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iPad Mini rumors ramp up

More rumors about the iPad Mini are cropping up. We’ve previously heard that the iPad Mini may be unveiled in October, but a source tells Fortune that Apple will send press invites next week for an October announcement. In addition, a Japanese Apple blog says a Brazilian factory has begun production of the iPad Mini, and other blogs have been showing purported images of parts, including rear casings and screen covers.

The “sexy” thermostat is back. Nest 2.0, the second generation of the learning thermostat, is 20 percent thinner and compatible with more home systems. It costs about $250 and will be available mid-October. There’s also a software update for anyone who bought the original Nest, which came out less than a year ago.

It’s possible that the Verizon Wi-Fi iPhone 5 bug is also affecting iPhone 5 devices on other carriers. The glitch caused some Verizon iPhone 5 units to eat up valuable data allotments, even when the phone was connected to a Wi-Fi network. Verizon iPhone 5 customers can download a fix, but some AT&T customers are posting complaints about a similar issue on Apple’s support page. iPhone 5 customers can keep an eye on this by resetting usage statistics in Settings, and see if a data is being used while on a Wi-Fi connection.

LinkedIn just got more like Twitter. You can now “follow” a select number of industry leaders on LinkedIn. These users are writing original blog posts just for LinkedIn, and followers can post comments along with links, photos and video.

Facebook refreshed its Help Center, for anyone looking for answers. (And who isn’t, with how often things change!)

Android users can check out a new Google app called Field Trip. It taps into several popular web outlets, including Thrillist and Zagat, and gives recommendations of what’s popular to see and do. Even though the map feature may not be helpful at all, there’s still an opportunity to find a new hangout by perusing listings or pop-up notifications.

Fotopedia Launches China iPad App on iPad-in-China Day

Just in time for the new iPad’s arrival in China, Fotopedia, which publishes iOS-based photo and travel apps, has introduced a new iPad app geared toward China.

The free app, called Fotopedia China, features high-res photos of various provinces, regions and cities throughout the nation, as well as descriptive captions, maps, Wikipedia entries and recommendations for other destinations.

Like another one of my favorite apps, Here on Earth, Fotopedia’s app is part travel porn and part travel planning. In addition to the 5,000 crowdsourced photos currently available within the app, users have the ability to add, with one click, images and stories to a “My Trips” folder. Through a new partnership with Expedia, users can actually book travel — and not just put photos in a daydream folder.

Based on some light browsing through Fotopedia China, the Expedia integration doesn’t feel totally seamless right now, popping up as full pages in between photos and taking you out of Fotopedia entirely when you click on an Expedia ad. If you’ve already got the Expedia app on your device, you’ll be directed to that app, and if not, you’re prompted to download the app.

But for users so inspired by Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, Temple of Heaven in Beijing or the Huangpu River in Shanghai that an immediate booking is in order, the detour to a travel site could be a coup.

The China app marks the 11th iOS app for Fotopedia, which was created in 2008 by five former Apple employees under a company named Fotonauts Inc. Jean-Marie Hullot, the company’s founder and CEO, says its 10 previous apps have been downloaded more than 12 million times, with more than 20 percent of app downloads coming from China, followed by the U.S. The iPad audience, in particular, is growing, with 30 percent of users now checking out Fotopedia from the tablet device.

“China is our No. 1 market; over the past 18 months, it’s the market that’s growing the fastest,” Hullot said. “So we’re excited to finally bring an app about China to that market.”

iPad: Mini-version may arrive by holidays

Apple is building a miniature iPad to rival Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, as a battle royal over tablet computers shapes up among technology’s biggest names.

Apple, the world’s most valuable company, is moving toward mass production of smaller iPads, according to industry tracker DisplaySearch. The move comes as Amazon quietly preps its next Kindle Fire. Both are expected to be released ahead of the holidays.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller declined to comment.

The race to build book-size tablets is driven by consumer desire for greater portability. But the world is going bonkers for tablets of all shapes and sizes. IDC forecasts that by 2016 there will be 222 million tablets shipped worldwide, and 61(PERCENT) of those will be sold by Apple.

Google just last week launched its 7-inch Nexus 7, available for pre-order, and expanded the number of movie, TV, music and e-books available from its online Google Play store. Meanwhile, Microsoft last month unveiled its Surface tablets sporting a supersize 10.6-inch screen vs. the iPad’s 9.7-inch one.

“There’s going to be a ton of choices for consumers by the fourth quarter,” says IDC analyst Tom Mainelli.

Yet each company — Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft — courts tablet buyers for different reasons, besides selling the devices themselves, analysts say. Microsoft wants its profitable Windows operating system, built into the Surface tablets, to live on among the mobile masses.

Google, which depends on ad revenue, wants the Nexus 7 to be a magnet for more ads.

Amazon subsidizes its tablet and uses it mainly as a way to sell books and other products from its online stores. And Apple uses its popular iTunes Store as a lure to sell its iPad at a premium.

Apple’s smaller iPad, sporting a 7.85-inch screen, is expected to be assembled in time for an October stage debut. “We’re starting to see more concrete evidence that it’s going to be produced” in that time frame, says DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim.

Apple’s popular iPad scaled down from its current screen size would be a potent rival to other small tablets, including Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color. A mini iPad would also add more luster to the evolving market for lower-cost media-consuming tablets that fit in the hand.

The Kindle Fire is the No. 2 best-selling individual tablet on the market. Samsung actually sells more tablets overall but has no individual unit as hot as the Fire.

