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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 2, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 2, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, everyone. The afternoon brought us a number of interesting stories, including brand new shots of what appears to be the long-rumored iPad Mini. Speaking of devices with the word "Mini" in their name, some are thinking that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S III Mini next week after German press invitations suggested something along those lines. iOS 6 adoption has hit 60% of Apple's user base, and we found out today that Motorola has dropped its ITC lawsuit against Apple, but we don't why just yet.

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BBC iPlayer now allows mobile downloads

BBC iPlayer now allows mobile downloads

Some really good news has turned up for fans of BBC's iPlayer. BBC announced today that its iPlayer has been updated with a new feature that fans of BBC programs will love. Starting today users of iPlayer will be able to download their favorite TV shows directly to their smartphone or tablet at no charge.

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Twitter backtracks on Olympic NBC tweeter: Account reactivated [Update: Twitter reponds]

Twitter backtracks on Olympic NBC tweeter: Account reactivated [Update: Twitter reponds]

This week Twitter made more than just a tiny mistake in banning one of their more famous members in an effort to keep him quiet on speaking out against NBC's coverage of the London Olympics. This fellow was (and is) Guy Adams, a journalist who writes for the BBC, and his supposed crime was pointing out the email of NBC's Olympics president, saying that he was responsible for the Olympics being broadcast with a time delay so that they might reach prime-time audiences across the USA. Adams alleges that NBC didn't see this tweet until Twitter informed NBC of it, and once NBC complained, Twitter banned him - Twitter disagrees.

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BBC launches Olympics apps for iOS and Android

BBC launches Olympics apps for iOS and Android

If you’re in the UK and want to be able to watch the Olympics on the go, you’ll be able to do so with the help of the BBC’s new app for iOS and Android. The apps will offer guides to the various sporting events, text commentary, and live video streams as long as you’re watching within the UK. The BBC only has the rights to broadcast the games in the UK, but there’s an international edition of the app as well that still has the various Olympic goodies.

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BBC 3D radio is in the works

BBC 3D radio is in the works

If you're like the majority of consumers, chances are even though you enjoy going out to the theater to see the occasional 3D movie, you really haven't seen any value in buying a 3D TV for your home. And even if you have one of the costly television sets, there's still a good chance you rarely or never actually watch 3D content at home. But that isn't stopping the BBC from moving into the 3D universe in a very different way.

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BBC iPlayer hits Xbox 360

BBC iPlayer hits Xbox 360

BBC iPlayer content is available on Xbox LIVE from today, the broadcaster has announced, with UK gamers now able to access the streaming media service directly from their consoles. As with iPlayer users on other platforms, viewers will be able to choose from catch-up content over the past seven days, while those with Microsoft's Kinect sensor bar will be able to navigate and control playback using hand gestures and voice commands.

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BBC Project Barcelona confirms archive show downloads

BBC Project Barcelona confirms archive show downloads

Early this month we mentioned rumor floating around that the BBC is set to open up its own digital download platform for archive programming. BBC director general Mark Thompson has now announced a project named Project Barcelona that would allow viewers to download their favorite programs digitally and keep them permanently for a "relatively modest" fee. The archive would be open permanently, and the shows would be available indefinitely to those who license them.

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The Mu folding plug re-revealed and detailed

The Mu folding plug re-revealed and detailed

This week a fabulous new device which takes the undeniably fat design of the modern wall plug anf folds it down to a much more flat and much more transportable card. This design at the moment works only with the UK version of the wall plug, but the application to multiple plugs across the earth is not difficult to see. Once you have a peek, and see how simple it is to flip the plug you know so well down to a disk of great transportability, you'll come to understand the simplicity of the truth!

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