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    Is Google one step closer to becoming Big Brother? The Internet giant is acquiring Nest, a company that makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion in cash. Here's why Google bought Nest. By buying Nest, Google now has access to private information that was never under its purview. Nest addressed privacy concerns in a blog on its website : “Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services," he writes. We know you entrust your homes and information to us and are committed to protecting that the same way we’ve always done.”
    BlackBerry is placing its last hopes on Android, though not in the way you think. Instead of incorporating Android into its smartphones, the company's forthcoming 10.2.1 update to its BlackBerry operating system will support native Android apps. And to make sure that it has enough applications for its users, the company has been approaching developers to upload their apps to a new section on its online app store, BlackBerry World. The news comes from a report from Web site Good e-Reader.
    China Mobile reportedly has more than 1 million iPhones 5S handsets to offer its customers as its preps for the official launch on Friday. Citing information from a "person familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Apple supplier Foxconn shipped those 1.4 million phones to China's largest mobile carrier . "Shipping one million or more iPhones to a single carrier per month is substantial," the unnamed source told the Journal. Smaller rival carriers China Unicom and China Telecom have already been selling the two latest iPhones since they debuted last year.
    High dynamic range, in its multiple forms, can be a significant and noticeable increase in picture quality. Multiple companies are talking about it, from Dolby and its Vision tech, to Sony, Samsung, and others. While 4K, curved, and OLED get lots of attention, it's possible HDR will improve not only LCDs, but other technologies too. High dynamic range, in whatever form, is a way for LCDs to approach the contrast ratio, and by extension, the picture quality of these other technologies.