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iPad mini pre-orders go live

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Apple has put up the iPad mini on its online store. You can choose between the Wi-Fi or the Wi-Fi + 3G models. Each comes in 16, 32 and 64GB capacities. You also have a choice of two colors, black & slate and white & silver.

The Wi-Fi-only version prices are $329, $429 and $529 respectively for each of the storage capacities and it ships next week on November 2. The 3G models are priced at $449, $549 ad $649 respectively and will ship in mid-November. You can choose from three carriers in the US: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Read more »

Microsoft officially releases Windows 8 and Windows RT

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Today Microsoft stepped on stage and released its Windows 8 and Windows RT to the tech world in what was largely conceived as the biggest Windows release ever. Availability starts today and active Windows 7 customers can upgrade starting from $39.99.

Microsoft talked OS features, integration along a wide variety of devices, the services that are launching alongside the OS and demoed all of them. Read more »

Photos of purported Samsung Nexus 10 quick start guide reveal the slate’s design

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Alleged photos of the Samsung Nexus 10 quick start guide have popped up giving us a glimpse of the slate’s design and hardware controls layout.

This is by far the most solid evidence of the slate’s existence after a purported photo taken with it appeared on Picasa. Read more »

Microsoft launches Windows 8 today, watch the live stream here

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Microsoft is officially launching Windows 8 at a special event in New York in less than an hour. In addition, the company will also have its first stab at releasing its own-made hardware in the face of the Surface and Surface Pro tablets.

It’ll be a hell of an event, for sure. Good thing then that it’ll be streamed live by Microsoft. Read more »

LG outs ICS source code for the Optimus 2X

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Well this happened quickly, right. That is if a year is quick for your taste. But it has happened – LG have released the ICS source code for the world’s first dual-core smartphone – the Optimus 2X.

The source code concerns the LG Optimus 2X SU660, which is the Korean version of the handset, meaning it will take some tinkering from knowledgeable hackers if the international variant of the Optimus 2X is to receive some ICS joy via various ROMs. Read more »

Samsung to bring Multi-Window view to the Galaxy S III in December

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Remember the Multi-Window feature that debuted on the Galaxy Note II? As it turns out the Galaxy S III owners might get a chance to join the multitasking action with the upcoming Android 4.1.2 update.

According to SamMobile, the update is coming in December and in addition to the Multi-Window functionality will also bring bug fixes and stability improvements. Read more »

Samsung releases new Galaxy S III ads in the US

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Samsung has released three new ads for the Galaxy S III in the US. After making fun of iPhone buyers ad nauseam in the previous ads, these new ads actually concentrate on the phone itself and its key features.

There are three ads in total, with each one focusing on the big screen, the Music Hub and the S Beam NFC sharing features respectively. The ads are short, to the point and have a good dose of humor, everything that you expect from a great ad. You can find them all below. Read more »

Letterpress, a new game for iOS from the creator of Tweetie

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If you’ve used the Twitter client Tweetie or the official Twitter apps for iOS, Android and OS X, you have one person to thank for them: Loren Brichter. Brichter rose to fame with his excellent Twitter app, Tweetie, for iOS and Android. These apps were so good that Twitter acquired him and his apps and since then he made the Twitter apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and OS X.

Last year, Brichter left Twitter to continue working for his own company, Atebits. He has been secretly working on his own app since then and yesterday it was finally released on iOS. Say hello to Letterpress. Read more »

The iPad mini software is designed to ignore your thumb resting on the display

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When Apple announced the iPad mini, one of the things I noticed was how thin the bezel is on the side. The iPad has a sizable bezel all around its display and Apple’s reason for that was to be able to hold the device without touching the screen. So why did they make the bezel so thin on the iPad mini?

At first glance it seems like a major design gaffe but turns out, it’s not. Because the bezel on the iPad mini is so thin on the sides, the software has been designed to ignore your thumb even if you rest it directly on the display. Read more »

LG Optimus G battery tests are done, here are the results

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The LG Optimus G is the first phone with the monster Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset that we’ve reviewed, so we’re very curios to see how battery efficient it is. Four powerful cores can be a blessing (get the job done quicker, go to sleep quicker) or a curse (burn more energy, even if the job takes less time than on slower cores).

So, which is it? The battery has 2100mAh capacity, which is exactly as much as the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X+ have, so the Optimus G can’t rely on that to gain advantage. Read more »

Skype 6.0 for Mac or Windows released, brings MS or Facebook login and UI tweaks

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Skype for Mac and Windows has received an update to version 6.0 with an alternative sign in and extended Microsoft-integration in tow.

You can log in without a Skype ID and opt for using a Microsoft Live ID or a Facebook one instead. There’s also Retina support for Mac, visual changes and more. Read more »

Gorilla Glass now protects 1 billion devices from scratches, Corning sets its sight on Willow Glass

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In its quarterly earnings report, Corning announced it’s protective Gorilla Glass screen is now used to protect more than 1 billion devices from scratches worldwide.

Gorilla Glass is used by every company imaginable including the big dogs like Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, LG, Sony and ASUS. Read more »

Lightning TV-out and Camera Connection Kit cables priced, iPad mini Smart Cover too

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Apple’s event brought things like a refreshed retina iPad, the long expected iPad mini and new Mac computers. There were new accessories too – several new Lightning cables (HDMI, VGA, SD and USB) and a Smart Cover for the iPad mini.

The iPad mini covers are smaller versions of the ones for the full-size iPad and they have the same functionality – automatically waking the tablet when you open them and then serving as stands (in two different positions). Here’s a video that shows it in action: Read more »

Nikon announces the 1 V2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Nikon has announced the newest member of their Nikon 1 series of mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The Nikon 1 V2 has a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and a new design, that unlike the previous Nikon 1 series cameras has a proper grip like a DSLR to make it easier to hold.

Other features include a built-in flash, notably missing on the V1, along with a hotshoe for attaching the new optional SB-N7 compact speedlight, a new Command dial, EXPEED 3A image processor, 73 point AF system, 15fps burst mode for up to 45 images or 60fps for up to 40 images, FullHD video recording and a 3.0-inch, 921k dot LCD. Read more »

Certain Apple Stores will replace your third gen iPad with a fourth gen model if bought within last 30 days

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Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPad mini but along with that also introduced a fourth generation iPad, just eight months after the third generation model was announced earlier this year. And it’s not a small update, either. The fourth generation model comes with a faster A6X processor that doubles the CPU and GPU power, faster wireless connectivity and the new Lighting port.

Naturally, if you bought the third generation model recently, you’d be feeling a bit jelly. But if you happened to have purchased that model in the past 30 days, you just might be in luck. Read more »