Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Next-gen iPad Mini, iPad launching in March: Report

ipad-mini_mainiPad launch rumours re back and now Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White has revealed in a research report that Apple might be planning to launch the next-generation iPad and new iPad Mini in March 2013, which seems possible considering all the iPads apart from 4th gen iPad and iPad Mini were announced around March.

He apparently got this idea from his observations and meetings at Consumer Electronics Show.

White wrote in his report:

Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.

The fruity company, which has typically kept a yearly cycle of product launches, surprised many with the iPad Mini and 4th gen iPad release in October. It would be interesting to see if Apple launches next iPads in March, which will again be a short gap between last and new iPads, but it would again allow the company to get back on its usual March to March launch cycle or may be six-months gap is the new update cycle for the company.

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In related news, Fortune has asked several independent as well as professional analysts to forecast iPad sales in the last quarter. Here is a look at their estimates.ipad-ests-q1-2013

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Aaron Swartz commits suicide

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Aaron Swartz at a Creative Commons event in 2008.

Computer Activist and early Redditor Aaron Swartz committed suicide on January 11, 2013 in New York City, reports The Tech. He was 26 and the news of his demise was confirmed by both his Uncle Michael Wolf and attorney Elliot R. Peters of Kecker and Van Nest to The Tech.

For those of you unaware about Swartz, he was an American programmer, writer and activist. He was arrested and indicted for allegedly mass-downloading articles from journal provider JSTOR, but was released on $100,000 unsecured bail. Case still continues and Swartz was facing possible life in prison.

Aaron was also known to have helped to create RSS, founded Demand Progress (an activist organisation) and founded and then sold Infogami to Reddit. He was fired from Reddit after it was bought by CondéNet.

Read more about Aaron Swartz on Wikipedia.

Views from the social web:

In the light of demise, John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote, “Aaron was a friend and a brilliant mind. He was my only beta tester for Markdown back in 2004, and frequently offered keen feedback on my work here at DF. He had an enormous intellect — again, a brilliant mind — but also an enormous capacity for empathy. He was a great person. I’m dumbfounded and heartbroken. Good thoughts and best wishes to his family and those who were truly close to him.”

Chief political correspondent for CNET Declan McCullagh noted on his Google+ page, “I never met Aaron, and don’t know what led him to this point. Perhaps it was unrelated to the criminal charges. But it’s very sad news, and I can’t help thinking that the possibility of life behind bars, because of alleged bulk downloading that many Americans might be surprised even qualifies as a crime, led to Aaron’s decision to commit suicide. His criminal trial was scheduled to begin in two months.”

Gregorylent  on Twitter: Sad to hear of @aaronsw suicide. pursued by a government out of touch with the times. life in a corporatocracy, hard for the highly aware.