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October 22, 2014, 12:35 PM

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
iPad Air 2: best iPad ever, but only a modest evolutionary improvement over the Air  —  Apple iPad Air 2 Review: It's Better, but Is It Better Enough?  —  I am a tablet lover and, more specifically, an iPad lover.  I use my iPad and iPad mini every day for a variety of things …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPad Air 2 review: great hardware, but lacks multiuser, multitasking support, tablet-specific features  —  Apple iPad Air 2 review  —  What is an iPad?  —  When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's tablet in January 2010, he delivered an unequivocal answer.  “The iPad, if you were to sum it up …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Molly Wood / New York Times:
Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores, but Quirky Online  —  AFTER I used Apple Pay for a day of shopping in stores, a few things became clear: The new payment system is convenient, problem-free and even fun.  —  The same can't be said for using Apple Pay to shop via apps on my phone or tablet.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
IBM's increasing EPS in recent years only due to buybacks, no real revenue growth since 2008  —  The Truth Hidden by IBM's Buybacks  —  For many years, the International Business Machines Corporation's earnings glided smoothly upward.  Every quarter, IBM would report higher earnings per share.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
New Microsoft Garage site invites public to test a wide range of app ideas  —  Microsoft today launched a new section on its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now.  The team is kicking off with a total …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Apple Launches “Maps Connect,” Self-Service Local Listings Portal  —  This afternoon Apple notified us of a new self-service portal to add or edit local business listings: Apple Maps Connect.  It's intended for small business owners or their authorized representatives (though not agencies) …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Homeboy is a $149 rechargeable low-power Wi-Fi security camera with a three month battery, on sale today  —  Homeboy is what happens when tiny security cameras hook up with magnets  —  The new $149 camera sticks to walls to watch your home  —  After having his home burglarized for a third time …
Alex Kipman / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft allows Kinect Apps in Windows Store for the first time, launches Kinect SDK 2.0  —  Microsoft releases Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit  —  Today, we have some exciting news to share about the next chapter for Kinect.  Our Windows SDK 2.0 is now available for the Kinect v2 sensors …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
MicroBlink's PhotoMath app solves math problems scanned in through your phone's camera  —  MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone  —  Imagine you are a 14-year-old kid again.  You need to do this really difficult math exercise for tomorrow, but have no idea how to do it.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’  —  Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that's likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer — namely a touchscreen display.
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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Google exec: Chromecast V2 is coming; users have cast 650 million times  —  Google's Mario Queiroz said that 650 million people have now hit the cast button.  An API for developers will let them build custom apps for Backdrop.  —  Three months ago, Google claimed that Chromecast users …
Bloomberg:
Tim Cook discusses user data protection with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai amid iCloud hacking claims  —  Apple's Cook Discusses User-Data With China Vice Premier  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to discuss protecting user data …
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Kii offers an on-ramp to the Internet of things  —  The Internet of Things is a nascent market, so any help an organization can get setting up its own cloud-connected swarm of devices could provide it with an edge over competitors.  —  With this in mind, Japanese mobile software development company Kii …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Beats In Q3 With Revenue Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.52  —  With all eyes on what Yahoo will do with its $5 billion+ in Alibaba cash, Yahoo today reported its Q3 earnings after the close of trading, with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52.

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