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Bleeding Edge TV 461: iPad mini Smart Cover review

Apple released a Smart Cover accessory for the iPad mini, a smaller version of the iPad Smart Cover that costs the same $39 that the larger version costs. We thought the original model was great, and in this episode we let you know how we feel about the mini version of the display protector and tablet stand combo. We've got a few complaints about the functionality of the iPad mini Smart Cover. Check out the video for our thoughts!


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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Apple iPad mini

iPad mini

Next up in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide is the Apple iPad mini. We're sure many of you expected to see this one here, but we weren't so sure until we got our hands on one, and realized after a couple of weeks that our full-sized iPad with Retina display was collecting dust. The iPad mini lives up the the hype that it has generated for years, and it is beautifully designed, what with its anogized aluminum shell. Battery life seem to be better than any iPad before it, and the display, while not Retina quality, is not that bad at all. You get the 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 display powered by a dual-core A5 processor and 512MB RAM in a package that weighs just 0.68 pounds. Prices start at $329, and you can get one now from Apple.

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Siri’s Eyes Free Integration coming to Chevy Sonic LTZ / RS and Spark

Siri Eye Free GM

GM is the first to announce Siri integration with two new car models: the Chevrolet Spark and the Sonic Drive. The feature was dubbed "Eyes Free" and was announced at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June by former iOS chief, Scott Forstall.  Basically, "Eyes Free" will be integrated via the car's Bluetooth functionality and the iPhone itself. The user can then initiate Siri's voice command by tapping a button on the steering wheel, and Siri's responses will be played over the car's audio system. Other car manufacturers such as Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Jaguar, Audi, Land rover, GM, BMW and Mercedes are slated to incorporate Siri's "Eyes Free" as well.  Check out the full press release after the break.

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iPad mini leads in Black Friday sales

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Hot Deals

Notable Highlights:

  • 15.3% of online sales were mobile.
  • iPad made up 9.8% of purchases made.
  • iPhone made up 8.7% of purchases made.
  • Android devices made up 5.5% purchases made.
  • 20.7% increase of online shopping.
  • 11:45 EST was the peaked shopping time.
  • $181.22 was the average order value spent.
  • Department stores grew 16.8% over Black Friday 2011
  • 58% of consumers used smartphones to shop for deals.
  • 41% of consumers used tablets to shop for deals.

Full breakdown after the jump.

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iPad mini LTE pre-orders are now being delivered

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds

iPad mini cellular black

If you placed an early pre-order for the iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, be on the lookout for FedEx, because deliveries are starting today. Even if your tracking information shows that tomorrow will be your delivery date, many are getting their Apple tablets a day early. We've got an image of a white iPad mini with LTE unboxed after the break. Let us know if yours arrived today in the comments, along with your thoughts on your new gadget! You can order the iPad mini from Apple.

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iPad mini giveaway!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds

iPad mini giveaway

It's not easy finding an Apple iPad mini in stores, since they're sold out pretty much everywhere. We're here to help you get the hot new tablet though, and you won't even have to pay the $459 price tag because we are giving this one away! Why $459 and not $329? Well, we aren't just going for the entry level here--we are giving away a 16GB iPad mini with LTE!

We've teamed up with TRENDOY!, the daily gadget newsletter to give away an iPad mini, and we've made it super-easy for you to enter to win. All you need to do to enter is head on over to our TRENDOY! page and subscribe! We'll choose a winner of the iPad mini from our subscribers in a week. Good luck!

Oh, and be sure to subscribe to the Gear Live Newsletter too - we've got a few fun holiday giveaways planned there as well, as part of our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!


Apple debuts two new iPad Mini ads: Books and Photos

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Videos

iPad mini ad video

Apple has released a pair of new iPad mini ads: Photos and Books. Apple's theme is that the iPad mini is every bit an iPad for both creating and consumption. Check out the videos below.

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iOS 6.1 beta 2 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 6.1 beta 2 download

Apple has just released iOS 6.1 beta 2 as an over-the-air download a few minutes ago. This release comes just 11 days after the initial iOS 6.1 beta was released to developers, alongside the public release of iOS 6.0.1. iOS 6.1 will make it easier for users to report issues with the Apple Maps data, bring better music controls to the lock screen, makes it easier to find Passbook apps, and more. If you're already running the iOS 6.1 beta, check Software Update in your settings app to grab the latest update - if not, head over to the Dev Center for the download!


Unboxing Live 100: Apple iPad mini

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds, Videocasts

We come to you live from the Apple Store at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington for this edition of Unboxing Live! The brand new iPad mini has launched, and we were first in line to enter the store and make our purchase (and we'll show all of the festivities in our follow-up video, along with our iPad 4th generation unboxing!) The iPad mini is Apple's smaller, 7.9-inch iPad. Check out our unboxing and let us know what you think, and don't forget to check out our iPad mini unboxing gallery as well!

Big thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! GoToMeeting with HDFaces provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings.


Apple iPad mini unboxing gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Galleries, Handhelds

White Apple iPad mini

We are hard at work on our iPad mini review, but in the meantime, we've put together a bunch of images in our iPad mini unboxing gallery for you to check out. If you haven't seen it in person for yourself, the iPad mini is a result of ingenius industrial design. Head on over to the gallery to check out all the photos, and stay tuned for our full review.

You can order the iPad mini from Apple.

Gallery: Apple iPad mini unboxing gallery


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