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Report: Apple's 'iPad Mini' to be Unveiled Oct 23

Apple's widely anticipated unveiling of its "iPad Mini" is expected to come on October 23, the Dow Jones technology website AllThingsD said Friday.

Reports have been swirling for months about the smaller version of the market-leading iPad, but Apple has made no comment.

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World's Biggest Book Fair Studies Classroom of Future

The digital world is knocking at the classroom door, but it is not simply a matter of shifting from paper to screen, educational experts and interactive content producers warn.

While portable devices such as the smartphone and tablet computer have revolutionized daily life for millions of people by enabling access to the Internet, schools have largely remained untouched by new technology.

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U.S. Video Game Sales Fall 24 Percent in September 

U.S. retail sales of new video-game hardware, software and accessories fell 24 percent in September.

The falloff marked the 10th-consecutive month of declining sales as the gaming world holds off buying ahead of the release of Nintendo's Wii U console next month

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Despite Slow Start, Ebooks Gain Ground in Europe

Electronic books, which have sparked excited chatter for several years in the publishing world, are now gaining momentum among European readers, despite a late start compared to the U.S., industry insiders say.

The digital share of the book market in European countries still lags behind the United States but publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair were upbeat about their recent uptake and future prospects.

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Samsung Introduces Compact Galaxy Smartphone

Samsung Electronics on Friday unveiled a compact version of its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, with a touch screen sized to match that of arch-rival Apple's new iPhone 5.

The Galaxy S III Mini has a four inch high-definition touch screen, compared to the 4.8 inch version on it's larger Samsung sibling, but the size reduction is offered at a technical price.

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U.N. Says World Has 6 Billion Cell Phone Subscribers

The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants.

The U.N. telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011 — roughly one for 86 of every 100 people.

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Indicted Megaupload Founder Plans Site Reboot

In a move bound to provoke U.S. prosecutors and entertainment executives, indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is planning to launch a replacement of his shuttered website and a new online music service by year's end.

The file-sharing site that Dotcom started in 2005 was one of the most popular online sites before U.S. prosecutors shut it down and filed racketeering charges against Dotcom and six other Megaupload principals in January.

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Free Message Apps 'to Cost Telecos $23 Bn This Year'

Global telecom operators are expected to have lost $23 billion in SMS revenues by the end of 2012 as smartphone users shift to free messaging applications, an industry report said Thursday.

Technology research company Ovum forecast the cumulative losses would reach $54 billion by the end of 2016 as the traditional Short Messaging Service (SMS) gives way to Internet-based platforms such as WhatsApp.

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As Mobile Devices Advance, PC Future Murky

The PC is not dead, but it's no longer king of the technology universe.

As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows 8, the newest version of its operating system, the tech landscape is dramatically different from three years ago, when Windows 7 was launched.

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Immersive Game Showcases New Internet Explorer

Microsoft on Tuesday teased the release of the next generation of Internet Explorer by unveiling an online game crafted to show that websites can be as richly playful as "apps."

A free-to-play version of hit iPhone and iPad application Contre Jour that highlights capabilities of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) web browsing software went live online at

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