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Nvidia legal document accidentally leaks HTC Nexus 9 name

09/11, 8:15am

Nvidia may have inadvertently confirmed the existence of a HTC-produced Nexus tablet. A legal filing by the chip producer names the tablet as the "HTC Nexus 9", something which matches earlier leaks pointing towards a tablet codenamed Flounder and the T1, with the document also suggesting it will be introduced in the next few months.

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Ricoh WG-M1 14MP camera survives drops, water, cold weather

09/11, 6:56am

Ricoh's latest addition to the WG sports camera range is a ruggedized shooter capable of being taken to a depth of 32 feet for up to one hour. The WG-M1 is also capable of surviving a 6-foot fall and resistant to temperatures as low as -10 Centigrade (14 Fahrenheit), all without requiring any form of protective housing or waterproof casing.

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Briefly: Google Play refund extension, Skype for Windows Phone update

09/11, 5:42am

Google has extended the opportunity to receive a refund from purchases in the Google Play Store to two hours. Android Central notes the support page for the store has been updated to show the upgraded refund period for apps and games, up from the previous 15-minute limit. It is understood that Google offered the longer refund window to some customers over the last few weeks, and has only just made the policy official recently.

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OK Go accuses Apple of stealing 'Perspective' ad concept

09/10, 3:08pm

Apple "stole" the concept behind its "Perspective" ad -- used to introduce yesterday's press event -- from OK Go, says band manager Andy Gershon. The Apple video features a camera tracking around a white room where shapes turn into text when seen from the right angle. OK Go, though, released a video in June for the song "The Writing's On the Wall," based on the same concept. More importantly, Gershon notes that the band met with Apple in April to pitch the concept as a potential collaboration.

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Microsoft reportedly plans phasing out of Nokia branding from devices

09/10, 2:59pm

Microsoft may start producing mobile devices without the Nokia branding by the end of this year. An alleged leaked internal document from Microsoft Mobile, the Devices and Services arm of Nokia acquired by the company, apparently shows that both the Nokia and Windows Phone names will be replaced on new smartphones with Microsoft and Windows respectively.

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Alcatel OneTouch ships Evolve 2, Fierce 2 through T-Mobile

09/10, 1:43pm

Two more Alcatel OneTouch smartphones have surfaced, following its IFA launches with the pair of budget-priced mobile devices heading to T-Mobile. The Fierce 2 has a 5-inch 960x540 display and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, while the lower-specification Evolve 2 has a smaller four-inch WVGA display with a dual-core 1.3GHz processor.

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Google Voice integration in Hangouts rolls out on Android

09/10, 11:36am

Google Voice is being integrated into Google Hangouts on Android, in what appears to be an an attempt by the search company to streamline its messaging services. Previously only available in the iOS version of Hangouts, the Android app now gives the option of making or receiving voice calls, text messages, and the ability to access voicemails on Google Voice.

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Deezer starting high-quality Sonos streaming in US from September 15

09/10, 9:48am

Music streaming service Deezer is finally heading to the United States, after being available across Europe, Canada, and a few other countries for some time. In order to differentiate itself from the competition, Deezer plans to offer a higher quality of stream to owners of Sonos speaker systems, with a far higher bitrate than Spotify and Rdio streams available on 90 percent of the catalog.

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Fujifilm gives X-T1 a graphite silver makeover, adds new EVF mode

09/10, 8:27am

Fujifilm has launched a second retro-inspired camera, as a marginally-upgraded version of the X-T1 from January. The X-T1 Graphite Silver adds a triple-layer coating to the camera, giving it a graphite appearance to its weather-sealed magnesium body, with the external alterations also accompanied by a number of internal improvements on the original model.

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Fujifilm adds hybrid viewfinder with electronic rangefinder to X100T

09/10, 7:07am

Fujufilm has announced an update to the X100 compact camera, ahead of Photokina. The X100T is similar to its predecessor in being a premium compact camera with a fixed lens, though the shooter notably has a hybrid viewfinder with an electronic rangefinder, allowing the camera to add an overlay showing a small area to aid in keeping focus on the subject.

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Dell introduces Venue 8 7000 tablet with RealSense, Cast dongle[u]

09/10, 6:13am

[Updated with new information, photos of Venue 8 7000, tease on Venue 10]

Dell has unveiled two new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), in the guise of a new tablet and accessory. The Venue 8 7000 is an Android tablet claimed to be the world's thinnest at 6mm (0.24 inches), while the Dell Cast is the company's attempt to take on Google's Chromecast, with a version focused on productivity rather than content consumption.

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Pricing for iCloud gets revised, starts at 99 cents per month for 20GB

09/09, 4:46pm

In a quiet move, Apple has officially revised the pricing for its paid iCloud tiers. These begin at the previously-announced levels of 99 cents per month for 20GB of storage, and 200GB for $4 per month. New to the pricing chart is the 500GB tier, costing $10 per month, and the highest tier, 1TB, which costs $20 per month. For comparison, Dropbox recently dropped its price for 1TB to $10 per month.

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Apple event stream marred by serious technical problems

09/09, 3:28pm

Apple's just-concluded press event in Cupertino was hampered by severe technical problems with online streaming, widespread accounts say. Before the presentation even began, viewers reported hearing multiple songs playing simultaneously. The event itself was hampered by video repeatedly stalling, looping, or simply dropping out entirely, in some cases cutting to bars with a "TV Truck" schedule display on top. For a good portion of the event, people who could successfully tune in heard a mix of English with Chinese translation dubbed over top. At certain points the entire Apple website displayed an "Access Denied" message.

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Forthcoming iOS 8 to go live on September 17

09/09, 3:07pm

During today's Apple press event, the company quickly mentioned that iOS 8 will be available to download free starting on September 17. The oldest devices compatible with it will be the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and fifth-generation iPod touch. It will come preloaded on Apple's newest devices, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple introduces Apple Pay mobile payment platform

09/09, 2:11pm

Apple today announced Apple Pay, its long-awaited mobile payment system. The technology relies on a mix of Passbook, Touch ID, and new NFC and "Secure Element" hardware in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Users can add credit cards from their iTunes account, or take a photo of one and verify it with the bank. A credit card number isn't stored on a phone or shared, and transactions are tokenized, as was rumored. Should a phone be stolen, Find My iPhone can be used to disable purchasing functions, eliminating the need to cancel cards. Cashiers don't see any of the transaction data.

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