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Making the Apple case for Google's Chromecast

My Twitter stream is currently divided fairly equally between my Android/Google friends who fell instantly in love with the new Chromecast streaming video dongle, and my Apple friends who fell instantly in love with mocking it. At their nexus is Erica Sadun, a longtime Apple writer and coder extraordinaire, with more than a passing familiarity with video streaming. She seemed downright excited by the Chromecast, as is typically her wont. And she spared no time getting into the whys and wherefores on TUAW:

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What's more important to you for the next iPad mini, battery life or Retina Display? [Poll]

What's more important to you for the next iPad mini, battery life or a Retina display?

Small tablets are back in the news this week with Google's new, 1080p capable Nexus 7, prompting many folk to question why Apple can't do the same with the iPad mini. It isn't quite as simple as slapping on a 1080p display, and there are many things to consider in a theoretical Retina equipped iPad mini. One big one is battery life; Apple won't ship until they've managed to get the battery life to their liking, so we're asking you guys. What's more important to you for the next iPad mini, battery life or a Retina Display.

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iMore show LIVE! 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT! Be here!

The iMore show returns live today and we'll be talking the Apple news and views of the week with Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, and of course our own Peter Cohen. Join us!

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Google announces Nexus 7 take 2, how does it measure up to iPad mini?

Google has just announced an update to their original, genre-defining Nexus 7 tablet, and it's the new Nexus 7. It doesn't radically change the formula, but the new Nexus 7 does take everything to the next generation, and the next level. Android Central's Andrew Martonik went hands on with the new Nexus 7 and here are his first impressions:

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Introducing VECTOR, our new, highly focused tech podcast!

Today we're officially launching our new podcast, Vector. Vector takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. Hosted by yours truly and featuring expert guests from across the web and around the world. That's what it says on the XML tin, anyway. Here's the real scoop...

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Android Central 144: The Google - and iOS - event post-show!

Google announced the new Nexus 7, the new multi-platform Chromecast, Android 4.3, and a bunch of other stuff at their just-completed big breakfast event, and I jumped on a podcast with Phil Nickinson, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Alex Dobie of Android Central to talk all about it.

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Would you want an iPhone MAXX with 48-hour battery life? [Poll]

Do you want an iPhone MAXX with 48-hour battery life?

Our friends over at Android Central have been up in New York City today as Verizon has unveiled the Droid MAXX, a new Android phone from Motorola with a claimed 48-hour battery life. Remarkably, the MAXX isn't as thick as you might expect it to be, though it's got added girth to another new phone, the Droid Ultra. So, thickness or not, would you want to buy an iPhone with a 48-hour battery life?

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iMore show live! Apple Q3 2013 earnings post-mortem!

Join me and our Mobile Nations financial guru, Chris Umiastowski as we go over the highs and lows of Apple's just-released Q3 2013 financial results and the follow up conference call.

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A plea for iOS 7 status bar sanity

There's not a pixel on the screen that iOS 7 won't be changing come this fall, including the status and menu bars that have lived on top of iPhones and iPads for years. Dave Wiskus, designer of Vesper, has weighed in on that specific change, and what the repercussions might be. From Better Elevation:

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How do you do podcasts on your iOS device? [Poll]

How do you do podcasts on your iOS device?

Apple has just today announced 1 billion podcast subscriptions in iTunes alone, so what better opportunity to ask how you do podcasts on your iOS device? Though Apple didn't come up with the idea of a podcast themselves, the use of the word 'pod' in the term meant that it quickly became synonymous with iTunes and the iPod. As the years passed and we found ourselves in the age of iOS and the App Store, there's now a number of different ways to get our podcast fix on the go.

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