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September 11, 2014, 9:55 AM

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Benjamin Clymer / HODINKEE:
A Watch Guy's Thoughts On The Apple Watch After Seeing It In The Metal (Tons Of Live Photos)  —  I'm not even sure we can call it a watch.  Okay, it goes on the wrist, and it happens to tell the time, but that's about where the similarities between Apple's just announced watch and the hand-assembled …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Watch locks when skin contact is broken as security precaution for mobile payments  —  Clever trick will safeguard Apple Watch from thieves … CUPERTINO, Calif. — One of the big questions about the Apple Watch is how Apple will prevent thieves from ripping it off your wrist and using it to clear your bank account.
Christina Farr / Reuters:
Fashion world divided on first look at Apple Watch  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's newly unveiled smartwatch on Tuesday split fashion arbiters who may prove pivotal to its broad acceptance.  —  Many praised the “Apple Watch”, priced from $349 when it debuts next year, for its clean aesthetic …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Apple seems unclear whether Watch is an iPhone accessory or valuable on its own  —  Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No  —  Dan Frommer wrote in Quartz about The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote.  His analysis covered 27 events since 2007, and included things like average length …
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John Paczkowski / Re/code:
New York Times:
Release of iPhone 6 Delayed in China  —  BEIJING — Apple is facing a potential setback in China, one of its biggest and fastest-growing markets, after the much-anticipated introductions here of the new iPhone models were delayed.  —  On Wednesday, Apple told China's three big state-owned …
Dan DeSilva / 9to5Mac:
Apple revamps purchasing process at retail stores with digital queueing system Reservation Pass, that syncs inventory and sends texts  —  Apple aims to make buying an iPhone 6 easier at its stores with new digital queue system  —  Apple has its product launches down to a science.
Benedict Evans:
Apple's new iPhones eliminate most of the reasons for buying high-end Android phones  —  iPhone 6 and Android value  —  The new iPhones were much the most predictable part of Apple's event - widely leaked and impelled by an irresistible logic - the customer is always right.
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: notable differences include the display, camera, battery life  —  Big vs. bigger: Which iPhone 6 deserves a place in your pocket? … For the second consecutive year, Apple has delivered not one but two new iPhones.  Unlike the iPhone 5c, however …
Emerging Technology From the arXiv:
How the SuperVision algorithm, developed in 2012, marked the turning point in image recognition when machines surpassed humans  —  The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever  —  Machines are now almost as good as humans at object recognition …
Ali Al-Qudsi / Geek on Gadgets:
Exclusive: Nokia, Windows Phone Brands to be Replaced By Microsoft, Windows  —  A confidential internal document we received has shed some light on the future of devices produced by Microsoft Mobile, formerly Nokia's devices and services division.  It's no secret that Microsoft are trying …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Western Digital unveils world's first 10TB hard drive: Helium-filled, shingled recording  —  In what can only be described as the hard drive equivalent of Game of Thrones, Western Digital's HGST has announced the world's first 10-terabyte hard drive: the helium-filled Ultrastar He10.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 210, even the cheapest smartphones will get LTE  —  While Qualcomm's dominating the premium and mid-range smartphone space, MediaTek's been taking care of the other end of the spectrum until it launched its premium LTE octa-core chipset recently.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
CartoDB takes $8M in funding to build platform for “thousands” of niche mapping apps  —  The Spanish firm is also relocating its headquarters to New York, nearer to most of its client base — though it insists it will still be a European company.  —  Interactive map maker CartoDB …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
2-Hour Refund Window For Paid Apps And Games On The Play Store Is Officially Official  —  Around a month ago, we reported that Google had seemingly changed the refund window for paid apps and games on the Play Store to two hours.  We tested our theory extensively, and 2 hours was the figure we landed on repeatedly.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Peer-To-Peer Airport Car Rental Startup FlightCar Raises Another $13.5M Led By GGV Capital  —  FlightCar wants to enable its users to rent out their cars at airports all around the country, and today is announcing that it has raised an additional $13.5 million to help fund that expansion.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
NVIDIA hints at an HTC Nexus 9 tablet coming within weeks  —  Remember those hints of HTC returning to tablets?  Yeah, the cat's out of the bag.  As part of its patent lawsuit against Qualcomm and Samsung, NVIDIA has revealed that it expects a Tegra K1-powered “HTC Nexus 9” sometime within the third calendar quarter of the year.

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