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Google Releases Nexus 5 Phone

Episode 1027

Google Nexus 5

Google released its next smart phone, called Nexus 5, made by LG. Like the previous Nexus phone, Google sells this unlocked and unsubsidized starting at $349 -- that's nearly half the cost of buying most competing smartphones unsubsidized. Make sure to buy it from the Google Play store though, because other retailers like Best Buy currently sell it for around $700 instead! This may be because there's a longer wait to get it from the Play store at this time.

If Blogger closes down, can I get my posts?

Karen from Norco, CA

Episode 1026

Karen has a blog through Google's Blogspot and she's worried that Google might kill it since it seems to be killing a lot of its services. Leo says that while Google does kill apps from time to time, as long as she owns her own domain name, she can use Google's Data Liberation capability and just open a new blog somewhere else. It would be a hassle, but Google usually gives plenty of warning before killing a product.

Should I get an Apple or Windows laptop or tablet?

Colby from

Episode 1024

Colby's parents are going to get him either a laptop or tablet. Apple or Windows? Leo says it largely depends on what the school uses, usually. A tablet for school work is a tedious affair. So you'd have to buy a bluetooth grade keyboard for another $100. Microsoft will be coming out with the Surface 2 in two days. Also check out the HP ChromeBook. A real laptop, but it runs the Chrome OS. You use Google Docs and you' have all you need and the price isn't all that bad at $279.

What's the best tablet for games and reading?

Susan from

Episode 1023

Susan is looking to get a tablet that will handle ebook reading, games for the kids, and working the internet. Leo says that while you can get a cheaper Android iPad, Leo says that Susan should get an iPad. It's got great apps, is well supported, and very easy to use. It's a little more expensive, but it's worth it. But wait until Tuesday, October 22, because it's likely Apple will announce new iPads and she could save money on the previous version. 3G or Wifi?

Google Stock Surpasses $1,000 Per Share

Episode 1023

Google's quarterly earnings call this week showed that their stock has climbed past $1,000 a share, with significant gains in mobile search ad revenue. It's good news, but Leo says the fickle nature of stock means that sooner or later, it'll plunge. Nothing stays on top forever.

Google Stock Tops $1,000, Highlighting a Tech Divide (New York Times)…
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/technology/google-stock-scales-1000-a-share.html?_r=0

Enable or Disable Gmail's New Inbox Tabs

Google has recently rolled out changes to Gmail that can affect that way emails are displayed in the inbox. The new inbox prioritizes email into several categories: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums, in an effort to reduce clutter. An advantage to this system is that it allows you to ignore promotional emails or updates from social media sites and focus more on the important messages. The disadvantage is that you can't see all of your emails at once, and Google may be sorting some messages incorrectly.