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Google Places with Hotpot Released for iPhone.

Google have released Google Places with Hotpot on the iPhone. For those of you who aren't familiar, Google Places is a free app that allows you to find local businesses and rate them, and with their new 'hotpot' feature, Google can suggest new places you'll like, based on your previously ratings.

The app uses your location to suggest nearby places for you to rate. You can give a standard star rating out of 5, and depending on the location, optional ratings including: Food, Atmosphere, Value and Service.

You can view ratings from most review sites such as Yelp or Qype, as well as Google's own ratings and it comes with 9 separate categories as standard (Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Bars, ATMs, Gas Stations, Hotels, Attractions, Pizza Parlours and Post Offices) but you can add personal searches as well, to cater to your tastes.

This isn't a 'check-in' application like Gowalla or Foursquare, but this is more similar to apps like Yelp or AroundMe.

What do you guys think about the new Google Places? Will you be using it? Let us know.

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Want Wi-Fi personal hotspot today, on any iPhone? There's a Jailbreak for that!

The Verizon iPhone will come with Wi-Fi personal hotspot service built-in, and GSM/AT&T iPhones might get the same feature in March with iOS 4.3 -- but you can have it today on any iPhone with MyWi on Jailbreak.

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Will we be able to Jailbreak Verizon iPhone? Unlock for Sprint?

The Verizon iPhone has been announced so the first thing power users are going to want to know is whether or not it can be Jailbroken and maybe even unlocked to run on Sprint.

There won't be any solid information until the Verizon iPhone actually ships and the software and baseband become known quantities but the Dev Team seldom disappoints. An Unlock for Sprint will probably be harder than GSM carriers since no SIMs mean Sprint has to put the device on their network. Will they?

We're going to keep track of it in our iPhone Jailbreak Forum, so head on over!

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Daily Tip: How to get a better Gmail experience on iPhone

Big Google user and interested in getting a better Gmail experience on the iPhone? You can use IMAP or set up Gmail as Exchange via GoogleSync in the Mail app to cover the basics, but you won't get stars and labels. You can use Gmail.com to get stars and labels, but you won't get iPhone Contacts integration, attachment viewing, or easy access to multiple accounts. For that you have to get a little more... creative. We'll show you how after the break.

[Thanks to The Keith Newman for this tip!]

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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Monsoon introduces Volkano Flow, Volkano blast to shift your TV to iPhone, iPad - TiPb at CES 2011

Monsoon has announced two new boxes, Volkano Flow and Volkano Blast along with apps to let you transport ("sling") your home TV to your iPhone or iPad.

Flow is $99 and is barebones slinging. Blast is $199 and added DVR, schedule recordings, web video like YouTube, and mobile video recording (you pick your mobile device and it will record a TV show specifically for that format). The iPad and iPhone apps are $9.99 and the Windows and Mac apps are free.

We got the live demo at CES 2011 so watch along and let us know if you're interested in the new, cheap Volkanos.

[Monsoon]

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Griffin shows off Crayola Color Studio HD for iPad - TiPb at CES 2011

Take old world fun like drawing with crayons or magic markers and update it with the latest in high tech so it runs on the iPad and what do you get? All shades of awesome.

Grab an iMarker, launch the companion app, choose a active coloring landscape, and get your crayon on.

We checked it out live at CES 2011 so watch the video up top and let us know how busy this would keep your kids!

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VLC for iPhone removed from App Store

It's now officially official, the VLC application for iPhone and iPad has been pulled from the App Store after several months of contention. Some of the contributors to the open-source VLC application contend that Apple's App Store isn't compatible with the GPL (GNU Public License) components of the app.

At last, Apple has removed VLC media player from its application store. Thus the incompatibility between the GNU General Public License and the AppStore terms of use is resolved - the hard way. I am not going to pity the owners of iDevices, and not even the MobileVLC developers who doubtless wasted a lot of their time. This end should not have come to a surprise to anyone.

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Garmin releases StreetPilot for iPhone

Garmin just released StreetPilot for iPhone, the newest addition to their mobile line-up of GPS apps. The app boasts a lot of the same features nüvi owners already enjoy. StreetPilot has up to date map support for both the US and Canada. All maps and directions are pulled from Garmin's servers so you can expect the same quality directions as a native GPS unit. Since maps are pulled from the server, the app only takes up around 7 MB of space on your phone. Hit the jump for a few initial impressions, some screens, and a list of features.

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Ampkit+ for iPad - app review


YouTube Link

Ampkit is a guitar rig emulation app available for both iPhone and iPad. For this review, I was using the Ampkit+ iPad version and had access to all the extra add-ons and packages. It's worth noting there is a free version of the app as well. Hardware wise, you'll need to pick up the Ampkit LiNK in order to connect your guitar to your iPad or iPhone, available for $39.99. This is similar to the same process as Amplitube 2 and the iRig which I took a look at earlier this month.

Click through for a video demonstrating sound quality, some thoughts, and how I think it stacks up against the competition.

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