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New Cydia tweak Graviboard adds zero gravity to your Springboard! [Jailbreak]

Graviboard

Graviboard, a springboard tweak for jailbroken iPhones and iPads, has just been released on Cydia. This tweak is quite stunning visually as it brings different levels of gravity to your springboard icons. The level of gravity (earth, moon, zero gravity, etc.) and how the tweak is activated can be set in the settings menu. While this tweak is activated you can also interact with your icons by grabbing them and throwing them against each other. You even have the option of being able to launch your apps while they are flying around. Graviboard can be purchased on Cydia right now for $2.99.

Let us know what you think of this latest Jailbreak tweak by leaving us a comment below!

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Smartphones and tablets to eclipse PC sales in 18 months?

IDC analysts have estimated that smartphone and tablet sales will soon surpass worldwide PC sales with help of the Apple iPhone and iPad.

18 months from now, combined smartphone and tablet sales will eclipse the PC, it claims, with both categories hovering in the mid-400 million range. [...] overall it represents a shift from the open-ended, flexible, and powerful PC to the narrow, task-specific, app-driven nature of the iOS and Android kind.

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Google's Andy Rubin comments on iTunes and iPhone, shows of Android 3.0 tablet

Yesterday at D:DiveIntoMobile, Google's Android chief, Andy Rubin had some interesting comments about iTunes and iPhone, and showed off Motorola's upcoming Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet. When asked if Google had any plans to start their new music store off with downloads, similar to how Apple's iTunes does it, Rubin's response was quick and to the point:

We could build that 10 times over... (it's) not the right experience.

Rubin also said he would like to see users have an intimate connection to music again like he had as a young kid when he would go to music stores to purchase albums. On the subject of iPhone:

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iTunes sending out free movie rentals

Apple started sending out free iTunes movie rental codes to iTunes users today. The promo code will allow you to rent one of the 8,500 available movies.

Redeem your free movie rental below, and start watching one of your favorite movies on iTunes. Watch what you want, when you want. Enjoy movie rentals on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, the all-new Apple TV, or on your computer. You have 30 days from the moment you rent a movie to start watching, and 24 hours to finish it.

Apple has not indicated the reason behind this promotion, but we're not complaining - we'll gladly accept a free rental. Perhaps this is Apple's way of saying "Happy Holidays".

Who's received a free rental code? What do you plan to rent? Do you plan to watch it on your iPhone or iPad?

[9To5Mac]

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iPad 2 to ship by the end of February 2011?

Digitimes is claiming that the Foxconn Electronics plant in Shenzhen will start shipping iPad 2 in 100 days. They claim initial shipments should reach 400,000 - 600,000 units. The rumor comes from Taiwan based component makers but has not been confirmed in any way by Foxconn.

The sources claim that the iPad 2 will ship by the end of February 2011. Apple had planned to start mass manufacturing of the iPad 2 in January however the device’s firmware is still in the testing stage and this has now been delayed by Apple.

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Apple now selling iPad gift cards

Apple Stores are now selling iPad gift cards. Actually, let's rephrase that - Apple now has the option to package Apple gift cards in a giant piece of cardboard labeled as an "iPad Gift Card" and stamped with a picture of an iPad. The gift card itself is the same one Apple has always offered - sliver with a white Apple logo in the center.

The interesting thing to note is that this means iPads are now able to be purchased with a gift card. In the past, it was required to have a debit or credit card to buy an iPad (as with iPhones), so Apple must have changed their policy.

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ngmoco releases Touch Pets Dogs 2 for iPhone, Adventure Bay for iPhone, iPad

ngmoco has released two new games, Touch Pets Dogs 2 for iPhone and Adventure Bay for iPhone and iPad.

In Adventure Bay, the goal is to build an island paradise and attract fellow adventures. You Assemble a crew and set sail, gather treasure maps, and explore uncharted islands in search of exclusive loot with friends. Adventure Bay is available for iPhone and iPad. Here are the highlights for Adventure Bay:

  • Build an island paradise from over 100 items
  • Lure adventurers to your island with its many attractions
  • Explore the tropics in search of loot and buried treasure
  • Complete collections to unlock exclusives
  • Help speed your friends along on their own quests

The sequel to Touch Pets Dogs is similar to its predecessor with the addition of new locations to play with your pup and new breeds to adopt. The idea behind Touch Pets Dogs is that you create a custom playland for your new best friend and fill it with toys and treats. You can primp your pups with soapy sponges and dress them in the latest canine fashion. Here are the highlights for Touch Pets Dogs 2:

  • Play and Care for your puppy
  • Decorate and personalize your own puppy playground
  • Invite friends’ puppies over for playdates
  • Visit friends’ houses to earn rewards for everyone
  • Discover treasures hidden in your furniture

Both titles are free to download with optional in-app purchases. If you pick either of these up, let us know what you think!

[Adventure Bay for iPad - iTunes link]

[Adventure Bay for iPhone - iTunes link]

[Touch Pets Dogs 2 -iTunes link]

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AT&T ranked worst carrier in the US by Consumer Reports

In a recent survey by Consumer Reports, AT&T ranked the worst in a whopping 8 out of 9 categories. The survey took into account the top four carriers - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. it also looked at a few of the bigger regional carriers as well. Verizon came in at number one out of the four nationwide carriers. It only fell 2nd next to US Cellular.

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Daily tip: How to use Voice Control on your iPhone

Curious how to use your voice to dial or control your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS? Apple has built Voice Control right into the phone and while it's still limited in functionality, it's very easy to use. We'll show you how after the break.

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Verizon willing to pay to keep iPhone off Sprint and T-Mobile?

We have all heard the rumors of the iPhone going to Verizon in early 2011 but today we are hearing word from Analyst Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros., that Verizon is not only interested in obtaining Apple's widely popular iPhone but they may be willing to pay a price to keep it out of the hands of Sprint and T-Mobile.

We are hearing that (Verizon) does not want iPhone, the hottest selling smartphone, available on T-Mobile USA and/or Sprint and may be willing to pay for exclusivity to itself and AT&T," Wu wrote. "For these reasons, (Verizon) could be more willing to give in to Apple's terms.

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