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Wednesday fun video: Jon Stewart celebrates freedom from AT&T [Humor]

After yesterday's announcement of the iPhone 4's arrival to Verizon, Jon Stewart had a hilarious segment of The Daily Show celebrating his freedom from AT&T. His corespondent, John Oliver, joins halfway through with interviews with people in the street - all streamed from his AT&T iPhone with terrible reception.

For the past three or four years, those of us in the iPhone community have sacrificed one thing for the ability to carry around every photograph we’ve ever taken, or song we’ve ever listened to, or home video, or compass - we have sacrificed the ability to make phone calls.

For a good laugh, check out the video after the break!

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iOS 4.3 for iPad gives option of mute switch... or orientation lock!

We're hearing that the just released iOS 4.3 beta gives users an option in settings to toggle between mute and orientation lock in settings.

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iOS 4.3 for iPad to test new multitouch gestures, AirPlay video for Apps,

In addition to AirPlay video for apps (finally) it looks like Apple is considering new multitouch gestures for iPad with the just-released iOS 4.3 beta, perhaps to better compete with RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook and Android 3.0 Honeycomb:

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iOS 4.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV now available for developers

Apple has just released iOS 4.3 beta for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad... and Apple TV. Nice to see the whole product line being kept unified. iOS 4.3 has been rumored to ship in March, so it makes sense to get it out to developers now.

And hey, is everyone getting Personal Hotspot now?

[developer.apple.com]

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Phil Schiller: Building the Verizon iPhone

After yesterday's Verizon iPhone announcement, Apple's Senior Vice President Phil Schiller has weighed in on what it was like building the Verizon iPhone. The two companies began talks to build a CDMA variant for Verizon's network over 2 years ago in 2008. Over 1,000 test models later, we've officially got a Verizon variant.

Schiller says the task was anything but easy. Apple knows their own hardware but sometimes getting software and hardware to work together isn't an easy goal to accomplish.

“A big part of it is the software, I’d say the biggest part,” ... “It uses the hardware in different ways.”

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Confirmed: iOS 4.3 to bring Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot to GSM/AT&T iPhone

According to a Boy Genius source, and as reported yesterday, iOS 4.3 will definitely be coming to all iPhones and include the Hotspot feature which we saw at the Verizon event yesterday. Accoring to the source, the OS version will be 8F5148b and will have a baseband 04.08.00.

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Microsoft doesn't want Apple to have a trademark on "App Store"

Microsoft does not want Apple to gain a trademark for the term "App Store" and is currently fighting to be able to use the term for its own mobile application store. They have recently asked the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to refuse the trademark on the term "App Store" for Apple because they claim it is too generic of a name and they feel Apple doesn't have the right to lay claim to the term.

Any secondary meaning or fame Apple has in 'App Store' is de facto secondary meaning that cannot convert the generic term 'app store' into a protectable trademark. Apple cannot block competitors from using a generic name. 'App store' is generic and therefore in the public domain and free for all competitors to use.

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PlayStation official app now available in Europe

The PlayStation official app is now available in the App Store. Before you get too excited though, the app does not let you play any games and seems to be available just in Europe.

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Verizon iPhone event roundup and sound off!

Phew, we survived the Verizon iPhone event. Barely. Tons of posts and countless hours later, we're exhausted. If you missed any of our coverage today, here are the links all nicely grouped and sorted after the break. Now excuse us 'cause we're going to pour ourselves some spicy drinks, put our feet up on the tables, and zone out... until morning.

Comments are open just for you. Talk about today's event, blow off some steam, and get your chat on.

  • Verizon iPhone give away!

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TiPb on ABC 15 talking Verizon iPhone

Right before the Verizon iPhone announcement this morning Rene jumped on ABC 15 Arizona with Kirk Yuhnke to preview the event. Of course we all know how it turned out now but wouldn't it have been funny if he'd been spectacularly wrong and Verizon ended up announcing another Kin instead?!

Video after the break!

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