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Its shares fell despite reporting revenues of $57bn. The pressure is on for the technology giant to find its next big thing

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The news from the technology sector left investors glum last night, with Apple and Amazon dashing market expectations with their latest updates.

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Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new iPad Mini

Apple downsizes in fight for mini-tablet market

Fancy an iPad but find it just too big and heavy? Apple has an alternative. Mind you, so does Google. And Amazon. Last night in San Jose, California, Apple's CEO Tim Cook, in supremely relaxed form, announced its latest tablet computer, the iPad mini. It's designed to look like a smaller version of the triumphant iPad. It is also designed to snatch sales away from Apple's rivals.

The iPad Mini introduced this week

Apple's iPad Mini fails to impress Wall Street

Apple introduced a shrunken version of its popular iPad yesterday as it faces increasing pressure from Amazon and other companies that have been winning customers with smaller tablets.

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new iPad Mini

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As the car industry gears up for the usual blizzard of new model announcements to be made at the Paris Motor Show in late September, a small but growing number of manufacturers are using another forum to show off their latest wares – this week's Moscow International Auto Show. At Moscow, there's more chance of being noticed in a less crowded launch timetable, and also, of course, the chance to appeal directly to Russia's growing and increasingly wealthy army of car buyers.

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Toys that connect to iPads are being tipped as one of the "must have" gifts for children this Christmas as studies show rocketing numbers play games on their parents' tablets.

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Prepare to hand over your iPad - it's going to be an app-y Christmas

Manufacturers are targeting tech-savvy youngsters who play games on their parents' tablets, writes Lewis Smith

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How do you like them apples?: Nasa scientists with their Macs

One small step for Mac. A giant leap for its bottom line...

Apple Macs? The preserve of macchiato-swigging designers and web developers, right? PCs? The preserve of science labs and offices. Or so we thought. But pictures of the Nasa scientists controlling the Mars landing of Curiosity rover showed them all hovering behind Macs. What gives?

Mac OSX Mountain Lion: Exclusive first look

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