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Secrets of the biggest selling launch ever

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Apple reports that on the first day they sold more than $150,000,000 worth of iPads. I can't think of a product or movie or any other launch that has ever come close to generating that much direct revenue.Are their tactics are reserved for giant consumer fads? I don't think so....
Secrets of the biggest selling launch ever

Sources: iOS 7 using 'very flat' interface similar to Windows Phone

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iOS 7 is codenamed "Innsbruck," and will use a "very, very flat" design, sources for 9to5Mac claim. The OS is reportedly jettisoning any signs of gloss or skeuomorphism, making it flat on a level nearing the look of the Metro interface used in Windows Phone and Windows 8. Apple has...
Sources: iOS 7 using 'very flat' interface similar to Windows Phone

b5media Update: All Contract Bloggers Now Terminated, Problogger Dumped

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Further to the news last week that b5media had dumped its women bloggers is confirmation since that time that all remaining previous contract bloggers at b5media have been terminated. We don’t have numbers, and although we’d suggested previously the remaining numbers (prior to the women bloggers purge) might be...
b5media Update: All Contract Bloggers Now Terminated, Problogger Dumped

European Regulators Are Apparently Not Happy With Google Right Now

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Mr. Kohnstamm (ec.europa.eu) The FCC might have let the company off with just a $25,000 noncompliance fine, but it doesn’t look like Google’s StreetView troubles are over just yet. The agency’s final report found that, no, the unsecured Wifi data grab wasn’t actually the rogue act of some out-of-control engineer....
European Regulators Are Apparently Not Happy With Google Right Now
Users Average 7 Hours A Month On Facebook, Just 3 Minutes On Google+ [Infographic]

Smart As... - review

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PS Vita, Sony, cert 3, out 31 OctoberThe biggest surprise of Sony's brain-training puzzle package Smart As... is its power - running the Unreal Engine software, this is a low-demand game on, effectively, the same platform as physics-heavy action-shooter Dishonored. As a result, it looks unexpectedly pretty.Beyond the gloss there...
Smart As... - review
Everything old is new again in XCom: Enemy Unknown

Apple adds refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro to online store, Retina model starting at $1,439

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It's been nearly two weeks since Apple made its 15-inch next-generation MacBook Pro available as a refurb and now the 13-inch model's ready to follow suit. Listed on the company's online storefront today, iFans averse to full retail pricing can now snag the base model with a 2.5GHz dual-core...
Apple adds refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro to online store, Retina model starting at $1,439
HERE IT COMES: We're Seeing Apple's Newest iPhone Software Hit Our Site (AAPL)

Store Wars: Snappy Snaps and Jessops

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Each week we look at retailers in the same sector. This week we focus on photography shops Snappy Snaps and JessopsEach week we look at two shops competing in the same sector, and review what they are offering customers: from how helpful the staff are to the best bargains on...
Store Wars: Snappy Snaps and Jessops

This week at Microsoft: Windows Phone, Kinect, Xbox, and Windows 8

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Did you miss this post last week? I had my feet up on my desk, pretending that vacationing at home in the Chicago winter is glamorous (protip: it’s not). But I’m back, and that means our weekly roundup of Microsoft news is as well. It’s been a rather varied week, with news coming in...
This week at Microsoft: Windows Phone, Kinect, Xbox, and Windows 8

New alleged details of Microsoft's Windows 8 successor emerge

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Microsoft (MSFT) is rumored to be switching to an annual release for its operating system starting with “Windows Blue” in mid-2013. According to a PCBeta forum user who goes by the pseudonym “maxy” and has been unofficially identified as a Microsoft official, “Windows Blue” or “Windows 9 Dev” as some call it, will get customization...
New alleged details of Microsoft's Windows 8 successor emerge

Quickly test iOS icon designs on your home screen with Icon Strike

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There are a number of ways to test designs on your iOS device — services like Scala View and Adobe Edge Inspect are likely at the top of your list. But as we’ve seen lately, sometimes a lightweight solution is the best way to stay efficient and inspired. Icon Strike, a...
Quickly test iOS icon designs on your home screen with Icon Strike

