Newsreel [Oct 13]: Apple to launch iPad mini on October 23?

iPad Mini Mockup. Image: Macrumors.com

Is Apple’s iPad mini launching on October 23? According to US based news site AllthingsD, it will launch the shrunk iPad on October 23. The new device is supposed to have a smaller 7.85 inc display and lightning connectors that debuted on iPhone 5. Read the story here. AllthingsD has a reputation of being correct on such things.

iPhone5 beats Samsung Galaxy SIII in web traffic: In just 18 days, the latest phone from Apple has topped Samsung Galaxy S III’s web traffice, according to mobile ad firm Chitika. The findings were based on millions of mobile ad impressions from across US and Canada between October 3- 9. About 56 % of impressions were from Apple’s iPhone 5 while 44 % were from Galaxy S III. Read full story here. Let the nitpicking begin.

Asus Padfone 2 images surface online; to be launched next week: Asus has given more than just hints about its Padfone 2 smartphone Running on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Padfone2 sports a 4.7-inch IPS 720p HD display. The Padfone 2 is set to be showcased in an event in Italy next week but its images are already doing the rounds on the web. Read more here.

Karbonn launches 2 new tablets in Indian market: Karbonn has launched two new Android Ice cream sandwich operating system based tablets for the Indian consumers. This tablet named Smart Tab 3 Blade is a 7.1 inch display tablet and is priced at Rs 5,990. The Smart Tab Marvel is a 9 inch screen tablet placed at a higher price point of Rs 7990. Read more here. Four gadgets stories already? Now were OD’ing on gadgets.

Six billion mobile phone subscribers in the world: There are almost as many mobile phone subscriptions in the world as people, a United Nations telecom agency has said. A report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said there were about six billion subscriptions at the end of 2011. There are nearly seven billion people on Earth. Almost one billion subscriptions were in China, the study found. Read more here. No surprise with the China part.

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