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New Smart Cover rumoured for iPad 3 launch

New Smart Cover rumoured for iPad 3 launch

Apple iPad 2 owners looking to trade-in their tablet to fund an iPad 3 might have noticed their prized gadget is starting to look a little rough around the edges.

That’s likely to be down to the undeniably cool £35 Smart Cover, which went on sale with the device last March, which did absolutely nothing to protect the edges or rear of the device.

New reports on Monday evening suggest that Apple is looking to rectify that by releasing a new-and-improved magnetic Smart Cover alongside the iPad 3 on Wednesday.

The new Smart Cover will include a “rear shell made from fiberglass covered with PU/bicast leather” according to Apple site iLounge.

Watching your back

The blog’s reliable source says the case is similar to the Incase Magazine Jacket for iPad 2, which also protects the device’s tapered edges.

The original Smart Cover, which went on sale in a number of colours worked well as a stand in a number of positions, while also automatically switching the display on and off when opened and closed.

For us, we felt it strange that Apple didn’t launch an official case which protected the rear of the device in the first place and, for that matter, so did our battered iPad 2.

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WebOS will have ‘huge advantages’ over iOS and Android

WebOS will have 'huge advantages' over iOS and Android

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman says the company’s soon-to-be open source WebOS software will eventually be better than both the Android and iOS platforms.

HP will launch the first version of the reimagined operating system in September this year after deciding to commit the storied software to the open source community.

Whitman said the result will prove to be superior to the ‘closed’ Apple iOS ecosystem and the undeniably ‘fragmented’ Android platform.

She also confirmed that the company will re-enter the tablet market, following the HP TouchPad debacle of 2011.

An open and closed case

In an interview with CRN, she said: “There is a clear vision of what we’re trying to accomplish.

“There will be some people who will not love that vision, and then there are people who are very excited about this vision, and what it can mean for an alternative, open-source operating system that has some real strengths to it.

“We’re going to build another operating system that has huge advantages, in my view, over iOS, which is a closed system, [and] Android, which is incredibly fragmented and may ultimately be more closed with [Google's] acquisition of Motorola Mobility.”

Windows 8 tablet

Whitman, who took the reigns at the world’s largest PC manufacturer in September last year, also stated that HP will be in amongst it when the first Windows 8 tablets come to market later this year.

She said: “We have to have a tablet offering,” Whitman said. “We will be back in that business. We’re coming back into the market with a Windows 8 tablet, first on an x86 chip and then maybe on an ARM chip.”


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Samsung Galaxy Note coming to AT&T on February 19

Samsung Galaxy Note coming to AT&T on February 19

The Samsung Galaxy Note device will launch in the US on the AT&T network on February 19, the carrier has announced.

The phone/tablet hybrid announced at IFA 2011 last September will cost $300 on a two-year contract.

The US version of the device brings 4G LTE connectivity along with the gorgeous 5.3-inch Super AMOLED (1280 x 800) display.

The Note arrives in stores on February 19, but eager beavers can have it delivered on the 17 by pre-ordering on the website, when that process begins on February 5.

Phone or tablet?

The 9.95mm-thin Samsung Galaxy Note was awarded four stars in a recent TechRadar review.

The display “blows the S2 out of the water” according to our reviewer, while the S Pen stylus brings some interesting new functionality to Samsung’s range of phones and tablets.

Under the hood there’s a 1.4GHz dual-core processor as well as up to 32GB of internal storage, so the specs are pretty tight.

The only problem for this undeniably gorgeous device, we found, was a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a phone or a tablet, or both? And who is it aimed at?

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