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Apple's iPhone Market Share Still Growing, iPhone 3GS #2 US Best-Seller

PreCentral.net points us to comScore's latest stats showing Apple's iPhone market share is still on the way up, going from 24.1% to 25.3%, a 1.2% increase.

Google's Android, with its Droid on Verizon splash jumped 2.7% (to reach 5.2). Everyone else was in the negative, with RIM down 1% (though still huge at 41.6%), Microsoft down 1% (to 18%), and Palm down 2.2% (to 2.7%).

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Shocking! Repetitive! Higher iTunes Music Prices Slowed Sales

When iTunes Music went DRM-free and "hits" jumped from $0.99 to $1.29 stories soon followed that the higher price point was leading to slower sales... and now that iBooks and publishers aim to increase eBook sales from $9.99 to up to $14.99, MediaMemo is telling them to "beware!":

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Google Announces Buzz; or Will Social Networking Blend?

Our sibling site Android Central let us know that Google has shoved every social media form you can imagine, from Facebook to Twitter to Foursquare, to -- dunno, Friendserjaiku? -- into something called Buzz.

After Google Wave, which came off as WikiChat to us, we're not sure about all this Google-mash, but Phil gives us a pretty good rundown:

For starters, go to buzz.google.com, and you'll be taken to a Web app that lets you see and create Buzz messages. You can see messages from people you "follow" or interact with often, or you can see messages from people nearby.

Personally, I needed one more platform to push my Twitter feed to anyway... What do you think? Want? Will use? Yeahbuwhy?

Videos after the break!

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TiPb at Macworld 2010

Macworld 2010's conference portion starts today at the Moscone Center and I'll be heading over in a few minutes. The Expo starts Thursday, and Leanna will be joining me to bring every complete TiPb coverage.

If you're a developer and you're going to be at Macworld, shoot me an email (rene@tipb.com) or ping me on Twitter (@reneritchie) and let me know. If you're a reader, be sure to say hello!

And here's all the Macworld highlights, and a discount code, for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad lovers once again... after the break!

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Notion Ink Adam -- Don't Call it an "iPad Killer"!

Notion Ink's Atom is one of the next generation "tablet" style devices that will no doubt be compared head-to-head with Apple's iPad. First, a note to traditional media -- if we never read the phrase "iPad killer" it'll be too soon. We clear?

Second and that said, SlashGear shows off some renders and it looks like the Adam brings some interesting ideas with it.

the Android-based slate using the latest-gen NVIDIA Tegra chipset and Pixel Qi’s innovative low-power display.

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Apple Store Down -- iPad Ordering, New MacBooks, or Just Aperture 3?

The Apple Online Store is down again, and it's a Tuesday, and it's Macworld -- though sadly neither of those two things mean much anymore -- and so our email boxes are flooding with heads-up and excited guesses about everything from iPad pre-ordering going live, to MacBook Pro updates, to... Aperture 3.

Yeah, Aperture 3. Sorry iPad fans and MacBook hopefuls, but Apple has already put up a PR and so far that's it.

We'll updated, of course, if there's anything else.

It is a Tuesday after all, and Macworld...

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Navigon MobileNavigator Goes 3D, Social, and Intelligent

And now we can tell you why Navigon is so excited about their new 3D terrain viewing, social media integrated, intelligent routing version 1.5 update to MobileNavigator [$69.00 on sale -- iTunes link] that they've put it on sale and are giving TiPb readers a chance to not only win copies, but get a guided tour at Macworld 2010 on how to use it. Here are the highlights:

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Apple iPad A4 Chip Designed by PA Semi Team... or Not?

Venture Beat claims a "very trusted" source has informed them that Apple's PA Semi team might not have been behind the new iPad's Apple A4 chipset:

PA Semi didn’t do the A4. It was the existing VLSI team. Apple has made custom chips for years like the Northbridges for G4 and G5.

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Apple to iPhone Developers: So... Happy with the App Store?

TechCrunch is reporting that Apple has started sending developers invitations to take a satisfaction survey with regards to the App Store in general, and the App Store approval process in specific.

Apple asks you to answer with: “Very dissatisfied,” “Somewhat dissatisfied,” “Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied,” “Somewhat satisfied,” “Very satisfied,” or “Don’t know.”

They also ask, “What one thing could Apple do to make the iPhone Developer Program better?” and give you a text box to write anything you want. A few months ago they certainly would have gotten some interesting responses there.

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Rumored 4th Gen Apple iPhone Parts Show Little Design Change

Above is a image that is claimed to belong to the upcoming 4th generation iPhone, courtesy of iPhone repair Web site iResQ. As iResQ points out, there are a few interesting things that stand out in the photo.

  • "The LCD appears to be factory glued to the digitizer which is more similar to the first generation iPhones than the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The digitizer can be separated from the LCD on the 3G and 3GS models, which should be interesting to all, but for the repair folks like us–this means that the 4G screen repair price will be higher since both parts will have to be replaced at once."
  • "The iPhone 4G front panel seems to be about 1/4″ longer than its predecessors."
  • "There is an interesting reflective, mirror-like surface directly above the speaker. This is likely a spot for the proximity sensor. If that’s what is is, it’s in a different location than previous models."

Here at TiPb we are hoping for something more drastic in terms of design changes but based on these latest images it's hard to tell if the "A+" upgrade Steve Jobs promised will hold true. These images may turn out to be bogus or simply be scrapped before the final product is put together. We've seen it happen before with the matte backing.

We are willing to give Jobs the benefit of the doubt on his A+ upgrade for the time being, how about you?

One more image after the break!

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