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Apple uses AdLib JaveScript framework to make richer web apps for iPad

Done21.com has discovered something interesting in the online iPad user-guide: a new JavaScript framework they've dubbed AdLib (after its filename) that allows for very native app look and feel in the decidedly web-based app.

AppleInsider notes that it appears to be related to the PastryKit framework used for the iPhone user-guide (which stands to reason), and the TuneKit framework used for iTunes LP and iTunes Extra. And that the name may tie-in to the iAd rumors, and to internal efforts on Apple's part to raise the bar of web apps and diminish the need for plugins like Flash and Java.

Could we find out more at Apple's iPhone 4.0 event tomorrow? We certainly hope so. As much as some decry the closed nature of the App Store, developing for Safari is wide open and a new class of better, faster, stronger web apps is ultimately good for everyone.

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Loopt for iPhone gets interesting... in real time!

Loopt has not only launched a new iPad app this week, Loopt Pulse [Free - iTunes link], but now a new version of their iPhone app as well [Free - iTunes link].

What's the big difference? How about the ability to easily find interesting people, places, and events with just your iPhone and Loopt's map screen. Yawing in the middle of a droning conversation, eyes drooping at a lame party, not sure where to go in the center of sleepy-town USA? Loopt's full-scale assault one boredom just might have your back.

There's also a new version for BlackBerry, if you find that interesting.

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Crosswords for iPad give-away

Hot on the heels of Dieter's epic review of Crosswords for iPad [$9.99 - iTunes link], the fine folks at Standalone, Inc have offered up some Promo Codes for TiPb readers.

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Quick Review: NOVA HD for iPad

Here we have NOVA HD [$9.99 - iTunes Link] for iPad, an action-packed first-person shooter (FPS) that should make any Halo fan feel right at home.

For video of me playing (kinda funny), pictures, and more -- stay with us after the break!

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Regarding Apple's use of private API in iBooks

Marco Arment raised a flag on the iPad App Store field today and called foul over Apple using private APIs in their first-party iBooks app.

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Skype updates again, still no VoIP over 3G

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Quick Review: Twitteriffic on iPad

Twitteriffic on the iPad is straight-up elegant and clean. Although it's not quite the powerhouse of Twitter mania that is Tweetdeck on iPad, it makes up for it by having a nicer and more intuitive layout.

In portrait mode, you get a large list of tweets, but the real excitement comes in landscape. Twitteriffic uses the now-familiar setup of a list of options on the left, the main window on the right. Your options are simple and straightfoward - viewing recent tweet, messages, direct messages, favorites, a search bar, and so on. I'm especially happy to see lists on the sidebar - that's a feature that's been lacking on many other Twitter clients. The app offers a $4.99 in-app purchase to enable multiple accounts and eliminating ads. Twitteriffic also does a great job with links - photos appear in a small pop-up and web-links appear in a large pop-up browser that's very usable. Tapping a profile brings up an iPhone-style pop-up that lets you browse that user's tweets.

I do sort of wish the lefthand bar was customizable - I'd rather see multiple accounts listed there rather than Twitter trends. You also can't change accounts on an active tweet you're writing - instead you have to back out of one account and into another.

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Quick Review: Mirror's Edge or iPad

Mirror's Edge is flat-out fun. More than any other game I've tried on the iPad so far, it shows what the potential for gaming on the platform can be. The basic mechanics of the game are simple: you control Faith, sending her running over the city and through tunnels to, well, do something that clearly has The Man unhappy. Whatever, the story is secondary. You control the game with a series of simple gestures - swipes left, right, up, and down - with the occasional tilt here and there. There are no health indicators, ammo bars, or anything else to get in your way.

I think it's a great game for iPad because you can perform these swipes without covering up half the screen - you can always see the action and it really does feel pretty immersive.

The game is relatively simple to beat in story mode, but there's plenty of extras to keep you in the game - including speed runs, going back to find hidden bags, and even a multiplayer option. It's a little pricey at $12.99, but it's addictive enough that I've lost a solid two hours to the game just toda. It's only through great force of will that I was able to stop playing long enough to write this quick take.

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Netflix coming to iPhone and iPod touch

Netflix for iPad is already in the iTunes App Store, but how about some love for iPhone and iPod touch users? Not to worry blogs Steve Swasey, their VP of Corporate Communications:

Terrific response to our news today about Netflix on the iPad. For those of you asking whether Netflix will be on the iPhone and iPod Touch: We wouldn't invite you to dinner without planning to serve dessert. In other words, we're working on it so stay tuned.

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Quick Review and Give Away: PAC-MAN for iPad

Namco brings the classic arcade game PAC-MAN [$4.99 - iTunes link] to iPad.

PAC-MAN for iPad is a great remake and include three game modes: easy, normal, and classic. Easy mode comes with an extra 2 lives, normal is slower than classic, and classic is just like arcade version. To control PAC-MAN, you just swipe in the appropriate direction anywhere on the screen or you can limit yourself to using only the joystick. Playing PAC-MAN for iPad brought back some childhood memories of playing this classic in the arcade room of pizza parlors!

Now for the giveaway! Let us know in the comments below why you enjoy PAC-MAN and where you first remember playing the original game. We'll randomly select one of you and send you a promo code. (Note: promo codes only work in the US App Store, so if you don’t have access, you won’t be able to claim a prize. They also expire so if you get one, use it fast!)

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