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Amazon is updating the basic Kindle with Audible support

Amazon is updating the basic Kindle with Audible support

The Kindle Oasis continues to be Amazon's newest flagship e-reader, with impressive features like waterproofing and a large, sharp display. But now the company has revealed that one of the device's best features is coming to the bottom of the Kindle line-up. The cheapest Kindle model will soon be updated with support for audiobooks from Audible.

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Apple fires iPhone X engineer over viral pre-release hands-on video

Apple fires iPhone X engineer over viral pre-release hands-on video

It appears that an Apple engineer has lost his job after letting his daughter record a hands-on video of the iPhone X and sharing it on YouTube. Last week, aspiring vlogger Brooke Amelia Peterson published a video that was filmed on the Apple campus, highlighting her father's iPhone X. As the device had yet to be officially released, it understandably went viral, and now Apple has reportedly fired the employee for violating non-disclosure agreement policies.

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First Oscar awarded to VR experience focusing on immigrants and refugees

First Oscar awarded to VR experience focusing on immigrants and refugees

The medium of virtual reality has just taken a big step forward towards being recognized as a legitimate form of storytelling. The Academy of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it's awarding a special Oscar to director Alejandro González Iñárritu for his VR experience titled Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), part of an exhibit that aims to explore "the human condition of immigrants and refugees."

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Surgeon detects his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound device

Surgeon detects his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound device

An upcoming iPhone-based medical device seems to have proven its usefulness ten-fold when a US vascular surgeon discovered cancer in his own neck while testing it. Earlier this year, Dr. John Martin was using a new portable ultrasound device called the Butterfly iQ, a scanner the size of an electric razor that can display black-and-white imagery of the body on a paired iPhone, and ended up finding a cancerous mass after noticing discomfort in his throat.

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Porsche’s electric Mission E spotted on the Nürburgring

Porsche’s electric Mission E spotted on the Nürburgring

Anticipation is starting to build for Porsche’s upcoming Mission E — its first all-electric model — ahead of the scheduled 2019 release, and fueling the excitement are more frequent sightings of the vehicle on the road. While the electric car is still in development, we've mostly been treated to still images up until now, however video has finally surfaced showing Porsche test the Mission E on Germany's famous Nürburgring track.

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Google search now defaults to local location regardless of country domain

Google search now defaults to local location regardless of country domain

Google has made a big change to the way its search feature is used internationally — or rather, the way users can perform international searches. Before now, users could navigate to a different country's Google domain, like google.co.jp for Japan or www.google.com.au for Australia, and in turn get search results specific to that location. That's no longer the case, as the company says users will now get results based on their current location regardless of the domain they search from.

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BMW Z8 owned by Steve Jobs heads to auction

BMW Z8 owned by Steve Jobs heads to auction

There have been many auctions for items connected to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs since his passing in late 2011, including a number of early Apple computers, as well as various personal goods owned by the technology visionary. But the latest item could be one of the more sought after due to its existing status as a modern collectible. RM Sotheby's will soon be auctioning the 2000 BMW Z8 that was once owned and driven by Jobs.

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iPhone X costs $100 more at Best Buy

iPhone X costs $100 more at Best Buy

Apple finally opened pre-orders for the iPhone X on Friday, and as many expected the initial shipments sold out in seconds, leaving wait times stretching into December. But among all the excitement and commotion over the new smartphone, one retailer's prices for the iPhone X stood out: specifically, Best Buy charges an extra $100 on top of the already expensive device.

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Homemade Nintendo Switch runs on Raspberry Pi, plays all your retro games

Homemade Nintendo Switch runs on Raspberry Pi, plays all your retro games

If you want to enjoy the experience of playing classic Nintendo games on modern gaming hardware, your choices are either to buy a Nintendo Switch, and hope the company sells the games you want via its digital store, or buy the new SNES Classic. Modder Tim Lindquist has combined the best of those two options with a homemade take on the Switch that runs any classic game imaginable via a Raspberry Pi.

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HQ is a live trivia game app from the makers of Vine

HQ is a live trivia game app from the makers of Vine

If you enjoy playing simple games on your iPhone but have grown tired of the typical puzzle and action titles, the new app HQ could be a breath of fresh air. Inspired by gameshows like Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, HQ is a trivia game that played live twice a day, complete with a real host. It's created by the co-founders of Vine, the 6-second video app that was acquired by Twitter and eventually shuttered, and available now on the iOS App Store for free.

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Another iPhone X in the wild caught on video

Another iPhone X in the wild caught on video

The November 3rd release date of the iPhone X is drawing closer, and eager Apple fans are getting ready to make their pre-orders as early as possible this Friday, along with sweating over reports about the limited supplies at launch. Fueling anticipation, however, is another appearance of the flagship smartphone in the wild, with video footage being shared online this weekend and offering a close-up look at the device.

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Original Xbox backwards compatibility coming to Xbox One, games list leaks

Original Xbox backwards compatibility coming to Xbox One, games list leaks

Back at this year's E3, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One would be getting backwards compatibility with certain games from the original Xbox. We're still waiting on an official date for the feature to go live, but a couple of leaks have indicated it could be coming in the next few weeks, not to mention the recent release of the Xbox One's Fall Update.

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