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Thursday News: iPad Mini is here; 3D printing produces a drone;...

The iPad Mini is here, finally.  The specs are a 7.9″ diagonal screen with the same resolution as an iPad 2 (which I still own and use. I think the iPad 2 is a great device and while the Retina screen is sharper and clearer, I’ve never felt the lack).  The actual device size is 7.87 inches by 5.3 inches and it weighs almost 11 ounces.  In comparison, the Kindle Paperwhite weighs 7.5 oz.

The biggest drawback of the iPad Mini is the price.  The base wifi model is $329, which is $129 more than the 7″ Kindle Fire or the comparable Google Nexus tablet.  A 3G 32 GB device will run you $559.  At that price, you might want to just buy the iPad 2 that the Apple store is still selling for $529 (16GB + 3G)

You can preorder the devices beginning on October 26, 2012, sometime after 12 am EST. I couldn’t find a specific time.


“To make a plastic turbofan engine to scale five years ago would have taken two years, at a cost of about $250,000,” Sheffler said. “But with 3-D printing we designed and built it in four months for about $2,000. This opens up an arena of teaching that was not available before. It allows us to train engineers for the real challenges they will face in industry.” A-Maz-ing. Are you guys bored with my fascination with 3D printing yet? UVA Today

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Nadia Lee
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 05:58:55

    Both countries unilaterally dropped their rates at the beginning of this year in order to equalize the tax charged on printed books with that imposed on digital books. But the moves meant e-booksellers located in Luxembourg, including Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Bilbary, could enjoy a tax advantage over e-booksellers, such as Waterstones, located in the UK, where VAT on e-books remains at 20%.

    Wouldn’t it serve citizens better by letting the UK, etc. LOWER their VAT on ebooks, instead of telling Luxembourg and France to raise their VAT on ebooks? It’s insane.

  2. MaryK
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 13:21:54

    What I really want is a device with a PC-like brain in an e-ink body. Even if I have to switch screens or something. I want it to hold all my ebooks so I don’t have to sideload every time I want a book that isn’t already loaded.

  3. Sandra Schwab
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 03:35:10

    Nadia, to let other countries lower the VAT on ebooks would mean that the EU as a political institution would be concerned about people instead of money…

  4. Selene
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 05:40:56

    It’s absurd that e-books still have higher VAT compared to paper books. I hope the EU sees reason soon…

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