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September 3, 2014, 10:30 AM

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Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
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.  Sony's PlayStation is creating Project Morpheus.  Google is... well, Cardboard exists.  And now Samsung's getting in on the virtual reality action …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
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 — a 5.3-inch behemoth that came with a stylus - seemed absurdly large.  But the idea was crazy enough to work: It was the beginning of a brand …
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 …
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
A look inside the hacker networks dealing in stolen celebrity data  —  Notes on the Celebrity Data Theft  —  An interesting aspect of information security is how periodically it collides with other industries and subcultures.  With more information than ever being stored and shared online …
Apple:
Celebrity photo theft a targeted attack on names, passwords, and security questions, and didn't result from breaches of Find my iPhone or iCloud  —  Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation  —  We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities.
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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:
Toshiba's Encore Mini Tablet Runs Windows 8.1 And Is Just $119  —  Want to jump into Windows 8.1 on the cheap?  Toshiba has you covered.  For just $119, you can snag the new Encore Mini, which runs Windows 8.1 on a teeny-tiny 7-inch, low-resolution screen.
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 …
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 …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Banks: Credit Card Breach at Home Depot  —  Multiple banks say they are seeing evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards that went on sale this morning in the cybercrime underground.  Home Depot says that it is working with banks …
Avram Piltch / Laptop Mag:
Lenovo Tab S8: Intel Quad-Core Android Tablet Is $199  —  In the world of compact tablets, 8-inch is the new 7-inch.  As consumers gravitate toward larger smartphones, they're looking at tablets with 8-inch screens as the ideal compromise: big enough to be different from their handsets …
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.
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 …
István Fekete / iPhone in Canada Blog:
China Mobile Starts Taking 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone 6 Reservations  —  Although there are eight days to go until Apple officially unveils the next generation iPhone, China Mobile's Beijing branch is already offering pre-orders for that device.  —  Sina Tech, a major Chinese online media company …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence  —  Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara's (UCSB) John Martinis and his team - one of the most prolific research groups in this area …

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