Tech Wrap: Amazon ships Fire early

November 14, 2011 began shipping its Kindle Fire on Monday, a day earlier than it expected and extending its lead time over Barnes & Noble Inc’s rival Nook tablet. The $199 7-inch tablet computer may give Apple’s costlier iPad some competition but competes most directly with the new Nook.

Speaking of meeting expectations, Apple missed theirs when today it launched its iTunes Match service two weeks late, Computerworld reports. The $24.99-per-year iTunes Match debuted alongside the release of iTunes 10.5.1, which fixed one critical security vulnerability that could let attackers push fake software updates to Windows and Mac users.

In other news, a University of Illinois research center has awarded a contract valued at more than $188 million to Cray Inc. to build one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, reports. It’s an initiative IBM worked on for several years before giving up in August.

BMW is set to launch its new i division, a sub-brand that keys on sustainable mobility. The brand’s objective is not to sell hundreds of thousands of electric cars but to focus on future transportation (and the electrified world that is rapidly emerging) through groundbreaking innovations, Postmedia reports.
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