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iPad-Mini-03.pngThe iPad Mini 2 is facing launch delays due to production issues relating to the high-resolution Retina display.

That's according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the same industry watcher that's hinted at Haswell processor MacBook Pro models launching at WWDC in June.

Kuo believes the Retina display will be the main upgrade in the successor to the 7.9 inch iOS tablet, but that supply chain sources have revealed difficulties in making the smaller high-def screens.

As a result, Kuo is predicting that the iPad Mini 2 won't even enter production until October, meaning it's unlikely to hit stores before Christmas of 2013, more likely landing in the spring of 2014.

As a stopgap measure, Kuo suggests there may be a cheaper iPad Mini model introduced in the meantime, priced around $199/ £130 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $249/£160 for the 3G version.

Though only analyst speculation at the moment, a cheaper iPad makes sense for Apple in the same way that a cheap iPhone does. Though it runs the risk of cannibalising sales of Apple's premium products, low-cost entry level models will keep the company competitive against cheap Android rivals.

wwdc-2013-logo-thumb.jpgApple's annual WWDC event will this year take place between June 10 - 14 in San Francisco.

The yearly meet up for Mac and iOS developers is usually a showcase for software updates from the Cupertino giants, but is often also used to launch some of the company's hardware too.

For 2013, Apple promise to give developers in attendance "an in-depth look at what's next in iOS and OS X", suggesting we may get a first official look at what's coming with the iOS 7 update. It's possible the event will also see the launch of Mac's OS X Mountain Lion successor.

As for hardware, it's anyone's guess! It's still a little too early we feel for iPad or iPhone launches, with their most-recent editions landing last Autumn and still feeling fresh, though we're approaching a year since the unveiling of the first Retina MacBook Pro models.

As ever though, devout Apple fans are scouring the invite for clues as to what could be on show at WWDC 2013. The colourful invite is leading some to speculate that new iPhones will indeed launch, given previous speculation that this year's models will arrive in multiple colours, as did the most recent iPod Touch media players.


ipad-with-apps.jpgFreemium and free-to-play mobile and web apps are to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over concerns that players are unwittingly running up substantial costs with them.

Looking specifically at the marketing approach to children that these games employ, the OFT will examine whether or not gamers, particularly children, are unfairly pressured into making purchases in games that are otherwise advertised as being free. To use the OFTs own words, the body's investigation will look into whether these games include "direct exhortations" to children.

Free-to-play games on the web and mobile usually allow players to enjoy significant portions of the game for free, and some can even be played from start to finish without spending a penny. In-app purchases are usually used to sell items that speed up in-game achievements, grant in-game characters power boosts or unlock portions and levels of the game that are otherwise inaccessible.

"We are concerned that children and their parents could be subject to unfair pressure to purchase when they are playing games they thought were free, but which can actually run up substantial costs," Cavendish Elithorn, OFT senior director for goods and consumer, told The Independent.

"The OFT is not seeking to ban in-game purchases, but the games industry must ensure it is complying with the relevant regulations so that children are protected. We are speaking to the industry and will take enforcement action if necessary."

iPad-5-bezel-rumour.jpgDid you like the thin-bezel stylings of the iPad Mini? Well you better have, as it seems Apple is rolling out that look across its next-generation full-size iPad offerings.

That's what's been suggested by a spyshot of what's apparently a leaked next-gen iPad 5 bezel, as published by Frech tech blog Nowhere Else.

Like the iPad Mini, the upper and lower edges of the leaked bezel (when held vertically) remain chunky, or at least chunky enough to retain the Home button. The left and right sides however seem thinner than standard iPad size. With the hand in the bottom right corner giving us a sense of scale, the bezel does indeed appear to be for a full size Apple tablet.

Of course, this leak should be taken with a pinch of salt - we've still yet to hear any official word from Apple on the iPad 5, and it wouldn't take a genius to knock up a fake enlarged iPad Mini frame.

However, Nowhere Else has a good track record when it comes to Apple rumours, being among the first to get a sniff of the Lightning connector and the iPhone's nano-SIM slot.

We'll keep you posted on any further iPad 5 rumours as they come in.

logitech-keyboard-folio-mini-ipad-top.jpgLogitech are boosting the touch-typing capabilities of the iPad and iPad Mini with two new cases today, the Keyboard Folio and Keyboard Folio Mini.

While the larger iPad Keyboard Folio has room for a little added protection, both cases offer full-size keys, which should be far more comfortable for touch-typists over the iPad's software keyboard.

