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Former Facebook for iPhone Developer Joe Hewitt Says iPad "Everything He's Been Wishing For"

Joe Hewitt, who developed the awesome Facebook 3.0, but controversially (and some would say detrimentally) left the iPhone platform before Facebook 3.1 over the App Store review process, has come out extremely positively about the iPad:

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Apple iBooks App to be US-only at Launch? What About iPhone-also?

Stop us if you've heard this one before -- Apple rolls out a new form of media, like say iBooks e-books, for their iTunes/iPod/iPhone/now iPad ecosystem, and it's initially only available in the US.

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iPhone 3.2 SDK for iPad - VoIP, External Displays, Shared File Directory, 6 Apps in Dock

MacRumors is reporting that the new iPhone 3.2 SDK, now available via developer.apple.com, but (currently?) only supporting the just-announced iPad, brings a couple interesting new features to the table tablet.

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iPad Compatible with "Almost All" iPhone Apps

Scott Forstall, Senior VP of iPhone software, took the stage as part of Apple's iPad introduction event to announce that "almost all" of Apple's iTunes App Store iPhone and iPod touch apps will be compatible with the new, 9.6 inch device.

Users can either run them at 1x iPhone scale (320x480) or hit a 2x button and double the size. They don't fill the screen, however, but run inside a black frame (like SD on a big HD display).

Facebook was shown as an example.

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Apple Acquisition Quattro Wireless to Provide "Seamless" Advertising Option for iPhone Developers

During the Q4 2010 conference call, Apple stated that their acquisition of Quattro Wireless would allow them to provide a "seamless" mobile advertising option for iPhone and iPod touch (and presumably iTablet?) developers, especially developers of free apps.

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How Does the Google Voice WebApp on the iPhone Compare to Android App?

Earlier today Google unveiled their new Google Voice WebApp for iPhone. Sure you can place calls, send text messages, get your voice mail, and access all of your account settings but TiPb was curious how it would stack up to the real-deal native app on Google's own Android platform.

For the full scoop and screenshots, follow me after the break!

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Google Unleashes Google Voice WebApp for iPhone

Google has released the long-awaited Google Voice WebApp for iPhone (and Palm webOS), something they said they'd be doing in the wake of their exclusion from the iTunes App Store.

Similar to Google's other, marvelous WebApps like Gmail, it leverages the advanced web technologies built into iPhone Safari to provide an optimized UI through which make calls from your Google Voice number and send SMS. Or so we hear... TiPb HQ has been trying to try it, but it's been "fail city" according to Dieter, with lots of network request errors. (At least on the iPhone, his Palm Pre is doing better).

"It's a very pretty "Network Request Failed" pop up dialog box. Quite impressive," he says. (See it after the jump.)

According to TechCrunch, however:

It is built on HTML5 with most of the functionality of the original iPhone app, except that it cannot access the local contact list in your iPhone’s address book. It lets you manage a separate Google Voice contact list which is kept in the cloud instead. Google Voice voice routes your calls through its servers and acts as a new hub through which you can manage calls and forward them to various phones. You can also manage your settings and various phone numbers. The HTML5 makes it very fast, allows for local caching of data, and supports the voice tags necessary to play the audio voicemails through the browser.

You can access it via http://m.google.com/voice. If you're a Google Voice user, let us know how it works for you, and how it compares to a native app like GV Mobile for Jailbreak.

Video after the break!

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Quick Review: PS3 iTrophies v2.4 for iPhone

If you own a PlayStation 3 and want a convenient way to keep track of your friends and trophies on your iPhone or iPod touch, look no further than PS3 iTrophies v2.4 [ $1.99 - iTunes Link]. PS3 iTrophies is a feature-filled application and hands-down the best companion piece for your PSN online account.

  • View your PSN profile
  • View your trophy data in real time with no need to sync manually.
  • Compare trophy stats with any of your friends.
  • View your friends list, see who's online and what they are currently playing.
  • Friends trophy leaderboard to see how you stack up with your complete list of friends.
  • Provides YouTube videos to show you exactly how to get those trophies you've been having issues with.
  • Settings menu that allow you to remember/forget sign in details, clear image cache, change your default log in screen, etc...

We've been using iTrophies for the past week and can honestly say no other PlayStation application in the App Store comes close. For more information about iTrophies and future updates please check out the iTrophies website.

Video after the break!

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Review: NDrive USA Navigation for iPhone

(Ndrive Navigation for iPhone Forum Review by cjvitek. For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!)

NDrive USA [$32.99 - iTunes link] is a new GPS app which features turn by turn direction, entering the already crowded marketplace. NDrive prides itself on a simple interface, and when looking at the map, that is readily apparent. The map itself has little of the clutter that some of the other apps have – no different colors for different land types, no buildings popping in, no markers for POIs, etc. Just you, the map, and the route. Some people may prefer this approach, others may not. I will point out that in some locations, you do have 3D buildings appear – certainly not in Edinburg TX, however.

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Trapster Hits 4.0, Adds Patrol, New Trap Types, Caravan

Trapster 4.0 [Free - iTunes link] adds new features to the ticket-avoiding app:

  • Patrol, which highlights recently driven roads so you know the data is fresh.
  • New trap types like road kill, children at play, recent accidents, brush fires, ice, or floods, construction, etc.
  • Caravan, a real-time, location based, social network for and between Trapster users.

All this in addition to it's primary function -- alerting you, including via push notification, of radar speeding traps, traffic light cameras, and police check points.

If you give it a try, let us know how it works for you. Especially if it involves a great story about you narrowly avoiding a massive speeding ticket learning an important lesson about responsible driving.

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