Sonos offers up same bass, less shine with limited edition matte black Sub

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Love floor-shaking bass, but can't stand the idea of accidentally catching your own reflection whilst seated on the couch? Good news -- well, limited good news, that is. Sonos has opted to make available a limited quantity of matte black Subs, in spite of its plans to focus on...
Sonos offers up same bass, less shine with limited edition matte black Sub

The Microsoft number we all want to know: Windows 8 sales

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The Microsoft number we all want to know: Windows 8 sales: Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet on Microsoft's earnings today: The Windows division posted revenues of $5.7 billion for the quarter. After adjusting for the $1.1 billion of revenue related to the Windows Upgrade Offer, the Windows division's revenue was...
The Microsoft number we all want to know: Windows 8 sales
The Week in Wine, 5.26 Edition

UK parties iPhone apps. Who got it wrong, who got it right.

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All the major parties have talked the talk about learning from Obama’s celebrated success at using technology to build a grassroots campaign which engaged voters and all the major parties have released iPhone apps. I got to wondering – have they blended what they’ve learnt from Obama with the power...
UK parties iPhone apps. Who got it wrong, who got it right.

Google shares suspended after accidental email wipes $22bn off value

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Search engine's unfinished financial release inadvertently sent, revealing quarterly results well below Wall Street expectationsIt was the printer's error that wiped $22bn from the value of the world's biggest search engine. Shares in Google were suspended after an accidental email to the US stock market authorities revealed that the company's...
Google shares suspended after accidental email wipes $22bn off value

Image of 'Flat' Redesign From Early iOS 7 Build Reportedly Leaks

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It's been reported for several months that Jony Ive is overseeing a redesign of the user interface in iOS 7, removing signs of skeuomorphism and gloss in favor of a 'flat design'. iDownloadBlog has posted what may be the new home screen in iOS 7. While the authenticity of poor-quality...
Image of 'Flat' Redesign From Early iOS 7 Build Reportedly Leaks
This Is A Gorgeous Redesign Concept For Apple's iPhone Software (AAPL)
Nokia Unveils Latest Windows Phone 8 Device: Lumia 620 Packs 3.8 Inch ClearBlack Display, NFC, Costs $249 (Before Taxes)
How Apple caused the iOS Kindle glitch

Here's What Petraeus Biographer Paula Broadwell Had To Say About His Wife...

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David Petraeus' biographer, Paula Broadwell, is presumed to have begun her affair with the CIA director as she wrote a book about his life.  As his biographer, Broadwell didn't gloss over what is by all accounts a huge factor in Petraeus' success: his wife, Holly. All In: The Education Of General David...
Here's What Petraeus Biographer Paula Broadwell Had To Say About His Wife...

Hands On: Puma Phone Makes Me Want To Go To The Gym More [Phones]

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A few blurry pics and a viral video that was promptly yanked from YouTube have led to the official announcement of the Puma Phone, aka, the phone that makes me wish I was more sporty. When I was a kid, if someone turned up wearing Puma sneakers instead of Nike/Adidas/Converse,...
Hands On: Puma Phone Makes Me Want To Go To The Gym More [Phones]

Acer Aspire V3 notebook hands-on (video)

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Hot off the tails of the Aspire V5 is another new release from Acer. This time it's the Aspire V3 notebook, which comes in any one of three configurations, with 14, 15.6 and 17.3-inch screens in-tow. Each variation will be powered by an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7...
Acer Aspire V3 notebook hands-on (video)

SOURCES: The iPhone Is About To Get A 'Radical' Post-Steve Jobs Look, And It Could Be 'Unsettling' (AAPL, MSFT)

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Sources tell ace Apple reporter Mark Gurman that iOS, the iPhone and iPad operating system, is about to get a radically different new look, and that it could be "unsettling" for current iPhone users. Gurman, a reporter for 9to5Mac, has an excellent track recording reporting Apple news before anyone else...
SOURCES: The iPhone Is About To Get A 'Radical' Post-Steve Jobs Look, And It Could Be 'Unsettling' (AAPL, MSFT)
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