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Talking some new tech

Google and Motorola got busy this week, and an update from Climate Corporation.

Sure we're an ag website, but farmers buy tech all the time and this week the folks at Google and Motorola announced some interesting new tools and upgrades I thought you might be interested in.

First up is Google with the new Nexus 7 that aims at the Apple iPad Mini and claims to be te world's highest resolution 7-inch tablet. The new mini-tablet is also thinner and lighter, which would be handing.

With a true HD display the Nexus 7 should make reading email - even for older eyes (yes mine too) easier. The Retina display at Apple does make a difference on the iPad (which baffled me when the iPad Mini came out with a lower-resolution screen). Price for the Nexus 7 is $229 for the 16 GB model and only and $40 more to get a 32 GB model. If you want to add a cellular connection the 32G version will cost you $349. It goes on sale just about everywhere on July 30 - including Amazon, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Walmart.

Over at TheVerge.com they offer their look at the Nexus 7 - you can check that out here. And the folks at Engadget show off other 7-inch Android-based tablets and how they compare.

Second, Motorola has three new Droid phones on the market and as one computer pundit said "these are the droids you're looking for" - a nice place on a very old Star Wars reference. Here's a quick rundown of the three phones and what they offer.

There will be three phones - all from Motorola including the Droid Maxx (shown at right), Droid Ultra and the new Droid Mini. Their names say a lot about their capabilities. The Droid Maxx has a 5-inch high-resolution screen with a 48-hour battery life (you read that right).

The Droid Ultra - $199.99 - is a very thin phone, in fact it's the thinnest Droid ever with its high-resolution 5-inch display. Battery life for this thinner phone is reported at 28 hours - so you should get a full day of heavy use out of the unit.

And the Droid Mini has a 4.3-inch screen and sells for $99.99. It has a lower-quality screen, according to some reports, but at that price point and size could be pretty popular. All three of these new Droids will run the latest version of Google's Android operating system. You can see more by checking out this review.

Finally, it's nice when we communicate with a company and they put an idea to work. A couple weeks ago we promoted a new interesting data site from Climate Corporation showing crop progress in a very graphic way.

The problem I had was that the map legend on the screen was hard to read, so it made it hard to read. What was going on? So this week the legend is bigger (thank you!). And I'm told that in the future instead of V and R stages that legend could get even more descriptive. I won't give that away but we'll check back and see when they make those changes.

It's a new way to look at weather model data and it shows you quickly how the corn crop is doing. Check it out at insights.climate.co.

Image notes: Nexus 7 image from Google.com; Droid Maxx from Motorola Inc.

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The problem I had was that the map legend on the screen was hard to read, so it made it hard to read. What was going on? So this week the legend is bigger (thank you!). And I'm told that in the future instead of V and R stages that legend could get even more descriptive. I won't give that away but we'll check back and see when they make those changes. source: Android APK

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