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Samsung Galaxy Note II arrives Nov. 9 on AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Note II arrives Nov. 9 on AT&T

Android fans eager to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note II won't have long to wait: AT&T starts accepting pre-orders this week, and it will be in stores on Friday, Nov. 9.

First announced in September, Samsung's Galaxy Note II will be available on AT&T for $299.99 with a two-year service agreement, with online pre-orders for the big-screen "phablet" beginning Thursday.

AT&T and the Samsung Galaxy Note II are a match made in heaven, with the smartphone set to take full advantage of the carrier's rapidly-expanding 4G LTE network.

Duly noted

Powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor - the first of its kind to land on the nation's second-largest carrier - Samsung's Galaxy Note sequel is thinner and narrower than the original while offering longer battery life than its predecessor.

Many Android critics still aren't sure if the even larger 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display should be considered a smartphone or a small tablet, but regardless it's a suped up device.

The device comes with the latest Android 4.1: Jelly Bean software, an enhanced S-Pen stylus and 8-megapixel, Share Shot-enabled camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be in stock at AT&T stores and online beginning Friday, Nov. 9; the carrier will also continue to exclusively offer the original Samsung Galaxy Note for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.

200 million devices already upgraded to iOS 6, Tim Cook says

200 million devices already upgraded to iOS 6, Tim Cook says

Apple CEO Time Cook got the Apple kudos rolling at the company's iPad mini event Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.

In the manner common at these event, the company head laid out a host of facts and figures about just how awesome Apple is.

Starting things off by talking about the iPhone 5 - the fastest selling phone on an opening weekend - Cook revealed that 200 million devices have already upgraded to iOS 6.

That, according to Cook, is the fastest upgrade rate of any software in history, at least as far as Apple is aware.

""Our teams work really, really hard to make sure that as many devices as possible are upgraded to the latest operating system," he said.

More to come

Naturally this event is all about one thing - the mythical iPad mini - and TechRadar is live at the event to bring you the latest news and hands on review of the 7.85-inch tablet.

Stay tuned for all the latest out of San Jose.

Breaking: Apple unveils 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro

Breaking: Apple unveils 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro

In keeping with its tiny theme Tuesday, Apple announced the arrival of an all-new MacBook Pro with Retina display, this time a 13-inch iteration.

The new laptop comes just months after a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display wowed with a screen jammed with over 5.1 million pixels.

We've heralded the 15-inch version's display as "spectacular," and the 13-inch model appears to fall right in line.

With a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, the 13-inch has a resolution boost of over four times over the previous 13-inch and the second-highest resolution computer - after the 15-inch Retina.

Ready for the Retina

The new MacBook weighs 3.5 pounds and measures 0.75-inches thin, making it what Apple exec Phil Schiller said is the lightest MacBook Pro ever.

The device is 20 percent thinner than before, Schiller shared.

Its resolution also gives it two times the resolution boost of a 1080p display and a 29 percent higher contrast ratio over the previous Pro.

Apple is charging $1,699 for the base model, with a 2.5GHz i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash, $500 less than the basic 15-inch model.

Shipping starts today.


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