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iPad mini pricing start at $329

As rumored, Apple announced the new iPad mini at today's media event. The device features a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels, measures just 7.2 millimeters thin and weighs 0.68 pounds.

Lighter, Thinner iMac Models with Fusion Drive

Apple today updated its iMac lineup, dramatically reducing the thickness of the desktop machines and adding a brand new Fusion Drive that combines flash storage and a traditional disk-based hard drive to maximize both speed and capacity.

Apple got the iPhone 5's physical design right

With the iPhone 5, Apple did what it does best: come up with a good industrial design. But that's not always the case.

Google developing gaming console, wristwatch, TV products as it eyes hardware competition from Apple


The Wall Street Journal has issued a large report today that details several new hardware products that Google has in the pipeline. According to the report, Google's latest hardware efforts are being developed in order to match rumored upcoming hardware offerings from Apple (like new entries into the TV and wearable computing spaces). Some future Google hardware, according to the report, includes:

Also in the cards is a next-generation of the Android OS that is designed to appeal to low-cost devices for emerging markets. As for Apple, the Cupertino-based company is shipping a redesigned iOS 7 this fall and is also rumored to be working on a lower-cost iPhone. The WSJ report also notes that this new version of Android could appear in new devices like notebook computers and home appliances such as refrigerators. Google is said to also be working on various other hardware, though this will be separate from the Google-owned Motorola Mobility.

Unlock iPhone in 30 Minutes: Unlocking is Faster than Ever with AT&T

Fast unlocking an iPhone through AT&T for free Unlocking an iPhone through AT&T is now lightning fast, and in some cases you'll have an unlocked iPhone in under 30 minutes. I recently had the chance to experience this directly while writing this article on checking the unlock status of devices, and was impressively surprised by the result. From filling out the initial unlock request form to the confirmation email completing the unlock, only 23 minutes passed. With how simple and fast it is – and yes it's free – there is practically no reason to not unlock your iPhone this way.

We have run through the process here before, but it's worth repeating how simple it is. You'll need an iPhone that is locked to AT&T and has either completed it's initial contract or bought full price out of contract. Current and previous AT&T customers will need to have the wireless number and basic account details, while non-customers and those who paid the full price only need the name, email, and the place of purchase. Then it's just a matter of filling out a form and waiting:

Check your email in a minute or two and you'll find a request number that can be used to follow the status, but it's so quick now that you likely won't need to bother. Note that all emails from AT&T's unlocking service arrive with a subject written entirely in caps, which can look a little spammy and was even automatically filtered out as spam in one case, so if you don't find an email after about 30 minutes check your spam folder for something that says "ATT MOBILE DEVICES UNLOCK REQUEST RECEIVED" (yes, it's all caps). That email provides a timeline guestimate of 2-5 days, but as we already mentioned, it's now incredibly fast. Sit back for a little while and in short order you should get a confirmation email, also all in caps with a subject "HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR AUTHORIZED ATT MOBILE DEVICES UNLOCK" – again if you don't find this in your primary inbox be sure to check the spam folder, it appears some mail clients filtering looks at the EXCESSIVE CAPITALIZATION as a sign of something that isn't worthy of keeping.

Super fast iPhone unlock

Though it only took a whopping 23 minutes to complete this test iPhone, it was tied to an active AT&T account, and it may take a bit longer if you are no longer a customer or never were.

To complete the unlock you'll need a USB connection and a computer running iTunes. First you'll want to backup the iPhone, then insert a valid SIM card into it and restore the iPhone as new with iTunes to complete the unlock. With the iPhone freshly unlocked, now restore it from the backup you made before starting and you're good to go.

Something to keep in mind if you're following the unlock procedure is that you must have an active SIM card of some sorts, the carrier doesn't matter. In this case, I had a variety of sim cards available but used a nano-SIM from an iPhone 5 with the iPhone 4, fitted using one of the always useful SIM adapter kits that are readily available on Amazon for a couple of bucks.

Oddly, completing the process on the newest version of iTunes does not show the familiar "Congratulations, your iPhone is unlocked" message, but if you swap in an alternate SIM card or check if it's unlocked through other means, you will find it has completed.

The familiar unlock message in iTunes

Even if you have no intention on using the iPhone with another carrier or traveling abroad, you should always unlock a phone if given the chance. Beyond increasing your mobile carrier flexibility, it also adds a nice boost to resale value, particularly if you're selling a used iPhone on Craigslist or Ebay.

OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 2 Released for Developer Download

Apple has released OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 2 to registered developers. The update to the existing OS X 10.9 beta is versioned as 13A497d and is recommended for all users who are currently running the first version of OS X Mavericks Developer Preview.

OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 2

OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 2 can be downloaded immediately through the Software Update menu and the Mac App Store.

As found in the App Store, the update weighs in around 1.5GB and is likely the fastest way to upgrade to the latest version. Those interested in making a USB install drive would need to re-download the installation client from the App Store. System requirements appear to be the same as the first developer release.

In addition to OS X Mavericks DP2, an update to Xcode 5 Developer Preview and a second dev preview release of OS X Server is also available.

OS X Mavericks is the next major release of Mac system software and includes over 200 new features and improvements, including tabbed Finder support, enhanced power management, and much more. Mavericks is due for a public release this fall, likely alongside iOS 7. Earlier today, Apple released iOS 7 beta 2.