Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 8/13/2013 5:41 pm

Apple could be unveiling its latest iPhone as early as next month. Technology blog All Things D reports sources say the tech giant plans to debut its next iPhone at a special event on September 10. The Wall Street Journal-affiliated blog has a solid track record for reporting inside Apple information. There's been a lot of speculation swirling about what the new phone will feature. It's rumored to include improved cameras and processors and a fingerprint sensor for added security. Apple has not confirmed the report.

Facebook cooks up a plan with open table to get you a seat. Facebook's unveiling a new feature this week, when you're on a restaurant's Facebook page, you'll be able to book a reservation. That's according to, which also reports the booking service will at first be available only on Facebook's mobile site and newly updated apps for iOS and Android. Facebook will see how it works before moving the feature to desktop platforms.

Retailers are keeping tabs on your "return" trips. A number of major retailers are tracking your "returns", using an outside company to catalog and analyze what you bring back. When a clerk swipes your driver's license, it's not just to verify your identity, some of that information is used to create a "return activity report". Any questions or red flags could prompt the store to deny your return. Retailers cite a need to prevent fraud and theft, but some privacy advocates say there's not enough transparency in the process.

Microsoft tweaks the Kinnect connection for the Xbox One, according to USA Today. The paper reports the plan was to keep the Kinect feature always "on", allowing for deeper integration of the system, and voice commands. But consumers balked at the "always on" part of the program, citing privacy concerns. So Microsoft made some changes and the Kinect motion sensor will "not" have to stay connected in order to work.
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