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These days, it's not much of a surprise to see new tablets popping up out of nowhere from every manufacturer imaginable -- but not so much from the wireless carriers who sell some of them. But that's exactly what Verizon Wireless is doing this week, selling its own Android 4.2 tablet at an affordable price that puts its own 4G LTE network front and center. Because really, why should manufacturers have all the fun...?
Google released version 3.1.0 of its free, universal Google Search app for iOS on Tuesday, which finally catches up to as much of the Google Now experience as Apple will allow on its devices. Users can now search hands-free using the "OK Google" voice command (requires iPhone 4S or later) as well as create reminders in the same manner -- although they sadly don't sync with the built-in Reminders app. The app also includes new cards including tickets and boarding passes, notifications to keep users up-to-date with all of their data and plenty more. Google Search 3.1.0 is a free update now available in the App Store.
AllThingsD reported Tuesday that Apple's impressive new iPad Air has been scrutinized to determine how much it actually costs to make, and the results are in. According to IHS research data, the svelte tablet costs somewhere between $274 and $361 to build, depending upon which model you're talking about. Of that cost, an estimated $133 is being spent on the display and touchscreen assembly alone -- an increase over previous full-sized iPad models. However, Apple has managed to cut corners elsewhere in the tablet, so the base model still comes in $42 cheaper than the previous model. IHS estimates that Apple's gross profit margin on the iPad Air falls around 45 percent for the 16GB, Wi-Fi only base model, and is as high as 61 percent on the larger 128GB model.
MacRumors reported Tuesday that Apple released iTunes 11.1.3, a minor update to the Mac media player that comes only two weeks after the previous version, which arrived alongside OS X Mavericks. "This version of iTunes resolves an issue where the equalizer may not work as expected and improves performance when switching views in large iTunes libraries," the release notes read. "This update also includes additional minor bug fixes" -- but good luck figuring out what those might be. iTunes 11.1.3 is now available from the Updates tab of the Mac App Store, or as a direct download from the Apple website.
Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that it's getting into the hardware business with a line of products under the Ellipsis brand. The first such device arrives in stores Thursday, November 7 in the form of a seven-inch Android tablet known as Ellipsis 7, a 4G LTE-equipped device priced at only $249.99. Customers looking to save a few bucks on the slate can get $100 off for a limited time by purchasing the device with a new two-year data contract, and Ellipsis 7 arrives relatively free of cruft, with a nearly stock version of Android 4.2.
Nike, Inc. released Nike+ Move on Tuesday, a free app made exclusively for the iPhone 5s and its built-in M7 coprocessor. First demoed during the unveiling of Apple's latest handset in September, Nike+ Move tracks a user's movement and converts it into "NikeFuel," a universal unit of measurement that displays when, how and where you're moving throughout the day and even compare results with friends using Game Center. Now available on the App Store, Nike+ Move isn't just for health nuts -- it's for anyone curious to see how active (or inactive) they are throughout the day.
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