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September 18, 2014
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Amazon trotted out a bevy of Kindle tablets and readers, unabashedly comparing its top-of-line Fire HDX favorably to Apple's much pricier iPad. Its display has 30 percent more pixels, and it's twice as loud. The Fire HDX is even 20 percent lighter than the iPad Air, Amazon said. The new tablets "are quality products at very aggressive prices right before Christmas," noted tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

September 18, 2014
Opera offers an interesting alternative to the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Web browsers, but its recent Linux release leaves some room for improvement. Opera previously enjoyed a reputation as the go-to browser of choice for mobile environments. However, Opera Software, the developer, ignored Linux users for quite a long while until now. Opera's Version 12.16 is a very usable release. [More...]

September 18, 2014
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Logitech wants to be the throbbing heart of the smart home, giving consumers a streamlined way to control all of its separate automated features, from dimming the lights and locking the doors to selecting a program to watch on TV. Logitech has "a really good chance" of succeeding, said Strategy Analytics' Bill Ablondi. It has "all the IR codes for billions of different entertainment devices." [More...]

September 18, 2014
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The early iPhone 6 reviewers didn't try very hard to stifle their yawns. I'm starting to think Apple might have been better off dropping off a box of iPhones at a retirement community and bringing in a bus full of schoolchildren to teach the old folks how to use the iPhones, filming their reactions, and buying ads everywhere to show them off. At the very least, we would have seen some delight. [More...]

September 17, 2014
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There's a new Legend of Zelda game that's not a Legend of Zelda game. Nintendo's Hyrule Warriors, which gives Zelda characters, settings and themes an injection of Dynasty Warriors action, may give gamers a reason to pull their Wii U consoles out of the dusty corners they've been inhabiting. The game shows up in the U.S. later this month. [More...]

September 17, 2014
iOS 8
Apple's iOS 8 looks deceptively similar to iOS 7. Users will be able to find their way around quite easily, but they may be surprised at the sheer number of extras they'll discover as they explore. Devs will find a treasure trove. "There's 4,000 new APIs," said Gartner analyst Van Baker. "I can't pretend to tell you what they all do. There's an abundance of riches in APIs in this release." [More...]

September 17, 2014
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If camera makers want to compete with smartphone photography, they'll need to stay close to imaging's cutting edge, which is what Panasonic's done with its new point-and-shoot camera, the Lumix DMC-LX100. At $1,000, "the camera may be expensive for a point-and-shoot, but it's not out of line for an enthusiast camera," said photography guide creator David D. Busch. [More...]

September 16, 2014
American teens spend a lot more time online than older Web surfers, yet it doesn't seem to increase their vulnerability to malicious activity. Teens last year spent a little more than four hours a day on the Net, while adults in the 50-to-64 age bracket burned two hours, 41 minutes online daily, MarketingCharts found. Those numbers piqued the interest of Enigma Software. [More...]

September 16, 2014
PredictionIO is building the MySQL of prediction. The young company recently released version 0.7.3 of its open source machine-learning server. Unlike typical prediction algorithms and open source libraries, PredictionIO is based on making machine learning more available. Cofounder Simon Chan sees a gaping hole in open source tools to connect database programmers and software developers. [More...]

September 16, 2014
Amazon may be red-faced about a security flaw in the Kindle library that it fixed once, then reintroduced in a later version, but the company so far has been silent on the issue. Though the threat level appears to be low at this point, Amazon's lack of attention to it could be troublesome. This "makes it look like they don't take security seriously," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

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