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"Enchanted Bamboo Forest," by Kei Nomiyama, first-place, Japan. 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from the second week of March. Everything from the new iPhone and iPad to a real life invisibility cloak — it’s all here.

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The standard iPad finally goes Pro, with full keyboard and Pencil support

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Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro that sports most of the same specs in a smaller package. It’s powered by the A9X chip, sports a 12-megapixel camera, and boasts a special True Tone display tech that shifts color temperature based on the lighting you’re in. The new feature works in conjunction with Night Shift mode, which removes blue light to help you sleep better at night. Apple also offers the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil as accessories for the tablet. You can order one now, but it’ll hit stores on March 31.

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Shots fired! Audi taunts Mercedes and BMW with hilarious Wi-Fi IDs in New York

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To teach the masses about the all-new A4, Audi has set up a handful of Wi-Fi networks around NYC’s Javits Center, each with its own SSID that pokes fun at the A4’s competitive set. Mercedes and BMW are the targets this time around, but if the marketing campaign goes well, we could see all-out Wi-Fi wars breaking out between brands at auto shows to come. The news comes from our friends over at SlashGear.


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This double barreled handgun folds up to look like a smartphone

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Created by a Minnesota company called Ideal Conceal, the first product created by the startup is a handgun that can be disguised as a smartphone inside a case. Built into a single frame, the grip of the double barreled, .380 caliber pistol folds down and locks into place when opened. When closed, the trigger and trigger guard are completed covered by the grip, thus offering up the appearance of a standard smartphone case. There’s also a clip to attach the handgun to a belt, but in the disguised smartphone form.

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Smaller iPhone SE packs the same power as a 6S, for less

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The 4-inch iPhone made its triumphant return at the March event, and although it may look like an iPhone 5S, it has all the power of the iPhone 6S. It has the A9 processor, the same 12-megapixel camera as the 6S, and Touch ID support for Apple Pay. In terms of looks, it’s chunkier and edgier than the iPhone 6S, giving the device a retro vibe. You can order it now, but it’ll hit stores on March 31.

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A giant of the tech world passed away last night

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Bill Gates called him “one of the great business leaders.” Tim Cook called him “a giant of the tech world.” Yet to many ordinary PC users, he was more or less unknown — even though he helped build the PC industry as we know it today. Andrew Grove, Intel’s former CEO and board chairman, passed away Monday at the age of 79. Grove was the first hire at Intel and helped steer the company from making memory chips to its current position as the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors.

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