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iOS 7 beta 2 iPad walkthrough [photo gallery]


Apple released iOS 7 beta 2 to carriers and developers on Monday just like we said they would, and the new build features a number of important changes. One of the biggest new items that comes with iOS 7 beta 2 is iPad and iPad mini support, of course. We posted the full change log for iOS 7 beta 2 and a photo gallery showing the software running on and iPhone 5, and now we’ve got a full walkthrough of iOS 7 beta 2 on Apple’siPad. A link to our complete iOS 7 beta 2 iPad gallery follows below.

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Exciting New Smartphone Trends To Watch For In 2013



In the past years we have seen technology continue to improve, but now in 2013, there are a number of new and exciting technology advancements that are waiting to be launched. If you are a big technology geek or are simply looking for something new and exciting, here’s some new smartphone innovations to keep a look out for in 2013.

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Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets grew 300% in 2012, says Berg Insight

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According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global sales of handsets featuring Near Field Communication (NFC) grew 300 percent in 2012 to reach 140 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.2 percent, annual shipments are forecasted to reach 1 billion units by 2017.

Wider adoption of NFC in mobile phones began in 2011 and accelerated in 2012 when the top-ten handset vendors released nearly 100 NFC-enabled models. NFC technology enables numerous applications such as information exchange, device pairing for establishing Bluetooth or WLAN connections, access control, electronic ticketing and secure contactless payments.

However, André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight anticipates that it will take some time before the stakeholders agree on business models for payment networks and access to secure elements that store the sensitive user information in NFC-enabled handsets. “It is the sum of many possible use cases for NFC rather than…

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Spotify Gain Pink Floyd Catalog

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Spotify has officially won the war at getting the complete  catalog from iconic band, Pink Floyd. The complete catalog of the band became available to the public through the streaming service provider once the amount of plays of “Wish You Were Here” crossed the one million line this past weekend. Pink Floyd had some input on it tweeting about the campaign just a day before die-hards put their ears to work.

“It’s a great day for fans of prog rock, but it’s also a great day for younger fans who have yet to be really turned on to the magic of Pink Floyd,” said Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer though British paper, The Guardian. “That’s a lot of what this is about: bringing a new generation of fans to one of the biggest and most iconic bands in the world.”

But Pink Floyd’s catalog isn’t the only iconic band that the…

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