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tmMicrosoft announced two new Surface tablets today. The Surface Pro 2 has a Haswell processor, and better battery life with 64GB of storage for $899. There's also a 512GB version for $1799. The Surface 2 is the successor to the Surface RT, is thinner lighter with better battery life 32GB of storage for $449. The RT will remain on sale for $349. Microsoft also announced new accessories including a new Type Cover and Touch Cover and the new Power Cover which contains a 30 wHr battery. ALl of the new products go on pre-order tomorrow 9/24 at 8 AM Eastern Time and arrive October 22.http://www.theverge.com/microsoft/2013/9/23/4761722/all-the-news-from-microsofts-surface-2-event

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iaApple sold a higher-than-expected 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models in the first three days following the Friday launch of the 5s and Apple shares rose 4.5 percent to $488.64 in early trading following the good news. Sales of the new models - combined - were nearly double those of the iPhone 5 in the first weekend after its launch a year ago. Wall Street analysts had expected Apple to sell about 6 million of the two new iPhones.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/us-apple-iphone-idUSBRE98J0LD20130923

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tmThe world's third biggest retailer, Britain's Tesco, has introduced it's own tablet. The Hudl is a seven-inch Android tablet with 16 GB of storage that sells for 119 pounds (US$190). The device will launch in Britain to begin, but Tesco says its considering rollouts in Europe and Asia.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/us-tesco-tablet-idUSBRE98M0LC20130923

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iaChaos Computer Club, a European hacker group, says they've figured out a way to beat Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor using "easy everyday means." According to a hacker by the handle "Starbug," you'd need a 2400 DPI photograph of a person's fingerprint from a glass surface, then that image would be laser printed at 1200 DPI. The final step is using latex or woodglue to create a sheet with a fingerprint that can fool the iPhone. http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/22/chaos-computer-club-apple-touch-id-fake-fingerprint/

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tmOn Friday, Apple introduced an update for Apple TV to give the STB new features like iTunes Radio. After reports that the update was bricking some Apple TVs, the company pulled the update on Saturday night. If you ended up with a bricked Apple TV, you can connect it to your PC via a micro USB cable to restore it using iTunes. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57604058-37/apple-pulls-apple-tv-update-amid-bricking-complaints/

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iaAn official Blackberry blog post has explained that the BBM app has been pulled from apple and google play stores, because it "caused issues". The Android app has now been disabled, but customers who downloaded the BBM for iPhone app before it got pulled will still be able to use it. BlackBerry's Luke Reimer assures potential customers "As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone."http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/blackberry/10328006/BlackBerry-halts-rollout-of-BBM-for-Android-and-iOS.html

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tmA class-action lawsuit filed in the District court in San Jose California against LinkedIn, claims the company accessed members email accounts without authorization, accessed address books and sent marketing information to contacts. LinkedIn's lawyers say the claims are "without merit" and "not true." LinkedIn does ask new users if they would like to share email contacts.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57604083-93/linkedin-users-claim-company-hacked-their-e-mail-accounts/

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iaThe New York Times reports that a Federal Aviation Administration panel will meet this week to relax restrictions on when electronics can be used on aircrafts. The Times says that certain activities like reading ebooks or listening to audio would be allowed, but phone calls and Wi-Fi use would still be restricted. The panel will recommend the new policies by the end of the month and they could go into effect next year. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/technology/faa-nears-new-rules-on-devices.html?pagewanted=all

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tmLG announced a new smartphone, the Vu 3, with a 5.2-inch 1280 by 960 screen, a 4:3 aspect ratio, a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13-megapixel camera. The Android 4.2.2 phone goes on sale in Korea September 27, though no price was announced.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57604133-94/lg-unveils-5.2-inch-vu-3-smartphone/

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iaNetflix won three Emmy awards for House of Cards last night, becoming the first company to win the awards for online-only shows. Original shows produced by Netflix had received 14 nominations total — 9 of those for House of Cards alone. David Fincher won for best directing in a drama series for House of Cards, "Chapter 1." the show also won two "creative arts" Emmys for outstanding casting and outstanding cinematography.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/22/4759754/netflix-challenges-the-tv-establishment-with-emmy-wins-for-house-of

