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October 15, 2014, 10:20 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Nexus 9: 8.9" display, first 64-bit CPU in a Nexus, 9 hour battery life, preorders start Oct. 17, from $399, keyboard case sold separately  —  Google announces HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet, coming November 3rd  —  Google has just announced the Nexus 9, an Android 5.0 tablet that the company designed in collaboration with HTC.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Nexus 6: 6" Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 CPU, 13 megapixel rear camera, 15-min turbo charging, preorders start Oct. 29, from $649  —  Google's Nexus 6 is a giant phablet designed for Android Lollipop  —  Google is today introducing the Nexus 6, the latest in its line of smartphones designed …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
will.i.am introduces Puls cuff with voice control, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, more  —  Will.i.am introduces the Puls smartwatch  —  When you think wearables you don't usually think international superstar or Salesforce.  Push aside that old way of thinking aside …
Jordan Kushins / Gizmodo:
Interview with will.i.am on the Puls and “fashionology”  —  Meet Puls, will.i.am's Gigantic Wearable Cuff  —  We first heard about will.i.am's foray into the world of smartwatch-esque wearables back in April, but we had... questions. … Today he unveiled the Puls.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO will offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015  —  HBO Says Web Subscriptions Coming in 2015  —  HBO says it's finally ready: Sometime in the next year the pay TV service will be selling a Web-only offering.  —  HBO CEO Richard Plepler, speaking at an investor presentation hosted …
Lauren Goode / Re/code:
Apple Plans to Stop Selling Fitbit Devices in Stores  —  Apple may soon stop selling the popular Fitbit devices, as it clears the way for its own wearable technology product set to launch sometime next year, according to sources.  —  It's unclear exactly why Apple will no longer sell the devices …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
'iPad Air 2′ and 'iPad mini 3′ with Touch ID & Burst Mode confirmed, show up early in iTunes  —  Apple's iTunes Store has just made a little bit of a slip-up (and with perfect uncanny timing): screenshots for the iOS 8.1 iPad user guide have just appeared within iBooks and include Apple's upcoming iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Google Play downloads now exceed Apple's App Store by 60 percent, but iOS apps still make more money  —  According to the latest figures from App Annie's quarterly market reports, app downloads from the Google Play store outstripped downloads from the iOS App Store by around 60 percent in comparison to the same time last year.
More: MacRumors, CNET and iMore
Milen / Helftone Blog:
The Mac App Store should support app trials and paid upgrades, secure apps without sandboxing  —  Mac App Store: The Subtle Exodus  —  The Mac App Store was released in January 2011 and it marked the beginning of a great new distribution channel.  Even though it lacked some bells and whistles …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Thismoment Raises $17.6M To Help Big Brands Tap Into User-Generated Content  —  Thismoment, a company that helps businesses collect user-generated content for their own marketing efforts, is announcing that it has raised $17.6 million in Series D funding.  —  The company says it can …
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Facebook open-sources AsyncDisplayKit, the iOS tool built for Paper's user interface  —  Introducing AsyncDisplayKit: For smooth and responsive apps on iOS  —  Have you ever noticed apps stuttering as you scroll and swipe around?  Tapped a button and watched the entire interface freeze …

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