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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with LTE arrive in China

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with LTE arrive in China

Apple has announced plans to release the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with cellular connectivity in China this week. Both slates will support a variety of high-speed cellular networks, and will otherwise bring with them the same features as the WiFi models, which were previously launched in the region. Apple has detailed the pricing, and though it didn't say when the slates would arrive, it seems they're listed on the company's China website now.

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Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

If your nights or wee morning hours are spent penning the next great novel, but you find that a laptop -- with all its wonderful distractions -- is putting a damper on your efforts, the folks behind Hemingwrite feel your pain, and their solution is a distraction-free typewriter. The Hemingwrite typewriter offers the best features of classic typewriters with some modern tweaks necessary for a primarily digital world, including cloud backups and an e-paper display.

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Twitter’s response to harassing tweets lambasted by EA’s COO

Twitter’s response to harassing tweets lambasted by EA’s COO

Twitter is a wonderful place to share thoughts, but its open nature means users are sometimes subjected to abusive tweets from trolls and angry individuals. The microblogging site has been targeting that issue extensively this year, including changes to its 'Block or report' feature and its partnership with WAM! In light of its public efforts, EA's Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore has been vocal about its dismissal of his own harassment report.

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Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone wants to make fitness a communal goal, and to help facilitate that is its newly announced UP for Groups. As its name suggests, UP for Groups allows teams of people (ten or more individuals) to participate in healthier living together. Jawbone is specifically targeting businesses, which it says have requested ways to "support and amplify" fitness tracker usage in the workplace, but the new offering is just as applicable to schools and any other organization or collective.

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Relio tiny USB light features tripod mount, 200 lumens

Relio tiny USB light features tripod mount, 200 lumens

If you enjoy mobile photography and often find situations where the lighting is less than ideal, Relio wants to be the solution to your problem. The tiny cube is a USB-powered light available in different hues offering what is said to be the most powerful output in its category, offering smoother light output than you'd get by using a flashlight or similar device. The USB light includes a mount for use with a standard tripod.

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New smart skin can sense touch, temperature and more

New smart skin can sense touch, temperature and more

Prosthetic devices are far more advanced than they were even a decade ago, and thanks to technologies like 3D printing we've seen some unusual (and awesome) contenders surface. Of course, movement is only half the battle with prostheses, with touch being the other half of the equation. Different researchers have been working on that issue extensively, and the result has been creations like the touch-sensitive "skin" for robots we saw back in 2013.

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Google+ adds custom gender option to profiles

Google+ adds custom gender option to profiles

If you've been putzing around in Google+'s settings today, you might have noticed some new options under "Gender". Google software engineer Rachael Bennett announced on the company's social site today the arrival of "an infinite number of ways" for users to display their gender identity. Previously those who didn't want to use the "male" or "female" options were only given an "other" selection, but now there are four options, one of which is customizable.

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Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla has expanded its presence, landing in the Land Down Under where its Model S is now available for purchase. The arrival in Australia took place late last night, with Elon Musk launching his company's first showroom in Sydney early in the morning local time. This marks the start of what will eventually be a larger presence in the nation -- both additional showrooms and more charging stations are planned over the next couple of years.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new GLE Coupe, a sloped four-door car with a distinct sporty design drawn from "two classes of vehicle", according to the auto maker. Mercedes isn't shy about pointing out its SUV-esque features and notes, such as a raised seating position, while showing how they work in the grand scheme of things to improve the sporty elements integral to the GLE Coupe's design. Says Mercedes, "These two different worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile, thoroughbred sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé is different."

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos talks ambitious original series plans

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos talks ambitious original series plans

Netflix has been making a steady number of content announcements, with several shows being revealed as in the pipeline over past months -- some of them being acquired series, such as Longmire, and others being original works like soon-to-debut Marco Polo. This is just the start, however, with the video streaming service's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revealing recently that Netflix is looking to add quite a few more original shows.

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