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Kindle copy to launch in China by end of year

Kindle copy to launch in China by end of year

You have to admire Peking University's Founder Group: when asked about any connection between their ebook device, shown here, and Amazon's Kindle 2, they bravely told those at the Digital Publishing Fair in Tokyo that "it has nothing to do with the Kindle."  Unfortunately they also seem a little confused about their own hardware specifications; asked about the E Ink panel size, and they said it was "unclear".  Happily Tech-On!'s Takuya Otani had brought a ruler, and found it to be a Kindle-like 6-inches.

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Crunchpad “prototype” up for sale? We say fake

Crunchpad “prototype” up for sale? We say fake

We're not entirely sure what's going on here, but it looks as though a Chinese firm is attempting to sell what are claimed to be prototypes of the Crunchpad internet tablet.  Reminiscent of the "Prototype B" design, rather than the newer renders TechCrunch have been displaying, the confusing product page and Windows OS leads us to suspect that this is more about borrowing Crunchpad hype than it is selling off prototype designs.

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Nokia 5900 XpressMusic leaks?

Nokia 5900 XpressMusic leaks?

Images claiming to show Nokia's follow-up to the 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen cellphone, the Nokia 5900 XpressMusic, have leaked, and while there's no confirmation that these are legitimate they certainly look the part.  Believed to include a larger, 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack and 5-megapixel camera, the 5900 XpressMusic is expected to run the same Symbian S60 5th Edition OS as its predecessor.

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Fake chips sold to US Military blamed for dangerous failures

Fake chips sold to US Military blamed for dangerous failures

American security forces are facing a mass examination of their hardware, as an ongoing investigation discovers that counterfeit computer chips and other devices have been sold to the US government.  According to a BusinessWeek report, recycled and fake microchips from Chinese vendors are being used - mistakenly or otherwise - in hardware distributed in America and bought, off the shelf, by the US military. 

Two separate incidents involving fighter jet malfunction are being unofficially blamed on fake chips billed as Maxim and Xicor products; the two manufacturers have denied any involvement with the shipments.  Yet another incident describes how fake routers, branded Cisco, were used by various military agencies, heedless to the fact that each could have a covert "back door" through which their makers could access classified information.

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MacBook Pro advert is mockup, confirms artist; few listen

MacBook Pro advert is mockup, confirms artist; few listen

An awful lot of people are getting frantically excited about a supposed leaked advert showing the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh.  You can understand the excitement: a casing similar to that of the MacBook Air, and less than one inch thick.  Weight down to 5.1lbs.  WiFi getting a boost to 802.11n.  Unfortunately, the ad isn't real - it's actually the work of MacRumors forum member mciarlo.

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