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September 3, 2014, 2:05 PM

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Samsung:
Samsung announces 5.7" Galaxy Note 4 and 5.6" Galaxy Note Edge with curved display on one edge  —  Samsung Introduces the Latest in its Iconic Note Series - The Galaxy Note 4, and Showcases Next Generation Display with Galaxy Note Edge  —  Offering a new dimension to Samsung's unique Note culture …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Galaxy Note Edge's sloped right side serves as a secondary, always-on display for use as a quick app launcher, toolbar, and more  —  The Galaxy Note Edge is a flagship phone with an entirely new kind of curved display  —  Twenty months ago, it was a nameless prototype at CES 2013.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Galaxy Note 4: 2560 x 1440 display, 16MP camera, 2.7GHz quad-core processor, aluminum frame, fingerprint scanner, more sensitive S Pen  —  The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 looks and feels like a premium device (hands-on)  —  When Samsung launched the very first Galaxy Note at IFA 2011, the device …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Sony reveals Android Wear-based SmartWatch 3, along with e-ink-equipped SmartBand Talk  —  The company has decided to go with Google smartwatch software efforts rather than its own.  —  Sony revealed two new wearables at IFA on Wednesday: the SmartBand Talk and the SmartWatch 3, the firm's first Android Wear device.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Samsung partners with Oculus on “Gear VR” virtual reality headset that uses the Note 4, says it will ship to consumers this year for unknown price  —  Samsung and Oculus partner to create Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that uses the Note 4 (hands-on)  —  Facebook's Oculus VR is creating the Rift.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Toshiba's Chromebook 2 will give you a 13" 1080p IPS display for $330  —  Toshiba's Chromebook 2 will get you a very nice screen, provided you spring for the more expensive model.  —  Toshiba  —  Most Chromebook hardware can be described as “only OK.”  The need to compete with others requires OEMs …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia to release free maps app on iOS, Android that will work without an Internet connection  —  Nokia Plans to Unfurl New Mobile Map App  —  New Android, iOS Apps Would Work Without Internet Connection  —  STOCKHOLM— Nokia Corp.'s mapping business is making a new push to bring …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Hands-On With The Samsung Gear S Smartwatch  —  Samsung announced its new curved-display smartwatch last week, but today we were able to get up-close and personal with the new wearable.  Unlike most smartwatches, the Gear S has two very special features.  The first is a curved 2-inch …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Google HTC 9-inch tablet may get official magnetic, foldable, keyboard case  —  Exclusive: Here's The Official Keyboard Case Google And HTC Are Planning For The Next Nexus Tablet [Updated]  —  Earlier last month, we posted an exclusive story about Google's explorations into a product called …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Isis Mobile Wallet Rebrands To Softcard To Distance From Militant Terror Group  —  Isis, the U.S. mobile wallet platform backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, is rebranding.  “In a few weeks, Isis Wallet will become Softcard.  It's a different name for the same great way to pay,” the company notes on its homepage.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
ASUS' stylish ZenWatch is all about security, remote control and wellness  —  After its routine pre-show teasers, ASUS' first smartwatch has finally been unveiled at IFA in Berlin.  It's no secret that this Android Wear-powered ZenWatch isn't joining the party of circular watchfaces …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Dick Costolo: Twitter shows favorites in timeline when two refreshes don't reveal new tweets  —  Twitter CEO finally explains why random favorites are inserted into your timeline  —  Seeing random tweets in your timeline, like tweets favorited by people you follow?  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has offered up one reason why:
More: Gigaom, TechHive and Softpedia NewsTweets: @dickc
David Kushner / New Yorker:
How Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson  —  The Masked Avengers  —  How Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson. … “I need to talk about my inner life.”  —  BUY OR LICENSE » … “Zach is in the gifted-and-talented-and-you're- not class.”
More: SiliconBeatTweets: @headsnews
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple sets developer rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions ahead of iOS 8 launch  —  Today, Apple has updated its official App Store developers Review Guidelines to outline the requirements for iOS 8 applications that will make use of the new HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions services.
Joi Ito's Web:
Shenzhen trip report - visiting the world's manufacturing ecosystem  —  Last year, a group of Media Lab students visited Shenzhen with, bunnie, an old friend and my hardware guru.  He's probably best known for hacking the Xbox, the chumby, an open source networked hardware appliance …
Amanda Hess / Slate:
Interview with ex-Facebook employee Susan Johnson, founder of new Q&A site women.com  —  What If Men Weren't Allowed on Facebook?  —  The Internet is an egalitarian wonderland where women are free to voice their opinions, dodge rape GIFs, meet new people, field rape threats …

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