Housed in a book-like format, each also acts as a stand for the tablets, and offer the same smart magnetic waking and sleeping capabilities as Apple's own Smart Cover."Our goal with the new Logitech Keyboard Folio was to take the award-winning typing experience from the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and add an extra layer of protection," said Mike Culver, vice president of brand development for tablet accessories at Logitech.

"To take the design a step farther, we combined Logitech's expertise and experience in keyboards with high-quality materials to bring a sense of sophistication to the functional protection people want and need for their tablets."

Hitting stores first is the Keyboard Folio for iPad, launching in April for £89.99. The Keyboard Folio Mini for iPad Mini will follow in May, priced £69.99.

logitech-ultrathin-keyboard-mini-ipad-mini-top.jpgIt may be ickle, but that doesn't mean you can't get work done on it. Just as they put out a keyboard for the full-size iPad, Logitech have now put together a typist's tool for the iPad Mini.

Dubbed the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard, the case snaps onto the 7.9-inch tablet, pairing with the Apple slate over Bluetooth.

Acting as a case and folding stand for the tablet too, the device also features the same magnetic on/off screen sleep functionality as found in Apple's own Smart Covers.

The case also houses a full suite of function buttons for iPad applications, including copy and paste, while Logitech promise that its small size wont prevent you from high speed typing. Looking at the scale of the keys from the press shot above however, we'd suggest sausage fingers look elsewhere.

Shipping to UK stores soon, expect to pay around £68 for the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard.

ipad-mini-official-images.jpgApple's iPad Mini quickly began to rival its full-size brethren in the popularity stakes when it went on sale back in November, but was left hamstrung by one important details: the lack of a Retina display, which meant even cheaper Android rivals like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD had sharper screens.

That oversight (or attempt to wrestle even more money from the hands of early adopters) looks set to be fixed with the launch of the iPad Mini 2 however. A Taiwanese-based Apple supplier has claimed that AU Optronics will be on manufacturing duties for the 7.9-inch iPad Mini 2, and will pop in an improved display running at 2048x1536 resolution for an easy-on-the-eye 324ppi.

If the iPad Mini could hold onto its £269 asking price and pack in a Retina display, it'd likely be a massive draw for consumers sitting on the fence or torn between the Mini's portability and the full-fat iPad's lush screen. Retaining the same 2048x1536 resolution as the full-size iPad would remove headaches for app developers too, who wouldn't be required to tweak their apps very much in order to work with the new tablets.

Current rumours see the iPad Mini pencilled in for an October 2013 launch. Even for a rumoured launch, that's a long way in the distance, so take these latest specs with a pinch of salt until we draw closer to confirmation, closer to launch.

In the meantime, why not check out our Google Nexus 7, Apple iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fire HD showdown? The battle of the seven-inch tablets may not have led to the victor you'd expect...

iPhone-5-official-12-thumb.pngApple have updated their mobile iOS software for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to version 6.1, bringing a few slight improvements to the finger-friendly operating system.

iOS 6.1's headlining feature is its improved LTE capabilities, adding 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers with superfast mobile data speeds. EE users (the only network in the UK offering 4G speeds) may find their connection a little more reliable as a result.

Elsewhere, the update brings a handful of minor security tweaks and some improvements to iTunes Match and Siri, including the ability to book cinema tickets using just your voice.

"300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices on iOS 6 in just five months, it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history," said Philip Schiller, Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing.

"iOS 6.1 brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari browsing, Facetime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads."

iOS 6.1 is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (third and fourth generation), iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod Touch (fourth and fifth generation).

google-nexus-7-vs-new-ipad.jpgGoogle's Nexus 7 tablet is now outselling Apple's iPad devices in Japan.

And, rather than just outselling Apple's own 7-inch iPad Mini model, Google's Nexus 7 tablet is beating all versions of the iPad in Japanese sales figures.

The figures come from Japanese business daily Nikkei, who surveyed 2,400 electronics stores on sales figures over the Christmas holiday period. During that time, the Nexus 7 snagged 44.4% of the market, compared to a 40.1% share of all iPad sales combined.

So what's caused the shift? Obviously, price is a big factor. In Japan, the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini (the cheapest iPad) cost 9,800 Japanese yen (£138) and 28,800 yen (£200) respectively; a significant difference.

