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January 17, 2017, 7:50 AM

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BBC:
Apple to raise prices of apps and in-app purchases by about 25% in three regions; lowest app prices now 99p in UK, 80 rupees in India, and 3.49 lira in Turkey  —  UK costs will numerically match those of the US, meaning that a program that costs $0.99 will now be 99p.
Matthew Humphries / PC Magazine:
With Google's RAISR machine learning-driven image enhancement technique, images can be up to 75% smaller without losing their detail  —  With unlimited data plans becoming increasingly expensive, or subscribers being forced to ditch their unlimited data due to overuse, anything that can reduce the amount of data we download is welcome.
Bloomberg:
Baidu hires AI specialist and former Microsoft EVP Qi Lu as group president and chief operating officer to oversee and develop AI technologies  —  AI specialist Qi Lu becomes Baidu's COO and president  —  Lu will oversee Baidu's efforts to develop AI technologies
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Raspberry Pi upgrades its $30 Compute Module for embedded computing with 10x the CPU performance at 1.2GHz and twice the RAM at 1GB  —  Compute Module for embedded computing gets first big upgrade since 2014.  —  The Raspberry Pi Compute Module is getting a big upgrade …
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
How Amazon's Echo made Alexa the most successful smart voice assistant at home, and how Google, Microsoft, and Apple are fighting back  —  We're barely halfway through January of 2017, and it's already looking like this is going to be the year of Amazon's Alexa, the virtual assistant at the heart of the Amazon Echo.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nvidia Shield TV 2017 review: best balance for home entertainment with smart home features, gaming, streaming 4K HDR video, and the upcoming Google assistant  —  Nvidia's Shield line of devices is now more than six years old, and the latest member of the family is the new Shield TV …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:

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