Google Nexus 7 Tablet Cheap, Ships with $25 Credit

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It has been a big week for Google. The company not only unveiled its budget-priced Nexus 7 tablet computer, it also revealed more information about its upcoming Google Glass computerized eyewear.

Nexus 7 is a $199 tablet computer designed to challenge Amazon's Kindle Fire, which retails for the same price in the competitive tablet market. Both devices will sell for roughly half the price of Apple's rival device, the iPad, and both will focus on offering basic Internet browsing features.

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The Nexus 7 will be sold on Google Play, Google's app store. According to USA Today, the device will become available for purchase immediately, and observers expect initial shipments by mid-July, 2012.

There's also a bonus $25 credit, good for buying apps on Google Play, for those who sign on early.

Google Glass: The Future is Here, Priced At $1,500

Those looking for a tech toy that is a little more cutting-edge than the Nexus 7 will be glad that Google has also provided a clearer picture of its upcoming Google Glass technology.

Google first showed off this product with a wild demonstration that included parachutists and stunt cyclists, all wearing a set of Google Glasses. The glasses broadcast everything the daredevils saw, clearly and effectively, to the onlooking crowd.

Google Glasses look futuristic. They're as lightweight as regular sunglasses, and come with a special touch panel on the side with buttons allowing wearers to snap photographs and shoot video.

Another part of the technology whipping up excitement is its ability to display information to the wearer on what looks like a transparent screen.

Right now Google Glasses, which cost $1,500, serve best as an incredibly portable video camera. However, Google believes there's enormous additional potential for the technology.

"Someday we would like to make this so fast that you don't feel like, if you have a question, you have to go seek the [answer]. We'd like it to be so fast that you just know it. We'd like to be able to empower people to know information very, very quickly," company representatives said. (Source:

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