Fully Charged: Instagram gets ads, Amazon’s Apple TV rival, and Asus-made Nexus 10 on the way

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Ads come to Instagram

Instagram warned us that adverts would be coming to feeds at some point, and for some US users that day has now come. Instagram says the ads, which will be visible to all users within a couple of months, are designed to blend into your feed by being, well, Instagram-style photos: “We’ll focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.” Users will be able to hide ads they don’t like and provide feedback as to why, and this information will be used to tailor ads to specific users – a little similar to the setup used by Instagram’s owner Facebook. [Source: Techcrunch]

Amazon prepping an Apple TV rival?

Amazon is poised to join the battle for your living room by unveiling a set-top box, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal claims the device, codenamed “Cinnamon”, will be able to run third-party apps and stream movies, TV and music from Amazon’s services, and might possibly run Amazon-sold games too. While pricing is still unknown, the WSJ says the box will be in shops in time for Christmas this year. [Source: Apple Insider]

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New Google Nexus 10 incoming?

The EVLeaks Twitter account is generally reliable when it comes to phone and tablet leaks, and its latest reveal suggests that a new Google Nexus 10 is close to release. The photo doesn’t reveal much about the tablet itself, sadly, except that it will be manufactured by Asus (Samsung made the last Nexus 10). We’ll keep an eye out for developments… [Source: EVLeaks]

Sunflex Unu: another tablet vying for your money

Sunflex has unveiled the Unu tablet, a 7in Android Jelly Bean 4.2 model with a 1280 x 800 resolution, quad-core processor, 5MP and 2MP cameras and 8GB of expandable storage. Interestingly, it also comes with a TV docking station (which essentially turns any television into a smart TV) as well as a remote control that works as a gesture-sensing “air mouse” and features a full QWERTY keyboard on one side. There’ll also be an option to buy it with a Bluetooth gamepad. Priced from US$200 (RM636), it’ll be on sale by the end of the year and looks set to prove a versatile product. [Source: thealistdaily.com]

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