Also, stock issues may have came into play, with the iPad Mini in short supply over the Christmas period after a sales rush immediately following its launch. The Japanese love miniature items, especially in tech, which may have came into play when consumers were faced with a choice between a full-size iPad or Google's smaller unit.

Not that the iPad sales were slowing during this period. Compared to the year before, the entire tablet market had swelled to "2.8 times the size" of twelve months prior, meaning iPad sales had increased overall, just failing to overtake Google's Nexus 7 in the process.

Via: Nikkei

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Get an iPad Mini or a fourth-generation iPad for Christmas? Here's some news you probably weren't hoping to hear - next generation models of both Apple tablet sizes may well be landing in March 2013, just five short months after the last tablet range update.

Analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets has claimed that Apple are now looking towards shifting the iPad line into a twice-yearly refresh cycle, with new iPad models landing in both the Spring and Winter seasons, kicking off with the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 in just two months time.

As for what these new models would look like, White was told that the iPad 5 would be thinner and lighter than the fourth generation model, while the iPad Mini would retain the current form factor with upgraded internal components, pointing towards a faster chip as the most likely improvement. White did not hint towards the Retina display making an appearance in the iPad Mini however.

White's predictions stem from discussions with industry sources at this week's CES conference in Las Vegas, but with his sources remaining unnamed, it may be worth taking these predictions with a pinch of salt.

But with the iPad Mini sorely missing the Retina display of its stablemates, and the 4th gen iPad launching without much fanfare, a quick launch of new re-designed products with a handful of headline grabbing features isn't impossible.

belkin-thunderstorm.jpgBelkin are looking to turn your iPad into a portable home cinema unit with their new Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater case, launched at this week's CES 2013 conference.

A speaker dock system housed within an iPad case, it features speakers and audio circuitry from Audifi, delivering front-facing stereo speakers a cut above the built-in sounds of a standalone iPad. Designed to channel air through the case, Belkin promise far richer bass response than you'd get from an iPad on its own.

Though the iPad fits flush into the case (and features the same magnetic covering to protect the screen as Apple's official cases do), the Belkin unit still gives easy access to the camera, volume rocker and headphone jack.

Two version of the Thunderstorm will be available; one offering the old-style 30-pin connector, and the other using Apple's new Lightning connector. Belkin are pushing a direct connection over wireless AirPlay or Bluetooth, due to the dropout of connection those methods can suffer from.

Launching in February 2013 for £179.99, it may be worth holding out and waiting to see what Apple do next with their iPad line before diving in for this unit; with the current generation iPad models sitting flush within the Belkin case, and Apple due to deliver a full refresh of their tablet device for 2013 given the 4th-gen model's incremental upgrade, there's a good chance this wont fit well with new Apple tablet gear sitting just over the horizon.

Click here for more news from CES 2013

apple-maps.pngApple are said to be in talks with social-navigation app Waze to agree upon a potential buyout.

TechCrunch are reporting that Apple are looking to acquire Waze for $500 million ($400 million outright and an additional $100 million based on performance), but that Waze is holding out for a bigger $750 million deal.

Waze mixes navigation and traffic updates with crowd-sourced content from its growing 30 million userbase. An Israeli company founded in 2008, Waze delivers up-to-the-minute traffic and accident reports by relying on users to share on-the-road information with each other, highlighting accidents, tailbacks, speed cameras and local points of interest through the app.

The appeal for Apple is obvious; the Cupertino company suffered at the hands of the tech press following the lacklustre launch of their own Apple Maps service in iOS 6, which was littered with inaccurate mapping information and warped satellite imagery when it replaced Google Maps as the default mapping service for Apple mobile devices. It lead to a public apology by CEO Tim Cook as well as the high-profile departure of ex-iOS head honcho Scott Forstall, who was seen as responsible for the service's failings.
Thumbnail image for image001.pngWaze has the potential to go some ways towards improving the service, as well as offering social elements missing from Google's rival mapping service. However, the Waze app is currently available for all major smartphone platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Symbian, as well as iOS. The future of the app on other platforms would become uncertain if bought outright by Apple, and with the service working best when accessed by as many people sharing road data as possible, the accuracy of Waze may itself be undermined if tied to solely Apple iOS users.

Apple are so troubled by their Maps app's failings that there has even been talk that they may buy out in-car navigation specialists TomTom, whose own fortunes have suffered in the wake of improved smartphone mapping solutions. Analyst Hans Slob of Rabobank International last month said that he felt there was a 30% chance of Apple offering to buy TomTom and their respective technologies and services.

