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Oct 22 2014 12:36PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

iPad Air 2

Did you preorder an iPad Air 2 last week? If so, it's probably already on the way to you, and now the critics have weighed in with their own thoughts, and our Wednesday Morning Report has pulled the best quotes so you don't have to read them all. We've also got details of Tim Cook's latest trip to China, and a settlement between Apple and GT Advanced over the latter's abrupt trip to bankruptcy court. It's all just a click away!

Apple CEO Tim Cook in China to Diffuse iCloud Hacking

Reuters today reported that Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook was on hand for a discussion on user data security with members of the Chinese government on Wednesday. According to official news agency Xinhua, the meeting focused on recent hacker attacks on iCloud members in China, which Greatfire.org believes were initiated by the Chinese government itself.

Xinhua claims the meeting in Beijing between Cook and China's Vice Premier Ma Kai were reportedly focused on "protection of users' information," as well as "strengthening cooperation and in information and communication fields." According to Greatfire, the attacks were defused after Apple rerouted user data on Tuesday.

iPad Air 2 Reviews Are In, But Nobody's Quite Blown Away By It

When is faster, lighter, and more vibrant simply not good enough? Apparently that's the case with Apple's new iPad Air 2, which started racking up reviews from coast to coast on Tuesday night from the usual suspects. Despite the mostly positive reviews, many critics couldn't help but feel underwhelmed by the latest tablet out of Cupertino, which Walt Mossberg of Re/code referred to as "only a modest evolutionary improvement over last year's models."

"They are, in most respects, the best iPads ever made," Mossberg elaborated. "But for average users... [it's] not the kind of big change that the first iPad Air or the Retina display iPad mini did last year."

The Verge praised the iPad Air 2's "vibrant, sharp display that looks almost painted on," while TechCrunch dismissed the new gold finish as not a favorite, although "Apple's take on this particular metal color is better than most." Engadget dinged Apple for making iPad Air 2 thinner, claiming the smaller profile "comes at the expense of battery size," noting that last year's iPad Air "still rules the roost" in real-world usage. Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal also complained the device isn't particularly rugged, mistakenly shattering the screen of her review unit on concrete.

MacRumors has assembled a rogue's gallery of the best quotes from each review, few of which actually note the biggest improvement of all: The bump to 2GB of RAM, which ultimately has the biggest effect in day-to-day use since apps and browser tabs don't have to constantly reload, as pointed out by Fast Company.

Sapphire Maker Reaches "Amicable" Split with Apple

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that attorneys for bankrupt sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have reached an “amicable parting of the ways" with Apple, which will effectively wipe clean any public record of what really went wrong with Cupertino's $578 million financing arrangement. GT Advanced's swift move to Chapter 11 has been seen as a setback for Apple's sapphire ambitions, which were a no-show on the latest iPhone 6 models but expected for next year's Apple Watch.

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Oct 22 2014 11:07AM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
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Oct 22 2014 9:12AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Data storage products maker EMC Corp said it will buy much of Cisco System Inc's stake in their joint venture VCE for an undisclosed sum.

Oct 22 2014 8:54AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BANGALORE (Reuters) - India's third-biggest software services firm Wipro Ltd narrowly missed market expectations with an eight percent rise in second-quarter profit, but said it saw a rosier end to the year as more confident U.S. clients increase spending.

Oct 22 2014 8:48AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard.

Oct 22 2014 8:42AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - 3D printer maker 3D Systems Corp estimated quarterly revenue well below the average analyst estimate, citing manufacturing constraints for its direct metal printers, sending its shares down 11 percent in premarket trading.

Oct 22 2014 8:24AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday.

Oct 22 2014 8:14AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Data storage equipment maker EMC Corp cut its full-year profit forecast as it joins other companies affected by a surge in dollar that crimps demand for U.S. exports and reduces the value of overseas sales when translated back into dollars.

Oct 22 2014 8:05AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars.

Oct 22 2014 8:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli venture capital firm Carmel Ventures said on Wednesday it raised $194 million for its Carmel Ventures IV fund with participation from new strategic investors in Asia that include Chinese Internet search engine Baidu.

Oct 22 2014 7:24AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard.

Oct 22 2014 7:15AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - EMC Corp's quarterly revenue rose about 9 percent mainly due to higher sales of its data storage products in the United States.

Oct 22 2014 7:11AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.

Oct 22 2014 7:09AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Wipro Ltd , India's third-biggest software services exporter, posted about an 8 percent rise in quarterly profit as clients in North America and Europe spent more on technology.

Oct 22 2014 6:26AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Oct 22 2014 5:51AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday.

Oct 22 2014 5:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday.

Oct 22 2014 5:00AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Corp announced Wednesday it will lead a $100 million investment round in Indonesian ecommerce giant PT Tokopedia, the Japanese mobile carrier's third investment overseas under Vice Chairman Nikesh Arora.

Oct 22 2014 4:24AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's government plans to levy a new tax on Internet data transfers, according to the draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday, which could hit Internet providers and the country's telecommunications companies.

Oct 22 2014 3:48AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Hitachi Maxell Ltd cut its annual operating profit forecast by 40 percent to 5.1 billion yen ($48 million) on Wednesday and said it would reduce headcount in its lithium ion battery business after high-end smartphone sales sagged.

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