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Hover Camera Passport Drone Zooms to Apple Stores

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Apple retail outlets get a new drone option in the shape of the Hover Camera Passport-- an ultra-portable number able to follow users around and take hands-free photos.

Developed by Zero Zero Robots, the Hover Camera Passport is a foldable drone built from carbon fibre material. It weighs just 242g and carries a 13MP camera with 4K video support and the ability to capture 360-degree panoramic video. Battery life clocks at around 10 minutes per charge, and the makers promise the Passport is very easy to use, with artificial intelligence allowing anyone to operate both indoors and outdoors.

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Apple to Invest "Several Billion Dollars" in Toshiba?

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According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK Apple might team up with Foxconn to invest in the Toshiba semiconductor business-- specifically by a 20% stake in the company worth "at least several billion dollars."

Toshiba chipThe broadcaster adds such a plan allays Japanese government concern over the transfer of sensitive technology to investers deemed a "potential risk to national security." It also keeps Toshiba under US and Japanese control, since the Japanese company would maintain a partial stake in the unit.

Bloomberg adds to the story, saying Foxconn (aka Hon Hai) could control as much as 30% of the semiconductor unit should the bid be accepted. Foxconn reportedly already offered $27bn for the company, but its ties with China can sour the deal due to security concerns.

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Apple Opens Dubai Mall Store

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Apple announces a 3rd retail store in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-- specifically at the Dubai Mall, set to open on 27 April, following the unveiling of a ground mural surrounding the storefront.

Apple DubaiThe store occupies 2 levels and reportedly offers views of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. It will be open 7 days a week, 10am to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to midnight Thursday to Saturday.

Like many other Apple retail outlets it should host workshops for customers of all ages, as well as learning camps for kids. The company also promotes "field trips" for students wanting an "unforgettable learning experience" using Apple products.

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ZTE Presents Quartz Smartwatch

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ZTE announces a first smartwatch-- the Quartz, an Android Wear 2.0-powered number promising functionality on par with similar devices, only at a lower price range.

ZTE QuartzThe Quartz features a unibody design with a round 1.4-inch Gorilla Glass 3-covered 400 x 400 touchscreen complete with Gorilla Glass shielding. Inside are an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, GPS and a heart rate sensor, together with a 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU, 768MB RAM and 4GB storage. A 500 mAh battery promises up to 36 hours of use on a single charge.

Interestingly, it also carries an own LTE radio as well as a microphone and speaker, meaning it can handle phone calls, SMS and data. Watch construction is water resistant, and the band is a 22mm number users can be easily swap out.

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Sony's Digital Paper Tablet

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Sony is famous for releasing unusual devices in its home Japan, and the DPT-RP1 is one such example-- a 13.3-inch tablet featuring an ePaper display one can write or draw on via included digital pen.

Sony digital paper tabletTechnically a successor to a similar device, the DPT-S1, the DPT-RP1 offers a "non-slip" panel Sony says makes use of the aforementioned digital pen better. It also has a thinner and lighter design that is as thick as a stack of 30 sheets of paper, while the processor is also improved.

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