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Apple is offering battery replacements for a limited number of defective iPhone 5 units

If you’ve noticed a battery problem with your iPhone 5, Apple might have a fix for you. 9to5Mac reports that the company has just initiated a battery replacement program for a limited group of devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013. You can check eligibility on Apple’s website by entering your serial number. The program is available now in the US and will launch in other countries on August 29. Symptoms include “shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently,” but that applies to just about every iPhone owner I know. Even if your serial number is eligible,…

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Google Acquires Gecko, Which Did Mechanical Design For The Original FitBit

 Google has acquired Gecko Design, a firm operating out of Los Gatos, California, to help with its Google X special projects laboratory. The acquired company has done design work for a number of high-profile clients, including Aliph (Jawbone), Del…

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: A Few Of Our Favorite Things

gadgets140822 In the depths of August, much of the tech world is simply waiting for the fall to begin. In the first half of September alone, we’ll have new devices from Apple, Motorola, and Amazon. But for now, it’s a waiting game, so we’re taking a look back at our favorite gadgets of the year.
We’ve narrowed it down the <a Amazon Fire TV, the Android TV, and the Canary home… Read More

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Google acquires Gecko Design for its Google X labs

When you’re trying to change the world, it’s important that the products you create actually look nice. To that end, Google has acquired hardware design firm, Gecko Design for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition was confirmed on Gecko Design’s site with the company’s President, Jacques L. Gagne, stating, “This is an incredible opportunity for everyone at Gecko. we are very excited and honored to join Google(x) and work on a variety of cutting edge projects.” Google X is responsible for Google’s moon shot products including Glass, the upcoming driverless car and Internet-by-balloon Project Loon. It is run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. ➤ Gecko Design and all…

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Amazon Now Piloting CPM Ads With Select Amazon Associates Publishers

image Amazon has launched a display ad network, in the form of Amazon CPM ads, to members of its online affiliates program, Amazon Associates. Select members of the program have recently been invited to test the new advertising option, which will feature both display ads from Amazon as well as other “high-quality” advertisers. The program is currently in a pilot testing period –… Read More

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Amazon Reopens Its AWS Loft In San Francisco

PopupLoft3 Earlier this year, Amazon opened a space for developers in San Francisco to come and talk to AWS engineers, get training, network or simply hang out. This “Pop-up Loft” was open for four weeks in June. Today, the company announced that it is re-opening the space this Fall after tweaking the concept a bit to “make it even more valuable for you.” Back in June, Amazon… Read More

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Facebook’s first ever live video Q&A in space: Watch it here

Facebook history is being made today as it hosts the first ever live Q&A from space, beginning at around 1:55pm BST/8.55am EDT, 5.55am PDT/2.55pm CEST. At that time (or thereabouts – Facebook warned there could be a slight delay depending on the satellite connection), Alexander Gerst will spend 20 minutes responding to questions on camera live from the International Space Station. After this, he’ll spend another 30 minutes answering more questions in text form on his Facebook page. So, if you’ve always had a burning question you wanted to ask an astronaut in space, today is your chance, if you’re…

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Google’s self-driving cars will get a steering wheel and pedals for testing in California

There was a lot of buzz when Google revealed prototypes of its self-driving cars in May, which come without a steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals. Now, however, new rules in California concerning the testing of autonomous vehicles state that the driver must be “capable of taking over active physical control of the vehicle at any time,” which means manual controls have to be in place. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google plans to adhere to the new rules by constructing a temporary steering wheel and pedal system for the test cars. Google is building about a hundred prototypes of…

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