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New iPad second launch wave hits

New iPad second launch wave hits

Apple's new iPad has launched today in a further twenty-four countries, continuing the company's most ambitious simultaneous iOS device release. Already responsible for setting new sales records, with 3m third-gen iPads sold in the opening weekend, this second wave of retail availability looks takes Apple's total launch countries to 35. However, online stock is already constrained in the new locations.

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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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Netflix iPad app gets Retina Display upgrade

Netflix iPad app gets Retina Display upgrade

Netflix for the iPad has been updated to suit the new tablet's Retina Display, with crisper menus, higher-resolution thumbnails and more. The refreshed app also fixes VoiceOver support, Apple's text-to-speech screen access technology, along with improving playback for external displays and various other bugfixes and tweaks. However, while the UI may be HD, so far content itself isn't.

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Conde Nast magazines on new iPad called out for poor quality

Conde Nast magazines on new iPad called out for poor quality

With the incredible resolution that is the Retina Display, a lot of critics are taking a closer microscopic look into the various apps and content that have been around since before the improved technology. One of the companies that has been given such a critical eye is Conde Nast for its digital publications. Obviously, digital magazines and newspapers are a huge industry for tablets, especially the iPad, since publishers see it as their big chance to remain relevant. But Conde Nast might not be doing such a good job of that.

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iPhoto for iOS hits 1 million users in 10 days

iPhoto for iOS hits 1 million users in 10 days

Apple's new iPhoto app for iOS, first announced at the iPad event earlier this month, has reached over 1 million users in less than 10 days of being on the market. This is almost certainly one of the fastest selling apps in Apple's mobile app portfolio's history and certainly says a lot about the quality of the app itself. We've got a full review of iPhoto for iOS if you'd like to take a look, and do indeed suggest you try it out for yourself if you've not done so already.

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New iPad owners complain WiFi too slow and LTE too fast

New iPad owners complain WiFi too slow and LTE too fast

Apple can't seem to catch a break among new iPad owners, with heat complaints being joined by feedback that the WiFi is too slow (or indeed non-existent) while the 4G is too fast. Several early-adopters have taken to Apple's support communities to voice concerns about the range of the tablet's WiFi, suggesting that it is underwhelming in comparison to where the first- and second-gen iPads could receive a signal. Meanwhile, others are discovering that an HD-capable display and fast throughput of LTE means a couple of gigabytes of 4G data allowance is easily consumed.

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iPad Retina Display backlight key heat culprit claims expert

iPad Retina Display backlight key heat culprit claims expert

Apple's new iPad heat issues are likely a side-effect of the increased backlighting for the Retina Display, according to one screen expert, though Apple itself maintains the toasty tablet is still within operating limits. The nature of the 2048 x 1536 panel and the 2.5x stronger backlighting needed to illuminate it are probably the key cause of heat, DisplayMate's Raymond Soniera told CNET, with both the LEDs themselves and the extra strain on the battery contributing to the warmth.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 20, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Are you ready to get a full dose of tech news in just a few short paragraphs? Here we go. For starters, it's been revealed that Apple's new iPad is already account for 5% of all US iPad traffic after just a few days on the market. But in less favorable iPad news, Consumer Reports has found that the new tablet gets as hot as 116 degrees when it's running intensive applications. That's hot. You know what else is hot? The news that HTC and Beats Audio have acquired music service MOG.

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