Noon News: Apple iPad Mini, Microsoft Backed OmniTouch Technology, Dropbox Rejected Apple Buyout Offer

Apple is looking at releasing a mini version of the iPad early next year and has already been provided with mini display samples by two suppliers, according to the Economic Daily News.

A Microsoft funded research team has developed a system which will allow users to turn any area object into a touch screen surface. A group of researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Interaction Institute have developed a shoulder mounted device capable of projecting touch-sensitive images on any surface, be it on the hand, arm, table, wall or notepad.

Microsoft and Adobe has pushing the European Union to impose tougher fines on software counterfeiters and users of pirated software. According to Business Week, Microsoft and Adobe are part of a group of companies which lost $13.5 billion to software piracy in Europe during 2010.

Cloud storage service provider Dropbox rejected a multi-million dollar acquisition offer from the tech giant Apple Inc. a couple of years back- in 2009, according to a new revelation by the company. Apparently, the CEO of Dropbox Drew Houston managed to attract the attention of Apple's co-founder and ex CEO Steve Jobs himself after he had introduced some modifications to the Apple file system in order to feature his start up logo on the Mac OS X.

Michael Dell, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the multinational technology outfit Dell has assured that the company is not going to abandon its PC business, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Dell's revenues come from its business customers only.