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Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders begin tomorrow, sales start October 17

09/18, 1:03pm

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is being made available for pre-order in the United States tomorrow, with shipments expected to start on October 17th, though AT&T plans to ship the smartphone earlier on October 14th. In the United Kingdom, pre-orders also begin tomorrow, though the stylus-equipped phablet will be on sale from October 10th.

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Netropolitan social network launches with $9,000 sign-up fee

09/18, 10:47am

A new social network for affluent individuals has launched, with an unusual membership strategy. Netropolitan is billed as the "world's most exclusive online community," with new users looking to sign up to the service required to pay $9,000 for the first year's membership fees, followed by annual fees of $3,000 in subsequent years.

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Apple, U2 collaborating on 'new digital music format'

09/18, 10:02am

Irish band U2 is collaborating with Apple on a "new digital music format" designed to entice people into buying more recorded music, according to Time. The band claims that the point isn't just to help its own sales, but artists that can't make money from live performances. "Songwriters aren't touring people," says frontman Bono. "Cole Porter wouldn't have sold t-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."

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China issues one of two required approvals for iPhone 6 sale

09/18, 7:52am

Apple has obtained one approval for use of the new line of iPhones in China, moving closer to being able to sell the coveted device in the market. Another critical approval for network access is still needed, which led to concerns last week about the handset not being available for some time in the country.

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Briefly: Google Glass iOS update, Chromecast out in more countries

09/18, 7:48am

An update to MyGlass, the iOS Google Glass companion app, has been updated to allow users faster access to images shot using the headwear. The Next Web writes that photographs will now appear on an iPhone or iPad for editing when Photo Sync is enabled, viewable both via the app and a separate MyGlass album. The Android version of the app reportedly already has the function built in.

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ICANN gTLD auction sees Amazon acquire .buy domains for $4.6M

09/18, 6:45am

A number of notable Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) have been acquired, as part of an auction by ICANN. The auction, which took place as multiple companies applied for the same or similar gTLDs could not agree on ownership, saw three domain suffixes being sold for millions of dollars, with Amazon being the winner of the .buy domains.

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BlackBerry reveals Porsche Design P'9983 premium smartphone

09/18, 5:53am

BlackBerry has unveiled a smartphone coming out next month, this time under the Porsche Design brand. The P'9983 follows on from the P'9982 of last year, with the smartphone taking the functionality of typical BlackBerry devices, such as the Q20, and combining them with a striking design which uses premium materials.

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Pioneer sells DJ audio arm to equity firm, alters home audio deal

09/17, 8:20pm

Pioneer's vision for the future is shifting as it was announced this week that the company is spinning its disk-jockey audio line off into a new company. Through an agreement with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) the private equity firm will acquire a majority share in the new company, tentatively titled Pioneer DJ. News follows a change in the previously announced venture that would see the home audio division splintered from Pioneer, selling it to Onkyo in its entirety.

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Apple acknowledges HealthKit bug, promises fix

09/17, 5:03pm

Apple has confirmed the existence of a bug in HealthKit that resulted in the removal of related apps from the App Store. In an email to the Financial Times' Tim Bradshaw, the company states that it has "discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We're working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month."

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BitTorrent Chat exits private test; emerges as Bleep for OS X, Android

09/17, 4:42pm

Peer-to-peer protocol pioneers BitTorrent has released an Alpha version of its chat client. BitTorrent has revealed Bleep -- what used to be called BitTorrent Chat -- for Android and OSX. Bleep offers fully encrypted, end to end communications between users only stored locally on devices, and not retained by servers along any step of the way.

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Ecobee introduces smart thermostat with remote sensors, touchscreen

09/17, 3:31pm

Thermostat manufacturer Ecobee has unveiled its third-generation device, the ecobee3. Much like other smart thermostats, the ecobee3 is able to work out when is the optimum time to raise or lower the temperature, though this time the unit is able to rely on a network of remote sensors to find out whether a room is occupied or not, as well as the temperature of each area.

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iOS 8 now live, adds features like Health app, Extensions, Continuity

09/17, 1:21pm

As planned, Apple has released iOS 8 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The latter may be difficult or impossible for some users, as it requires roughly 5.7GB of free space on an iPhone, and 6.9GB on an iPad. In any event users must have at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

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HealthKit problem prompting Apple to pull some third-party apps

09/17, 1:04pm

An unspecified, last-minute problem with HealthKit is prompting Apple to pull some compatible apps from the App Store, developers say. The developer of CARROT Fit, Brian Mueller, says that he received a phone call from Apple explainingadds on Twitter.

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Amazon websites leak details of Kindle Voyage with 300dpi display

09/17, 11:51am

Amazon is looking to launch another e-reader in its Kindle range, according to details leaked through its German and Japanese stores. The appearance of the Kindle Voyage has also allegedly been uncovered, with an illustration from a supposed manual along with other details appearing to show the device's page turning buttons will be replaced by a new sensor in the bezels responding to light presses.

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Next Apple press event targeted for mid- to late October, source says

09/17, 10:27am

(Updated with Oct. 21 date and counterclaim) Apple's next press event should take place in mid- to late October, a source tells AppleInsider. The company has reportedly set internal project and marketing deadlines for mid-October, ahead of a planned announcement. Previous rumors have called for an October event, but without specifying more precise timing.

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