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Apple: Mavericks operating system 'free'

Apple's Craig Federighi says Mavericks is available to download free of charge. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The new operating system for Apple's Mac computers is now available free of charge, Apple has announced.

"The days of spending hundreds of dollars to get more out of your computer are over, " Craig Federighi, Apple Inc. Senior Vice President of Software Engineering told an audience at an Apple product event in San Francisco.

Apple to unveil new iPads

People lined up for the Apple event at the Yerba Buena centre in San Francisco Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Apple has kicked off a product event at which the company is expected to introduce slimmer, faster iPads in time for the holidays.

The new tablets will face stiff competition, with Microsoft Corp, Nokia and Inc all plugging rival devices in coming months.

Apple, which jumpstarted the tablet computing market in 2010 with the first iPad, has already come under increasing pressure from cheaper devices from Amazon's Kindle Fire to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Note.


Nokia launches new Lumia tablet and large smartphone

Nokia's new Lumia 2520. Credit: Nokia

Technology giant Nokia has launched a raft of new products including its first Windows tablet device and two new large-screen smartphones, or "phablets".

The new Lumia 2520 tablet, designed to "work anywhere", was unveiled at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.

Nokia' new Lumia 1520. Credit: Nokia

Two new 6in (15cm) screen smartphones, or phablets, were unveiled - the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 - offering easier access to apps and other new features.

"At Nokia we have found that tablet usage peaks between six and eight in the morning and between six and nine in the evening. During the rest of the day tablet usage drops quite dramatically," Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop said.

"We are looking to shift this trend - your tablet should be as mobile and as connected as you are."

Apple expected to announce iPad 5 and iPad mini 2

The first iPad mini, above, was released in October 2012. Credit: Reuters

Technology giant Apple is expected to release a new iPad today but has kept tight-lipped about the details.

The iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 devices are thought to be due for an unveiling.

Experts say they expect the iPad mini 2 will contain a better camera and a retina display, and could trigger the customary pre-Christmas technology rush.

There are also suggestions it could feature a fingerprint scanner, similar to the one used on the iPhone 5S, launched last month.

Tablet ownership 'more than doubles' over past year

Tablet ownership has more than doubled in the past year alone, with 24 percent of homes now owning at least one of the devices, up from 11 percent the year before, according to a report by Ofcom.

Tablet ownership has more than doubled in the past year alone, Ofcom says. Credit: J.M. Guyon - Copyright 2012/Candybox Images/Press Association Images

More than half of adults - 51 percent - own a smartphone, up from 27 percent two years ago.

Two-thirds of tablet users say they use the device every day, and 95 percent use it at least once a week.

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