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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 9, 2012

Friday is here once again, but before you get too terribly sloshed, be sure you read through our recap of the day's big news! Today we heard that Judge Lucy Koh will examine claims of misconduct on the part of the jury foreman in the Samsung vs. Apple patent trial, and Apple is actually being dragged back to court for a dispute over FaceTime in the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Speaking of the iPad mini, Apple confirmed today that the LTE iPad minis should be shipping out in the next five days, and the company announced that it will be donating $2.5 million to the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort on behalf of its employees.

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Opera 12.10 released for high definition displays

Opera 12.10 released for high definition displays

Those of you waiting for the web browser known as Opera to join us here in the future - the future that includes "Retina" and otherwise high-definition displays galore - now is your day in the sun. Here we've got Opera 12.10, a version that takes on "support for high-DPI screens" in its extensions framework, complete with tightened extension security as well as several new APIs as well. This update also includes Fullscreen API for video, games, and web browsing - great for your brand new Microsoft Surface tablet, of course.

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Xbox Surface 7-inch tablet rumors reappear ahead of Xbox 720

Xbox Surface 7-inch tablet rumors reappear ahead of Xbox 720

Chatter of a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet has reawakened, with sources claiming Microsoft is currently working in the initial hardware planning stages for a gaming-centric slate built on a custom Windows OS. The planned tablet is broadly in line with leaked specifications back in June, so insiders tell The Verge, though whether it runs a custom ARM processor or a new Intel SoC could depend on how well Intel can wow Microsoft. Unlike the first Surface tablet, which attempts a broad range of tasks, the Xbox Surface will be focused on gaming.

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Microsoft Surface RT teardown shows giant retail profit margin

Microsoft Surface RT teardown shows giant retail profit margin

The folks that see how inexpensive an item is to produce and feel that the manufacturer should have little to no profit over this cost are certainly not going to enjoy what they're hearing from IHS iSuppli about Microsoft today, that's for sure. With a a Bill of Materials (BOM) cost of $271 USD and a $13 USD manufacturing cost, the total cost of the Microsoft Surface RT with minimum 32GB NAND flash memory becomes $248 in all, this placing it well below retail price at $599. IHS iSuppli note that compared to the low-end iPad (that being the iPad 2 in this case), the Surface RT generates a greater profit margin in percentage terms and on a per-unit basis as well.

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Acer Windows RT hardware depends on Microsoft’s Surface performance

Acer Windows RT hardware depends on Microsoft’s Surface performance

If you were thinking of continuing your Acer collection of computers with a Windows RT tablet, you'll likely have to wait at least until next year while the manufacturer delays their plans and waits out the Microsoft Surface wave. With the Surface RT, reviewed by SlashGear just this past week, Acer is seeing a situation happen that includes items like Microsoft's Times Square launch and is keeping their own efforts a secret for now. Acer's own President has made it clear this week that they aren't stopping research, but they are putting Windows RT-toting hardware on hold.

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Microsoft releases full list of Windows RT compatible devices

Microsoft releases full list of Windows RT compatible devices

One of the big selling points of Microsoft's new Surface tablet is the compatibility it has with tons of different USB devices, such as printers, scanners, keyboards, and mice. In fact, Microsoft claims that the Surface running Windows RT supports a whopping 420 million different hardware devices, and the company released a full list of all the products that are compatible with the Surface.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 30, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 30, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. We had so many big posts today that it's hard to know where to start. Kicking things off, we're live at Microsoft Build 2012, bringing you the latest on Windows 8, Surface, and Windows Phone 8. We also went hands-on with the Samsung Nexus 10 and the LG Nexus 4 today, so be sure to check those out if you're thinking about picking up either (or both!) when they launch next month. Today we found out that Disney is buying out LucasFilm and that Star Wars Episode VII is in the works - both of those were major announcements for the millions of Star Wars fans out there.

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