CrowdGadgets | November 28, 2012

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The CrowdGadgets newsletter is a weekly installment that will keep you up to date on the latest gadget and tech news from Pocketables, Good and EVO, and the rest of the CrowdGather gadget network, including Anythingbutipad, Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, and Zune Boards. Read the latest news below.

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With so many tablets on the market, it can be difficult to figure out which one to buy. Thankfully, we have a guide to help you out. But before you buy, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself. We also have a look at what it’s like to live with the new Samsung Chromebook, as well as a retrospective of Xbox LIVE on mobile devices. And are Windows 8 hybrids the real iPad killers?


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Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means that it’s time to start looking for gadgets to add to your wish list. We have reviews of the new Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, as well as AT&T’s Windows Phone 8X by HTC. Of course, you might be looking for something smaller, like the Targus Drifter II Plus backpack, SoundWear SD10 Bluetooth Stereo Headset, or SyncMate for OS X.

Good and EVO

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Our series of ROM Developer Spotlights continue with Mike Chaney – a.k.a. Mikeyxda – from MeanROM. MeanROM is one of the most popular custom ROMs for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, so check out our full discussion with him for interesting insights. We also have two ROM picks – Evervolv 3.1.0 Jelly Bean and Deck’s ReLoaded .500 RLS – and a feature we’d like to see included in future custom ROMs.


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If you’ve ever attempted a DIY project with your SanDisk Sansa Clip+ and accidentally damaged your battery, fear not – there’s a fix. Anythingbutipod has a great tutorial showing you how to easily replace the battery. We also shone the spotlight on a particularly interesting Kickstarter initiative known as the “Bass Egg Project.” Will they be able to create a reverberation speaker that actually produces great sound?

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/ Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

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