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Submission + - iOS 4.3 Beta Reveals iPad 2 Secrets (

An anonymous reader writes: The latest beta version of Apple's mobile operating system has offered up some useful information related to the forthcoming iPad 2.
Mac blogger Chris Galzerano has had a tinker about in the innards of the developer release and believes he has unearthed some clues about the much-predicted iPad 2's technical specifications.
Most of the discoveries have already been widely predicted by anyone with even a passing interested in Apple's proddable PC, but seeing viable evidence in black and white from a confirmed Apple source can only add credence to the conjecture.

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Submission + - Free Wi-Fi Goes Upscale As Starbucks Joins McDs

CWmike writes: Free unlimited Wi-Fi is coming to nearly 7,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the U.S. beginning July 1, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said on Monday. Schultz also said that Starbucks is partnering with Yahoo! to debut the Starbucks Digital Network this fall. Starbucks customers will have free unrestricted access to various paid sites and services, such as, as well as other free downloads Starbucks didn't detail. Aspokeswoman said the access will be 'unlimited' and 'simplified, one-click.' By comparison, first-time Wi-Fi users in Starbucks stores now get up to two hours free after registering, but then must purchase additional time at the rate of $3.99 for two consecutive hours. That Wi-Fi access is already free to AT&T DSL home customers and AT&T mobile customers, according to the Starbucks Web site, but the connection process requires up to nine steps. McDonald's added free Wi-Fi to 11,500 locations earlier this year. With McCafe playing catch-up on coffee, is it a showdown?

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