A look at the weekend’s tech news

Weekend roundup: Google event cancelled, jailbreaking made legal, iPad Mini sells out and gets called ‘recreational’

We take a look at what happened in the world of IT over the weekend.

Google Android event cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy

This weekend, Google released a statement saying: “We are cancelling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more.”

The event was expected to reveal a 10-inch Nexus 10 tablet running on new operating system Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie.

US Copyright Office makes jailbreaking phones legal

Jailbreaking is one of the latest exceptions to the US Copyright Office’s ‘Digital Millennium Copyright Act’.

Smartphones can now be legally jailbroken in the US, meaning owners can change operations systems and software to suit themselves. Unfortunately, the exemption does not extend to tablet devices.

iPad Mini pre-orders sell out

All white and silver 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Minis sold within minutes on launch day, and this weekend the black and slate entry-level tablets sold out as well.

This means all entry-level version pre-orders have sold out within 35 hours of launch.

Microsoft exec brands iPad Mini ‘recreational’

In an interview with All Things D, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky called the iPad Mini a “seven-inch recreational tablet.”

The Microsoft boss said that consumers would be better off buying a Windows 8 laptop for less money. He also said that Intel’s ultrabook range was a better bet than Apple’s MacBook air.

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