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August 25, 2014, 11:10 AM

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Xiaomi Mi4 review: China's iPhone killer is unoriginal but amazing  —  A big iPhone that runs Android ends up being the best of both worlds.  —  Xiaomi (pronounced SHAO-mee) is a complete mystery in the West.  We often hear stories about the “Apple of China” and how existing OEMs should be worried …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
LG will reveal “G Watch R” circular smartwatch at IFA next week to compete with the Moto 360  —  LG will reveal a circular smartwatch next week to compete with the Moto 360  —  Of the three Android Wear smartwatches introduced at Google's developer conference in June …
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Windows 9 preview updates can be installed with one click, no reinstallation required  —  Windows Threshold: Rapid release is getting really interesting  —  Microsoft is working feverishly towards a release of Windows Threshold that is expected to be released late next month.
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Ralph Lauren partners with OMsignal to test connected shirts with ball boys at the US Open  —  Ralph Lauren taps OMsignal for sleek, connected shirts at the U.S. Open  —  Technology and fashion don't often come together in elegant ways, but a collaboration between Ralph Lauren …
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
FireChat updated with permanent, unique usernames, preventing impersonation and confusion  —  Firechat's new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert  —  FireChat's — the group chatting application that works without cell service …
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Chris Ip / Columbia Journalism Review:
John Siracusa's legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year  —  John Siracusa's legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year  —  Though he only writes a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa has built a reputation as one of Apple's most influential critics.
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Mozilla is launching its first Firefox OS smartphone in India this week  —  Slowly but surely, Mozilla is pushing its Firefox OS mobile operating system into new markets.  Although the nonprofit had already discussed its approach for India, today it announced it will be launching its first smartphone in the region this week.
Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire:
OnBeep raises $6.25 million to create a Star Trek-style communicator device  —  OnBeep, a San Francisco startup founded by Chef co-founder and former Amazon Availability Program Manager Jesse Robbins, has raised a series A funding round worth $6.25 million.  The money will be used to fund …

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