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IN THE NEWS: TAIWAN ASKS APPLE TO BLUR MAP IMAGE

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Add the government of Taiwan to the list of those beefing over Apple's new mapping service. But this complaint has nothing to do with the maps being too blurry -- but being too clear. The Taipei government wants Apple to blur a map image of its new $1.4 billion early warning radar station. The station can spot aircraft and missiles coming from as far as western China. A defense ministry official says Apple should follow rival Google in using only low-resolution satellite pictures to show such sensitive military facilities. The Taiwanese official also acknowledges that the military should also try to camouflage them.

IN THE NEWS: CELL PHONE APP TO HELP BLIND "SEE" MONEY

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Imagine being blind or visually impaired -- and having to deal with money. A new app funded by the federal government is making the task a bit easier. The app will let those with Android devices scan a bill with their phone's camera -- and the app will "read" the bill's denomination aloud. The Education Department and the U.S. Treasury teamed up to launch the free app -- called the "IDEAL Currency Identifier." There's already a similar free app called EyeNote for Apple devices like iPhones and iPads.

ON THE WEB: AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- If your favorite artist doesn't win the American Music Awards this year, you may only have yourself and like-minded fans to blame. The AMA nominations are out -- and you can vote for all the categories online. Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the way with four nominations each. Winners will be based announced at a live ceremony set for November 18.

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American Music Awards voting site: http://abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards/vote

IN STORES: SLINGBOX 500 AND SLINGBOX 350

FOSTER CITY, California (AP) -- If you can watch it in your living room, you can watch it almost anywhere. That's the theory behind Slingbox -- and with two new models the company is releasing, that will be more true than ever. The two new devices are the Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350. Each of them can deliver full 1080p high-definition quality of streaming of video content anywhere -- including mobile devices. The 500 model has a couple of unique features. It has both Wi-Fi and HDMI -- as well as a way to show your personal content on TV, a first for any Slingbox product. To work with the various mobile devices out there, Sling Media is offering new software for both desktop and mobile devices. The new products are due in stores and in selected online outlets on Sunday.

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Slingbox site: http://www.slingbox.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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