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Apple's Arizona facilities took the spotlight on Thursday as export documents revealed the company's newly purchased inspection tools are intended for "device displays" -- although no one knows for sure if they are intended for the fabled iWatch, the next iPhone or something else entirely. While you ponder that latest rumor, here are a few slices of other news from yesterday that are a little less tinged in speculation...
Following a quick stop in the Google Chrome camp, Instapaper rolled out a whole new extension for Safari on Thursday that offers the same great features, including Ctrl + S and right-click keyboard shortcuts for saving articles and the ability to add "Save to Instapaper" buttons directly on Twitter, Reddit or Hacker News. Last but certainly not least, the Safari extension also enables highlighting for article descriptions as well as the ability to toggle keyboard shortcut and inline saving options from Preferences. Users of the current Safari extension for Instapaper will need to manually install the new version, but after that future updates should occur automatically.
Firefox is coming to Android all over again, this time in the guise of the Firefox Launcher (shown above), which essentially replaces the stock Android home screen with one created by Mozilla, similar to last year's ill-fated (but still ongoing) Facebook Home experiment. It's a curious move for Mozilla, who have been hard at work on their own Linux-based Firefox OS for low-cost smartphones, but presumably the open-source organization views the move as yet another way to get its browser seen on mobile devices. No word yet on exactly when Firefox Launcher plans to, er... launch.
Bloomberg reported Thursday that the week-long ban on new customer signups for Aereo in New York has come to a close, with those added to a waiting list among the first to join prior to the online television service swinging open its doors in the region once more. Unfortunately, as one door opens, another one closes: Would-be Aereo customers in Atlanta have now been shut out of new signups as the service reached capacity in that market as well, but we're guessing the company is already hard at work to break that logjam as well.
Ever wonder how The Amazing Spider-Man might read in a foreign language? Marvel Entertainment heeded that call Thursday with the debut of Marvel Global Comics, a free, universal app that provides comic book fans with digital versions of their favorites in 12 written languages: Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, French, Russian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Hebrew, Portuguese, Japanese and Hindi. Speaking of which, do you know which language the aforementioned Spidey is called in El Sorprendente Hombre Araña? Well, you've got 12 tries, so give it a shot...
If you've been on the fence about buying one of the slickest Android smartphones around, Google made the decision a little bit easier this week. Buyers can now pick up a Nexus 5 in black, white or "bright red" in the usual 16GB or 32GB capacities, starting at only $349 unlocked and running the latest and greatest flavor of Android 4.4 KitKat. And they're not joking when they call this shade of red "bright" -- the photos alone are enough to sear your retinas, and if you don't believe us, pop over to the Google Play store and see for yourself.
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