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Why do we care about the iPad mini?

Why do we care about the iPad mini?

Not as big as the new iPad; not as small as the iPhone 5 or iPod touch; it's Apple's own "tweener" and by all rights and intents the iPad mini should be nothing more than a gap filler. Yet anticipation is high for the presumed 7.85-inch iOS tablet, and while spirits always tend to get, well, spirited in advance of an Apple event, sometimes the justification seems more inexplicable than others. Arguably, in the context of the tablet market - and post-PC computing as a whole - Microsoft's Surface is far, far more important than the iPad mini.

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Surface team spills details: Xbox 360 controllers yes; USB-ethernet no

Surface team spills details: Xbox 360 controllers yes; USB-ethernet no

Microsoft's Surface team has been busy wrapping the Windows RT tablet up for pre-orders opening this week, but it also found time to answer some user questions in a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread. In the sprawling conversation, team lead Panos Panay and his team confirmed that Xbox 360 controllers would work with the new slate - though that they hadn't tried Kinect for Windows yet - as well as discussing just what "all day battery life" really means.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 16, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Today was a pretty big day as far as news goes, with Apple sending out invites to an upcoming event, which is where we're assuming the company will announce the iPad Mini. Not one to be outdone, Microsoft finally gave us some substantial details on Surface today (including information on pre-orders), and Samsung was right there to put its line up of new Windows 8 PCs and tablets up for pre-order as well.

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The Tao of Surface: Inside Microsoft’s First Tablet

The Tao of Surface: Inside Microsoft’s First Tablet

Surface is a huge deal for Microsoft, and it's no over-exaggeration to say that the fate of next-gen Windows rests in no small part on the shoulders of the new own-brand tablet. Up for preorder from today, priced from an iPad-matching $499, the new tablet represents everything Microsoft believes is important about the tablet-focused version of Windows 8, even though it runs the risk of frustrating long-standing OEM partnerships by taking the delivery of that into its own hands. SlashGear caught up with Microsoft at Studio B, the company's hardware hub in Redmond, Washington, for a tour of what are normally clandestine facilities, to find out the back story to Surface and why Microsoft's team felt it was best positioned to deliver it.

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Microsoft Surface ad campaign kicks off with “The Surface Movement” commercial

Microsoft Surface ad campaign kicks off with “The Surface Movement” commercial

A few hours ago, rumors started swirling that Microsoft Surface ads would start appearing tonight. A tweet appeared from Paul Thurrott of Windows Supersite with alleged times for the ads, info garnered from unnamed sources. It seems the timing was spot-on, as the first commercial was posted on YouTube two hours ago, featuring a lot of dancing, and a lot of Surface tablets being thrown around.

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Windows 8 launch invites delivered for massive event

Windows 8 launch invites delivered for massive event

It's time to get pumped up about the release of Windows 8 with a Microsoft press event that everyone and their mother knew was coming - October 25th. This event will show off not only the final release version of Windows 8 on a variety of devices - so we must assume - it'll also contain Microsoft Surface bits and pieces as well. The invite makes it clear that Microsoft is about to set the gray world up for a colorful reception, that's for sure.

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Microsoft stepping on Apple’s toes with temporary retail locations

Microsoft stepping on Apple’s toes with temporary retail locations

As most of you already know, Microsoft is planning to open a bunch of temporary stores to support the launch of Windows 8 and Surface. ZDNet is reporting that most of these 32 retail locations will be opening across the US and Canada on October 26, the same day that Windows 8 is set to go on sale. Microsoft looks like it will taking the fight to Apple with these temporary retail locations too, opening these stores near Apple's own stores in many places.

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