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No Joke: Apple must resubmit “iPad mini” trademark application

No Joke: Apple must resubmit “iPad mini” trademark application

This week the folks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office have denied Apple's first application for trademarking the term "iPad mini". As it's noted in the letter that was originally sent out back near the end of January, made public this week, the USPTO has re-stated that the "i" as well as the "Pad" bits of the application are fine, while the "mini" bit of the show needs to be a bit more descriptive. And the April Fools Jokes commence.

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Apple gets denied the iPad Mini trademark

Apple gets denied the iPad Mini trademark

Apple has been denied the trademark for its iPad Mini devices in the U.S. The United States Patent and Trademark Office denied Apple's application because it says that the word "Mini" is "merely descriptive" of Apple's iPad. The reviewer of the application stated, "the applied-for mark merely describes a feature or characteristic of the applicant's goods." Apple is able to appeal the decision, however, and will most likely be granted the trademark as long as it addresses all of the reasons why the application was denied.

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Department of Defense to buy more than 650,000 iOS devices say sources

Department of Defense to buy more than 650,000 iOS devices say sources

Things aren't looking so great for Blackberry, if information provided to Electronista is to be believed. Back in October, word had surfaced that the Pentagon would be taking in iOS and Android devices on top of Blackberry, which has been a staple platform for many government agencies. Last month, we reported that the Pentagon would be rolling out 100,000 of the devices by next year, but it would seem things have changed, with an order of over 650,000 iOS devices pending.

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Dear Apple: Android-loving hacking developer hordes await you

Dear Apple: Android-loving hacking developer hordes await you

Today it's come to our attention that a collection of iPhone users out there believe that Apple might, in their next iteration of iOS, decide to give the average smartphone user Android-level customization options. I couldn't disagree more. Though it's clear that Apple should - in an early adopter's dream universe - need by now to bring some major changes to their mobile operating system iOS, it's just not going to happen. With Apple, change comes only when change is needed, and if you've seen the cash this company makes with each new iteration of its iPhone line and think they're in dire need of any sort of radical change, you're out of your mind.

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iWatch concept is what the iWatch should be

iWatch concept is what the iWatch should be

A new concept has been released for Apple's pending iWatch accessory, and we've got to say, it looks pretty acceptable. The concept was created by MacUser Magazine, and it shows a mini iPad mini plastered onto a leather band. The design is supposed to emphasize a conventional iWatch that's also stylish. While I do like the look of the iPad mini-esque display, I would much prefer a black band to a brown band.

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SlashGear 101: this week’s Facebook News Feed redesign

SlashGear 101: this week’s Facebook News Feed redesign

The changes that are coming to your Facebook News Feed are numerous - but they're not going to interrupt the way you do business on a daily basis. Instead you're going to find the features added this week by the Facebook crew to be just that - Features: helpful and (hopefully) rather intuitive to use. For those of you working with the mobile app version of Facebook on either iOS or Android, this change-over will be extra simple: it is, at its core, a bridge between the mobile and desktop experience.

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Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Warranties have their place, but there's no shortage of techies who prefer to do their own device repair when something goes awry. Unfortunately, no matter how technically inclined you are, some devices seem built specifically to make the task as difficult as possible. The folks over at iFixit have released their Repairability Guide, which shows Dell's XPS 10 as the easiest to repair, and Microsoft's Surface Pro as the worst of the bunch.

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