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Technology: Computer Hardware

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www.usatoday.com

Who doesn't appreciate a good old-fashioned brawl every now and again? There may be no bigger slugfest than what is taking place this week in 7-inch touch-screen tablets as the Kindle Fire from Amazon goes toe-to-toe with the Nook Tablet from Barnes

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www.wired.com/underwire

Fewer than 10 minutes of that crucial videotaped conversation made it into Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, but the rest — believed to be lost in shipping — is now heading for movie theaters Nov. 16 and 17.

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www.popsci.com

As Moore predicted, computers continue to become exponentially faster, while their components have become much cheaper. William Nordhaus, an economist at Yale University, examined 100s of devices—from the first computer to the Apple II to modern PCs—

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online.wsj.com

The outage started in RIM's European data center, and cascaded across the world. Mr. Lazaridis said the outage was the largest in its history and likely caused by a hardware problem. "We don't know why the switch failed in the particular way that it

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AP

India introduced a cheap tablet computer Wednesday, saying it would deliver modern technology to the countryside to help lift villagers out of poverty. The computer, called Aakash, or "sky" in Hindi, is the latest in a series of "world's cheapest"

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slatest.slate.com/

The company announced that the new phone will run from $199 to $399 when it goes on sale in the U.S. on October 14. The original iPhone 4 (8GB), meanwhile, will be knocked down to $99, and the the 3GS will be free with a two-year contract.

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www.reuters.com

Amazon.com Inc introduced its eagerly awaited tablet computer on Wednesday with a price tag that could make it the first strong competitor in a tablet market that has been dominated by Apple Inc's iPad. The new device is priced at $199

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Tom Simonite via TechnologyReview.com

A new computer chip will help tackle one of the Web's weak spots—the fact that most data is exchanged without any protection against hackers or eavesdroppers.

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Chris Foresman via WIRED.com

We dug into the design of the cable to find out why Apple felt justified $50 for some plastic-wrapped copper wire, and why Thunderbolt may have a hard time outside of the higher-end storage and video market — a fate similar to Apple’s FireWire.