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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.

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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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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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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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