Stories for Aug. 29, 2014
In Brief

If you’d like a fast phone that’s unapologetically plastic, you could do a lot worse than the HTC One E8, which Sprint officially announced on Friday. It will cost $100 with a 2-year contract or $500 on its own, and functionally it’s close to a carbon copy of the well-liked HTC One M8, but with a plastic body, a downgraded camera, and it lacks 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. But if you’re in the right market, the E8 can tap into Sprint’s speedy tri-band Spark network.

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Stories for Aug. 28, 2014

Writer David Sessions argues in a piece at Patrol magazine that journalism is worse because of the effects of the internet — but most of the things that he and others complain about have been a part of the media business for hundreds of years, including clickbait Read more »

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Quick to deflect attention from its Lyft-sabotage controversy, Uber has moved into 24 new markets in the United States. The cities range from the podunk town of Bloomington, Indiana, to the college town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In its blog post announcing the news, Uber threw out some frothy statistics: since it’s in 100 cities in the States, Uber said it now covers 55 percent of the U.S. population. It has also moved into ten cities in India and six cities in China, 205 cities globally, 45 countries, and six continents. To Antarctica, the company merely says “bring it!”

A high-level architecture for a Kubernetes application. Source: Microsoft
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Microsoft Azure now supports the management of Docker clusters using the Google-developed Kubernetes framework. What’s more, Microsoft has also open sourced a visual tool for managing those clusters via a graphical user interface. The company has moved fast since announcing support for the project in July. Read more »

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After months of speculation, Apple sent out invites on Thursday to a event on September 9. The event will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, which is the same venue where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh back in 1984.

We’re expecting new iPhones and possibly a the debut of a wrist-mounted wearable device. Like the invite, we wish we could say more, but we’ll learn all the official details in a few short weeks.


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photo: HTC

Verizon had the launch exclusive but the HTC One M8 with Windows Phone will be available on other U.S. carrier networks. On Thursday, T-Mobile announced the phone will arrive in time for the holidays and has created a sign-up page for interested customers. The news follows AT&T’s announcement last week that it too will sell the handset. Sprint hasn’t said if it will carry the phone as of this time. Regardless, this is all good news for both Microsoft and HTC as both are struggling in the mobile market. The HTC One M8 is an excellent piece of hardware that runs the much improved Windows Phone 8.1 software; more carrier availability could boost sales.

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