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http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom

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tmMicrosoft Surface announcementhttp://live.cnet.com/Event/Microsoft_Surface_2_event

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Surface Remix Projecthttp://surfaceremixproject.com/

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Surface Pro 2
- Dolby certified speakers, 50% more color accuracy, 50% better graphics performance,
- Haswell -20% ether overall performance, faster than 90% of the laptops on market
- Kickstand works better on a lap
- 75% better battery life
- Power cover, 30wHr battery cover, 2.5x battery life from keyboard
- Docking station - 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 1.0, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, Audio in, Audio Out, Power. can power two monitors
- Type Cover 2, pink, blue, purple, black, backlit
- Preorder 8 AM ET 9/24
- Arrives 21 markets 10/22 for $899 64GB (512Gb 8 GB RAM $1799)
Surface 2
- Full HD, new faster CPU, thinner, lighter
- 25% more battery life (more than 12 hours?)
- Launches with Windows 8.1, split screen, multiple accounts
- Now comes with Outlook in addition to Word, PP, Excel
- Free 200GB SkyDrive for two years
- Touch Cover 2, backlight and thinner, more sensors
- Surface remix project specialized pressure-sensitive snap-on keyboard
- $449 Coming 10/22 ($349 for RT) 32 GB

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iaTesco enters the tablet fray with Hudl http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24203271VIDEO (start at 1:07)

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Tesco Hudl tablet features 7-inch screen and quad-core 1.5 GHz processor
http://www.slashgear.com/tesco-hudl-tablet-features-7-inch-screen-and-quad-core-1-5-ghz-processor-23298768/

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24- British grocery chain Tesco is introducing a 7-inch Android tablet called the Hudl
- Tesco is offering movies through BlinkBox, an on-demand movie service Tesco owns
- Specs: 16GB storage, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, runs Android 4.2.2, res: 1440 x 900, Tesco claims you can get 9 hours of battery. WiFi only
- priced at 119 pounds (about $190 US)
- The BBC interviewed Matt Atkinson, chief marketing officer says that the Hudl is a "commercially viable" product
- The big question of why would Tesco do this: - The BBC interviewed Matt Atkinson, chief marketing officer - here's what he had to say [start video at 1:07]

Q: Does it make any sense for a grocery store to start selling tablets?

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slApple sells nine million 5s, 5c iPhones in first three dayshttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/us-apple-iphone-idUSBRE98J0LD20130923

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iPhone 5s Outsells 5c by a Factor of 3.4x in the United States Opening Weekend - See more at: http://www.localytics.com/blog/2013/iphone-5s-outsells-5c-by-a-factor-of-3-4x-in-the-united-states-opening-weekend/#sthash.pHCESvTp.dpufhttp://www.localytics.com/blog/2013/iphone-5s-outsells-5c-by-a-factor-of-3-4x-in-the-united-states-opening-weekend/

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- 9M iPhones during the launch weekend(s) of its iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. no individual model sales
- Apple blew away its previous record for first weekend iPhone sales, which was 5 million for the iPhone 5 last year.
- shipping dates for 5s are into October time frames. The 5c still in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours
- Localytics examined over 20 million unique iPhones and investigated the breakdowns by United States carriers and by global activations. globally the 5s is outpacing the 5c by a factor of 3.7x. in Japan the 5s is outselling the 5c by a factor of 5x. -
- Analysts had predicted between 5- 8M launch weekend sales across both devices, some predicting a higher percentage going to the iPhone 5c.
- Apple’s iPhone 5 launched in just 9 markets around the world, while the iPhone 5s and 5c debuted in 11 total, including China
- China accounted for two million sales of the iPhone 5 during its launch weekend last year,
q: does a breakdown matter? is the 5c interesting enough to sell well?

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tmBlackBerry halts rollout of BBM for Android and iOShttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/blackberry/10328006/BlackBerry-halts-rollout-of-BBM-for-Android-and-iOS.html

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Break-up may be the only way out for BlackBerry - analystshttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/net-us-blackberry-warning-research-idUSBRE98M0L420130923?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

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Former BlackBerry Co-CEO Lazaridis Has Talked With PE Firms About Bid for Companyhttp://allthingsd.com/20130921/former-blackberry-co-ceo-lazaridis-has-talked-with-pe-firms-about-bid-for-company/

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BlackBerry Is Selling Off Its Corporate Jetshttp://allthingsd.com/20130923/blackberrys-selling-off-its-corporate-jets/

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Fairfax financial buying BlackBerry (Thanks Wrylee)http://www.cnbc.com/id/101054768

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BBM for iOS and Android delayed. Unauthorized BBM for Android "caused issues"
Luke Reimer of BB: 1.1 million active users downloaded the BBM for Android app – albeit the unofficial version – in the first 8 hours
- reporting net operating loss of nearly $1 billion at its second quarter results later this month.
- include writedown of up to $960m, partly down to unsold handsets, and a $72m charge for restructuring.
- BlackBerry said on Friday it sold about 3.7 million phones in the latest quarter, most of them its older models.
- Laying off 4,500 workers, 40% of workforce.
- Bought a Bombardier jet in July (est. ~25 million) selling it and its two Dassault jets as well
- Former BlackBerry Ltd. co-Chief Executive Officer Mike Lazaridis talking to Private Equity firms about joint bid to buy BlackBerry
Q: Who if anyone can save Blackberry?

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slGive Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost Youhttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/technology/give-yourself-4-stars-online-it-might-cost-you.html

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- New York regulators have made agreements with 19 companies to stop misleading customers with fake reviews and pay a total of $350,000 in penalties.
- includes: charter bus operator, a teeth-whitening service, a laser hair-removal chain and an adult entertainment club. Also signing are several reputation-enhancement firms that place fraudulent reviews on sites like Google, Yelp, Citysearch and Yahoo.
- reputation management shops often gave good reviews for very little money- bribed their clients’ customers to write more fake reviews, giving them $50 gift certificates for their trouble. They also went on review sites that criticized their own fake-review operations and wrote fake reviews denying they wrote fake reviews.
Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general. “When you look at a billboard, you can tell it’s a paid advertisement — but on Yelp or Citysearch, you assume you’re reading authentic consumer opinions, making this practice even more deceiving.”
q: when health is of a concern, do we need local gov getting involved?

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iaSteamOShttp://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/

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Valve announces SteamOS, a living room operating system for gameshttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/23/4762370/steam-box-os

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Valve Announces Steam OShttp://kotaku.com/valve-announces-steam-os-1371869324

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- Valve announced the SteamOS. Downloadable soon
- Free OS built on Linux, meant for TV
- freely licensable OS for manufacturers
- Valve says they've already got "hundreds of games" that will come to the new operating system next year,


- 4 new Steam features
- In-home streaming: play Windows and Mac games on the SteamOS machine. Fire up Steam on your existing machine, then your SteamOS box can stream those games over your home network
- Valve says its working with media services "you know and love" which would bring access to "your favorite music and video" with Steam.
- Family Sharing: you can take turns playing your family's games
- Family options: families will have more control over what titles get seen by whom
SteamOS is only the first of three announcements that Valve is expected to issue this week. Valve's countdown clock is ticking down again to Wednesday, Sepember 25th at 10AM PT / 1PM ET

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Surf through the web's past on the internet history timelinehttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4751714/web-history-timeline-explains-development-internet-through-today

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DragonCon cosplayers who dressed up as Marriott carpet get a cease-and-desist for their fabric offering (Thx Kapt_Kipper)http://boingboing.net/2013/09/21/dragoncon-cosplayers-who-dress.html

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Liftware spoon helps Parkinson's sufferers control their tremor (Thx iSting!)http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/23/4761182/liftware-spoon-helps-parkinsons-sufferers-control-their-tremor

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Ubuntu's smartphone OS will be ready to launch on October 17thhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/19/4748908/ubuntus-smartphone-os-will-be-ready-to-launch-on-october-17th

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