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Rage, Rage HD for iPhone and iPad updated with Game Center, gyroscope, 2nd display, more!

John Carmack and id Software's Rage and Rage HD for iPhone and iPad have been updated to version 1.11 and now boast Game Center integration, gyroscope support, and the ability to play via video-out cables on your TV using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a controller. Full list below:

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Angry Birds HD for iPad update brings 15 new levels

Angry Birds HD for iPad has been updated to version 1.5.0 and includes a new theme, more levels, and Game Center support.

  • A new theme in the Frontier Badlands
  • 15 new levels - no bellyachin'
  • A new golden egg for y'all city slickers
  • Game Center support
  • Cowboy up with the mighty eagle

As of now, the update is only available for the iPad version of Angry Birds, but we suspect the iPhone update isn't far behind.

If you have a moment to pry your eyes and fingers away from achieving 3 stars on the 15 new levels, let us know what you think!

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Are you concerned your iPhone apps may be spying on you?

Does it bother you that some apps running on your iPhone (or Android phone), that know all your contact information and perhaps even your current location, could be spying on you? The Wall Street Journal says:

An examination of 101 popular smartphone "apps"—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone's unique device ID to other companies without users' awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone's location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders.

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Facebook app for iPhone/iPod Touch gets an update

Facebook has yet again released an update for their iPhone and iPod touch application, this time with some long overdue UI improvements as well as bug fixes.

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Publishers cut game prices, hope to secure top spot before App Store holiday freeze

EA recently lowered the price of roughly 70 of their iPhone and iPad App Store games to $0.99, now Gamevil and Namco have also reduced their prices and as the holiday iTunes Connect deadline fast approaches, more may follow. Mike Schramm from TUAW explains why:

Apple is freezing the charts on December 23rd, which means that any games in the top 200 at that time will remain there over the all-important Christmas holiday, the point at which we've seen the biggest jumps in App Store sales (due to all the new hardware out there under the tree).

So when everyone gets their brand new iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and heads over to the App Store to get their game on, those top selling, top free, and top grossing leaderboards are going to be marketing gold.

List of Namco [iTunes link] sales after the break. Now who's next?

[TUAW]

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FX Photo Studio update brings new effects, preset sharing [give-away]

FX Photo Studio for iPhone, a photography app dedicated to photo filters, recieved an update today that includes 10 new photo effects and the ability to share your presets.

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Skyfire for iPad coming very soon

Skyfire has released a demo video (see below) showing off the iPad version of their Flash transcoding browser. Already available for the iPhone with fairly positive reviews; some of the features in the iPad version are the ability to view full screen Flash video as well as embedded Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader integration.

The iPad version will be a totally separate app, which basically means you will have to pay again if you already paid for the iPhone version. No information on pricing, but expect to pay slightly more than the $2.99 that the iPhone version currently costs.

Hopefully Skyfire will have ironed out its previous server overload issues, prior to the launch of the iPad version. Do you use Skyfire? Are you excited by the iPad version? Let us know in the comments!

[Skyfire]

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iPhone and iPad App Store at a glance

The good people over at App of the Day took some time to put the App Store into some nice easy-to-read graphs and their findings were pretty amazing actually. According to their findings 33 percent of all apps currently available are free of charge. Something not so shocking is the fact that iPhone apps account for 85 percent of available apps while the iPad hits in at 7 percent while the rest is accounted for with universal binaries. The average price of apps is sitting at $2.43 with an overall average app rating of 3 stars.

Check out their awesome graphic after the break and let us know your thoughts on their findings in the comments below.

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Future iPads to use light, flexible "knitted" material? [Patent watch]

Another interesting Apple patent has made its way out of Cupertino, this one explaining a process in which Apple would use new "knitting technology" to create a flexible material for use in iPads and other products. The material could be made from not only metal fibers but glass fibers or other types of materials as well.

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