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Titanium iPhone 3GS Mod -- Elegant and Armor Plated

According to Engadget, Martin Schrotz decided to pull a Colossus on his iPhone 3GS and transform the simple plastic backing into armor plating of nigh-invulnerable (and 3G friendly!) titanium alloy.

Check out the video for more, and let us know if this has you hoping Apple goes back to unibody metal for the 4th gen iPhone...

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Apple Yanks "Explicit" Option from iTunes

We are sorry to pass on the news, but Apple has yanked the "explicit" category that was spotted earlier today within the App Store submission software, iTunes Connect.

An iPhone developer tipster told Gizmodo s/he verified the removal by contacting Apple via telephone and were basically told it was something Apple was considering but not to expect to see the explicit option back anytime in the near future.

So it looks like explicit content has seen its day in App Store -- just another reason for some of you to jailbreak, eh?

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UPDATE: iTunes Music Hits 10 Billion Downloads!

UPDATE: And the winner is... Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia who downloaded song number 10 billion -- “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash! Congrats! iTunes (and Internet Services) VP Eddie Cue had this to say:

“We’re grateful to all of our customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone We’re proud that iTunes has become the number one music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering.”

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Apple Adding "Explicit" Category to App Store?

Cult of Mac is reporting that Apple has added an "Explicit" category to iTunes Connect, the portal through which developers submit and manage their App Store apps. According to their developer source:

“It’s available for selection when adding a new app to iTunesConnect although I can’t see any sign of it in the actual App Store yet.”

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iPhone + AT&T Fastest Smartphone/Carrier Combo in PCWorld Test

If PCWorld's second 3G, 13-city performance tests are to be believed, AT&T's investment in their network just might be starting to pay off:

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Interest in iPad higher than it was for 2007 iPhone?

Thinking back to the hype surrounding the launch of the first iPhone, with podcasters stomping their Treo's on the floor of Moscone West and customers waiting in line outside the New York Apple Store for weeks, it's hard to imagine that interest in the iPad could be even bigger, but that's what ChangeWave's survey just may be telling us.

Gizmodo notices something interesting as well:

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iPad A4 Chipset Uses PowerVR SGX Graphics Core

The iPhone 3.2 SDK for iPad has officially outs the PowerVR SGX as the graphics core inside Apple's A4 chipset:

Using OpenGL ES on iPad is identical to using OpenGL ES on other iPhone OS devices. An iPad is a PowerVR SGX device and supports the same basic capabilities as other SGX devices. However, because the processor, memory architecture, and screen dimensions are different for iPad, you should always test your code on an iPad device before shipping to ensure performance meets your requirements.

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Apple Posts Supplier Responsibility Progress Report

Following recent incidents involving Apple's manufacturing partner, Foxxcon, Apple.com has posted a "Suppler responsibility progress report", the introductory page for which reads:

Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility wherever our products are made. We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes.

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Apple COO Tim Cook Speaks! Been Using iPad for 6 Months, iPhone Platform Just Getting Started!

Apple's Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook spoke at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference 2010 today, and Apple provided a link for us to listen in to.

Overall, Cook came off extremely well. He talked about the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad extensively as well as their iTunes content, app ecosystem, and carrier partners. His key points included Apple saying "no" to good ideas that distract focus from the great ideas they say "yes" to, innovation being driven by their people, and their single-minded goal of making the best products in the world. That was "Apple's magic", and like a lot of magic its simplicity and obviousness are likely what keeps it a secret.

Longer form highlights after the break!

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UPDATED: iPhone SDK 3.2 Shows iPad Camera (Again), Camera Flash and Zoom, Video Chat, Wallpaper Choices

WhenWillApple has found an interesting screen in the just-released iPhone 3.2 SDK for the iPad -- one that once again hints at camera functionality.

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