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Google shows off new Nexus 7 while PM ponders porn plug

We like new toys at TechRadar, and this week Google gave us lots to play with. There's a new tablet (the Nexus 7 2), a digital TV dongle and a spanking new version of Android. The second incarnation of the Nexus is slightly more expensive - $229 versus the original's $199 - but you get a lot more for your money.

As Jon Mundy reports, "The highly anticipated reboot features full HD resolution - 1920 x 1200 - making this the highest resolution 7-inch tablet." Mundy also compared the new Nexus to the Kindle Fire HD and iPad mini, and found Google in front on performance. The Nexus also comes with the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.3.

Google’s other product launch was the $35 Chromecast. It's a clever little thing, plugging into your TV's HDMI port and enabling you to access web video and control it with your smartphone, tablet or PC. Plus, every customer gets three months of Netflix thrown in, which almost covers the cost of the device. Chromecast ships in the US in two weeks. Other countries will have to wait a little longer.

David Cameron's been thinking about Google too. The UK Prime Minister wants search engines to censor more content and announced plans to filter all of the country's internet connections. Our columnist Gary Marshall is appalled: "Does David Cameron have the slightest idea of what he's talking about?" he asks.

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How Microsoft showed it only cares about the US market
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The E-P5 is one of the most fun cameras we've used recently, and also one of the most impressively performing. Image quality is superb, while handling is sensible and intuitive. It's pretty stylish too.
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This super-slim 3D Blu-ray player Ultra HD upscaling is a great all-rounder, and perfect for tarting up a TV. Kudos goes to Samsung for its excellent file support from both USB flash drives and streaming.
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The Nexus 7 is a strong performer and astounding value for money. If you're on a budget, this is the tablet to buy. Even if you're not, it's well worth considering, as its specs and performance make it competitive with tablets twice the price.
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Will you buy the new Nexus 7 or wait for the iPad mini 2?
@amiray85 Why would I pay a lot more money for something that probably matches the Nexus 7 in terms of power?
@Wotton BUY! Apple is so yesterday, yo. It's all Google & Android from here on in!
@GameViewPoint I'm a big fan of my iPad mini, so iPad mini 2 for me.
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