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Apple rumored to launch 7.85-inch iPad in late 2012

Apple rumored to launch 7.85-inch iPad in late 2012

Digitimes has just reported that Apple's rumored 7.85-inch iPad is slated to be going into production next year, in late 2012. Electronic parts manufacturers talking to Digitimes believed that Apple has been staggering the release of a second model, and considering launching the iPad 3 towards early spring, but shipping a smaller model before the fall, leaving the summer as the potential launch target date. Previously detaliled production plans sees both AU Optronics and LG Display tapped to make the new screens for Apple's tablet.

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iPhone 4 Siri port made legally possible by Apple with iOS 5.0.1 update today

iPhone 4 Siri port made legally possible by Apple with iOS 5.0.1 update today

Earlier today we reported that Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update today was the first iPhone 4S firmware build that’s both official and has an accessible encryption key for its main file system, thus meaning that browsing the device’s main file system with your PC is now possible. From a later tweet by iOS hacker @MuscleNerd, it seems that Apple has made a Siri port legally possible with today’s iOS 5.0.1 update by offering open access to system files that were previously encrypted.

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Bill Gates confirms that he’s not returning to Microsoft

Bill Gates confirms that he’s not returning to Microsoft

Bill Gates today squelched all rumors (that have surfaced in the last week or so) that he was considering a return to being the head of Microsoft. During an interview with Fairfax Media in Australia, Gates stated that "I made the transition to work full-time on the [Bill & Melinda Gates] Foundation, and that'll be what I do for the rest of my life." Well, folks, I guess that's it. The Microsoft co-founder (and once richest man in the world) will not be returning to the helm of the software company he built from the ground up.

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Facebook’s Timeline now available on Android and mobile web

Facebook’s Timeline now available on Android and mobile web

Coming off the release of Timeline worldwide this morning, Facebook has also announced Timeline's launch on both the mobile web (at m.facebook.com) and the Android Facebook app, downloadable from the Android Market here. This ties in to Facebook's strategy to permeate not just the desktop environment, but also the ever-expanding mobile market with their new user interface for profiles, which was originally announced this early fall in September.

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Microsoft to allow open source apps in Windows 8 Store, unlike Apple

Microsoft to allow open source apps in Windows 8 Store, unlike Apple

Here's another point racked up by the open source community. Microsoft has plans to allow applications licensed under the Open Source Initiative license in the Windows 8 app store, whenever it comes out, that is. We reported just a couple days ago that the Windows 8 public beta is slated to be released this upcoming February (in two months). Furthermore, the Open Source Initiative license has the upper hand over the Microsoft Standard Application License Terms, namely the restriction on sharing applications.

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AMD readying competing “ultrathin” platform to Intel ultrabooks

AMD readying competing “ultrathin” platform to Intel ultrabooks

In an interview today, The head of AMD Australia and New Zealand, Brian Slattery, revealed that AMD's competing platform to Intel's ultrathin ultrabooks could debut as soon as next month, which pegs it very likely at this year's CES. Dubbing them "ultrathins" (in a possible endeavor to avoid any naming conflicts with the other named microprocessor company), Slattery stated that processors for ultrathin, yet fast computing would be ready soon. and "while the company hasn't said specifically what processors it'll be using, some variant of the Fusion APU, which AMD announced last January, seems likely."

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Facebook testing private messaging for Facebook Pages

Facebook testing private messaging for Facebook Pages

It's just been confirmed by communications agency WeAreSocial.sg that Facebook has started testing a feature that allows people to communicate privately with Facebook Pages. Which sounds a bit like what, well, a Twitter page does. Just a couple months ago, we reported that Facebook added a subscribe button, also a very Twitter-like addition to sites (akin to their follow button). Do we see a trend here, or is Twitter doing all the right things, and Facebook is just naturally gravitating towards optimal user interface elements?

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AT&T’s LTE network now active in San Francisco

AT&T’s LTE network now active in San Francisco

San Francisco AT&T users are reporting that the carrier's 4G LTE network is now active in the city by the bay (at least in the downtown area), now with speeds being reported just under 20 Mbps on the download stream. Upload speeds weren't unimpressive either, with speeds approaching just under 10 Mbps. There hasn't been word on whether it's a unofficial launch, or just some pre-deployment testing done by AT&T, but AT&T users probably aren't complaining in San Francisco.

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Australian court denies Apple appeal, Samsung Galaxy Tab sales ban lifted

Australian court denies Apple appeal, Samsung Galaxy Tab sales ban lifted

Samsung, you win this battle against Apple down under. The Australian court has just officially denied the appeal filed by Apple on their propose sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab. As of now, Samsung is finally cleared to put the Galaxy Tab 10.1 back on the Australian market late next week, just in time for Australian shoppers to check off the tablet on their holiday list during the busy Christmas shopping season (and for Samsung, a naturally higher position on the sales chart, although probably not high enough to stave off Apple).

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AT&T begins throttling heavy iPhone data usage to 2G speeds

AT&T begins throttling heavy iPhone data usage to 2G speeds

AT&T has reportedly started throttling its heaviest data users (to be exact, the top 5% of its data users) to, well, 2G speeds. 

According to CultofMac, AT&T has been alerting customers of their data throttling move by way of a particularly terse text message, which says "Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced." And is punishing those top 5 percent of users with a woefully plodding, snail-moving 2G speed.

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