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Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

With the Fire HD 6 we see Amazon approach the standard paperback book size device. But this device is not aimed at reading alone, it’s aimed at every kind of Amazon-based media. It is, after all, an Amazon-centric device, and therefor should be purchased only by those willing to work with Amazon’s collection of digital stores.

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How fast is your new iPhone 6 Plus?

How fast is your new iPhone 6 Plus?

This week there’s little doubt the iPhone 6 hype continues as lines for stores around the United States continue - somehow - to exist. The image you see at the head of this article, for example, was shot at a mall in Las Vegas, Nevada - all in line for the iPhone 6 Plus well over a week after launch. Not that they’d been standing there that long, but a new shipment was set to arrive that day - you can’t make this up!

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Why Pebble just added fitness tracking, and what comes next

Why Pebble just added fitness tracking, and what comes next

Pebble is breaking into the health and fitness space, opening up its smartwatches to enable full activity and sleep tracking, with partners like Jawbone and Misfit already onboard. Meanwhile, there's a price cut for the original Pebble and Pebble Steal, including bringing things under all-important $100 barrier. I spoke to Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky about the evolving smartwatch, and why he believes Pebble still has the edge in an age of Android Wear and Apple Watch.

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5K iMac tipped to launch with OS X Yosemite

5K iMac tipped to launch with OS X Yosemite

That’s one whopper of a display panel there, folks, but it’s certainly a possibility in rumors that’ve appeared pre-launch for OS X Yosemite. The OS X Yosemite Beta builds released to testers thus far include references to 4096 × 2304, 5760 × 3240, and 6400 x 3600 pixel displays, and we have heard that Apple could be releasing far more densely-packed desktop machines in the near future.

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Facebook’s Atlas: ads tracking you cross-device

Facebook’s Atlas: ads tracking you cross-device

The advertisement business is big. Google has cashed in with AdSense in a major way in the recent past, and Facebook wants a piece of their pie. To grab said action, Facebook is releasing Atlas, a system that aims to "track people instead of cookies" both on the desktop platform and on mobile devices.

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Ello review: it’s not the ‘anti’ anything

Ello review: it’s not the ‘anti’ anything

You’ve probably seen Ello pop up on your RSS feed (or however you happen to keep up with information) over the past few days. The new social media site has been dubbed the “anti-Facebook”, due to its strikingly sparse interface and promise to not make you the product. To gauge how accurate that is, I went inside to discover what Ello is, and who it isn’t for.

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