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Seeing that Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last week during its Google I/O conference – where it also announced its home entertainment device, the Nexus Q, among a few other things – Android users are surly antsy to get the latest version of the OS onto their devices. Well, Nexus S and Nexus S 4G owners are in luck; two guys from the XDA forums – DeXmax and CooLoserTech – have ported Jelly Bean 4.1 to the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G, respectively.

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While the cool thing to do is typically compare S Voice or Google Now with Apple’s own personal assistant, Siri, Clayton Ljungberg of AndroidAuthority has decided to pit the two brotherly voice assistant services to see which one is the best.

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If you’ve been longing for the immensely cool and “futuristic” ability to charge your iPhone wirelessly, you may be waiting a while for an official solution from Apple. However, a tinkerer who goes by the name of Tanveer took apart a wireless charging case for the iPhone and installed its components into the iPhone 4S chassis itself. If you have a bit of patience, a lot of soldering skills, sufficient knowledge of the iPhone’s internals to disassemble, modify, and reassemble, and you don’t fear breaking your iPhone by mistake, then this would be a fun project of you. The entire process is briefly touched on in a three minute video released by Tanveer.

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Remember the outlandishly awkward Galaxy Note that’s too big to be a phone, but too small to be a tablet? It appears that Samsung is cooking up a successor to the device which it will unveil at the end of August during the IFA 2012 consumer electronics show in Berlin. On top of this, it is rumored that the Galaxy Note II will come with a 5.5″ display, which is slightly larger than the existing Galaxy Note’s 5.3″ display. It will of course run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is now the latest version of the operating system.

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No, the article title isn’t a typo; I’m not referring to news about the next-generation PlayStation console. Rather, it appears that a revision may be in the works for the existing PS3. Essentially, the FCC filing pertains to a WLAN antenna for the CECH-4001x model of the PS3. While a WLAN antenna certainly sounds boring, the interesting tidbit that we can take away from this is that the current PS3s are in the CECH-2500 through 3000 series. On top of this, a diagram included in the filing to depict where the FCC sticker will be placed appears to vaguely show the chassis of the device. It’s more rectangular than the existing model, with an off-center area that acts as a stand for the console.

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Remember last month’s comparison between mobile OSes, where we compared iOS 6 with the existing Android 4.x ICS and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platforms? Well, in the time that has passed since then, we’ve since learned some newer official information about iOS 6, along with the upcoming versions of the other two mobile OSes. So now, a new chart has been concocted which compares and contrasts iOS 6 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8.

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On the heels of various analysts coming out and stating that Apple is working on a smaller iPad with a 7-8″ (diagonally) screen, Bloomberg has just published its own report claiming that they’re hearing the same from their sources. Rumors about such a device have been plentiful for quite some time now. But, why would Apple want to create a smaller iPad?

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Now that Google has unveiled its proper entry into the living room entertainment space, the Nexus Q, is it worth considering against the already established products in the market from Microsoft and Google? Short answer: Unless you want to pay more for less, no. Here’s the longer answer.

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As of right now, the existing consumer tablet market is dominated and was essentially created by Apple when it released the first iPad. Since then, Microsoft and Google have been working to catch up and get their foot in the door of this Apple-dominated market. Google’s Android tablet OS has managed to gain some ground, and we can expect Windows 8 tablets to hit the shelves later this year. However, in the past two weeks, both Microsoft and Google have announced special tablet hardware devices that they hope will help them gain even more ground in this market.

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Following quite a few rumors suggesting that Google had some sort of TV/entertainment device up its sleeve, the Nexus Q – touted as a “social streaming media player”, has now been officially announced at the big Google I/O event today. The Nexus Q is described as a device that can stream all of your content from Google Play – which includes an assortment of HD movies and TV shows – and YouTube, along with your own content to your living room screen and speakers.

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If you frequently make spelling and grammar mistakes in your Facebook comments, then you’re probably no stranger to frequently deleting and reposting them, or editing them if you happen to catch your error within the first few seconds of posting. Well now, Facebook is rolling out a feature that will eliminate that small window of time; soon (once this rolls out over the next few days, users will be able to edit their own comments without that few second time limit. However, to prevent people from abusing this privilege, you will also be able to view the complete edit history throughout a thread.

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While it certainly took a fair bit of time, Nike+ has finally sprinted to the finish line on Google Play. Just like its iOS counterpart which is pretty popular among people who regularly run and jog, the Nike+ Running App for Android packs quite a lot of features to help people monitor their runs and set goals. You can monitor statistics such as distance and speed across past runs, and, while you’re actually running, you can see in-progress GPS maps, change songs, and even get audio feedback on your run for when you pass certain distance milestones.

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