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Oversized iPod touch PMP/tablet hybrid tipped ahead of iPad 3

Oversized iPod touch PMP/tablet hybrid tipped ahead of iPad 3

Steve Jobs may have dismissed 7-inch slates as "tweeners", but that doesn't mean the company isn't considering an oversized iPod touch according to the latest batch of rumors. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple is working on a "big iPod touch" with a screen size of around 5-inches, AppleInsider reports, likely with the same resolution as the current model and offering the same PMP UI rather than the iPad UI.

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Windows 8 tablets “closer to competitive” than expected: ARM-based Win-slates in late 2011?

Windows 8 tablets “closer to competitive” than expected: ARM-based Win-slates in late 2011?

Microsoft's tablet ambitions may reach fruition a lot earlier than previously expected, according to the latest leaks from the company, with Windows 8 based slates running frugal ARM chipsets tipped for as early as the end of this year. Business Insider's sources claim Microsoft has set around 1,000 engineers to work on ARM-based Windows performance, while a Morgan Stanley analyst has suggested the company is "closer to competitive than some realize." However, even as the iPad picks up in enterprise adoption, Microsoft is still raking in cash based on the success of the Apple slate.

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Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 2 NFC rumors debunked by analyst that prompted them

Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 2 NFC rumors debunked by analyst that prompted them

Rumors that Apple is planning a wholesale assault on the NFC ecosystem, with NFC-enabled iPhone 5 and iPad 2 devices together with freely-distributed payment terminals to vendors have been debunked, by the very source that prompted them initially. According to analyst Richard Doherty, speaking to the NFC Times, he was significantly misquoted in the original Bloomberg report, claiming he had sources among Apple engineers whereas in fact he was the third layer in a string of speculation originating from iOS app developer guesswork.

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Apple HDTV rumors reignite: Did Apple spend $3.9bn on displays?

Apple HDTV rumors reignite: Did Apple spend $3.9bn on displays?

Apple's recently revealed $3.9bn investment is tipped to be in display manufacturing and development, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who goes on to suggest that the company's increasing panel focus indicates an Apple HDTV is still on the way. Munster, quoted by AppleInsider, believes Apple has moved to secure supplies for panels ranging from iPhone-scale to the 27-inch iMac.

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Nintendo Will Face 3DS Shortages Due to Pricing, Analyst Says

Nintendo Will Face 3DS Shortages Due to Pricing, Analyst Says

At the end of September, Nintendo's boss Satoru Iwata said that he was confident in the Nintendo 3DS, the portable gaming unit that's able to play 3D games and movies without the need of 3D glasses. And after the initial announcement about the device, the praise that Nintendo was seeing regarding the upcoming handheld was so promising, that he said the "high price point" of the 3DS in Japan, priced at $300, was due to those glowing initial reviews. Now that the 3DS has an official release date and price in the United States (with an apparent mark-up in the United Kingdom), people are wondering if the $250 price point is too high for Nintendo. One analyst believes it's way too low, and Nintendo should be getting ready to suffer because of it.

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Facebook Brings in $1.86 Billion Worldwide Advertising Revenue in 2010

Facebook Brings in $1.86 Billion Worldwide Advertising Revenue in 2010

Analysts are claiming that Facebook and Google may have more in common than previously believed, especially when it comes to how Facebook handles advertising. In new results from eMarketer, Facebook is raking in quite a bit of revenue based on advertising through the site. But, what's most surprising to analysts, is not so much how much money that Facebook is drawing in, but the fact that it's not coming from major advertising agencies, but more from small- and medium-sized businesses.

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Forrester up tablet forecast: 1/3 of US online consumers to have a tablet by 2015

Forrester up tablet forecast: 1/3 of US online consumers to have a tablet by 2015

Forrester has revised its tablet sales estimates for 2011, claiming to have been "too conservative" with their forecast last year, and now predicting that 24.1m units will be sold in 2011. That's more than double the 10.3m estimate Forrester has put on 2010, and the research company expects Apple's iPad to hold the lion's share of sales through 2012. In fact, by 2015 Forrester expects 82 million US consumers - one-third of US online consumers - will be using a tablet.

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