The next Kindle Fire, which gains a camera, is going into “mass production now” and is expected to be very similar to the Nexus 7, says Shim. “They’re still in the early stages of their growth.”

Whether a smaller Apple tablet would match the lower $199 price point of the Kindle Fire remains to be seen. Estimates for a smaller iPad are closer to $299.

“People would spend $299 for an iPad over a Kindle Fire,” Mainelli says.

The mini iPad is expected to be manufactured at the Foxconn factory in China, where iPhones and current iPads are made. But it isn’t expected to share the higher-resolution “Retina display” of the newest iPad. Few other details are known.

Google’s Chrome browser to be available on Apple’s iPad,iPhone

 

Google Inc’s Chrome, the world’s top Internet browser, is now available on the iPhone and iPad, as Apple Inc  finally granted access to its arch-foe’s more popular Web-surfing app.

At Google’s annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday, company executives announced the development as well as a limited launch of a cloud-computing and hosting service to take on Amazon.com’s thriving Web services arm.

Both moves underscore how Google is moving quickly to safeguard its dominant Internet presence.

Launched in 2008, Google’s browser overtook Microsoft Corp’s  Internet Explorer in May as the world’s most popular, according to analytics company StatCounter.

“No matter which device you’re using, we are working really hard across all important software platforms,” Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai said. “We want to make sure it’s about the user.”

Chrome has 310 million “active” users, Pichai said. Google’s browser, along with Google Drive, the cloud storage service, will begin appearing in Apple’s App Store for download later on Thursday, Google said.

Apple, which closely manages its App Store offerings, is making the concessions to its heated competitor even though it is seeking to lessen its dependency on Google’s Web services within its products. Earlier this month, the phone and tablet manufacturer said it would load its own home-built mapping service, instead of Google Maps, in the next version of its mobile operating system.

The move heightened competition with Google, which has made inroads in making hardware that could challenge Apple products.

Earlier this week, Google unveiled its own tablet, the Nexus 7, which will ship with Chrome as its default browser. Google is hoping the tablet, priced at $199, will directly challenge Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet and undercut Apple’s popular iPad.

Google also unveiled a cloud infrastructure service that will compete with Amazon’s Web Service. Called Google Compute Engine, the new service will provide hosting for Web companies on Google’s datacenters.

Google did not announce the pricing on Compute Engine. But in an oblique reference to Amazon, Google executives promised “up to 50 percent more computing power for your dollar than competing cloud services.”

Google said Thursday it would make Compute Engine available on a “limited preview” basis.

iPad 3 battery pointing to thinner, lighter tablet?

The battery in the iPad 3 will reportedly be thinner and lighter than the one in the iPad 2, according to a report in Taiwan Economic News, suggesting that the new tablet may also see a thinner, lighter design or other improvements.

Citing “institutional investors” as its sources, the Taiwanese news site reported yesterday that the new battery will not only be thinner and lighter but offer a longer life than the iPad 2’s battery. The new battery will also need to meet higher standards for quality and reliability, which means that Apple’s cost for it could shoot up by 20 to 30 percent.

Suppliers Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology will start to deliver the new battery pack to Apple during the fourth quarter and ramp up into full production in the first quarter of 2012, the news site said.

How might the new battery affect the overall design of the iPad 3?

Boy Genius Report suggests that a thinner, lighter battery could mean Apple will make the iPad 3 even thinner than its predecessor, which has a depth of just .34 inches.

Or the new battery could give Apple the room it needs to add a Retina Display, BGR suggests further. Based on images found in the Software Development Kit for iOS 5 in June, some sources believe the next iPad will sport a 2,048×1,536 resolution Retina Display.

But analysts expecting a Retina Display on the next iPad say that Apple’s suppliers are having a tough time due to manufacturing challenges and supply constraints. IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander told CNET last month that a 9.7-inch tablet with 2,048×1,536 resolution “has been under development for some time,” but that such a tablet is unlikely to debut before next year’s first quarter as a result of the issues faced by suppliers.

Print photos wirelessly with HP iPrint Photo

The HP iPrint Photo application is available for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as smartphones featuring Symbian or Windows Mobile operating systems. This convenient app allows you to print your smartphone photos directly from an HP printer—without even turning on your PC! Find out how to download and use HP iPrint Photo, plus find ideas to enhance your camera phone photos and get high-quality prints.

Those with an iPhone or iPod touch can download HP iPrint Photo from the iTunes App Store. If you have a Symbian or Windows Mobile phone, visit the Nokia Ovi Store or the Microsoft Marketplace for your free download.

After you’ve downloaded and installed HP iPrint Photo, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click the HP iPrint Photo icon.
  2. Select the photo you want to print.
  3. Select the Print option.
  4. Choose your printer from the list.

That’s it—your print is on its way!

Get more detailed instructions to help you download and use HP iPrint Photo with an iPhone or iPod touch, or a smartphone featuring a Symbian or Windows Mobile operating system.

If you’re able to take screenshots on your smartphone, you can print images from any website—whether it’s directions from Bing maps, or pictures from Facebook and Flickr.

First, take the screenshot, then save it to your photo library and print the image—it’s that easy! HP iPrint Photo also allows you to print photos that you receive in an e-mail on your smartphone. As with a screenshot, just save the image to your phone’s photo library and print.

Want to print photos and documents from any device with e-mail capabilities? HP ePrint allows you to e-mail photos and everyday documents directly to your HP ePrint-enabled printer.