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Goodbye mouse, Apple's 'Magic Trackpad' goes on sale

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) July 27, 2010
Apple on Tuesday unveiled the "Magic Trackpad," a touchpad which allows a user to operate a desktop computer with finger gestures, eliminating the need for a mouse.

The Magic Trackpad costs 69 dollars in the online Apple Store.

The battery-powered device, which looks a bit like a notepad made out of glass and aluminum, connects to Apple's Mac desktop computers using Bluetooth wireless technology.

It allows users to operate their machines using the tapping, swiping and pinching finger gestures well known to owners of iPhones or iPads.

Apple said it works from as far as 33 feet (10 meters) away from the computer.

The touchpad technology has already featured in Apple's MacBook Pro notebook computers.

Apple on Tuesday also unveiled new iMac desktop computers featuring more powerful processors, 21.5-inch and 27-inch screens and price tags of 1,199 dollars to 1,999 dollars.




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iPhone faces rising challenge from Android handsets: analyst
Singapore (AFP) July 27, 2010
Apple's iPhone will likely dominate the high-end smartphone market in the next five years but faces strong competition from handsets using Google's Android platform, a research firm said Tuesday. By 2015, total mobile application downloads in the Asia-Pacific are forecast to reach 5.30 billion, of which 597.15 million, or about 11 percent, will be for the iPhone, technology industry consulta ... read more

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