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Apple iPad 2 review (32GB, Wi-Fi, black)

The good:Apple's iPad 2 is dramatically thinner and boasts front and rear cameras, FaceTime video chat, a faster processor, and 3G options for both AT&T and Verizon.

 The bad:The iPad's screen resolution hasn't budged, photo quality is mediocre, there's still no Adobe Flash support, and ports for HDMI, USB, and SD all require adapters.

 The bottom line:The iPad 2 refines an already excellent product. Its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life bolster Apple's claim to being the king of tablets. Editors' note (March 7, 2012): As of March 16, Apple will begin selling a new2012 iPad that adds a higher resolution screen, faster processor, and (on some models) 4G wireless support. In the meantime, the 16GB version of the iPad 2 reviewed here remains on the market ($399 for the Wi-Fi version, $529 for theAT&T 3G or Verizon 3G version). The competition must really hate Apple. The Apple iPad wasn't just a successful tablet computer …

Samsung to invest up to $4 billion in Austin plant

The company's factory is known to produce chips for Apple's mobile products.

Samsung produces this. (Credit: Apple) Samsung is investing billions of dollars into a plant in Austin, Tx. that's known to produce Apple's mobile processors. The company said yesterday that it'll spend between $3 billion and $4 billion retrofitting its facility to improve production of more advanced mobile processors, the local newspaper, Austin Statesman, is reporting. About half of the facility will be updated. According to the Statesman, the work should be completed during the second half of 2013, allowing the entire facility to focus efforts on system-on-a-chip (SoC) for smartphones and tablets. Last year, reports surfaced, saying Samsung was producing Apple's A5 processor for its iPad 2 and iPhone 4S in its Austin plant. It's widely believed that the company will be producing the processor for Apple's upcoming smartphone, the iPhone 5, in the same facility.

Apple: Samsung's Galaxy Nexus a copycat of iPhone

In a separate case from the one in San Jose, Apple is arguing for an appeals court to go through with a ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.

The Galaxy Nexus (Credit: CNET) Apple argued today that Samsung Electronics's Galaxy Nexus copies many of the key features of the iPhone, including voice-control Siri, and should be banned from the U.S. The argument is a rehash of points made during an initial clash between Apple and Samsung in a Northern California district court, a case in which Apple successfully won. Samsung appealed the ruling, and the two companies are at it again in a U.S. appeals court in D.C. The case is separate from the ongoing trial between the two technology behemoths going on in San Jose, Calif. While that case revolves around design and the feel of the hardware, this case deals more with software features and could potentially drag Google into the fray. Apple's lawyer, Mark Perry of Gibson Dunn, said the Galaxy Nexus was Samsung's attempt to steal market share …

A 3D rendering of Apple's next iPhone?

A video is released that shows a side-by-side 3D-rendered comparison of Apple's alleged iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3.

The iPhone 5 in 3D? Rumors have abounded, images have been leaked, and today a video was released that showed all the speculative features and components of the upcoming iPhone 5. The video, found by RazorianFly, based the iPhone design on various leaks from Asian site iLab Factory. The iPhone shows a longer and thinner screen, far fewer pin dock connector, and what looks to be a "unibody." Samsung's recently released Galaxy S3 is shown floating next to the iPhone for comparison. It's not clear which, if any, of the supposed iPhone features will be on the new smartphone when it is released. Rumor has it that Apple plans to unveil the iPhone 5 during an event on September 12 and the company will start accepting preorders as early as that same day. For more rumors on the iPhone 5, check out CNET's compilation here. Here's the video: