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tmApple announced new iPads today, including a 9.7-inch model with Touch ID and a new slim form factor and an iPad Mini with retina display. The company also unveiled new iPad Covers for both models, with Mini covers in multiple colors and a full size keyboard cover in champagne gold and slate grey. We also got a release date and price for the Mac Pro at $1999 which launches along with OS X Mavericks for $29 Nov. 5. As if that weren't enough a refreshed line of MacBook Pros with Haswell processors was announced as well. Finally Garage Band is now free on the iPad and the entire iLife and iWork software suites giot an upgraded loook for iOS 7.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57608611-37/apple-to-live-stream-todays-launch-event/

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slSome big news from Nokia - the company unveiled the 10.1″ Lumia 2520, a $499 Windows RT 8.1 tablet with LTE, shipping this fall. Nokia also announced two 6″ smartphones today – the $739 Lumia 1520 which will go to market in Q4 2013, and the $339 Lumia 1320 which will follow in Q1 2014. And Nokia's Asha range of devices continue with the Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503. All three will be available in bright red, bright green, yellow, cyan, white, and black, shipping in Q4 2013.http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/10/22/heres-everything-nokia-announced-nokia-world-today/

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iaPrepare your Windows Phones because here comes some major new apps. At Nokia World, Nokia announced that Vine, Flipboard and Instagram are all coming to Windows Phone. If you like games, FIFA 14 and Temple Run 2 are both coming to Microsoft's mobile OS. Nokia showed off a total of 23 new apps.http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3513_7-57608506/flipboard-instagram-coming-to-windows-phone-finally/

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tmBlackBerry Messenger returned to iOS and Android yesterday with one hip new feature added since it's last attempt to roll out: Waiting lists! As you may recall, BlackBerry tried to launch for iOS and Android last month but their servers melted down when too many users got hold of unofficial versions. Those who signed up in advance can use the apps right away while the rest must enter an email address and wait their turn. Workarounds to jump the queue have already begun to circulate. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24621932

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slMicrosoft's Surface 2 tablet launch just happens to be a nationwide in-store launch event today-- but the event didn't drive big crowds at midnight, at least at the Microsoft Store's San Francisco location in the Westfield Center -- one of 10 locations holding Surface launch events tonight -- where Roughly 50 people had assembled by the time the Microsoft Store's doors opened at 10 p.m.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57608576-75/microsofts-surface-2-midnight-launch-has-everything-but-buyers/

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iaAccording to Bloomberg, HTC is working on a smartwatch that can take pictures. The device would be based on Android and could be released in the second half of next year. No official word from HTC on the matter, though. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57608600-94/htc-reportedly-working-on-smartwatch-with-camera/

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tmNetflix added 1.29 million new US subscribers in Q2 to reach 31.09 million domestic subs, passing HBO. Non-US subscribers rose by 1.44 million to 9.19 million. All of those subscribers made the company profitable too at $31.8 million in profit or 52 cents a share. Revenue climbed 22 percent to $1.11 billion. All of this beat analyst's expectations which drove the stock price close to $400. Netflix also acknowledged "Orange is the New Black" as top marketing tool but said most viewership was going to titles like AMC"s Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57608531-93/netflix-shares-jump-on-profit-surge-international-growth/

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slUK Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted that Facebook's decision to allow videos showing people being decapitated back on its pages was "irresponsible". Facebook reversed a temporary ban on such videos, saying users should be free to watch and condemn such content. Mr Cameron tweeted: "It's irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos, especially without a warning. They must explain their actions to worried parents."http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24622920

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tmGoogle has released Project Shield, a program meant to help small websites stay online during a distributed denial of service attack. Google also launched a Digital Attack Map in partnership with Arbor networks. The map updates hourly and animates anonymous DDoS events from 270 internet service providers worldwide. Alexis Santos at Engadget points out that since DDoS origins are often forged, the map may not always reflect reality.http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/21/visualized-global-ddos-attacks-animated/?ncid=rss_truncated

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iaAccording to the Wall Street Journal, there will be a brand new contestant in the developing wearable computing world and it's none other than Microsoft. The Journal says Redmond is currently testing prototypes of "internet-connected eyewear." There are no details as to when or if this product is something Microsoft plans on releasing.http://vrge.co/H80jDI

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- 1 million apps are now on the iTunes app store. 60 billion downloads. App developers have made $13 billion from iTunes.
- Over 200 Million iOS Devices Upgraded to iOS 7 in Just Five Days
- overview of Mavericks features again. Mavericks avail today. Free upgrade.
- HASWELL PROCESSORS IN MBPS: The 13-inch MacBook Pro, starting at $1299 for 2.4GHz dual-core i5, 4GB of DRAM, and 128GB SSD, ships TODAY.
- New 15” MacBook Pro is $1,999. Ships today.
- Mac Pro: starts at $2999. avail December. 3.7Ghz Quad Core, 12GB DRAM, FirePro D300 dual, 2GB Vram. quiet, powerful, apple pushing 4k video HARD. quoting hollywood video editors.
- IPHOTO: iPhoto for iOS now gets book creation. iPhoto for Mac also updated

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tmEverything announced at Nokia World 2013 in one handy listhttp://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/10/22/heres-everything-nokia-announced-nokia-world-today/

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Nokia Lumia 2520 10-inch tablet unveiled with Windows RT and LTE for $499 http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/22/nokia-lumia-2520-windows-rt-tablet/

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Nokia Unleashes Two New Phablets, The Flagship Lumia 1520 And The Budget Lumia 1320http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/22/nokia-unleashes-two-new-phablets-the-flagship-lumia-1520-and-the-budget-lumia-1320/

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Nokia introduces the Lumia 1520, its largest Windows Phones yethttp://www.theverge.com/2013/10/22/4865276/nokia-world-2013-lumia-phone-announcements

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Lumia 2520 $499 Windows RT tablet w/ LTE before Winter in US, UK, Finland
- 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 640nit screen, red and white glossy or cyan and black matte
- Claimed charges o to 50% in 40 minutes
- $150 Nokia Power Keyboard (extra 5 hours battery, 2 USB ports)

Lumia 1520 $749 Q4 2013
- 6-inch screen, 1080p ClearBlack LCD, extra column of live tiles
- 2.2GHZ Snapdragon 800, 2Gb RAM, 32 GB SSD, microSD slot, 20 Mpxl
- black, red, yellow, and white in the US, UK, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore
Lumia 1320 $339 Q4 2013
- 6-inch, 720p, dual-core, 5 Mpxl, Snapdragon 400, 1 GB RAM
- orange, yellow, black, and white in China and Vietnam at first.
Asha 500, 502, 503
- bright red, bright green, yellow, cyan, white, and black, shipping in Q4 2013, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
- 500- 2.8-inch $69 - 502 - 3-inch $89 - 503 - 3G, 3-inch, $99

Nokia DC-50 - wireless charging plate, $99 Q4, Qi standard on compatible Lumias.

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tmFlipboard, Instagram coming to Windows Phone (finally)http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3513_7-57608506/flipboard-instagram-coming-to-windows-phone-finally/

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Nokia showed off 23 apps coming to Windows Phone
- Instagram, Flipboard, Vine, Vyclone Pro
- Games Temple Run 2, My Talking Tom, FIFA 14
- Launch dates vary
- Flipboard on 2520 at launch, Lumi phones next few months
- Instagram, Vine next few weeks
(Asha getting WhatsApp, ESPN Hub, Photofunia, PicFeed, and PicTag.)
Q: Has Windows Phone got enough apps now?

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iaBlackBerry says 5 million users downloaded BBM for Android and iOS in 8 hours http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/10/22/blackberry-says-5-million-users-downloaded-bbm-for-android-and-ios-in-8-hours/

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BBM has 60M users worldwide sourcehttp://www.procurian.com/docs/research-papers/blackberry-presentation-pl-march-2013.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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WhatsApp now has 350 million monthly active users http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/22/4865328/whatsapp-350-million-monthly-active-users

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Google’s reported plan to buy WhatsApp for $1 billion would really tick off Facebookhttp://bgr.com/2013/04/08/google-whatsapp-acquisition-rumor-421762/

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Factbox: BlackBerry's patents, services business may attract interesthttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/12/us-blackberry-committee-assets-idUSBRE97B0JJ20130812

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- BlackBerry rolled out its BBM service for iOS and Android yesterday
- The company says 5M users have downloaded the app after 8 hours of its introduction
- To avoid the server issues BB had before, BB is using a reservation system
- BB said that 6M people had signed up to get updates about the app before its launch and 1M Android users were using the unreleased version of BBM for Android
- According to a report back in March, there are 60M BBM users around the world. If you assume no overlap, BBM would have gained 5M more users (unlikely?)
- Sounds like a lot, but at NokiaWorld, WhatsApp CEO Jan Klrum announced that WhatsApp now has 350M active users

Q: Should any company that is seriously looking at buying BB's messaging service consider acquiring WhatsApp instead?
- Reports: WhatsApp looked to get a valuation of $1B when potentially selling to Google
- Analysts valuation of BB: in the past valued the services business at between $3 billion and $4.5 billion.

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iaMicrosoft reportedly testing its own Google Glass-like eyewear http://vrge.co/H80jDI

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HTC Said to Plan Smartwatch as Wang Rallies Workers http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-22/htc-said-to-plan-android-smartwatch-with-camera-for-next-year.html

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15Wearable Technology Update!
- WSJ reports that MS is testing prototypes for "Internet-connected eyewear similar to Google's Glass to compete with Google, Samsung, and Apple
- And that's pretty much the entirety when it comes to the report
- Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that HTC is developing an Android-powered smartwatch that can take pictures
- Its release would be in the second half of 2014
- The same Bloomberg report also says that Chairwoman Cher Wang held a town-hall style meeting telling HTC that it needs to improve its customer focus
- HTC wouldn't respond on the rumor when contacted by Bloomberg News

Q: Which company has a better chance at succeeding at wearables? MS or HTC?
- Kinect Glasses was marked as a 2014 product, but it’s not clear if the eyewear has reached beyond a project stage.

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IBM's Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than human doctorshttp://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-02/11/ibm-watson-medical-doctor

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Hey gang
This topic has been mentioned a couple of times now and I was thinking is it possible that Netflix will be the provider of the on demand content for cable companies. Instead of Cox, comcast, uverse or whomever hosting all their own on demand content it can all be centralized with Netflix. I too would pay extra for that add on.
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