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Untethered iPad mini / iOS 6.x Jailbreak Now Available

The all-star jailbreaking team known as the evad3rs have finally released the long awaited untethered iOS 6 jailbreak. The new jailbreak entitled "evasi0n" supports all devices capable of running iOS 6 or iOS 6.1, except the third-gen Apple TV. This includes the iPhone 5, newest iPads and the iPad mini. You can now download the Mac OS X, Linux or Windows versions of evasi0n via the official website.

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As always, you should backup your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud before using any jailbreak. And the evad3rs also warn to be patient, and not to start iTunes or Xcode while the jailbreak is running.

Skech Announces New iPad mini Case

Skech's new SkechBook for the iPad mini looks like an "artist's sketchpad", but it's really a durable case to protect your tablet. The case also doubles as a stand for reading, typing or watching movies. It weighs a little over 5 ounces and features a “split-back” design with wake magnet and a hole for the camera. The rigid frame makes it easy to slip the mini in and out, and its hard shell will protect your tablet from bumps or falls. The SkechBook website shows it in five different colors, but the official Amazon Webstore only offers it in black. The SkechBook for the iPad mini is $35.

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Skech also offers cases for other iOS devices such as the Flipper and the Fabric Flipper for the New iPad, plus various iPhone 4 and 5 cases. The website also lists an iPad mini Flipper case and Anti Glare screen protector, but they do not seem to be available at this moment.

Samsung Ready to Take on iPad mini with New 8-Inch Tablet

Samsung Mobile vice president JK Shin has confirmed the Galaxy Note 8.0 rumor. Samsung will unveil the 8-inch tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Shin did not confirm the purported specs, but the tablet is expected to feature an 8-inch display with 1280×800 resolution, and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Other rumored specs include: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 4,600 mAh battery, S Pen, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. If the rumored specs are true, Samsung's new tablet would offer a slightly larger display with slightly better resolution than the iPad mini.

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Protect Your iPad mini with These Dependable Cases

The iPad mini needs some love and protection too, and luckily for iPad mini owners there are plenty of cases to choose from. However, with all the available options out there, deciding what case is the right one for your tablet can be a little overwhelming. Picking the perfect case for your iPad mini all depends on what you're looking for. If protection from scratches, drops and bangs is what your desire, here are a few suggestions from a few trusted sources.

ZAGG:

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ZAGG has been a trusted name in iOS accessories since it rolled out its invisibleSHIELD for Apple's first iPod nano in 2005. The accessory maker offers four different options for the iPad mini.

The Script Case is a folio-style case that can also be used as a stand for viewing your tablet at different angles. It protects against impact damage, and shields the display from dust and scratches. - $39.99

Apple iMac and Samsung Chromebook Shortages Leave Holiday Shoppers Out in the Cold

Before the iPad mini became a reality, the Apple rumor mill had us believing there would be a shortage of the 7.9-inch tablet. But as it turned out, the 27-inch iMac is the hard to find Apple item this holiday season, not the iPad. Shipping times for the iPad mini are listed as "1 week" and the iPad with Retina display is readily available in the Apple Store. However, shipping dates for the 27-inch iMac have been pushed back into January. This means if you didn't already order a 27-inch model, there isn't going to be one under the Christmas tree this year.

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It's just not Apple fans suffering this year, Google's popular unlocked Nexus 4 sold out in minutes after its release, and both the 3G and Wi-Fi Samsung Chromebooks have been doing disappearing and reappearing acts at random retailers for weeks. Luckily for Apple and Google fans there is still hope, even if it's slim.

iPad Tops Holiday Wish Lists Again, Wii U a Close Second

Kids aged 6 to 12 want an iPad for the holidays more than anything else this year. According to a survey conducted by Nielsen Wire, 48% of kids surveyed said they want an iPad, and 39% want a Nintendo Wii U. Apple's iPod touch and iPad mini tied for third with 36% of the vote, and the iPhone beat out other smartphones, gaming consoles and tablets with 33% of children's interest.

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While the 4th generation iPad and iPad mini are readily available from Apple and other retailers, the Wii U is largely sold out across the U.S.. Holiday shoppers have been turning to third party sellers, and online tracking services such as whohas.it to find a Wii U console. Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of marketing at Nintendo of America, said Nintendo is doing everything they can do to ensure the Wii U will be on store shelves this shopping season. However, some are accusing retail stores of hoarding Wii U consoles for Black Friday sales. Either way, it looks like Apple products will be the much easier gifts to find and buy this year.

AT&T Also Offering iPad mini and iPad 4

Both Sprint and AT&T are now offering the iPad mini and iPad 4 with LTE support at select Sprint and AT&T retail locations. Sprint is promising "attractive data plans" with no shared data. AT&T is offering its new Mobile Share plans which allows customers to add a tablet for just 10 dollars a month. The AT&T Mobile Share Data Planner can help you estimate if a shared date plan is for you. You can also visit ATT.com for a rundown of AT&T's no contract iPad plans.

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“Our customers are increasingly connecting their devices to the mobile internet and our new Mobile Share plans allow them to add a tablet for just 10 dollars a month,” said Glenn Lurie, president, Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility. “We’re thrilled to offer iPad mini to our customers on the nation’s largest 4G network.”

Sprint Now Offering iPad mini and iPad 4 with 'Attractive' Data Plans

Sprint has announced it's now offering the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with the choice of four data plans. All the plans are without contract, so you can cancel at anytime. Here are the plans:

  • 300MB of data for $14.99 per month
  • 3GB of data for $34.99 per month
  • 6GB of data for $49.99 per month
  • 12GB of data for $79.99 per month
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“iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad, combined with Sprint’s 4G LTE network and our aggressively priced rate plans, offer customers an outstanding tablet experience,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president, Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint doesn’t put its customers on shared pricing plans like some carriers. With Sprint you get the best pricing for all the data you need without the worry of overages.”

iPad Mini 2 Retina Display Coming in Late 2013

Holding out for a Retina display iPad mini? According to supply chain sources in China, you could be waiting until next year. With the smaller iPad model just arriving this month, a report from SlashGear points to an annual refresh schedule for the smaller tablet.

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The good news is that Apple is already working with suppliers to secure mass-produced 2048 x 1536 resolution 7.9-inch displays for the next generation iPad mini. These Retina-caliber displays clock 324 pixels per inch, and would be featured on the iPad mini 2 coming in fall 2013.

Is Microsoft's Answer to the iPad mini the Xbox Surface?

Tom Warren of The Verge has dusted off the old Xbox Surface rumor by claiming Microsoft is working on its own 7-inch gaming tablet to compete with the iPad mini and other portable gaming consoles. Warren said "multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond" have confirmed earlier leaked specs were accurate, and the Xbox Surface will run a custom Windows kernel. The new device will also feature a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM suited for playing games.

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According to Warren's sources, Microsoft will develop the Xbox Surface in-house while any future "Xbox 720" console will be handled by outside companies like Pegatron or Foxconn.

"We've learned that part of the Xbox Surface is being developed at Microsoft's offices in Silicon Valley. The software giant recently locked down several Xbox-related buildings, limiting employee access to the company's Interactive Entertainment Business division. The lock down is likely related to Microsoft's increased testing of the tablet, providing a way for other parts of the Xbox team to build games and software for the device. Providing the project doesn't get killed in favor of a full 7-inch Windows tablet, in the same way Microsoft axed Courier, expect to see the Xbox Surface debut ahead of Microsoft's future Xbox console."

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