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Even more Apple prototypes surface

Even more Apple prototypes surface

Yesterday brought news of some Apple iPad prototypes kept secret until they were revealed in court documents, and now we've got even more pictures of freshly-revealed prototypes to show you, this time of the iPhone and the iPod Touch. Take a look at this first one below, which could be another version of the iPhone 3GS. We don't really know which generation this iPhone was planned for, but the inclusion of a home button and the lack of a front-facing camera makes us think that this one came along a little later in the iPhone's life.

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New Facebook and HTC smartphone reportedly coming in 2013

New Facebook and HTC smartphone reportedly coming in 2013

We've heard rumors which claim a new Android smartphone from Facebook and HTC is on the way, but today Bloomberg is reporting a mid-2013 window for the phone's arrival. Apparently, the original plan was to release the phone sometime before the sun sets on 2012, but with HTC wanting to work on different projects, this new Facebook phone has now been pushed back to mid-2013. This also gives Facebook more time to develope its modified operating system for the new phone, sources close to the project have said.

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Apple earnings lead off with 17 million iPads sold

Apple earnings lead off with 17 million iPads sold

Apple unsurprisingly had a pretty excellent third quarter, announcing today that total revenues for the quarter topped $35.0 billion with a net profit of $8.8 billion. Both of those figures are up quite a bit from last year, with Apple reporting a revenue of $28.6 billion and a net profit of $7.3 billion for quarter 3 of 2011. Hardware sales were up for the most part, lending to Apple's increased revenue and net profit from the year before.

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Apple now shipping different Thunderbolt Display SKU

Apple now shipping different Thunderbolt Display SKU

Apple has started shipping a different Thunderbolt Display SKU to its stores and Official Resellers. The new SKU is largely the same as the old one, which suggests that the differences between the two products aren't going to be very substantial. 9to5Mac discovered the change, pointing out that the Thunderbolt's SKU has been changed from MC914LL/A to MC914LL/B and noting that this switch is only a couple of days old.

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Huawei MediaPad 10 gets new promotional video

Huawei MediaPad 10 gets new promotional video

Huawei's upcoming MediaPad 10 FHD tablet is scheduled to launch next month, but for the uninitiated among us, the company has released a new promotional video that hits all of the tablet's big talking points. There are a lot of them too - the tablet itself is pretty impressive, so it's only natural that Huawei would want to show it off in a video that's bound to make at least a few of the tablet-obsessed public giddy with excitement.

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Apple offers temporary fix for in-app purchase hack

Apple offers temporary fix for in-app purchase hack

Late last week, we caught wind of a hack that allows iPhone users to receive content from in-app purchases without actually paying for it. Obviously, this is no good, and Apple announced today that it plans to fix the hack in iOS 6, which should be arriving sometime later this year. Of course, saying that it will fix the vulnerabilities in the next release of iOS doesn't help much when developers are stuck dealing with this hack now, so Apple has also issued a temporary fix that should suffice until iOS 6 is available.

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3DS XL getting anti-glare screen upgrade

3DS XL getting anti-glare screen upgrade

Everyone may be talking about the 3DS XL's increased screen size, but the 3DS XL is also getting an upgrade in the form of new anti-glare screens. In the latest installment of Iwata Asks, Nintendo's Takeshi Murakami revealed that the 3DS XL will be getting the anti-glare upgrade, making the 3DS XL the most glare-resistant Nintendo handheld ever. For comparison's sake, Murakami said that reflectivity on the original 3DS screen was about 12%, but with the 3DS XL, Nintendo managed to get that figure down to just 3%.

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Nexus 7 vs iPad fight gets wet

Nexus 7 vs iPad fight gets wet

SquareTrade has taken Google's new Nexus 7 tablet and put it up against the new iPad in drop and dunk tests, and it might surprise you to learn that the Nexus 7 has been named the winner. In all, SquareTrade performed three tests: both tablets were dunked in water, dropped from a standing position, and pushed off the edge of a table. Though the iPad put up a good fight in some situations, it was ultimately the Nexus 7 that was crowned the most resilient of the two.

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Honda announces HondaLink service for 2013 Accord

Honda announces HondaLink service for 2013 Accord

Keeping up with America's need to be constantly connected, Honda has unveiled its new HondaLink service, which will be featured in the new Accord (along with future Honda models). The service is the result of a partnership between Honda and Aha and allows drivers to listen to a selection of Internet-based stations, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp restaurant listings. In order to use HondaLink, consumers will need to download the HondaLink app for either iOS or Android and then link their phone to their car via Bluetooth. Since the service is completely controlled through this smartphone app, HondaLink won't need its own data plan to function.

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