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Roundup: Microsoft Surface, bigger Nexus 7, Google Calendar app, improved Ooma



surface.jpgUnder the Surface: Microsoft's Surface, the new tablet-laptop hybrid, is now available for preorder with the 32GB model for $500 and the 64BG for $700. Take a look at what went into the development of this new device.   Gizmodo 

32GB Nexus 7: Google is expected to announce a bigger 32GB version of its Nexus 7 tablet Oct. 29. Leaked information indicate the price will be $249 (same price as the 16GB version), and should start shipping also on Oct. 29.   Gadget Insiders 

App-finding apps: You smartphone is as good as the apps you have installed on them. But finding he right ones can be overwhelming with so many available. Here are some apps to help you discover the best and cheapest apps to get the job done.    New York Times


Stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich: Motorola Mobility listed some phones that won't be upgraded to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. For those stuck with these, the company will be offering a $100 rebate to trade up to select phones to stay up to date.    Engadgets


Google Calendar app: Google has released its official Calendar app on Google Play for Android devices running Android Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. The app lets you manage all of your calendars -- Google and non-Google --  in one place.


Gadgets for the morning routine: These devices can help make your mornings easier as you rush to get ready for work.    Fox News


Internet phone improved: Ooma, what many consider the best Internet phone system, is getting even better. The new Ooma HD2 has some new features including a 2-inch color screen that shows the caller's picture. You can plug in any wired or cordless phone into the core Ooma Telo base station for free domestic calling.   Philadelphia Daily News


Upgrade or not? If your gadget breaks, should you repair the device or upgrade to a new one? Upgrading too soon can be a big hit on your wallet. But new technology can make the switch worthwhile.   New York Times

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