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iPad-Mini-01.pngApple product refreshes come as no surprise, and the latest rumour surrounding the Cupertino firm's recently released iPad Mini tablet is no different. Supply chain sources are now claiming that Apple are lining up the high-resolution Retina displays for inclusion in their iPad Mini tablets.

Suppliers of backlight components from Taiwan are the loose-lipped sources, stating that the second generation of diminutive slates will have a far high pixel density than the original device. Though not explicitly referring to the display as a "Retina" screen, the description given certainly fits with Apple's high-res branding.

Many were a bit let down when the iPad Mini launched back at the end of October without Apple's Retina displays packed in. And though Apple will likely claim this is down to manufacturing costs (which will have presumably dropped in order to facilitate this upgrade and retain the cheaper pricing which sets the iPad Mini apart), cynics will suggest that Apple intentionally held back the technology from the first generation model in order to have a headlining feature with which to sell the second generation.

The full-fat iPad is also getting a redesign if the sources are to be believed. The next generation model, tentatively called the iPad 5, will go on a bit of a diet, shedding some weight by only using one LED backlight bar instead of the standard two found in all previous generations of the tablet.

Via: Digitimes

google-icloud-search.pngGoogle have released their annual Google Zeitgeist list, revealing the most searched for terms in the UK and worldwide across 2012.

While the usual list of celebrities feature prominently (the late Whitney Houston topping the list, with royal Kate Middleton in second and Take That's Gary Barlow in third), the top tech search terms make for fascinating reading.

Even with the release of three different iPad models this year, Apple's tablet was tipped to the post in the UK search stakes by the Netflix movie and TV streaming service. Harry Potter social netowork Pottermore makes the list, as do the ever popular Moshi Monster's kids fad, while Diablo III is notable as the only video game to be widely searched for in 2012.

Worryingly for Apple, the second most-popular "what is" search was for their iCloud cloud storage service, suggesting the Cupertino company haven't been successful in educating consumers as to what the product is capable of. It's second in that search category to only "what is love?", which is a question Tech Digest throws out into the eternal void itself everday...

The full list of top searches can be found below:

