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Kobo Aura H2O adds water resistance, dustproofing to e-reader

08/27, 8:30am

Kobo has unveiled an update to its Aura e-book reader, one which allows the e-reader to fend off the occasional splash of water. The Aura H2O is claimed to be the first of its kind to be IP67 certified for water and dust-proofing, meaning it can survive being submerged at a depth of 1 meter (3 feet) for up to 30 minutes.

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HTC reveals Desire 510 with 4.7-inch display, 64-bit processor

08/27, 6:10am

HTC has launched an entry-level Desire-branded smartphone capable of 64-bit processing. The Desire 510 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and though it will initially run as a 32-bit processor initially, HTC may enable its 64-bit processing once Android L starts to roll out to consumer devices in the future.

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HP recalls 6M notebook power cords over melting issues

08/27, 5:29am

Over 6 million notebook power cords sold with HP and Compaq notebooks are being recalled, over a possible fire risk. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that HP has received 29 reports where power cords dispatched with notebooks or sold separately overheated, resulting in charring or melting of the cable, with two claims of minor burns, and 13 claims of property damage.

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Report estimates Amazon has sold fewer than 35,000 Fire Phones

08/26, 7:19pm

Amazon may not have made as much of an impact with its first smartphone than initially thought, according to a report. Using data from Chitika's advertising network and ComScore figures, it is suggested that the online retailer may have sold fewer than 35,000 units of the Fire Phone, an underwhelming figure when compared to the hype.

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Google acquires visual effects cloud rendering company Zync Render

08/26, 6:07pm

Google's cloud offerings are growing to include services aimed at the movie industry today, thanks to the addition of a rendering technology that utilizes the elasticity of cloud computing. The search giant posted on the Google Cloud Platform Blog announcing that it acquired Zync Render, a company that specializes in flexible tools that use the cloud to store and render visual effects for films.

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Seagate reveals first 8TB hard drive for enterprise

08/26, 4:43pm

Storage solutions provider Seagate today announced it is shipping the world's first 8TB hard disk drive. The five-platter enterprise-oriented drive is in limited availability right now to "select customers," with wide scale availability next quarter, and a retail release shortly thereafter.

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Giant 12.9-inch iPad going into production by Q1 2015, sources say

08/26, 4:25pm

Apple suppliers are preparing to build a long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad, with production scheduled to start by the first quarter of 2015, sources tell Bloomberg. The unnamed sources don't have any further details on the tablet, except that Apple has been working with suppliers for a year or more to develop larger touchscreen devices. As for the iPad Air and iPad mini, a new Air is said to be in production now, while a new Mini is on the cusp. Both should ship later this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could use Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner

08/26, 4:05pm

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could use the same fingerprint sensor as the flagship Galaxy S5, according to rumors. Details of the alleged additional feature to the smartphone line surfaces at the same time as Samsung tries to hype up its Unpacked event for IFA on September 3, by showing off the device's S Pen stylus in a teaser video.

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Quick Start guide may show design, announcement date for iPhone 6

08/26, 2:33pm

French site Nowhereelse has published a photo of what it claims is the Quick Start guide for the iPhone 6. If authentic, the guide shows the layout of the device, including a sleep/wake button relocated from the top to the side, presumably because of the phone's larger size. The date on the phone is also set to "Tuesday, September 9," when Apple is generally expected to announce new iPhones. Past Quick Start guides have also used announcement dates.

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Rogers, Shaw plan November launch for Shomi streaming service

08/26, 1:43pm

Canadian cable companies Rogers and Shaw are preparing to open up its own streaming video equivalent to Netflix later this year. Shomi is a subscription video-on-demand service which will provide movies and TV show streams, which the two companies plan to launch in the first week of November for an estimated $9 per month, the same cost as its competition.

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Verizon draining remaining 32GB iPhone 5c stocks, source says

08/26, 1:16pm

Verizon is deliberately letting its remaining 32GB iPhone 5c inventory run dry, a source tells AppleInsider. The carrier has allegedly "retired" the model, as it prepares for Apple to launch new iPhones next month. The Verizon online store is in fact already out of the 32GB 5c in all colors except for blue. Every 16GB model is still in stock, as are all editions of the iPhone 5s.

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Google releases Chrome 37 for Windows, Mac, Linux

08/26, 12:30pm

Google has released Chrome 37 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The biggest change affects only Windows users, in the form of DirectWrite support for better font rendering. Previously, Chrome for Windows depended on the Graphics Device Interface, and Google explains that the change "required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome's font rendering engine."

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T-Mobile expands Simple Choice to ten lines, adds tablet data offer

08/26, 11:49am

T-Mobile has announced its second set of price plan changes in as many days. The carrier is extending the line capacity of its Simple Choice plans from five lines to a maximum of ten per account, while a new scheme will provide tablets added to a Simple Choice plan the same amount of LTE data as allocated to smartphones on the same account.

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LA Unified School District halts further use of iPads

08/26, 10:47am

The superintendent of Los Angeles' Unified School District, John Deasy, has formally suspended future implementation of an iPad contract with Apple. "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple," he writes in a memo issued to the Board of Education. "Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project]."

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China antitrust investigation focused on Internet Explorer, Windows

08/26, 10:18am

Mirroring similar complaints in the EU and United States from a decade ago, the current antitrust investigation in China has been confirmed to be over the bundling of Internet Explorer and Microsoft's Windows operating system. The investigation, and target of China's antitrust State Administration for Industry and Commerce, was confirmed at a press briefing by the head of the agency Zhang Mao earlier today.

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