Apple ( AAPL) is trending after inside sources at a Japanese blog claim that Apple is working on a fifth-generation iPad. Japanese blog Macotakara, which has a reputation for making accurate predictions about Apple products, said the next generation iPad will be thinner and lighter than its predecessors and will feature elements included in the new 7-inch iPad mini. The blog states that the tablet's dimensions are expected to be 4mm x 17mm x 2mm and it is expected to debut in March 2013. The blog also said that Apple is working on a production trial of the second-generation iPad mini with improved Retina display.
Boeing ( BA) is another popular search. The plane-maker is testing its in-flight Wi-Fi system with none other than potatoes. The company's researchers reportedly decided to use potatoes because they "interact" with electronic signals in a similar way that the human body does. Boeing loaded passenger seats on a decommissioned plane with huge sacks of potatoes for several days as the tests were done. Engineers performed tests checking signal strength in order to try to achieve the strongest possible Wi-Fi signal when airborne as possible, while still meeting safety standards that prevent Wi-Fi from interfering with the plane's electrical systems. Boeing said the potatoes were the perfect stand-in for people who otherwise would have had to sit motionless for days as the tests were done. The company's researchers called the project Synthetic Personnel Using Dialectic Substitution, or SPUDS.
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