Top 10 trending UK search terms of 2012

1. Euro 2012

2. Olympic tickets

3. Whitney Houston

4. Kate Middleton

5. April Jones

6. Netflix

7. Natwest online

8. iPad 3

9. Gary Barlow

10. Gangnam Style

Top trending people

1. Whitney Houston

2. Kate Middleton

3. Gary Barlow

4. Tulisa

5. Jessica Ennis

6. Fabrice Muamba

7. Michael Clarke Duncan

8. Morgan Freeman

9. Prince Harry

10. Usain Bolt

Top trending British people

1. Kate Middleton

2. Gary Barlow

3. Tulisa

4. Jessica Ennis

5. Prince Harry

6. Tom Daley

7. Mo Farah

8. Jimmy Savile

9. Victoria Pendleton

10. Danica Thrall

Top trending news stories

1. Euro 2012

2. Olympics

3. Hurricane Sandy

4. Olympic torch route

5. Eurovision 2012

6. Whitney Houston

7. Felix Baumgartner

8. Costa Concordia

9. Lance Armstrong

10. Diamond Jubilee

Top trending UK politicians

1. Jeremy Hunt

2. Boris Johnson

3. Justine Greening

4. Alex Salmond

5. Michael Gove

6. George Osborne

7. Louise Mensch

8. Nadine Dorries

9. Keith Vaz

10. Ed Vaizey

Top trending British Olympians

1. Andy Murray

2. Tom Daley

3. Jessica Ennis

4. Mo Farah

5. Victoria Pendleton

6. Bradley Wiggins

7. Chris Hoy

8. Rebecca Adlington

9. Laura Trott

10. Louis Smith

Top trending global Olympians

1. Usain Bolt

2. Michael Phelps

3. Roger Federer

4. Yohan Blake

5. Ryan Lochte

6. Venus Williams

7. Rafael Nadal

8. Novak Djokovic

9. Tyson Gay

10. Missy Franklin

Top trending TV shows

1. Mike the Knight

2. Homeland

3. TOWIE

4. The Jonathan Ross Show

5. Celebrity Big Brother

6. Sherlock

7. The Great British Bake Off

8. Game of Thrones

9. Big Bang Theory

10. How I Met Your Mother

Top trending movies

1. Skyfall

2. Prometheus

3. The Hunger Games

4. Magic Mike

5. Taken 2

6. The Avengers

7. The Woman in Black

8. The Dictator

9. Sinister

10. The Devil Inside

Top trending music artists

1. Lucy Spraggan

2. The Military Wives

3. Will.i.am

4. Emeli Sandé

5. Psy

6. One Direction

7. The Spice Girls

8. Muse

9. Girls Aloud

10. Dizzee Rascal

Top trending songs

1. Gangnam Style

2. Call Me Maybe

3. Blow Me One Last Kiss

4. Beneath Your Beautiful

5. The Official Olympic Song (Survival by Muse)

6. Skyfall

7. Somebody That I Used To Know

8. We Are Young

9. Too Close

10. 212

Top trending fashion labels

1. Stella McCartney

2. Karl Lagerfeld

3. Victoria's Secret

4. Alice Temperley

5. Versace

6. Mulberry

7. Marks and Spencer

8. Ossie Clark

9. Burberry

10. LK Bennett

Top trending sports

1. Synchronised swimming

2. Murderball

3. Wheelchair basketball

4. Volleyball

5. Archery

6. 100m sprint

7. Taekwondo

8. Gymnastics

9. Cycling

10. Athletics

Top tech trends

1. Netflix

2. ipad 3

3. iPad mini

4. moviestarplanet

5. Kik

6. Pottermore

7. Moshi monsters login

8. Samsung Galaxy s3

9. Superbia

10. Diablo 3

Top trending travel destinations

1. Rio de Janeiro

2. Greece

3. Brazil

4. Dubai

5. Paris

6. London

7. Bruges

8. Cornwall

9. Edinburgh

10. Barcelona

Most searched cities in Google Maps (UK)

1. London

2. Bristol

3. Manchester

4. Edinburgh

5. Brighton

6. Surrey

7. Leeds

8. Oxford

9. Cambridge

10. Birmingham

Most searched Local Places in Google Maps (UK)

1. hotel

2. restaurant

3. pubs

4. camping

5. Tesco

6. parking

7. trainstation

8. Premier Inn

9. supermarket

10. B&B

Top searches for "how to" in 2012

1. draw

2. kiss

3. make

4. crochet

5. knit

6. meditate

7. flirt

8. sing

9. hack

10. pronounce

Top searches for "what is" in 2012

1. love

2. icloud

3. 3g

4. scientology

5. instagram

6. autism

7. diabetes

8. yolo

9. illuminati

10. ms

iPad-Mini-01.pngThe iPad Mini is now available on EE's super-fast 4G network (just in time for Christmas!) alongside the new iPad 4 at the same speeds. And, to entice would-be iPad Mini owners into the EE fold, the network are offering a one month free trial of their 4G service to go with the tablets.

"We're delighted to be launching the 4G iPad mini and iPad with Retina display," said Pippa Dunn, Chief Marketing Officer, EE.

"To celebrate the launch on the UK's only 4G network we will be offering customers the chance to try 4G free for a month on our EE £15.99 30 day SIM Only Plan, which comes with 5GB of data and Wi-Fi."

The new iPads will also be available on EE, Orange and T-Mobile on 24 month plans starting from £21 a month. Orange and T-Mobile are also offering the new iPads on HSPA+ and DC-HSPA networks.

Both new iPads have also hit the Three network today too, though neither will feature 4G speeds through the network.

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digital-dandy.jpgAfter 75 years as a British print comic, The Dandy today makes the full transition into the digital age, ditching paper altogether in favour of a web-based version of its strips.

Delivered as an interactive, panel-by-panel motion comic, The Digital Dandy introduces interactive elements such as games and digital pets, while continuing the adventures of Desperate Dan, Bananaman, The Numskulls, Keyhole Kate, Blinky and Brassneck, among other much-loved Dandy characters.

Launching first through PC and Mac web browsers, both tablet and smartphone editions are said to be in the works. Rising costs of printing the paper version in the face of falling sales forced the hand of publisher DC Thomson to make the move.

"We all know how popular digital devices have become with children so we're drawing on our traditional heritage and updating our product to make it relevant for today's children," said Craig Ferguson, Editor of the new Dandy.

"With this weekly digital edition, The Dandy is once again blazing a trail by launching a unique, interactive, motion comic. We're giving The Dandy a whole new dimension and bringing a new lease of life to our characters."

The last ever print edition of The Dandy also hits newsstands today, guest starring Sir Paul McCartney, with The Beatles bassist fulfilling the 50 year ambition he revealed in an NME interview way back in 1963.

