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Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Microsoft Surface won't be launching until October, but the company is wasting no time in getting the ball rolling on the next generation of Surface devices. A dozen Microsoft job ads have been discovered by TechRadar, and they're all related in one way or another to future iterations of Surface. Microsoft, for its part, maintains that the only Surface devices are the two tablets that have been announced, but that doesn't mean it isn't planning for the future.

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iPad Mini rear shell spotted in the wild

iPad Mini rear shell spotted in the wild

Well this is interesting: as we're being inundated with rumors that Apple is set to reveal an iPad Mini, pictures of what appear to be the rear shell of such a device have surfaced on the Internet. The photos you see below were originally posted by Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo and later picked up by Apple.pro, and even though they do seem rather questionable (to say the least), the shell also does seem to posses the quality Apple is known for. Have a look for yourself.

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Majority of cell phone owners still experience dropped calls, Pew poll finds

Majority of cell phone owners still experience dropped calls, Pew poll finds

There's no question that cell phones have made our lives easier, but they can also sometimes cause some pretty big headaches. Dropped calls, for instance, are always a major annoyance, and a new poll from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that the vast majority of cell phone users still find themselves dealing with them. 72% of respondents told Pew that they still experience dropped calls occasionally, which is a ridiculously large number of people when you consider how many of us own some kind of cell phone.

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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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