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THE NEWS WRAP: Long-awaited Amazon smartphone likely to be unveiled on June 18

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Amazon is holding a product announcement on June 18 which is likely regarding its long-rumoured smartphone.

 

The company posted a video to YouTube which teases the device.

 

It will likely run a heavily modified version of Android just like the company’s Kindle Fire tablets.

 

Former Microsoft exec joins GoPro as president

 

GoPro has named former Microsoft executive Tony Bates as president and added him to its board.

 

The 47-yearold Bates will join the company as second in command, reporting to GoPro founder and chief executive officer Nicholas Woodman.

 

Bates left Microsoft in March after he was passed over for the CEO job that went to colleague Satya Nadella.

 

Apple allows all apps to use Safari’s JavaScript Engine in iOS 8

 

When iOS 7 was launched developers discovered that their apps with built-in web browsers were unable to achieve the same level of JavaScript performance as the stock Safari app as Apple restricted the use of its improved Nitro JavaScript engine to its own app.

 

That decision has been reversed with iOS 8 and all apps will now be able to use the same improved JavaScript engine.

 

Overnight

 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 15.19 to 16,737.53. The Australian dollar is currently trading at US93 cents.

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Kye White

Kye began his career at a Fairfax daily on the North-West Coast of Tasmania. He has since taken his belongings, and keen interest in technology, to Melbourne. He has a bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from RMIT University.

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