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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch begins shipping

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch begins shipping

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch has begun shipping, the company's third-generation Android tablet, complete with Amazon's new remote support "Mayday" system that puts a real assistant at your fingertips. Priced from $229 for the 16GB, WiFi-only model, though also available with up to 64GB of storage and a choice of Verizon or AT&T LTE connectivity, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 has a higher-than-HD 1920 x 1200 display which uses a new dynamic screen system to boost not only brightness but contrast when used outside in direct sunlight.

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Nike+ FuelBand SE preorder starts today, shipping November 6

Nike+ FuelBand SE preorder starts today, shipping November 6

Sports-loving pushers of the wearable technology known as the Nike+ FuelBand SE have announced today that their next-generation wristband will be hitting preorders immediately today with shipping at the start of next month. Ready for the holiday season - or even a bit early, if you please, the folks at Nike have responded in kind with the competitors that've popped up since its original inception: Jawbone UP and FitBit Force (and Flex, for that matter). Here you'll find the second-generation FuelBand bringing back the same fashionable look with an advanced bit of technology under the hood.

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iPhone 5s shipping cut to 2-3 weeks, Gold to November

iPhone 5s shipping cut to 2-3 weeks, Gold to November

It would appear that Apple's supply of the iPhone 5s has been safely restored to near-normal as the "October" shipping time has been reduced to 2-3 weeks. Now that we're inside October, it certainly wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to stick with the October shipping time note, but up on Apple.com you'll now find no change-over to November. This means good things for those users looking for the Gold iPhone 5s specifically, as the device has been sold out and many locations across the nation for the last couple of weeks.

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Google dropping Google TV brand as Android takes helm

Google dropping Google TV brand as Android takes helm

Despite having been around for a while now, Google TV has never taken off in a big way, and some speculated that Chromecast would serve to replace it. Google's Sundar Pichai put such concerns to rest in July, however, saying that Google TV would live on as a "full-fledged Android for TV." While the company's intentions with its television platform haven't changed, word has surfaced that the Internet giant has dropped the Google TV brand, replacing it with a rebranding of "Android TV."

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Facebook wrapping up removal of feature that blocked searches by name

Facebook wrapping up removal of feature that blocked searches by name

In 2012, Facebook announced that users who never took advantage of the "Who can look up your Timeline by name?" feature would lose access to that search setting option, which had been around for a while and was swapped out with different options. Those who were using the setting could continue to do so, however, something that will change soon as the social network finalizes the removal for everyone.

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Samsung acquisitions aimed at gaming, social media, mobile search, and mapping

Samsung acquisitions aimed at gaming, social media, mobile search, and mapping

There's a document out there in the wild being reviewed by the press that suggests Samsung is in the market for a large cross-section of software startups in the near future. This document happened across the desks at the Wall Street Journal where they've suggested Samsung will be after games, mobile search, social media, and mapping-related services soon. A specific list of companies on this list includes Everything.me and Rounds from Israel, Glympse from Seattle, Green Throttle Games from Santa Clara, and Unity Technologies from San Francisco.

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Ushahidi crowdmapping software reveals silenced Sudanese civil unrest

Ushahidi crowdmapping software reveals silenced Sudanese civil unrest

In Sudan, reports from the ground are grim. Demonstrations in Madani and the nation's capitol Khartoum against the Sudanese government for its alleged involvement in the ongoing economic crisis have turned bloody, according to reports by citizen journalists. Government forces backed by President Omar al Bashir have been firing into crowds, killing some. Brick-and-mortar news organizations have been shuttered. The Internet has been shut down in an effort to silence protesters. None of this would be known outside the country were it not for a local implementation, "Abena", of a crowdmapping platform called Ushahidi.

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Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

All Facebook users are presented with advertisements in their News Feeds, some of which may be relevant or innocuous enough to go relatively unnoticed, but others aren't to users' liking, and Facebook is aiming to help improve this. The social network's Engineering Manager of News Feed Ads Hong Ge has taken to the FB Newsroom today detailing the company's plans to make advertisements more relevant for users.

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