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Nilay Patel / The Verge: iPad Air 2 review: great hardware, but lacks multiuser, multitasking support, tablet-specific features  —  Apple iPad Air 2 review  —  What is an iPad?  —  When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's tablet in January 2010, he delivered an unequivocal answer.  “The iPad, if you were to sum it up …

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code: iPad Air 2: best iPad ever, but only a modest evolutionary improvement over the Air  —  Apple iPad Air 2 Review: It's Better, but Is It Better Enough?  —  I am a tablet lover and, more specifically, an iPad lover.  I use my iPad and iPad mini every day for a variety of things …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: iPad mini 3 review: with Touch ID the only significant improvement over the iPad mini 2, buy the 2 and save $100  —  Apple iPad mini 3 review  —  How much is Touch ID worth?  —  For the past few years, most of the technology world has ruled by a cold, hard truth: to get the best thing, you pretty much had to get the biggest thing.

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Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal: iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Needs to Work Harder  —  It Has a Quality Screen and Build but It Needs to Go Beyond One-App-at-a-Time Functionality  —  When Steve Jobs plopped down on the couch, minutes after showing off the iPad for the first time, he said, “It's so much more intimate …

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David Pogue / Yahoo Tech: The iPad Air 2: Thin, Gorgeous, Powerful — and That's Enough  —  Hey, kids!  It's time to play Apple Announcement Mad Libs! … Yes, it's gotten to the point that we tech critics can pretty much recycle our iPad reviews from year to year.  —  This is it: The new iPad Air 2 (Deanne Fitzmaurice/Yahoo Tech)

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Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors: Apple Pay Shown to Work Internationally Using U.S.-Based Credit Cards  —  Apple Pay launched on Monday with iOS 8.1, allowing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to make contactless payments via NFC with Touch ID for authentication.  —  Though the initial launch is occurring in the United States …

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’  —  Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that's likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer — namely a touchscreen display.

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Reuters: Keith Alexander terminates deal allowing sitting NSA CTO Patrick Dowd to work part-time at at IronNet Cybersecurity  —  Exclusive: Ex-spy chief's private firm ends deal with U.S. official  —  (Reuters) - Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal …

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Apple Launches “Maps Connect,” Self-Service Local Listings Portal  —  This afternoon Apple notified us of a new self-service portal to add or edit local business listings: Apple Maps Connect.  It's intended for small business owners or their authorized representatives (though not agencies) …

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Bloomberg: EMC Said to Absorb VCE Joint Venture as Cisco Reduces Stake  —  EMC Corp. (EMC) is buying out much of Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO)'s stake in joint venture VCE, which sells high-end data center equipment, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  EMC will meld the joint venture …

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: GT Advanced To Sell Furnaces for Cash to Pay Back Apple, Says Fortune  —  Fortune columnist Philip Elmer-DeWitt a short while ago tweeted from the courtroom in Springfield, Massachusetts that one-time Apple (AAPL) supplier GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has agreed to pay off its debts to Apple …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Nexus 9 hands-on: premium feel, impressive screen quality, but unlikely to challenge iPad  —  The Nexus 9: hands-on with Google's latest attempt to take on the iPad  —  Android has never gotten much respect in the big tablet market.  Sure, the Nexus 7 has been surprisingly successful …

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors: iPad Air 2 Up to 55% Faster Than iPhone 6, Up to 68% Faster Than iPad Air  —  A short time ago, we highlighted a new benchmark appearing to show an iPad Air 2 device carrying an A8X chip with a triple-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM.  —  While we mentioned that the enhanced specs …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Nexus 6 hands-on: supersized, even by today's standards, with much improved camera  —  The Nexus 6: hands-on with Google's phablet  —  After watching Apple unapologetically release the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung release the fourth iteration of its massive Galaxy Note …

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Yahoo Reveals Mobile Sales for First Time: $200 Million, 17% of Total  —  Yahoo is finally turning mobile apps into a moneymaking business.  —  The company revealed for the first time the size of its mobile business, reporting that ads on mobile devices generated more than $200 million …

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Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire: Nokia's HERE maps app hits wide release on Android  —  Nokia launched a version of its HERE maps app for Android today that can be installed on most Android devices.  The company first launched a version of its Android app on Samsung's app store a couple months ago, and is now making a beta version available to every Android user.

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BuzzFeed: Sexist French Uber Promotion Pairs Riders With “Hot Chick” Drivers  —  “Who said women don't know how to drive?” the Uber blog post asks.  The post was deleted after an inquiry from BuzzFeed News.  —  Yesterday, Uber's Lyon office unveiled a new promotion with an app called “Avions de Chasse.”

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52  —  With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with a Notification Center  —  Microsoft released its first Windows 10 Technical Preview just three weeks ago and the software maker is now ready to issue a fresh update.  If you're already testing Windows 10 then a new preview build (9860) …

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TechCrunch: Vine updates iOS app with ability to follow channels of content, support for new iPhones, adds iOS 8 sharing extension  —  Vine's Stars Are The Best Part, And Now You Can Follow Whole Channels Of Them  —  Making funny, artful, or interesting Vines is tough, but the 6-second video app has spawned a whole community of amazing creators.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: HP to announce Sprout, a device combining large display, touch surface, 3D scanner, projector  —  HP Will Unveil New Computing Product Called Sprout Next Week  —  When Hewlett-Packard announced it would split in two — one company devoted to PCs and printing; the other to enterprise IT …

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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post: Privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani, who helped Washington Post with its Snowden reporting, named FTC's chief technologist  —  Federal Trade Commission names Ashkan Soltani chief technologist  —  The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy researcher …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Aware of iCloud Login Harvesting in China, Launches Browser Security Guide  —  Earlier this week, web censorship blog Great Fire suggested that hackers aligned with Chinese authorities were using man-in-the-middle attacks in order to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users that visited Apple's iCloud.com website.

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: New Social Network Tsu — Which Pays Users Who Post — Raises $7 Million  —  New social network Tsu believes it can get you excited about seeing advertisements.  (Seriously!)  —  That's because Tsu, which launched on Tuesday with a $7 million investment led by Sancus Capital …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps  —  Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly.

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