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iPad mini 3 Review – Refinement not Revolution

iPad mini 3 Review – Refinement not Revolution

For many tablet fans, Apple's second-generation iPad mini hit the sweet spot. Keeping the bag- and hand-friendly design of the original iPad mini, but adding a Retina display, it replaced standalone ereaders and held the phablet fort until the iPhone 6 Plus arrived. Technology can't stand still, though, and so 2014 brings the iPad mini 3. With the changes far more moderate than the iPad Air 2, though, does the iPad mini 3's previous charm remain as strong? Read on for our full review.

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Apple, GT Advanced officially part ways

Apple, GT Advanced officially part ways

After a protracted relationship that churned out no physical product from their famed Arizona facility, GT Advanced and Apple have parted ways. The separation is said to be amicable, and comes on the heels of GT’s bankruptcy and subsequent bashing of their deal with Apple. Calling the arrangement “oppressive”, GT failed to meet thresholds for getting the facility up and running, which led Apple to hold back payments in their $500 million deal. Now, GT Advanced will need to sell off equipment to pay Apple.

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iPad Air 2 benchmarks blow away iPhone 6, iPad Air

iPad Air 2 benchmarks blow away iPhone 6, iPad Air

When the iPad Air 2 came out, much of the energy circulated around whether or not you should upgrade. The device had some nice new tweaks, but was it enough to permit spending a few hundred more bucks? The original iPad Air seemed just fine at the time, and really — it still is. Unless you look at the benchmark numbers below. If you do that, any Apple device you might currently have, including the iPhone 6, will feel really dated.

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iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

This week it was reported that Apple’s iCloud servers were under attack by China - as it turns out that’s not entirely true. Apple has made clear in a statement that there were indeed "intermittent organized network attacks" this week, but that they were done on people attempting to access the iCloud webpage. There weren’t any attacks on the iCloud servers themselves, nor were there any drops of user information. Apple does, however, suggest that you pay attention to "certificate warnings."

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Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

Making its home in Passbook, Apple Pay credit cards might sit next to your loyalty cards from some establishments. A new loyalty program specific to Apple Pay may arrive later this year, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The new program won’t be the “scan your card to earn points” kind of thing (which clearly already exists via your iPhone), but a way for users to get little bonus items or discounts for using Apple Pay instead of plastic or cash.

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GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

Last week, it was discovered that Apple held a $50 million knife to the throat of their supply partners regarding leaked info. Should a partner be found guilty of leaking info, or allowing info to leak about current or future Apple products, they were subject to that penalty. In the bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced, Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner, some things have to be discussed to satisfy the court, but might violate that penalty clause with Apple. GT Advanced now says they’re working with Apple to figure out what can and can’t be said in the proceedings.

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Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

The Security Key is not something you probably have in your pocket right this minute. It’s a newer sort of verification system made in partnership with the FIDO Alliance, now working with Google and Google Chrome for an added layer of security for Google websites. With this system you’ll never need worry about being scammed by a website pretending to be Google - not even once. You will need an official U2F Security Key to make it all work to Google's satisfaction.

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China allegedly using iCloud to spy on its own citizens

China allegedly using iCloud to spy on its own citizens

While Apple fans, both around the globe and in China, might be celebrating the availability of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in the country, they should probably start rethinking their merry thoughts, depending on their beliefs on how much the government should be able to access about their personal lives. A report is now surfacing that the Chinese regime is using its famous (or infamous) "Great Firewall of China" to compromise the security and privacy of iCloud users using an age-old man-in -the-middle attack.

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Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Following the iMac teardown late last week comes the folks at iFixit again, who have this time gotten down and dirty with the newest Mac Mini. You'd expect from the look of things that it would largely rate the same as the previous model, but sometimes appearances can be deceitful, as was apparently the case this time. Said iFixit, "Apple took one of their most-fixable, most-upgradable products and broke it." How, you ask? We've got all the details -- and a few pictures -- for you after the jump.

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Worried about Spotlight Search in OS X Yosemite? Don’t be

Worried about Spotlight Search in OS X Yosemite? Don’t be

Apple’s resistance to share your data is well documented. They’ve begun encrypting messages and data to the ire of Government officials, and take steps to safeguard against anyone hacking into their system (even if they succeed, to no fault of Apple’s). That doesn’t mean your data isn’t collected, though. New research suggests Apple is taking note of some info you share with them. Via Spotlight, your search items are routed back to Apple, and possibly Microsoft, but is that a bad thing?

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