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The Queen has an iPad 2 on order after being impressed by its ease of use

The Queen has instructed her staff to get her an iPad 2 after being shown the Apple tablet according to The Sun newspaper. Prince William and Harry took theirs along to Buckingham Palace and gave The Queen a crash course and she was immediately hooked.

According to a royal insider, The Queen, who is now 85 years old, was said to be very impressed and particularly with how easy it was to use.

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Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion? [updated]

Despite rumors that Google and Facebook were sniffing around, The Wall Street Journal is now claiming that Microsoft is about to break open the Redmond money bin and fork over $7 billion $8.5 billion for Skype. It could be announced as soon as tomorrow.

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Apple to announce Nuance partnership, data center integration at WWDC?

TechCrunch has followed up on their original report on Apple/Nuance partnership talks, saying the deal might already be on its way and could be part of next month's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, May 9

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Temp Now: The world's first thermometer-app, which allows you to measure the temperature on your own. Neither meteorological data from the internet nor GPS data is needed. [$3.99 - iTunes link]

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Angry Birds Rio Beach Volley update to hit this week [video]

After the release of Angry Birds Rio back in March this year, Rovio is set to release the first update for the game. The update will be known as Beach Volley and Rovio say it will be available this week!

To give you a taste of what to expect, Rovio has released a short preview video showing the birds getting hurled at helicopters, pirate ships and castles decked with beach balls. It all looks like a lot of fun set against an ocean backdrop.

We will let you know as soon as the update is available and don’t forget to check out the video after the break.

[Angry Birds Facebook Page]

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Apple beats Google to become the world’s most valuable brand

In a recent brand survey by Millward Brown, Apple has taken the top spot from Google as the world’s most valuable brand. The survey revealed the Apple brand to be worth a staggering $153 billion; which was a huge increase on last year’s figures. This resulted in Apple coming out on top and ended Google’s four year reign at the top.

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iPad Live podcast tonight, 9pm EDT - Be there!

The best darn iPad podcast on the planet comes to you live again tonight, so be there!

Time: 9pm ET, 6pm PT, 2am BST.

Just click this link to get in, and tell 'em Georgia sent you:

Place: http://www.imore.com/live/

If you have any questions or topics you'd like us to discuss, just leave them in the comments then come be part of the show!

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iOS 4.3.3 Jailbreak utilities PwnageTool and redsn0w updated to fix side switch vibration

The Dev Team has released a small update to PwnageTool and redsn0w to fix an issue with the side vibration/ringer switch for iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS.

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