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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 20, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks - just one more day until the weekend is officially here. iOS 6 has been out for a little more than a day now, and while there are a lot of new features to get excited about, Apple's new Maps app seems to be spoiling the party. Many are bummed that Apple Maps doesn't feature public transportation routes like Google Maps, and a group of developers set out to solve that problem with a new hack. Meanwhile, Nokia took a few shots at Apple Maps today, and we found out that iOS 6 landed on 15% of all Apple devices within the first 24 hours of release.

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US Senate claims Microsoft avoided paying $6.5 billion in taxes [Updated with Microsoft statement]

US Senate claims Microsoft avoided paying $6.5 billion in taxes [Updated with Microsoft statement]

Massive US companies using loopholes to avoid paying taxes is nothing new, but a new US Senate memo gives us an idea of just how one much one company has avoided paying. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, a memo penned by Michigan democrat Carl Levin and Oklahoma republican Tom Coburn, who both head up the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, claims that over the past three years, Microsoft has avoided paying $6.5 billion in US taxes. The funny thing about all of this? Microsoft hasn't done anything illegal by avoiding that hefty tax bill.

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HP ENVY Phoenix m9 PC gets super-slim 11mm x2401 Full HD display pairing

HP ENVY Phoenix m9 PC gets super-slim 11mm x2401 Full HD display pairing

HP isn't all about new notebooks today; the company also has a meaty new ENVY desktop along with a super-skinny Full HD LCD display. The HP ENVY Phoenix h9 offers a choice of Intel Ivy Bridge processors and either AMD or NVIDIA graphics, with a choice of regular hard-drive or SSD storage, and an illuminated case which the company claims looks "armor-plated" but which we reckon has a touch of the fish gills about it.

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HP ENVY m4 and Sleekbook 14 and 15 ultraportables revealed

HP ENVY m4 and Sleekbook 14 and 15 ultraportables revealed

HP has outed a new range of lightweight notbeooks, kicking off with the metal-clad HP ENVY m4 thin-and-light, and including the Sleekbook 14 and 15 for the mainstream. The ENVY m4 slots a choice of Intel Core i3/i5 processors inside its aluminum casing, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and a 1,366 x 768 display; HP tells us we can expect up to eight hours.

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Intel Windows 8 tablet event on Sept 27 sees HP, Samsung and ZTE on the agenda

Intel Windows 8 tablet event on Sept 27 sees HP, Samsung and ZTE on the agenda

Intel has announced a pre-Microsoft Windows 8 tablet event later in September, gathering together a clutch of manufacturers to discuss new hardware and its upcoming Atom chips. Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and ZTE are all among the attendees, with ZTE being particularly notable as the only company of the group yet to officially announce Windows 8 intentions.

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HP CEO sings the praises of Apple design

HP CEO sings the praises of Apple design

HP CEO Meg Whitman has taken on a lot since stepping into the position last September, and one thing she's focused on has been making HP's line of PCs and laptops more aesthetically pleasing. Whitman tells The Wall Street Journal that the laptop she was given when she started at the company was "a brick," and that now one of her goals is turning that around. Where she's pulling inspiration from may surprise you, too.

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HP Bender Android smartphone appears in benchmark details

HP Bender Android smartphone appears in benchmark details

It appears that the HP smartphone is coming back to the universe with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich taking the wheel where webOS left off - that's what a benchmark discovered in the depths of odd product testing is telling us this week. What we're seeing here is a GLBenchmark set of test results that shows a device code-named Bender with the HP branding sitting right up top. Powering this device, if it is indeed a real device, that is, is a Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor as well!

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HP smartphone in pipeline confirms CEO

HP smartphone in pipeline confirms CEO

Having unceremoniously ditched its webOS phone strategy, HP is planning to release a new smartphone as a point of entry device for emerging markets, the company's CEO has revealed. "We have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world, that is your first computing device" Meg Whitman told Fox Business News, though the chief exec did not say when the first new HP phone might be on the market, only that it wouldn't be a rush-job.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: September 10th, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: September 10th, 2012

This morning we're heading into iPhone 5 week with a collection of smaller updates before the storm - expect this essentially throughout the week throughout the tech news reporting universe: and things are going to get creative, without a doubt. Google Fiber is ramping up with 180+ Fiberhoods already on the map - coming soon! The Samsung Galaxy Note II had its 13 megapixel camera plans cut down by LG's Optimus G if tips are true. If you're a fan of Steam, you're going to flip out over Valve's Big Picture Mode starting today!

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