Visit www.dandy.com to to check out the new-look comic. Today's "Issue Zero" is available free. Each issue going forward will cost £1.99 with an extra £1.49 needed to access the weeky standard content package update for the full experience. Subscriptions cost £85 a year, with a year's worth of content packages costing £29.99.

daily-mirror-ipad.jpgThe Daily Mirror has become the first major UK national daily newspaper to offer its digital iPad edition for free.

Joined by sister paper The Daily Record in the move, the iPad edition will be available from Monday to Friday at no cost, though the Saturday edition and Sunday Mirror will remain print-only publications.

Including all the content of the print edition, the iPad version of the Daily Mirror adds interactive features such as video reports, interactive adds and crosswords and a live news ticker.

Ten regional editions of the paper will be available, while international readers will be able to access the digital newspaper for £4.99 a month.

It's a game-changing move from the tabloid, whose red top rivals The Sun and The Star both charge £4.99 a month to UK readers of their tablet editions.

Lloyd Embley, editor-in-chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, said: "This is everything you'd expect from the Mirror and more. Visually it looks stunning and the interactivity brings a whole new depth to our content.

"The e-edition is brimming with the energy and creativity that will extend the reach of our journalism to new and wider audiences."

Martin Newman, editor of the Mirror's e-edition app, added: "The world of media is changing at an incredible speed and it's up to newspapers to keep up with that change and deliver news in the format that our readers want it.

"Over the past decade that has led us to put more and more focus on the internet, and now we are addressing the boom in the tablet computer market.

"Last year the tablet market in the UK grew by 300 per cent, with about 2.8percent of the population now owning one. That rate of growth is set to increase.

"About 60million iPads were sold worldwide this year and the projected number next year is 96million, with 122million likely to be sold in 2014. Add to that the Android market and by 2016 we're likely to see total tablet sales of 350million."

"We are going to see the same percentage increases in the UK, which is really taking tablet computers to its heart."

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Some fairly seismic news from The Guardian this morning. Anthony Sullivan, group product manager for Guardian Core products at Guardian News & Media who was speaking at the Guardian Mobile Business Summit 2012 conference in London, revealed the website's latest usage figures and they make fascinating reading.

Sullivan reported that at certain times of day more people are accessing the website via mobile devices (phones/iPads/tablets) than they are via traditional computers. Sullivan suggested that the tipping point when mobile overtakes desktops is still around two years away.

"Mobile is having a huge transformational effect not only on how our audience seek out content, but how they're discovering it. The way we've organised ourselves reflects that we put mobile really at the centre of our planning," said Sullivan.

Interestingly Sullivan said that 94% of tablet visits to Guardian products are on Apple's iPad, but that he expects this to change "pretty quickly" in the months ahead, thanks to the release of new, high-profile Android and Windows 8 tablets.

iPad-Mini-03.png3,600 Apple iPad Mini tablets have been stolen from New York's JFK airport, which were sitting in the same cargo bay as is featured during the drug heist in the movie Goodfellas, somewhat ironically.

Two men managed to load up a white tractor with two pallets worth of the Apple gadgets, and would have managed to bag a further three pallets had they not been interrupted by a suspicious worker.

According to the NY Post:

The crooks arrived at Building 261 around 11 p.m. in a white tractor trailer marked with the name CEVA on the side, according to the sources. They pulled up to the side of the airport building that faces onto a street and has less security than the other side, which is accessible from the airport tarmac.

Sources believe someone let them into the area and then let them out after they grabbed the iPads.

The haul is said to be worth somewhere in the region of £1 million.

As a side note, Tech Digest currently have a few thousand iPad Mini's going cheap. Unwanted gifts. Looking for a quick sale. Cash only. No returns...

ipad-corner-patent.pngOh Apple. You've really outdone yourself in the petty patent stakes with this one haven't you? After months of debating whether or not such a patent should even be allowed, the Cupertino tech company now hold the patent for rectangles with rounded corners.

What. A. Joke.

The US Patent and Trademark Office accepted Apple's claim based on the design of the first iPad, with Patent no. D670,286 defined by the thick black line in the image above, which outlines the curved-edged perimeter of the device.

It's such a broad patent that it seems almost pointless to pursue it; it'll be near impossible to police, not least of all because of its usage on prior arts grounds.

But still, with Apple and Samsung raging away in the courts as we speak, we wouldn't put it past the iPad makers to pull this one out of the bag in a fix.

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