3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple CEO’s Trip to China, Amazon’s Next Kindle Fire, and Google’s Nexus Wins Praise

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Tim Cook appears to be making a personal pitch to local telecoms in China, with speculation swirling around the cheaper, plastic-bodied iPhones designed for emerging markets, since the official reason for the CEO’s visit was not revealed. Apple is already partnered with China Telecom and its 700 million or so subscribers, and the visit could be a preemptive move before a new phone release. It’s Cook’s third visit to the country since he took the reins at the company.

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Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN): BGR has gotten its hands on the full specs for the next generation of the Kindle Fire HD, and fellow tablet makers should take notice: the 7-inch Fire HD’s replacement will sport an upgrade to 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, and available cellular connectivity, with 16, 32, or 64 GB models. The larger HD will have similar features but packaged underneath a 2,560-by-1,600 pixel high-definition display.

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): The new Nexus 7 is picking up accolades left and right, and from all the right places. The Verge, Engadget, and Mashable have given the new tablet their blessing, praising its 1080p display, quad-core CPU, and thin and light form factor. So long as the bezels on the 7-inch variation or the tablet app ecosystem shortfalls don’t bother you, Google has created a formidable foe at an attractive price.

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