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SmartGlass to share Windows 8 release date

SmartGlass to share Windows 8 release date

October 26 will be a busy day for tech fans as Microsoft's SmartGlass app hits as the Windows 8 hardware goes on sale.

The free app transforms your tablet or phone into a second screen for the Xbox 360, and will be available on Windows 8 and Windows RT from October 26.

It'll be coming to Windows 8 PCs, Windows RT tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and iOS and Android devices eventually, but iOS and Android users may face a wait of several months.


SmartGlass will work with the new Xbox 360 dashboard (which is currently rolling out to all Xbox Live users) and offer web browsing as well as a place to track your gaming facts and figures.

As well as the stat attack, SmartGlass actually allows you to use your tablet or phone as part of certain games – titles like Forza Horizon and Ascend have already integrated the external devices.

SmartGlass can also act as a remote for when you're watching films through your console, streaming other content from the internet or using the newly-launched Xbox Music service.

Apple to livestream iPad mini event on Apple TV

Apple to livestream iPad mini event on Apple TV

In a very un-Apple-like move, Apple has decided to live-stream its iPad mini launch event later today over Apple TV.

The live video feed will be available through the Apple Events app on Apple TV devices, currently showing the image from the invites that Apple sent to media last week.

No word yet on whether or not it will be available on the Apple website; the Apple Events section, which houses past keynote speeches, shows no sign of an update – yet (we can always dream).

Mini me

Although there are no guarantees that Apple will be unveiling a smaller iPad at the event, its invite seems to hint at just that with its tagline, "We've got a little more to show you."

We're also expecting to see some new Macs, MacBook Pros and possibly even a refreshed new iPad 3 with Apple's new, smaller Lightning adapter.

The event kicks off later today at 6pm BST/10am PST; join us here on the site or over on Twitter for all the breaking news.

Live: iPad mini launch – live!

Live: iPad mini launch – live!

The iPad mini launch is coming soon – and TechRadar will be on hand to give you all the details as they happen (including expressing surprise if it turns out to be called the iPad nano).

We've been canvassing opinion over what you guys hope to see unveiled tonight (beyond the actual unveiling of a smaller iPad) and the answers have been pretty varied.

In keeping with the Apple 'mini' tradition from the iPod mini days, one of the most popular requests has been for a variety of colours – which would certainly help mark out the smaller device to a new market compared to its 'stylish' bigger brother.

I want that, and that, some of those... oh, and that too!

Other 'must-haves' include 16GB of minimum storage, 1GB of RAM, the newer A6 processor and LTE compatibility too – thus taking it out of the realms of 'kid's toy' into something a wider audience will want to carry.

With these power specs on board, it could almost be better than the new iPad 3, which seems unlikely, especially as Apple will need to price it competitively to ward off the threat from the likes of Google and Amazon.

Anyway, enough of this conjecture – check back later today to get all the information on the new iPad mini launch as it happens…plus you can follow us on @techradar to get the best Tweets Twitter can Twit.


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