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  • The just-announced Microsoft Band will sell for $199. Sony, Samsung, Fitbit and others have also flocked to the fitness wearables markets.

  • The Samsung Gear S smartwatch will be available through AT&T starting Nov. 7 and through T-Mobile on Nov. 9.

  • Company will use the capital to scale business operations for increased demand for its zero-coding, zero-integration, zero-API mobile app creation platform.

  • Making sense of the wealth of information sources in an enterprise can be challenging. BigPanda offers a SaaS model to help enterprises understand IT incidents.

  • Andy Rubin, the chief developer of Google's Android mobile operating system and most recently the head of the search giant's robotics and drone programs, is leaving the company.

  • The iPod has come a long way. The iPod actually helped save Apple when it was first introduced in October 2001, back in the days when the company was still recovering from years of slowing sales and management turmoil. For years after, the iPod and its signature earbuds were so common that it became a cultural icon and a device that, to this day, is still bought by the millions by people around the globe. It continues to sell well despite the massive amount of competition it faces. The iPod today, however, is not the iPod it once was. While the device is still somewhat popular, it has given way to the iPhone and iPad in terms of its importance to Apple's revenue stream. In fact, it's now an afterthought in terms of the amount of product development effort Apple devotes to the iPod. People have so many choices for music players now that it's conceivable that the end of the iPod can't be too many years off as sales dwindle and components become obsolete and hard to find. This slide show takes a retrospective look at the iPod and the major events that marked its long and storied history.

  • In recent letters AT&T, Comcast and Verizon said they have no plans to seek deals with content providers that would give faster Internet performance in exchange for special payments.

  • Admiral Michael Rogers is preparing a coalition of government, military and commercial interests to fight a global cyber-war if necessary.

  • The open-source content management system used by the White House issues a stern warning.

  • Increasing evidence suggests that the time between the public disclosure of a security flaw and its widespread exploitation is shrinking.

  • Respondents to a Pew Internet study say a major cyber-attack by 2025 is likely. Security experts have ideas on how the risk might be mitigated.

  • Verizon is adding cyber-security tools from FireEye to its managed services portfolio to help enterprises maintain data and network security.

  • In buying the handset maker from Google, Lenovo becomes the world's third-largest smartphone maker, behind Samsung and Apple.

  • Samsung reported third-quarter sales of $45.1 billion, down 19 percent from $56 billion during the same period last year.

  • Hewlett-Packard on Oct. 29 unveiled a new computer it's calling Sprout that is hardly the typical desktop or laptop PC that we are familiar with. It can best be described as a full, all-in-one Windows 8.1 PC that combines touch-screens, full gesture control, a physical keyboard, scanning technology, 3D printers and more. The Sprout is designed to give users a single integrated workstation with the potential to let them achieve a higher level of creativity. The device is unlike any PC design the industry has seen for a long time. Still, the HP Sprout isn't for everyone. The device will ship with Windows 8.1, an operating system that has hardly won universal plaudits from PC users, but it was designed for use with touch-screens. In addition, the device could prove to be a hard sell for corporate customers that aren't working in highly creative fields such as graphic arts, game production, video production or product design. These are creative fields that have been dominated historically by Apple Macs, and the Sprout would be the first significant challenge to the Mac's dominance in these areas practically for decades. This factor alone makes the Sprout worth checking out. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at what the Sprout has to offer.

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