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FAA approves Apple iPad for pilot flight charts

The FAA has given a thumbs up for a flight charter company to begin using the iPad in place of paper flight charts, making it much easier and more efficient for pilots to keep tabs on their flight charts while on the ground and in the air. Wired reports:

The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing charter company Executive Jet Management to use Apple's tablet as an approved alternative to paper charts.

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Steve Jobs considering iPad 2 event appearance?

Kara Swisher from Boom Town claims Steve Jobs is considering making an appearance at the iPad 2 launch event tomorrow:

According to several sources close to the situation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs–who is on a health-related leave from the company–is definitely considering an appearance at its big iPad 2 event tomorrow.

But the possibility–which would be a big sensation at the San Francisco gathering and has been subject to great speculation–is also just as definitely not confirmed as yet, stressed sources.

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No BBC event for iPad 2 -- It's an Apple press event in UK

Following up the story of the BBC holding an event at the same time as the iPad 2 launch, The BBC contacted TiPb and told us that they do not have an event planned for March 2. However, they did confirm that Apple has booked a studio within the BBC Television Center for its own press event.

So can expect some interaction between the US and UK at the launch event? Phil Schiller and Stephen Fry on iPad FaceTime perhaps?

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, March 1

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Fight Night Championships: EA Sports lets you go one-on-on with the great ones of boxing and build your own legendary fighter. [$4.99 - iTunes link

  • Smurfs' Village: New cliff expansion and Mining Smurf minigame! [Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

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Will the iPad 2 be available March 9?

We know that the iPad 2 will be announced on Wednesday, what is still up in air the however is when we will be able to get our hands on one? A couple of stories have emerged over the last twenty four hours, which may point to it being with us by March 9.

Firstly, there are reports that Apple has ceased production of the first iPad and global retailers are no longer able to source them. The retailers that 9to5Mac has spoken to said, they only have what is on their shelves and they could be sold out very soon.

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Gameloft set to make iPhone, iPad games epically Unreal!

Gameloft has announced that they'll be bringing Epic's pixel-popping 3D rendering engine, Epic Unreal 3, to four iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad titles:

Gameloft penned a long-term, multi-platform licensing agreement with Epic Games, Inc. Whew! This agreement enables Gameloft to incorporate Unreal Engine 3 in four new games, two to be released in 2011 and two in 2012.

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Last major holdout, Random House, coming to iBooks?

Random House will be adopting the Apple and iBooks-centric 70/30 "agency model" tomorrow, the day before Apple's iPad 2 event on Wednesday.

"The agency model guarantees a higher margin for retailers than did our previous sales terms," Random House said in a statement. "We are making this change both as an investment in the successful digital transition of our existing partners and in order to give us the opportunity to forge new retail relationships."

Coincidence or a sign the iBooks catalog might soon be a little less sparse?

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Apple COO Tim Cook talks cheaper iPhones, huge tablet market growth

During a meeting with Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, Apple COO Tim Cook referred to the iPhone as "the mother of all halos" because of its ability to expand sales of other core products like the iPad and the Mac. Cook went on to strongly suggest that Apple would be releasing a cheaper iPhone in the not-so-distant future:

The analyst says Cook “appeared to reaffirm the notion that Apple is likely to develop lower priced offerings” to expand the market for the iPhone. Cook said the company is planning “clever things” to address the prepaid market, and that Apple did not want its products to be “just for the rich,” and that the company is “not ceding any market.”

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T-Mobile says AT&T, Verizon iPhones be slow

T-Mobile is burning a lot of ad dollars lately telling us our AT&T and Verizon iPhones -- running on HPSA 7.2 and EVDO Rev A respectively -- are slower than the Android phones they have running on their HSPA+ network.

Take a look at what you get from Android™ phones vs iPhone®. The full web experience, with fast uploads, downloads, and streaming entertainment, all on the fastest 4G smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G Network™ with the most affordable 4G data.*

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Still no white iPhone 4, so how about a white iPad 2 rumor?

Still no word on the white iPhone 4 other than "spring" so how about we start wondering about a white iPad 2? That's what the above part just might represent. Or it could just be a test part, a part for after-market conversion shops, or for a knock-off tablet. Who knows any more?

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