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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
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
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
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
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.
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