topic”>Amazon.com, Netflix and Hulu.FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media
The deal also marks a retrenchment for Intel, which three years ago won attention in technology circles for its promise to revolutionize pay TV. Company executives said Intel’s budding TV service would give consumers greater flexibility in programming packages. Initially, the company even talked about offering channels a la carte, in which subscribers would pick and choose the programs they would pay to receive.
Viewers could watch live TV and video-on-demand shows on their TVs or mobile devices. It also boasted a Cloud DVR feature that would enable subscribers to store their video libraries on remote computers. Intel built its own set-top box and even hired a respected BBC executive to help design its service.
Television viewers, hoping to cancel their traditional pay TV subscriptions, rejoiced.
But Intel’s ambition to rewrite the rules of the economics of television was crushed by network executives who saw little value in licensing their valuable programming for less money and lower ad revenues, because the shows would reach smaller audiences.ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll
In the end, the distribution rights Intel was negotiating for were no different from the content packages that existing cable and satellite distributors offer, according to several people familiar with the matter.
"So, by all accounts, what they were going to launch … would have been a cable look-alike service," said cable industry analyst Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson Research.
The effort also might have proved too much of a diversion for Intel.
"If you run through the rough math, it’s not much of an opportunity to sell chips," said semiconductor industry analyst Stacy A. Rasgon of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. "It was going to be a wonderful service … but it’s been a distraction."PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times
The Intel Media unit had enjoyed the support of former Chief Executive Paul Otellini, who resigned in late 2012. But it was deemed nonessential by the company’s current CEO, Brian Krzanich.
Last week, after it reported profit and revenue had fallen for the second consecutive year, the Santa Clara company announced a restructuring, with plans to lay off 5,000 employees, or about 5% of its workforce, this year.
Intel is not the only tech company that has stumbled trying to build a better TV delivery system. Qualcomm Inc. three years ago abandoned its Flo TV service, a subscription-based service designed for smartphones with a 3.5-inch screen. Even giants Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have faced resistance trying to license content produced by major Hollywood studios.
Intel employs more than 300 people in Santa Clara who worked on the Intel TV service. Most are expected to be kept on by Verizon.PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013
The technology could be a boost to Verizon’s existing television service by giving viewers easier ways to search for programming to watch on their TVs as well as their smartphones and tablets. Verizon’s FiOS has more than 5 million subscribers.
Verizon, in an earnings call Tuesday with investors, said it planned to use OnCue to differentiate its FiOS service from its pay TV rivals. It even plans to integrate it with its Verizon Wireless mobile service.
"The OnCue platform and team will help Verizon bring next-generation video services to audiences who increasingly expect to view content when, where and how they want it," Verizon Chairman and Chief Executive Lowell McAdam said in a statement.
The telecommunications company announced last month that it would acquire Web start-up EdgeCast Networks Inc., a content delivery network in Santa Monica.
"We are positioning ourselves strategically … to compete around the whole mobile-first world and [in] video," said Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo.firstname.lastname@example.org Times staff writer Meg James contributed to this report.