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Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

In this June 18, 2014 file photo, the Amazon "Mayday" customer service app that provides a direct link to a live Amazon tech support worker, is demonstrated on the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — What I find fascinating about Amazon’s Fire phone isn’t the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.

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Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

In this June 18, 2014 file photo, the map app on new Amazon Fire Phone is demonstrated in Seattle. The map app includes 3D-like renderings of buildings such as the Space Needle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — What I find fascinating about Amazon’s Fire phone isn’t the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.

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Microsoft makes design central to its future

In this photo taken July 3, 2014, Ralf Groene, chief designer for the Microsoft Surface tablet computer, poses for a photo with a Surface 3 Pro tablet, right, in front of a milling machine used to produce parts for the computer, like the one he is holding at left, in Redmond, Wash. As Microsoft competes with Apple and other companies for hardware sales, the software giant has put a new emphasis on design. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food — or “food concepts,” he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce.

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Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

This screen shot taken from an Kindle Fire HDX shows "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, an audiobook available through Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription service. The service will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s new “unlimited” e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you’ll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted.

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Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips

This product image provided by Mophie shows the Mophie Space Pack for the iPhone. The Space Pack doubles battery life and gives you an additional 16 or 32 gigabytes of storage. It also serves as a phone case, albeit a heavy and bulky one because it needs to fit a battery and memory. (AP Photo/Mophie)

DENVER (AP) — Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.

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