Nexus 7 sale at Best Buy includes $199.99 price tag, $25 Google Play credit

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The year 2014 is nearly here, and everyone knows that one of the best ways to ring in the new year is by purchasing a shiny new tablet. Best Buy is ready to help you do just that today by slashing the price of Google’s 16GB Nexus 7 to $199.99, which is a full $30 less than Google is currently asking for 7-inch slate in its own Play Store. The good stuff doesn’t stop there, though, because Best Buy is also handing out free $25 Google Play credits with every Nexus 7 purchase.

Originally introduced in July, Asus and Google’s Nexus 7 features a 7-inch 1920×1200 display and 1.2-megapixel shooter on its face, a 5-megapixel camera around back and a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor crammed inside of its body. Google’s usual $229 asking price for that tablet-shaped package of components isn’t a bad deal, but this Best Buy promo makes the Android 4.4-powered Nexus 7 pretty tough to resist, especially with the inclusion of a $25 Google Play credit that can be used to load the N7 up with apps and other content.

The Nexus 7 is in stock on Best Buy’s website and ready to be added to your virtual cart. Shipping is free, and Best Buy says that orders usually leave its warehouse within one business day. If you’d prefer a slightly more brick-and-mortar buying experience, you can buy the Nexus 7 online and pick it up from a nearby store or go really old school and conduct your entire purchase at the Best Buy location. If you think that buying what many consider to be one of the best Android tablets on the market sounds like a good way to welcome 2014, you can hit up the Best Buy link below to get to started.

Via Android Central, Best Buy: 16GB Google Nexus 7

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Trio of free productivity apps available in the Windows Phone Store

Ready to turn over a new leaf as the ball drops in Times Square, marking the beginning of another year? If you own a Windows Phone handset, even an aged Windows Phone 7, you can become more productive next year by downloading three apps that are being offered for free. You can pick up the apps without paying a penny, but only for a week, after which the deal ends… http://www.phonearena.com/news/Trio-of-free-productivity-apps-available-in-the-Windows-Phone-Store_id50836 (Source)

Apple denies knowledge of NSA program that spies on iPhones

A day after a security researcher named Jacob Applebaum, and German publication Das Spiegal revealed documents alleging that the NSA has an active plan in force to steal data from iPhones, Apple denied that it was involved in any way with the operation, or that it even knew about it. In a statement, the Cupertino based tech giant said that it has been unaware of the program, said to be called DROPOUTJEEP… http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-denies-knowledge-of-NSA-program-that-spies-on-iPhones_id50835 (Source)

Low-Key New Year’s Eve Is the new Raging Party

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For many city-dwellers, the last straw was the surge pricing Uber announced Monday, which could see the cost of cars rise eight-fold at midnight on New Years’ Eve. For many more, it was the various other forms of surge pricing associated with the evening: the cost of a babysitter (if you can find one); the cost of drinks (if you can squeeze through the crowd to the bar); the Happy New Year hats and 2014 glasses (worth everything today and nothing tomorrow).

Year after year of noisy, urgent revelry on the last night of the year has left many of us wanting something more fulfilling to mark the passing of 2013 — especially given that it falls in the middle of the week. Yoga studios are reporting increasing numbers for silent midnight meditation. Celebrities such as Billy Crystal are trumpeting their plans for a quiet night in; he’ll be talking to the grandkids on Skype Read more…

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Feeling Nervous? Don’t Try to Calm Down — Get Excited

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Human beings, being human, get anxious. We all do, except psychopaths. An estimated 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety of some form at any given time. Some of us get really, really anxious, like Scott Stossel, a writer and editor at the Atlantic whose memoir of a lifelong and often paralyzing struggle with the condition is about to be published. For those of us to whom anxiety is a more occasional visitor, the condition can be crippling.

There’s a reason for performance anxiety, of course; it focuses the mind, and without it some of us would never complete anything. But there are real costs, as well: Anxiety has been shown to sap our working memory and information processing, the very capacities we need to perform well in any task that requires thinking. “Anxious negotiators make low first offers, exit early, and earn less profit than neutral state negotiators,” writes Alison Wood Brooks, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. “Similarly, anxious individuals seek out and rely more heavily on advice, even when the advice is obviously bad, because they do not feel confident in their own ability to make good judgments.” Read more…

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Spider-Man Takes Over Times Square for New Year’s Eve

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Sorry, Batman and Superman — you’re so last year. 2014 is the year of Spider-Man

Spidey has been dubbed the official superhero of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment announced Monday

The superhero will help ring in the new year to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, slated for release on May 2. An exclusive clip from the upcoming film will debut during the celebrations on the video screens in the middle of Times Square

“There’s no celebration like New Year’s Eve in Times Square,” Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 said in a Marvel Entertainment press release. “There’s the sense of energy and excitement that you can only get in New York and we certainly felt that energy and excitement as we shot the entire film here. The people of New York City truly embraced our production, and it’s a wonderful feeling to be returning to Times Square to ring in the New Year.” Read more…

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The NSA and Your iPhone: What You Need to Know

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Apple has responded to documents that claim the U.SNational Security Agency has implemented a backdoor to access communications sent via the iPhone.

The company denies working with the NSA to create any so-called backdoors — lines of code in the OS that would allow the agency to remotely access, monitor or intercept communications on the phone.

Here’s the company’s full statement:

Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements
Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them. Read more…

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