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Backing up the data on your computer, phone, and other devices is a good way to make sure you don’t lose anything in the event of a fire or other disaster. The folks at the non-profit Internet Archive go a bit further by trying to make backups of everything they can — books, web pages, movies, software, and more.
But like the rest of us, they’re not immune to fire. While the team didn’t lose any data (or people!) in a fire that hit their scanning facility, the Internet Archive did lose some valuable equipment this week. They’re trying to raise money to rebuild.
Here’s a roundup of news from around the web.
- Internet Archive scanning center damaged in a fire, team seeks donations to rebuild
The Internet Archive has a pretty grand purpose of trying to make a copy of the internet, along with music, books, and plenty of other public domain materials. The team suffered about $600,000 in losses due to a fire, and is seeking donations to help rebuild its scanning facility. [Archive.org]
- Sony announces Android 4.3, Android 4.4 update plans
Sony will eventually update most Xperia Z phones and tablets to Android 4.4, and starting in December an even wider range of devices should star getting Android 4.3. [Sony]
- Google Android’s new ART runtime could speed up apps.. a lot
Google is taking steps to replace the Dalvik runtime in Android with something called ART which could make apps run much more quickly. It’s already available in Android 4.4, but you’ll have to enable it in the developer settings, and be willing to put up with any bugs you see, since it’s not officially ready for prime time yet. [Android Police]
- Is this HTC’s 2014 smartphone with a 1440p display?
Sure, the latest smartphones have fast processors, high-res displays, and other cool features… but next year’s will be even more impressive, right? HTC’s next phone may or may not be called the HTC Two, and it may or may not have a 2560 x 1400 pixel display. [AndroidBeat]
- Don’t like the new Google Hangouts Android app with integrated SMS? 8sms brings back the stock app (and more)
Some folks were clamoring for Google to add SMS support to Hangouts — but if you preferred the classic Messaging app, developer bengtan offers a similar app called 8sms which is based on the CyanogenMod 10.2 messaging app — complete with support for notification pop-ups and quick replies, among other things. [xda-developers]
- Hands-on with the Fujitsu S904 ultrabook w/24 hour battery
Ever wonder what a thin and light ultrabook with 24 hours of battery life would look like? Something like this. [Ultrabook News]
- Watch a Nexus 5 get dissected, analyzed in this 7.5 minute video
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Nexus 5 dissected, but it’s the first time I’ve seen a video that shows how to do it at home — and how to replace the battery or charging port, to boot. [YouTube]