September 2, 2015, 12:35 PM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
New Apple TV Will Feature Universal Search, Start At $149  —  One of Apple TV's most-desired features finally makes its way to the diminutive set-top box.  —  Managing Editor, BuzzFeed San Francisco  —  BuzzFeed Illustration  —  On Tuesday September 9, Apple will unveil its next generation Apple TV, as we've already told you.
Aaron Souppouris / Engadget:
Sony launches Xperia Z5 family with fingerprint sensors: Z5 Premium, Z5, and Z5 Compact  —  Sony's Xperia Z5 family includes the world's first 4K smartphone  —  To say that Sony's mobile division has had a tough time lately would be an understatement.  As the company puts out half-hearted efforts …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium has an absurd 4K display  —  Sony has unveiled its new lineup of Xperia smartphones, and this year's headline model is the Xperia Z5 Premium.  Available in chrome, black, and gold, the Z5 Premium looks undeniably luxurious, and the company claims its 5.5-inch 4K display is a first for a smartphone.
More: Guardian and SlashGear
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Windows 10 and Skylake processors were ‘designed together,’ says Intel's Kirk Skaugen  —  Intel makes a habit of announcing its new processor generations in gradual steps.  A month ago, it introduced the first members of its sixth-gen Core family — better known by the codename Skylake …
Brandon Hill / News:
Intel unveils Skylake Y, U, H, and S CPU series for desktops, notebooks, convertibles, and compute sticks  —  Intel Unleashes Onslaught Of Skylake CPUs For Next Gen Notebooks, Convertibles And Compute Sticks  —  When it comes to Intel's Skylake processors, we've already got you covered things …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Acer's coolest new PC lets you build a computer like Lego bricks  —  Building your own computer is starting to come back in style thanks to initiatives like Phonebloks and Google's Project Ara, and now Acer is bringing that idea to the desktop.  It's introducing a new PC today called the Revo Build Series …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Acer's Chromebook R 11 is a new convertible laptop priced at $299  —  The latest in Acer's long lineup of Chromebooks is the company's first convertible running Google's OS.  The Chromebook R 11, due next month for $299, features an 11-inch, “HD” (1366 x 768) display, aluminum top frame, and an Intel Celeron chipset.
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Xiaomi considers launching a laptop, held talks with Samsung for memory chips, may go on sale in Q1 2016  —  Xiaomi Considers Introducing Laptop to Compete With Apple  —  Xiaomi Corp. is considering the introduction of its first laptop early next year, people with direct knowledge …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Hulu launches commercial-free option for $12 per month  —  Hulu Starts a Commercial-Free Option to Rival Netflix and Amazon  —  Hulu announced Wednesday that it was starting a commercial-free version of its streaming service, costing $12 a month, in its latest effort to enhance its offerings …
Avram Piltch / Laptop Mag:
Lenovo Unfolds New ThinkPad Yogas with Silver Chassis, 2K Displays  —  Just as we expect a MacBook to be silver (or gold), we always picture a Lenovo ThinkPad clad in raven black.  However, the leading PC vendor is shaking up its palette by offering a pair of new ThinkPad Yoga 2-in-1s in a choice of silver or black.
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Critical remotely-exploitable flaws found in three popular, internet-connected baby monitors  —  New security flaws found in popular IoT baby monitors  —  Even internet-connected baby monitors aren't immune to hacking, including some flaws that are easy to exploit.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Expands Dash Buttons To More Brands, Effectively Makes The Buttons Free  —  Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons program, as well as incentives to encourage more Amazon Prime members to bring these new hardware devices into their home.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
The Asus VivoStick is a $129 PC-on-a-stick that runs Windows 10  —  Behold the latest HDMI stick that instantly transforms into a full-fledged Windows PC when plugged into a TV or compatible monitor.  The Asus VivoStick is Asus' answer for Intel's Compute Stick; it's a PC you can carry in your pocket.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Popcorn Time lawsuits continue as 16 are sued for watching Survivor  —  App that makes piracy easy has become a target for one Oregon lawyer.  —  The “Popcorn Time” app was launched in 2014 as a kind of “BitTorrent for dummies” with a simple Netflix-style interface for viewing movies.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome 45 launches with new developer features, automatically pauses less important Flash content, like ads  —  Google today launched Chrome 45 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, with some expected changes and new developer tools.  You can update to the latest version now using …
Barry Levine / VentureBeat:
NewsCred nabs $42M to expand beyond content marketing  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Content marketing platform NewsCred is today announcing a new round of $42 million to help it evolve into a broader marketing platform.  —  Brands want to tell their unique story, cofounder and CEO Shafqat Islam told me …
John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:
PS4 v3.0 update to include gameplay streaming to YouTube, increased online storage, more; beta starts today  —  PS4 System Software 3.00 Features Detailed, Beta Starts Today  —  We've been busy preparing our next major system software update for PS4, version 3.00 (codename: Kenshin).
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Native Ads In Gmail To All Advertisers  —  Google is rolling out a new ad format in Gmail to all advertisers today.  A few years ago, Google launched a new kind of native ad in Gmail that sat at the top of the inbox and mostly looked like a regular email.
Mikael Ricknäs / PCWorld:
Huawei announces Mate S with a 5.5" pressure-sensitive screen, starts at €650, available in 30 countries but not in US  —  The Mate S is Huawei's best-looking phone, but the price is steep  —  The Mate S from Huawei Technologies has a metal design that rivals any other Android-based smartphone …
Allegra Frank / Polygon:
Nintendo games now available through Amazon digital store  —  Starting today, Nintendo games are now available for digital purchase through the Amazon online store.  Amazon will offer a selection of popular Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Virtual Console games, as well as some downloadable content …
More: GeekWire and The Verge

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