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Pre-caffeine tech: Apple updates, winter pug!

Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.

Apple just released a software update — iOS 6.1 — which gives you the ability to purchase movie tickets through Fandango using Siri, supports LTE capabilities for a bunch of carriers around the world and adds the ability to download individual songs from iCloud.

Also, Facebook updated its iOS app with voice messages, video recording and sharing.

Meanwhile, we've heard plenty of rumors about Apple's intentions to start offering a higher capacity fourth-generation iPad, but now the new gadget is official: You can snag a 128GB iPad with Retina Display beginning on Feb. 5.

Oh, darn? Twitter is making it less easy to find porn on its new video-sharing service, Vine. 

Oh, hey! Canon's new point-and-shoot gets improved with both Wi-Fi and zoom.

Check out this supersonic ping-pong gun fires balls at Mach 1.2 ... because why now? 

Google is pledging to fight over government access to users' email

And Twitter turns over user info to the U.S. feds in 69 percent of requests.

I don't know about you, but I'm super psyched about Gawker's old tech rumor blog, Valleywag, rising from the dead. 

In closing, a pug outsmarts winter! Go pug! 




Compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin, who invites you to join her on Twitter and/or Facebook. Also, Google+.