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Logitech Rugged Combo case and keyboard launches for 9.7 iPad

Logitech Rugged Combo case and keyboard launches for 9.7 iPad

Logitech has announced the launch of its Rugged Combo protective case and keyboard for the new 9.7-inch iPad. The case was, according to the company, made for those in the academic world: for teachers, students, and others in need. The case isn’t merely to prevent scratches and scuffs — it can keep the slate safe during drops onto hard surfaces like concrete from heights as high as 6ft.

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Apple’s new 9.7 iPad cuts the price to coax tablet upgrades

Apple’s new 9.7 iPad cuts the price to coax tablet upgrades

Apple's iPad is the current crown-holder in tablet sales, and now there's a new, cheaper version of the 9.7-inch iPad in an attempt to hold onto that record. Priced from $329, the new iPad 9.7 is partly Apple's attempt to coax long-time owners of its older tablets to upgrade, something tablet users in general have proved more reluctant to do than they might with their smartphones. In that vein, it offers a few notable improvements.

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iPad mini Pro said to be one of four new iPads coming

iPad mini Pro said to be one of four new iPads coming

We’ll let those words sink in for a while. It was recently leaked that Apple had not three but four new iPads in the works, probably slated for next month’s big reveal. Three of those have more or less been leaked to death in the past, but the fourth one is a new mystery. According to a Greek retailer, that fourth one is actually a new iPad mini. And not just any iPad mini, but one that has a “Pro” appended to its name.

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iPad leaks reveal four new models are being tested

iPad leaks reveal four new models are being tested

Rumor has it that Apple has some new iPad models in the pipeline, and now a new leak indicates there are four such models in testing. Whether the company will actually proceed to launch four new iPad varieties is anyone’s guess (and certainly isn’t a guarantee), but the revelation is interesting regardless. The testing points toward the formerly rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro update and the 9.7-inch 'budget' model, as well as a 10-inch model and a 10.5-inch model.

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Apple’s iPad Pro 2 refresh could sneak in next week

Apple’s iPad Pro 2 refresh could sneak in next week

Apple could surprise us next week with new hardware, rumors from the supply chain suggest, potentially refreshing the iPad Pro line-up without the ceremony of an event. Expectations that the Cupertino company will revamp its tablet range this month have circulated for some time now, with analysts and others all suggesting both the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be replaced by new versions. Now, there's the possibility that Apple will do that with little more fanfare than a press release.

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Here’s when and where Apple’s iPad event might take place

Here’s when and where Apple’s iPad event might take place

Apple has never been one to compete for space at big tech events, be it at CES, MWC, or IFA. It always holds its own conferences at its own pace, though those usually do coincide with some major events. Around this time last year, Apple was preparing for an iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. This year, however, Apple’s traditional Spring gathering might be running a wee bit late. According to speculation, Apple could be holding that event, where it is expected to launch three new iPads, in the first week of April and at its brand new campus.

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March 2017 iPad Pro event tipped for 10.5-inch Chromebook rival

March 2017 iPad Pro event tipped for 10.5-inch Chromebook rival

Apple is planning a clean sweep of its iPad Pro range for 2017, with talk of four new models of the tablet including an all-new screen size seemingly targeting Chromebook buyers. Though the iPad hasn't seen quite the bumper performance that Apple's iPhone has in recent quarters, and analysts peg tablet sales overall as slumping, the Cupertino slate is still the segment leader. Now, it's reported, Apple is preparing to capitalize on that with a top to bottom refresh.

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Apple iPad remains king of tablets despite market decline

Apple iPad remains king of tablets despite market decline

Despite being nearly a decade in existence, if you consider the very first iPad as your starting point, tablets continue to have a rocky existence in the market. While not as unstable as wearables, tablet sales have continued to decline over the years after a golden age early in its life. The latest figures coming from market analysis experts IDC and Strategy Analytics aren’t exactly encouraging. But despite the odds Apple retains its spot as the top dog in the now shrinking tablet market.

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QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

This week the folks at Google have updated the iOS (and soon the Android) version of the Chrome web browser. This update uses the camera of the device it's running on to locate and scan QR codes as well as bar codes. This update essentially does away with the need for that additional QR and barcode scanner app that's been sitting unused or barely used in our app drawers for years.

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Linea app Review: Iconfactory blesses the iPad Pro

Linea app Review: Iconfactory blesses the iPad Pro

While most apps made for artwork and design for the iPad in this post-Apple-Pencil world have been thick with options, Linea is about the basics. The folks at The IconFactory have created an app that's meant to be for notes, for sketching, for planning, and they've included almost the perfect set of tools to do just about anything in this arena with ease. This isn't your everyday average "we made a drawing app in a week and it'll make you an ARTIST" sort of software - it's clearly been refined to a point where there's little else anyone could do to make it more "it just works" excellent.

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Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Google's Chrome web browser has been brought to the open source universe thanks to years of upstreaming work by its developers. Google historically kept the code for Chrome for iOS separate from the Chromium project because of what they call "constraints on the iOS platform." With iOS for iPhone and iPad, all web browsers are required to have been built on top of the WebKit rendering engine - Google just made it possible to skip that worry.

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Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Over the weekend, Apple silently pulled out what was previously an effective anti-theft measure, the Activation Lock status checker webpage. Despite increased media coverage, Apple has remained silent on exactly why. Although it still hasn’t confirmed it, some speculation by MacRumors may point to the reason both for the removal of the tool as well as Apple’s silence. The anti-theft tool might have ironically been abused as a tool to bypass locked devices and gain access to those.

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