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Radial menus, location-based radio, 3D displays - iPhone and iPad patent round up

Some of Apple's more interesting recent patent applications and grants for iPad and iPhone include spiraling, radial menus, an actual radio app, 3D displays without the need for annoying glasses. As always, just because Apple patents something doesn't mean we'll ever see it in production hardware or software, so just take these for what they're worth -- glimpses into Apple's thinking about the future.

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CallLock fixes proximity sensor bug [Jailbreak]

CallLock is a new tweak available for Jailbroken iPhones that does exactly what it says -- it locks your phone once an incomming or an outgoing call is connected. If you are like me and your iPhone 4 is still having proximity sensor issues issues then this will prevent you from ever face dialing, muting and ending calls ever again.

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UPDATE: Hoax! Howard Stern leaving Sirius for $600 million iTunes deal?

There's a crazy rumor floating around the web that Howard Stern, a popular radio personality who's been in the business for 35 years, will be leaving Sirius Satellite Radio after his contract ends in January to pursue a possible deal with Apple. The rumored deal calls for a $600 million 3-year contract for an internet broadcast show distributed through iTunes, and could be made available to Apple TV owners as well.

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Theme artists Zausser and K. Nitsua presents iNitsua Z Twilight HD for iPhone 4 [Jailbreak]

From the expert theme designers of Xhd and iNSPIRED comes iNitsua Z Twilight HD for the iPhone 4. Zausser and K. Nitsua have created a breathtaking Retina quality theme that skins every UI element of the iPhone 4 from the keypad to the SMS messaging interface. This full featured theme is to be used on Jailbroken iPhones with the Winterboard app and comes with numerous weather widgets, animated lock screen themes, pin entry skins, and even comes with a non Retina port for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. iNitusa Z Twilight HD is available on Cydia for $2.99.

As with all of Zausser and K. Nitsua's themes, most of the fun is derived from customization. iNitsua Z Twilight HD comes with PSDs to easily customize different aspects of the theme and to make your own custom icons. There is already a large library of user made add on packs that allow you to change the color schemes, install different weather widgets and lock screens, iAccess keyboard skins, or add custom icon and SBSetting packs.

Check out the stunning pictures after the break but keep in mind that Retina quality themes look much better on a Retina display than on your computer screen. Excited about all the HD theme's coming to the iPhone 4? Questions about Winterboard and theme customization? Leave us a comment or visit our Jailbreak forums!

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T-Mobile UK Now Offering 16GB Wifi + 3G iPads

It looks like the 16GB 3G variant of the iPad is now being offered on T-Mobile for UK customers. Depending on what plan you choose, you can snag a bit of a discount on the actual iPad.

New customers can get 1GB of data + 1GB of quiet time data (data used between midnight and 10am) for £27.00/month which will bring the actual iPad cost to £199.00. Existing customers can get the same data plan for £25.00/month and receive the same £199.00 deal on the actual device.

If you'd prefer to go no contract, there are 3 pay as you go plans you can choose from -

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Air Video for iPhone, iPad updated with multitasking and retina display support

Air Video, a fantastic app that can transcode and stream video content from your Windows PC or Mac straight to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, has just been updated to include support for multitasking and Retina display. 

Your Windows PC or Mac needs a small piece of software installed to communicate with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad but once setup you can stream native iOS video content (MP4 and M4V) instantly to your device (rather than having to sync it over first via iTunes). Air Video will convert non-supported video formats (AVI, MKV, etc) and either store them for later streaming or stream them on the fly so you can watch now rather than waiting for later.

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Be a DJ with djay for iPad

djay will transform your iPad into a full-fledged DJ system. With it, you can mix your iTunes music library on a turntable, perform live, and record mixes. Or if you want to sit back, relax, and listen to the music, let djay mix your favorite playlist automatically with Automix mode. Here's a list of the main features djay has to offer:

  • Direct access to iTunes music library
  • Realistic low-latency turntable interface
  • Automix mode with automatic transition control (Fade, Backspin, Reverse, Brake, Random)
  • Live Recording (with built–in organizer for recorded performances)
  • Seamless AirPlay integration (wirelessly transmit your mix to Apple TV or AirPort Express station)
  • Pre–Cueing (with optional headphones adapter)
  • BPM analysis with automatic beat and tempo matching
  • Full visual waveform with beat–synchronized scrubbing
  • High–quality scratching
  • Mixer, Tempo and EQ controls
  • Pitch–Bend
  • Cue Point Trigger
  • Fully optimized for iOS 4.2 multitasking and background operation

djay for iPad brings DJ'ing to a whole new level. Bjango's @marcedwards summed it up best:

djay + AppleTV + AirPlay = Party?

Anyone planning to pick this up? If so, let us know what you think!

Check out the video after the break!

[$19.99 - iTunes link]

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New Michael Jackson song available exclusively on Ping

A new song from the late Michael Jackson has hit the net, but the only place you can currently grab the track is on Apple's Ping social network. The track will be exclusive to Ping for the next week, followed by the subsequent release of his full record on December 14th.

It's interesting to see the track being made available on Ping before MJ fans can grab it anywhere else. Hopefully this will give Ping a boost, as the social service hasn't picked up too much traction since its debut in early September.

Any Michael Jackson fans planning on downloading this new tune? Let us know in the comments!

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iPhone 4 No. 1, iPad No. 3 on Top 10 Obsessions of 2010

Yahoo! ha iPhone 4 has been crowned the king of obsessions for the year 2010 and its big brother the iPad has come in in the number 3 spot for obsessions. Some noteable obsessions behind the iPhone and iPad are Facebook who came in at number 6 and everyones favorite TV show...Jersey Shore which came in at number 5.

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Keep your gloves on but still use your iOS device with GloveTips [video]

You can imagine the scenario, you are out in the freezing winter weather, your iPhone rings and you can’t answer it; you can if you remove your gloves or use your nose but that is not a great solution. Well GloveTips may have the answer.

GloveTips are small dime sized flexible disks that you mount on your gloves. Each disk has special thread stitched in the center that will interact with capacitive touchscreen devices when you wear your glove.

Yes you can already buy purpose made gloves that you can use with your iPhone. The main difference is that you can use these with your own gloves. The videos after the break show how well GloveTips appear to work and also how they are fitted to your gloves. Not sure how well GloveTips will hold up if your gloves get wet or need washing.

GloveTips are available now at a price $19.99 for a pack of 3. Can you see yourself using this solution? Let us know in the comments.

[GloveTips via Pocket-lint]

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