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Today's Tech: GTA V release latest, free Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and Carbon Audio 'Zooka' speaker review

The year is ending on a slightly rotten note for Apple, as the firm has revealed that it is dropping Samsung's Galaxy S3 Mini from its latest patent lawsuit. The move comes after Samsung insisted it does not plan to sell the handset - which launched in Europe in November - in the US. However, Apple stipulated that it is excusing the S3 Mini only "so long as the current withdrawal will not prejudice Apple's ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change." More patent drama is surely on the horizon in 2013.

As is a further surge in speculation regarding the forthcoming instalment of Rockstar's epic Grand Theft Auto series. With fireworks set to light up the damp skies of Blighty shortly, ITProPortal thought today was an appropriate time to roundup the latest GTA V news and rumours, before the arrival of 2013 heralds a new wave of gaming speculation, crime-related and otherwise.

The game's release date has been the chief topic of gossip lately, with three leading retailers offering competing predictions for exactly when in Spring 2013 the title will land. We've also got a slideshow of the latest GTA V screenshots straight from Rockstar itself - this is one link you definitely want to click before heading out on the town.

Also mandatory reading before letting the champagne corks fly is this deal for a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It's hardly every day a manufacturer gives away a bit of £200 kit out of the goodness of its heart, and it's even more prudent to glimpse this particular offer immediately as it expires at midnight tonight with the 2012 calendar year. If it's a more enterprise-orientated freebie you're after, there's also a complimentary five-year warranty available on select B2B notebooks - and we'll lead you straight to one of the cheapest Series 5 laptops on the web just for good measure. What more do you want on New Year's Eve?

Chances are you haven't yet heard of Carbon Audio, but the small Portland, Oregon-based firm is hoping to change that with its Kickstarter-funded Zooka wireless speaker bar. Rawiya Kameir put the Zooka through its paces and found that it is great for casual, portable listening and is a serious contender amidst the sea of Bluetooth speakers promising to boost the audio of your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Admittedly, it falls short of the high-end audio spectrum, but still manages to score a healthy amount of points for being well-designed and very portable.