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October 31, 2012, 9:25 AM

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
iPad mini review  —  Apple takes on a new market with a smaller tablet  —  The iPad mini has arrived — and so has our review.  Just last week, Apple introduced the world to the newest member of its wildly successful tablet line, an adorable, diminutive slate with a 7.9-inch display.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad Mini  —  “Wow, it feels like a Kindle.”  —  “Ew, the screen is terrible.”  —  That was my wife's initial reaction when I handed her the iPad Mini to see what she, an avid daily user of an iPad 3, thought.  Her initial reaction matched mine exactly, and perfectly encapsulates the experience.
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Scott Stein / CNET:
iPad Mini review: The perfect size, but at a price  —  The good: The iPad Mini's ultra-thin and light design is far more intimate and booklike than the larger iPad, and its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iPad review (late 2012)  —  Welcome to the new new iPad, same as the old new iPad.  Well, mostly, anyway.  It was less than eight months ago that Apple grafted a Retina display onto its world-conquering tablet, giving every other slate on the market resolution envy, while enchanting gadget lovers …
Eva Dou / Digits:
Asustek: Nexus 7 Sales Approaching 1 million a Month  —  Sales of Google Inc. 's Nexus 7, made by Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. , are closing in on 1 million units a month, the Taiwanese maker revealed.  —  The 7-inch tablet has created a big buzz this year with its low starting price of US$199 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Delays iTunes Refresh  —  Apple surprised lots of people yesterday.  Here's a smaller bit of unexpected news: The company is delaying the update of its iTunes software.  —  Back in September, Apple said an iTunes overhaul would be out in October.  Now it's pushing that back a month.
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart to Sell Boxee TVs Challenging Apple and Roku  —  In a coup for New York-based startup Boxee Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) will sell and promote its new Web-connected device that brings live television and online video together, the companies said.
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Intel working on 48-core chip for smartphones, tablets  —  A smartphone with 48 cores could change our concept of what it is and what it does  —  Intel researchers are working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets but it could be five to 10 years before it hits the market.
Kenneth Bongort / The Official Google Blog:
Google's most advanced voice search has arrived on iOS  —  When you have a question, finding the answer should be effortless—wherever you are and whatever device you're using.  The new Google Search app for iPhone and iPad helps you to do just that with enhanced voice search that answers …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Microsoft: Four Million Windows 8 Installs Down, 396 Million More to Go  —  Back in September, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made an ambitious prediction: “One year from now — between Windows phones, Windows tablets and Windows PCs — we'll see close to ... 400 million new devices running those new operating systems.”
Leslie Katz / CNET:
Samsung solar-powered school shines in rural South Africa  —  Samsung turns a shipping container into a portable wired classroom to bridge the divide between rural and urban South African schools.  —  There's something new(ish) under the sun in the rural South African village of Phomolong …
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
The Tech Behind Apple's Impossibly Thin New iMacs  —  The 27-inch iMac is only 5mm thick at its edges.  Photo: John Bradley/Wired  —  We know Apple has a love affair with thin.  The iPhone 5 is the thinnest iPhone ever.  The MacBook Air could very well be used to slice bread.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Bob Iger Says Disney Will Focus On Mobile And Social (Not Console) Star Wars Games  —  The big emphasis during Disney's conference call discussing its acquisition of Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion was, not surprisingly, the enormous earnings potential of the Star Wars franchise.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
LG Nexus 4 hits O2 UK on November 13  —  The LG Nexus 4 will land exclusively on O2 in the UK, the carrier has announced, with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone set to hit stores on Tuesday, November 13.  Launched on Monday - you can check out our hands-on here - the Nexus 4 runs …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Firefox lost 6-9 million downloads in EU browser choice ‘glitch’  —  Summary: Mozilla's general counsel estimates between 6-9 million lost Firefox browser downloads thanks to Microsoft failing to include the ‘browser choice’ screen in latest versions of Windows 7.  —  Zack Whittaker
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Apple iMessage down on iOS and OS X for the second time in a week (update)  —  Apple's having some issues with iMessage, again — for the second time in the last week, users are experiencing difficulties sending and receiving messages on both iOS devices and Macs running OS X. Symptoms appear …
Jeremy Kirk / ITworld.com:
Irked by cyberspying, Georgia outs Russia-based hacker — with photos  —  In an unprecedented move, Georgia reveals startling details of a hacker it says is stealing its confidential information  —  In one of the photos, the dark-haired, bearded hacker is peering into his computer's screen, perhaps puzzled at what's happening.

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