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September 3, 2014, 10:15 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:
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact is a smaller Android smartphone with top-tier specs  —  Sony today unveiled the Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller version its latest flagship smartphone.  Unlike most Android OEMs, which position “mini” handsets as mid-range alternatives, Sony's aim is to make the Xperia Z3 Compact a no-compromise device.
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 …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Box looks to revamp business processes with Workflow; Office 365 tie-in going live  —  Summary: More than 240,000 businesses, 27 million users, and 99 percent of the Fortune 500 are now actively using the Box platform.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—After years of striving to revise how employees store …
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.
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.
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.
Electronista:
Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard enables simple switching between three devices, costs $50  —  Logitech K480 keyboard switches between phones, tablets, computers  —  Switch toggles between Bluetooth-connected devices  —  Logitech has announced a new keyboard peripheral, the K480.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple design head Jony Ive ahead of iWatch debut: ‘Switzerland is in trouble’  —  Ahead of Apple's September 9th event that will include the introduction of Apple's first wearable computer, along new, larger iPhones, The New York Times has profiled the existing wearable market.  The juiciest bit from the story?
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon launches self publishing program for kids books  —  Summary: Amazon's KDP Kids is modeled after its self-publishing program where authors can retain royalties of up to 70 percent on sales.  —  In its latest move to generate more original content for its Kindle ecosystem …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Delivery Hero, Hungry For Growth, Orders Up Another $350M In Funding  —  Just two weeks after reaching a $1 billion valuation on the back of a major acquisition, Berlin-based online food ordering and delivery site Delivery Hero has yet more news: the company has raised another $350 million in finanacing.
IDC:
Projection: phablet shipments to hit 175M in 2014, surpassing portable PCs, and 318M in 2015, surpassing tablets  —  A Future Fueled by Phablets - Worldwide Phablet Shipments to Surpass Portable PCs in 2014 and Tablets by 2015, According to IDC  —  According to a new forecast …

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