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Google Sync support on Windows Phones was set to cease on July 31, but the service gains a reprieve until Dec. 31. Microsoft has included CalDAV and CardDAV support in Windows Phone to replace Google Sync. However, not all Windows Phone handsets have the new software. This extension should give Microsoft enough time to push the software out to all of its devices.

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The production ramp-up of the next-generation iPad mini is about to begin, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the 7.9-inch tablet will “likely” have a Retina display. That’s Apple’s high-definition display technology that’s already in the original iPad and the iPhone. Now that Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet is going to ship with its own extremely high-res display, people are looking to see if Apple will match it in specs with the iPad mini. Apple is also considering colored back panels of the mini’s casing, according to the report.

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Google Play has surpassed the Apple App Store in downloads for the first time ever, according to a new report. Google Play downloads bested the App Store by 10 percent, due in part to a sharp increase in downloads in Russia and Brazil. But Apple still leads in revenue, taking in more than 2.3 times the amount of Google Play.

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With the release of iOS 7 this fall will come the ability to block spammers on iMessage and FaceTime. But in the meantime, Apple has a solution for users of iOS versions 5 through 6 to put a stop to unwanted iMessages. Apple published details of an iMessage spam reporting tool on its Knowledge Base site late Tuesday. Users can email a screenshot of the message and the offending email address or phone number to imessage.spam@icloud.com.

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Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft’s 10-Q filing shows that total Surface product revenue for last quarter was $853 million, which is less than the $900 million inventory adjustment the company took for Surface RT. Bearing in mind that the total revenue figure includes sales of both Surface Pro and Surface RT, it’s pretty clear that consumers — and hardware makers — haven’t been kind to Surface RT. But we knew why that would happen.

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