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How to update your Android Nexus device without waiting for the OTA update

Nexus devices carry one big advantage over most all of the other Android devices; updates to the latest Android version are available for them first (most of the time).

However, as many Android users know, Google uses a staged rollout system for both their app updates as well as their system updates. This means that not all users get the update at the same time. Google says this allows them to make sure that the update is working how it should before they deploy it to everyone. For some of us, we just want the update as soon as we can get it.

That’s where Nexus Factory Images come in. These are the full Android package for Nexus devices, and they are available to download well before most people get the over-the-air (OTA) update pushed to them. Even better, it is incredibly easy to use these images to update your device on your own!

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Oculus shows off new Oculus Rift Prototype at CES 2014

Oculus has been in the news for a while now, really picking up speed about a year ago with their first prototype of the Oculus Rift shipping to some developers.

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that allows you to look around in a game with the same, natural head motion that you would use to look around in the real world. The first prototype was very promising, but had some downsides such as low resolution screens which made what you see look like you were looking through a screen door. New, higher definition prototypes have been tested and, that issue at least, will definitely be solved before the device ships to consumers.

More improvements were made with the new Crystal Cove prototype they showed at CES this year.

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Sony Unveils “Playstation Now” Service at CES 2014

Back in 2012, Sony purchased a streaming video game service known as Gaikai. This news excited gamers’ imaginations…one of the big console companies now owns a legitimate streaming video game platform?

The timetable of Sony’s plans for its newly acquired technology was in question and rumors heated up with the launch of the Playstation 4.

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, our questions have been answered.

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Netflix makes a splash at CES 2014, without a booth

Netflix has had has a great last couple years. They’ve built up their original content catalog with titles such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and a new season of Arrested Development.

Netflix 4K streaming was promoted at several different conferences at CES this year. CEO Reed Hastings wanted to assure attendees, and those of us at home, that Netflix will have an abundance of “Ultra HD” content for our new $999 Vizio 4K TVs.

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What is 4K, should I care?

4K TVs have been hitting the news a lot more lately, and they seemed to be a pretty big hit at CES this year.

So, what is it? How will it affect your experience?

4K resolution (also known as Ultra HD) is 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is 4 times (2 times in each direction) the amount of pixels of 1080p (also known as Full HD), 1920 x 1080 pixels. What that boils down to is you will get a clearer image as there will be more points of detail on the screen. This is, of course, assuming that what you are watching is giving your 4K TV a video feed of 4K resolution.

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