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Ultra-thin notebooks and tablets to rival Apple’s MacBook Air and  iPad 2 respectively are expected to take centre stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which officially opens on Tuesday. Read more

Joseph Menn

An explosion ripped through a large manufacturing facility owned by key Apple supplier Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, killing two and injuring 16, Chinese state media reported. Read more

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  • Geekwire has been looking at the rumours surrounding the next version of the Windows PC operating system. As well as adopting the tabbed command strip from Micorosoft Office, Windows 8 – or whatever Microsoft decides to call it -  will also have Kinect sensor technology and elements of the Xbox Live interface as well as an alternative interface for touch-based tablet computers that uses tiles and works more like a mobile operating system.

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Tim Bradshaw

Gamers lined up to buy the new Nintendo 3DS in their thousands last night, according to UK retailers HMV and Game, as the Japanese electronics company goes head-to-head with Apple’s launch of the iPad 2 to see which gadget can attract the bigger crowd. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Apple is accentuating the software possibilities of the iPad 2 as well as its new hardware improvements, with more than 65,000 apps now designed specifically for the tablet. As it goes on sale internationally on Friday, this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at some of the best of these, including the new iMovie video editing and GarageBand music creation software. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The iPad 2 delivers what many felt was missing from the original device – a faster, lighter, thinner experience with cameras included and thousands of apps that take advantage of its larger touchscreen.
The Personal Technology column in this week’s Business Life section also looks at whether the iPad is a good upgrade for early adopters and a good enough improvement to fight off the looming challenge from HP’s TouchPad, the Blackberry PlayBook and Android Honeycomb devices like the Motorola Xoom. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Matt Brittin, UK managing director of Google, talks to Tim Bradshaw, digital media correspondent, about a digital divide in advertising, the year of m-commerce and Android taking on the iPad 2. Read more

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  • DirecTV is in advanced talks to be Hollywood’s first partner for early video-on-demand, according to the Los Angeles Times. The satellite TV company would likely be the first distributor to launch so-called premium VOD – where consumers would pay about $30 to rent a movie via the Internet or cable 60 days after it opened in theaters and at least a month before it would become available on DVD.  Film studios including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros and Walt Disney Pictures are said to be in talks to join the initiative.

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  • Wednesday sees the launch of the latest version of Apple’s iPad. The Cult of Mac blog says it has spoken to a Apple insider who says that while the new model will be thinner and lighter than first iPad and have both front- and rear-facing cameras for FaceTime…

Don’t get your hopes up too high. That’s all I’m going to say. They’ve had a number of problems along the way, and the third-generation iPad is the one to make a song and a dance about.

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David Gelles

Apple is returning to its favourite venue for product launches on March 2, hosting an event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where it is expected to unveil the iPad 2, according to people familiar with the plans.

The company has reserved the main stage at the multifunction venue for next Wednesday, marking a return to the site where it last year launched the original iPad and the iPhone 4Read more