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AM News: PlayBook to Get BlackBerry 10 OS, HTC Confirms Ice Cream Sandwich Handsets, Smaller iPad Launch Confirmed by Samsung?

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, 15 Mar 2012News

O2 has quietly dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy S2 to £357, a price that can be reached by buying the handset on a two year pay monthly contract. The deal, which is available direct from O2 and does not include any potential cashback, comes with 50 minutes and 250 texts. Users will have to call O2's customer service and ask them to remove the 100MB data allowance to shave £3 off the monthly £13.50 cost.

BlackBerry fans, your dream has come true - the BB10 has been given the official nod and is coming to a BlackBerry Playbook near you. Roll up! Roll up! Read all about it! The wonderful bods at RIM has some very good news, and has confirmed that the much-awaited BlackBerry Playbooks will feature the very awesome BB10 technology.

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has finally confirmed which devices will get "a tasty treat of Ice Cream Sandwich" in a blog post on its website courtesy of Darren Krape, its Global Community Manager. The devices are the Droid Incredible 2, the Amaze 4G, the Desire S and HD, the Evo 3D and Design 4G, the Sensation (plain vanilla, XL, XE and 4G), the Raider, the Rezound, the Rhyme, Vivid and Thunderbolt.

In a wide range of Apple gossip, even the company's rivals feel the need to get involved. The latest push of the rumour mill comes from a Samsung executive, who for obvious reasons, wishes to remain anonymous. He (or she) confirmed for The Korea Times that Apple plans to release a smaller iPad with a screen size of 7.85 inches.

The world of publishing is being inexorably drawn towards the digital medium. Kindle devices are selling like the blazes (or indeed the Fire). Authors are now finding self-publishing on platforms such as Amazon's e-book store a viable route to a best-seller, and major book publishing companies are worrying about who's in control of where the industry is headed.

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