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Pre-caffeine tech: Amazon Fire, Nerf steampunk!

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Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning. Here's everything that you need to know before taking that first sip of coffee today: 

BAM! Take that Apple! Amazon just unveiled it's $199 table, Kindle Fire.

Amazon's gamble? Here's why a tablet comes next.

Meanwhile, Apple is holding an event on Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. PT. The subject of the press invite? "Let's talk iPhone."

Will Apple will kill iPod classic and iPod Suffle at that same event? That's the rumor.

But Facebook's long-awaited iPad app might very well make its debut next week, too.

The HTC Radar 4G, T-Mobile's first Windows Phone capable of 4G speeds on its network, will be available in the U.S. in "time for the holidays."

Why, we own so many dang digital devices that trying to protect them has grown into a ginormous hassle. Now, McAfee Security is out with an all-in-one product for just that purpose.

Feeling nostalgic? Here's a delightful dystopian timeline on the future of books.

Schrödinger's Nyan Cat: Because the 8-bit meme was due for a little re-nerding.

Speaking of nerds, hate the hassel of turning a 75-year-old chair into a steampunk Nerf gun? Just buy this one... for $300!

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