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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 28, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. As we wrap up the middle of the week, here's a run-down of what made news today. First off, Verizon's 4G LTE Jetpack hotspot is launching on April 12. In the world of other smartphone platforms, AT&T has confirmed that the Windows Phone Tango update is coming soon. And finally, whether or not it's an iPhone, if you have an Apple product and you live in the US, you are now officially part of the majority. 50% of US households have an Apple device.

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New iPad Hot Five Retina Apps Countdown

New iPad Hot Five Retina Apps Countdown

This week the developers are really coming in hot with the Retina Display-ready applications and games for the new iPad, all of them having had plenty of time to upgrade their wares in the first couple of weeks since the device was released. Though a handful of developers had apps ready and waiting for the dropping of the iPad with its powerful new display, some second-wave heroes, like Rovio in this case, are bringing the fury with intensely well-selling games like Angry Birds: Space HD. Have a peek at this best of the best list and forever hold your pixels!

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New iPad color quality consumes 30% more power

New iPad color quality consumes 30% more power

According to a study released this week, the technology behind the vibrant colors of the new iPad's gorgeous Retina display contributes to a 20 to 30 percent increase in power consumption. It's no surprise that the higher-resolution Retina display would be more power hungry, but it's interesting to note that a portion of that may be attributed to the improved color quality.

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New Exynos 5 info reaffirms high-res displays and USB 3.0

New Exynos 5 info reaffirms high-res displays and USB 3.0

There has been some speculation in the past as to whether we’ll see a quad-core processor in the Samsung Galaxy S III. Earlier this week we saw a leaked slide outlining the Exynos 5 processors, including dual- and quad-core models. Even if a quad-core processor doesn’t land in the Galaxy S III, it looks like the dual-core Exynos 5 won’t be a slouch when it comes to performance, with a new document revealing exact details surrounding the chipset.

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Mountain Lion Retina graphics tip high-res MacBooks incoming

Mountain Lion Retina graphics tip high-res MacBooks incoming

There were reports in Feburary that Apple were working HiDPI support into OS X Lion, which would allow resolution independence and sharper graphics on high resolution displays. More evidence has emerged today that Apple may be bringing Retina Displays to MacBooks in the future, with high resolution art for some UI elements being discovered in the latest Mountain Lion developer preview.

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New iPad continues charging beyond 100%

New iPad continues charging beyond 100%

The new iPad features a significantly larger battery over the iPad 2, packing a 42.5-watt-hour battery compared to the old 25-watt-hour battery. As a result of the increased battery capacity, the new iPad takes longer to charge. But in a new discovery, when the iPad does reach 100%, it doesn’t stop charging.

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iTunes Movie Trailers app updated for iPad’s Retina Display

iTunes Movie Trailers app updated for iPad’s Retina Display

One of the drawbacks of the new iPad’s retina display is that every flaw is magnified and impossible to avoid on such a great screen. Videos can look particularly bad if the resolution and bitrate are both too low. Developers have been scrambling to update their apps to make sure they look crystal clear, and Apple has updated one of its own: the iTunes Movie Trailers app.

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Microsoft: Windows 8 to support Retina-like displays

Microsoft: Windows 8 to support Retina-like displays

More and more mobile displays are moving towards a higher pixel density. Most notably the new iPad features its Retina display with a resolution of 2048x1536, and Asus unveiled an updated version of the Transformer Prime with a 1920x1200 resolution at MWC 2012. Having a higher resolution is great, but what making sure the UI remains sharp while being easy to touch on mobile devices?

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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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