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Apple to Release Updated New iPad This Summer?

The DigiTimes has restarted the iPad rumor machine by claiming Apple plans to release an "updated 9.7-inch iPad" this summer. The Times cited the Chinese blog Apple Daily as saying the new, new iPad will feature a "indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel technology to allow the device to feature an even thinner design and longer battery life."

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While a new revamped 9.7-inch iPad seems highly doubtful, Apple did quietly release an improved iPad 2 this year. There were also rumors that Sharp’s IGZO panels were going to be used for the iPad 3. Apple Daily said the panel supply for the new 9.7-inch iPad will be shifted from Samsung to Sharp.

New iPad App Takes You Back to Wolf Creek

Sharp Agency in collaboration with Emu Creek Pictures has announced what they're calling the "world’s first interactive Horror iBook" entitled Return to Wolf Creek.

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The iBook takes readers on a spine-chilling journey back to Wolf Creek with never-before-seen deleted scenes, a 45 minute documentary (The Making of Wolf Creek), interviews and more. The iBook was designed to help fans get reacquainted with the 2005 horror film. New fans will also enjoy learning about the original film before Wolf Creek 2 hits theaters in 2013.

Spotify Now Available for the iPad

Spotify has been converted into a universal app making the popular iPhone music platform available to iPad owners for the first time. Version 0.5.0 gives both iPhone and iPad users access to millions of tracks from thousands of albums. Changes include Retina display graphics, an even easier to browse catalogue, new high-definition cover art, trending playlists and grouped by user searches.

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Spotify is free to download from the App Store with the option to upgrade to a Spotify Premium account. Non-premium users can test out the service for 48-hours completely free. Read on for a complete list of changes.

Free Puzzle Game Created by the iPad for the iPad

Cargo-Bot is being called the "first game programmed entirely on the iPad using Codea."

Codea has been called the "GarageBand of coding." The $10 app lets you create games and simulations right on your iPad, and the creators have decided to prove that it works by releasing Cargo-Bot for free in the Apple App Store.

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Cargo-Bot is not only an advertisement, but it proves that the iPad is more than an expensive Facebook machine by showing that it's capable of creating decent content. However, showing that your code editor works by using it yourself isn't really reassuring. Especially when you are trying to convince people to drop $10 on an app. At least iPad users get a free puzzle game out of the developer's attempt to prove that their pay app is a worthy investment.

Inside Foxconn: First Look at How an iPad is Made

Rob Schmitz released an exclusive first look of the manufacturing plant where Apple’s iPad is assembled. The video shows Foxconn employees assembling iPad motherboards, and lining up for a chance to work at the plant in Shanghai, China. It's an interesting look at how Apple products are made.

NoteBookCase Transforms Your iPad Into a MacBook Air

The Japanese retailer Rakuten is offering a nifty iPad case that basically transforms your tablet into a MacBook Air. The NoteBookCase for the iPad 2 features a built-in Lithium-polymer battery, USB port, mini USB port, and Bluetooth for the keyboard.

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The USB ports allow you to charge the case while charging your iPad, or any other USB powered device. The iPad case should also be compatible with the new iPad since it's not much thicker than the iPad 2. The NoteBookCase is currently only available through Rakuten's Japanese website, but it could make its way to their U.S. based website Buy.com.

Paper: A Beautiful Way to Create on the iPad

App developer FiftyThree has released a new drawing app for the iPad. Paper is a free app that allows you to sketch, draw and keep notes by using a variety of tools. The custom ink engine reacts to movements allowing you to achieve great handwriting, beautiful coloring, and sketching. You can also share your creations on the web by easily uploading them to Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. .

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There are $2 in-app purchases for additional tools and brushes. Read on for Paper's official description and trailer. Paper is compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Harry Potter eBooks Now Available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels are now compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Rowling’s website is offering the entire Potter series in ePub format via her Pottermore Shop. The electronic books are compatible with most iOS and Android devices, or other eReaders that work with the ePub format. You can check below for a complete list of compatible devices

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The individual books range between $8 and $10 each, or you can get the entire set for $57.54. The Harry Potter novels are not available in the Apple iBookstore, but they can be downloaded from the Amazon Kindle store.

Apple Announces Stores Will Open Early for New iPad

It looks like the leaked Apple advertisement was correct, and Apple stores will be opening early to the sell the new iPad. According to an official Apple press release, the third generation iPad will be available at Apple retail stores on March 16 at 8:00 a.m. local time in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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Apple employees will be on-hand to offer free Personal Setup service for any customizing needs. The iPad 3 will also be available at AT&T stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart in the U.S..

Canadian Man Uses iPad Passport Scan to Cross Canadian Border?

A Canadian man claimed he used an iPad scan of his passport to cross the U.S. border. Martin Reisch said he was driving from Montreal to the the United States to deliver Christmas presents when he realized he had forgotten to bring his passport with him. Instead of turning around, he decided to try and use a copy of it he had saved on his iPad. Reisch told the Canadian Press he was allowed into the U.S. using only the scan and his drivers license, but U.S. Customs says his story isn't entirely true.

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“The assertion that a traveler was admitted into the U.S. using solely a scanned image of his passport on an iPad is categorically false,” a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Mashable. “In this case, the individual had both a driver’s license and birth certificate, which the CBP officer used to determine identity and citizenship in order to admit the traveler into the country.”

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