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Amazon expected to unveil new Kindle Fire tablet in early September

Amazon is expected to launch a new version of its 7in Kindle Fire tablet on Thursday 6 September, after chief executive Jeff Bezos claimed that the product was “sold out” – though the latter claim has been challenged by Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg TV. Analysts estimate that from figures announced by Bezos,…

Girly Lego Friends lead to 35 percent profit spike

Lego’s controversial courting of the girls’ toy market has paid off for the Danish company after it announced a 35% increase in first-half profits. The world-famous plastic brick maker said net profit rose to 2bn kroner (£213m) in the first six months of 2012, from 1.48bn kroner for the same…

Obama and Romney square off over storm-ravaged New Orleans

White House challenger Mitt Romney rushed to storm-ravaged New Orleans on Friday in a bid to burnish his presidential credentials ahead of his November battle with Barack Obama. Coming off the back of a rousing Republican convention, Romneysought to build momentum by taking his new campaign plane to New Orleans, where rescue crews are clearing up after…

New smartphones could test for AIDS in rural Africa

South African and South Korean researchers are working on making a smartphone capable of doing AIDS tests in rural parts of Africa that are the worst hit by the disease, a researcher said Friday. The team have developed a microscope and an application that can photograph and analyse blood samples…

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary rocks Venice film festival

US director Spike Lee brings together Michael Jackson’s old studio hands and previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage for adocumentary that premiered Friday at the Venice film festival. “Bad 25″ deliberately leaves out the scandals surrounding the late pop legend in favour of an in-depth look at the making of “Bad” — 25 years after the release…

Bing search feature allows you to search through Facebook photos

Bing added a feature Thursday that lets people search through photos friends posted on Facebook. “With more than 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook per day, photo viewing is one of the most popular things people do on Facebook,” Bing social team senior program manager Ian Lin said in a blog post. “Now, with Bing,…

Romney rolls out new campaign plane

A day after being crowned the Republican contender for the White House, Mitt Romney on Friday finally unwrapped a gleaming newcampaign plane. The white and blue passenger jet is painted with the slogan “Believe in America” and bears Romney’s website address on the fuselage and his distinctive red, white and blue ”R” logo on the tail. Romney’s…

DuPont wins global ban on rival product over stolen trade secrets

US chemicals giant DuPont has won a 20-year global ban on a Kevlar rival product made by South Korea-based Kolon industriesafter a court found Kolon had stolen its trade secrets. “The trial court ordered Kolon to not produce, market or sell any para-aramid fiber products, worldwide, for 20 years,” Thomas Sager, DuPont’s general counsel, said in a statement Friday.…

Mexico discovers hundreds of Ice Age bones

Workers have discovered hundreds of bones belonging to Ice Age animals, including mammoths, mastodons and glyptodons, while digging to build a wastewater treatment plant north of Mexico City. The bones could be between 10,000 and 12,000 years old and may include a human tooth from the late Pleistocene period, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History…

Assange expects to stay in Ecuador’s embassy for up to a year

Julian Assange expects to remain holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for up to a year as the two countries struggle to resolve a diplomatic row over the controversial WikiLeaks founder. Assange took shelter in the embassy in June after exhausting all appeals against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual…

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