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Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo adds ink to iPad, Android tablets and paper

Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo adds ink to iPad, Android tablets and paper

Wacom has outed its latest tablet stylus, the Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo, targeting both iPad and Android slate owners this time but also catering to those moments when you need to use traditional paper. Building on the original Bamboo Stylus for capacitive touchscreens, the new duo version has a blunt fake-finger tip on one end, along with a regular ballpoint pen at the other. Meanwhile, there are new apps to go along with the stylus.

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Apple walks fine iPad trademark line warn experts

Apple walks fine iPad trademark line warn experts

Apple must balance a fine line between generic use of the iPad name for tablets and continued dominance of the slate segment, experts have warned, as the company faces the possibility of the trademark being deemed generic. The name of the best-selling tablet is already associated by many consumers as a catch-all term for tablets in general, the AP writes, despite the best efforts of Android slate manufacturers and others. However, while Apple's value hasn't been hurt by the sales success of the three generations of iPad, it could also potentially lose control of the name itself should courts decide it has too deeply entered the public lexicon.

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7.85-inch iPad mini on Apple testbench tips insider

7.85-inch iPad mini on Apple testbench tips insider

Apple is reportedly experimenting with a 7.85-inch "iPad mini" in its labs, according to insiders, though as with all tech tinkering the project may never spawn a commercial release. "I've heard from numerous people that that's one of the ideas that they're noodling with" Daring Fireball's John Gruber confirmed on a podcast with The Talk Show, with the tester tablet said to be roughly the same height as the current new iPad is wide (7.31-inches).

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Why iPad 2 still dominates Apple advertising in 2012

Why iPad 2 still dominates Apple advertising in 2012

When the new iPad was released, we wondered how long it would be before Apple switched their billboard and bus stop advertising over to The New iPad - as it turns out, it doesn't appear that they ever will. Why is it that we're still seeing Apple displaying iPad 2 billboards across downtown Minneapolis, London, and San Francisco - aka across the United States and across the ocean to the UK? The answer is actually quite simple.

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Taposé hits iPad: Courier in app form

Taposé hits iPad: Courier in app form

Digital notetaking and collaboration app Taposé has finally been allowed into the iPad App Store, recreating some of Microsoft's ill-fated Courier concept on Apple's tablet. The $2.99 app promises to make journaling and webpage snipping straightforward, with a twin-pane layout for dragging live content between the web and a notebook, along with sketching, mark-up and other tools. Meanwhile a cloud storage system keeps notes updated - with export options to send them over to Evernote and Dropbox - and allows for collaborative work between multiple remote users.

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Alesis iO Mix squirts four tracks into your new iPad

Alesis iO Mix squirts four tracks into your new iPad

Alesis continues its obsession with slotting iPads into musical hardware with the iO Mix, a four-channel mixer that funnels audio into the Apple tablet via pro-style XLR-1/4" sockets. Core Audio support means it's compatible with most iPad audio apps, including Apple's own GarageBand, while a video output means it can be used to play back presentations and even as a karaoke hub.

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Perfection is demanded of the New iPad

Perfection is demanded of the New iPad

Too hot, too fast, or just too much attention? In the short time since its inception, the new iPad has been the subject of two separate, high-profile controversies questioning Apple's hardware decisions. The first, by Consumer Reports, discussed what was presented as an over-heating issue; the second suggested 4G LTE iPad users were now finding that they were having a tough time keeping under their data limit for the month, blaming the Apple slate's newfound ability to connect to this faster data network for their high monthly bills.

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New iPad: The Skeptic’s Review

New iPad: The Skeptic’s Review

I sent back the iPad 2, but I'm keeping the new iPad. Two years ago I wrote my first iPad skeptic's review, a more oblique - and personal - opinion on Apple's tablet than the traditional SlashGear review. A year later I did the same for the iPad 2, finding it improved but, from a combination of hardware and software, not sufficient of an upgrade for my needs to justify keeping it. Now Apple is up to its third-generation tablet, criticized by some as another "minor" refresh but in fact a considerable step up in the overall user-experience.

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Flipboard sees red in China launch

Flipboard sees red in China launch

Auto-curating digital magazine Flipboard has begun its assault on China, with a new update adding support for social networks Sina, Weibo and Renren, along with new Chinese content. The app automatically pulls in news and articles from users' Facebook and Twitter contacts, but in a v1.8.3 update today, Flipboard introduced China-specific social network support so as to make a more convincing play for the market.

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