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Last Update on August 29, 2014 09:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: APPLE SETS DATE FOR ANNOUNCING NEW PRODUCTS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- So, what does Apple have up its sleeve when it comes to new products? We'll find out next month, when the gadget maker rolls out the latest batch. The September 9 event is set for the same Silicon Valley venue where the company's late co-founder, Steve Jobs unveiled the original Mac computer 30 years ago. It's expected Apple will announce a new, larger iPhone -- and possibly some other kind of device like a computerized watch. It's expected to be the most anticipated launch since Apple rolled out the iPad four years ago.

IN THE NEWS: SHOPPING BY PHONE?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Used to be that shopping by phone meant placing a call to a company or store, telling them what you want -- and having them send it to you. But the new phone-shopping the tech world has in mind would see you snap a photo of an electronic device, piece of clothing or accessory using your smartphone or tablet -- then be able to shop for it. So far, no one has been able to master the technology to make it a regular feature of our lives. For example, Amazon's Firefly phone can make out labels of everyday items. But certain patterns vex the software inside and that can make it hard to complete a purchase.

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