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iPad 2 said to be discontinued: non-Retina nearly gone

iPad 2 said to be discontinued: non-Retina nearly gone

Apple's second-generation iPad (and the last to sport a number) appears to be ramping down this season. After almost three years of being sported and sold by Apple, the company has apparently seen the sales of the iPad 2 go down to a point where they're ready to retire it. At the moment this iPad is the second least-costly iPad available at Apple, beaten only by the 16GB Wi-fi iPad mini (without Retina display).

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Samsung to appeal Apple suit after “disappointing” Obama ban veto

Samsung to appeal Apple suit after “disappointing” Obama ban veto

Samsung will take a second stab at skewering Apple's iPad 2 and iPhone 4 sales in 2014, the company has confirmed, even after President Obama vetoed a sales ban expected to begin this month. Having been "disappointed" by the Executive Office intrusion into the ITC ban granted last June, Samsung said it has already filed a court appeal against the original ruling, the Financial Times reports, because that judgement only found infringement against one of the four patents Apple was alleged to have violated.

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Obama overturns Apple iPad and iPhone sales ban

Obama overturns Apple iPad and iPhone sales ban

The Obama government has overturned the rapidly approaching US sales ban on Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2, stepping in at the final moment to deny Samsung seeing its rival's phones and tablets pulled from shelves. The decision, revealed in a letter from US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman at the Executive Office of the President, means Apple has escaped seeing its older models barred from sale, and comes after Froman supposedly reviewed the disagreements around the FRAND patent licensing process at the core of the legal battle between the Cupertino firm and Samsung.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown iOS game aims to bring near-full PC experience

XCOM: Enemy Unknown iOS game aims to bring near-full PC experience

If you played XCOM: Enemy Unknown earlier this year on your high-powered gaming PC, you may have noticed the user interface and the top-to-bottom playability to seem a bit more expansive than a simple desktop setup would suggest. What's going on now is that folks behind the game are, indeed, expanding the game beyond its original borders: mobile style. Here on June 20th, XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be appearing on iOS devices of many types.

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Apple wins iPhone and iPad delay of ban in South Korea

Apple wins iPhone and iPad delay of ban in South Korea

Though it seemed as though Apple had lost a battle against Samsung earlier this year with a ban of both the iPad and the iPhone in South Korea, an update has been made today by the court that the defending party will be able to keep items for sale pending appeal. This event is rather similar to the situation currently happening in the USA with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, also placed back up for sale pending appeal in a completely Apple vs Samsung case. This case in South Korea had the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, and iPad 2 banned from sale due to Samsung connectivity patents.

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iNUKE BOOM Junior shrinks the iPhone speaker beast

iNUKE BOOM Junior shrinks the iPhone speaker beast

Right at the end of last year the iNUKE BOOM was announced by behringer as the most ridiculously gigantic iPhone dock ever created - now the group has a much more reasonably sized companion. Instead of working with an 8 x 4 x 4-foot coffin of a speaker, one that cost $30k, you've got 8.7 x 16.5 x 9.8-inches of bulk at a much more reasonable $179.99. This device works with 2 x 1-inch tweeters, 2 x 3-inch midrange speakers, 1 x 5.25-inch woofer, and 10.6 pounds of weight - even if it is smaller, its still no pipsqueak!

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iPad mini backplate appears in HD photos

iPad mini backplate appears in HD photos

The next-generation iPad mini, a device tipped to work with what's essentially iPad 2 specifications save it's smaller display, has appeared in several high-definition photos this week. The device appears here from Tech163 as a slightly more blunt version of the larger iPad 3rd generation device on the market today, including here a new dock connector hole and two sets of machine-drilled speaker holes. This device's docking port is likely matching that of the rumored 9-pin connector set for the iPhone 5.

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Ten One Design: Magnus iPad magnetic stand Review

Ten One Design: Magnus iPad magnetic stand Review

This week we've had an opportunity to take a peek at a rather interesting - and extremely simple - accessory for the iPad. It's a magnetic stand called "Magnus" and it's made by the folks at Ten One Design. This combination of aluminum and integrated magnets makes for just about as invisible a stand design as you're going to get, and it's essentially the same color metal as the rest of your Apple products - so it matches!

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