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Cartoon avatar app goes big in China

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As anyone who’s ever had an AIM, GChat, or Twitter account knows, a cute avatar is key to a good online persona. In China, consumers have made that quest into a giant market.

Fortune reports that  MYOTee, a cartoon avatar creator with dozens of custom options, has become the hottest mobile app in the nation’s variable market. Earlier this month, the app received over a million downloads in just a couple of days — hitting the top of Apple’s free app ranking in China. READ FULL STORY

Fortune.com picks the 5 best fake Googles (and one Apple spoof) in pop culture

Beyond the search engine that made it what it is today, Google has become the epitome of big-branded tech companies. Of course, many TV shows and movies feature Google-like businesses without directly implying that it’s pretty much just Google with a different name. (That is, of course, except for The Internship, which somehow did get permission to use Google’s name and branding for their film.) Recent HBO shows like Silicon Valley and Veep, however, had to be a little more creative with their fictitious places of work.

The new Fortune.com came up with its own list of the best Google fake-outs in TV, books, and film, and even one special animated homage to Steve Jobs and Apple. Check out the full breakdown here and the list of picks below: READ FULL STORY

HBO's 'Silicon Valley': Fake company from the show has a great fake website

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Are you watching Silicon Valley, HBO’s pitch-perfect sendup of the tech world? (Well, pitch perfect besides its near total lack of female characters. Wait, what’s that you say? This is what Silicon Valley is actually like? Never mind!)

If you are, you’ll be pleased to note that Pied Piper — the fledgling startup at the center of the series — just got its own spiffy website. Hell, even if you don’t already watch the show, give this page a whirl; if incredible strings of technological gobbledygook (“Pied Piper is a multi-platform technology based on a proprietary universal compression algorithm that has consistently fielded high Weisman Scores™ that are not merely competitive, but approach the theoretical limit of lossless compression”) can’t convince you to check it out, nothing will.

Scroll around, and you’ll find awkward shots of the show’s cast, an “About Us” section that details fun facts about each of Pied Piper’s main players, and more than a few lines of text that prove just how much care was put into PiedPiper.com. (Wait, which real-life irrigation company did HBO have to pay off to get the rights to that domain name?) A brief sampling:

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CES 2014: Vanilla Ice, Shaq, Mark Cuban, and more talk hot tech trends -- VIDEO

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With more than 150,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas proved to be one of the biggest in its history. Some of the biggest trends included 3-D printers, wearable tech, headphones galore, 4K, and curved TVs.

And while the Super Bowl of Tech boasts industry professionals, techies, and early adopters, the conference is also known for its fair share of celebs endorsing the next big brands and products in tech.

Billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban made an appearance at the Samsung press conference and roamed the floor revealing what he thinks the next big thing in tech will be and how to really get his attention with an investment pitch:
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Twitter goes public, Sir Patrick Stewart rings NYSE bell

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So those tweets about what you had for dinner, that movie you hated, and how much you like pumpkin spice lattes are actually worth something!

Twitter went public this morning at the New York Stock Exchange, debuting at $45.10 a share, valuing the social media platform at upwards of $30 billion. Stock symbol? TWTR. Hashtag? #$$$$ READ FULL STORY

Bryan Cranston narrates new iPad Air commercial -- VIDEO

After watching the newly released iPad Air commercial, you may find yourself wondering why you feel so calm, so full of life, hopeful for the future — but also, with a slight edge of terror. Well, that’s because the crisp, clean TV spot is narrated by all-around wonderful human Bryan Cranston, who most famously also portrays all-around terrifying character Walter White from Breaking Bad.
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Apple keynote announces iPad Air, free apps

Break out your holiday wish list: A new iPad, the iPad Air, is here.

That was the biggest revelation during today’s 90-minute Apple presentation by CEO Tim Cook and other associates. Since Apple launched the iPad three and a half years ago, 170 million iPads have been sold. “iPad is used over four times more than all those other tablets put together,” Apple claimed today. The new iPad Air will have a 9.7-inch retina display, 43 percent thinner bezel than the previous version, and weigh just 1 pound. It also contains the A7 chip, which just launched with the iPhone 5S. Retailing for $499, it’ll join others in the iPad family, including an updated iPad Mini (now with retina display!) and the original iPad Mini, which will stay on the market for just $299, helping Apple compete with lower-priced tablets from other makers.

The other big news coming out of California is more information about OS X Mavericks, which is not a callback to the 2008 election, but is the newest software upgrade for Macs, available today. Excitingly, the Apple team spoke about how they wanted to get rid of the mind-set that software upgrades should cost money — meaning that Mavericks is free, available today, and supported on devices as old as the 2007 iMac/MacBook Pro. Speaking of MacBook Pros, both the 13-inch and 15-inch are seeing a $200 price drop.
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UPDATED: Join us (soon) for a hangout with 'Revenge' star Gabriel Mann!

UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen change in the Revenge shooting schedule, our Google + hangout with Gabriel Mann is being moved to a later date. Please watch this space, and we will keep you updated!

EARLIER: Revenge‘s season premiere isn’t until Sunday but if you’re looking for scoop on what’s next on Emily Thorne’s Revengenda, join EW this Friday at 1p.m. PT/ 4p.m. ET for a Google+ hangout with Gabriel Mann!

That’s right, we’re putting the actor, who plays quippy computer wiz Nolan, in the hot seat and grilling him on the upcoming third season, which begins (in traditional Revenge fashion) with one heck of a shocker.

Want to take part? It’s easy, either join us via the Google+ events page or submit your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #EWtalksTV. You can also leave your questions in the comments below.

Fill out this form if you’d like to participate in the Google+ Hangouts and talk to the cast members in our series! goo.gl/5OdpMb

Apple's iOS 7 rolls out: Have you upgraded yet?

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The good news for Appleholics: iOS7 is finally here!

The bad news for Appleholics: It’s not exactly here-here, at least for large numbers of disgruntled users.

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Apple announces iPhone 5C and 5S -- which will you pick?

Apple Inc. announced Tuesday that the iPhone 5 will be replaced with two new phones: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The new iPhone 5S — which has a 4-inch display and comes in black, silver, and gold — has a new chip system that should be twice as fast and Touch ID, a fingerprint security feature built into the home button that can be used to unlock the phone or make purchases.

“Your fingerprint is one of the best passes in the world. It’s always with you, and no two are exactly alike,” Apple senior vice president Jony Ive said in a promotional video.

The 16GB model goes on sale for $199; 32GB for $299; and 64GB for $399, all with a 2-year-contract and available for purchase Sept. 20, with pre-orders starting Sept. 13.

For frugal techies, Apple introduced a lower-cost iPhone 5C. The new device, made of plastic with a 4-inch display, is available in five colors: green, white, blue, red, and yellow. At a cost of $99 for a 16GB model or $199 for a 32GB model with a two-year-contract, the Apple iPhone 5C will go on sale at the same time as the 5S.

The iPhone’s camera is getting a major upgrade, as Apple has increased the pixels to 1.5u to capture more light.

Apple also announced details of its completely redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7, which will be ready for download on Sept. 18. Having a hard time choosing? Try the new iPhone 5F, as promo’d by the folks over at Funny or Die:
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