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Apple's Black Friday Sale goes live in Australia: Save on iPad, iPod touch

Want to save money n a brand new iPad or iPod touch during Apple's annual Black Friday sale? Well if Australia is any indication, you're in luck. iPad is showing a AUS$51 reduction across the line, iPod touch from AUS$25 to $51 depending on model, and iPod nano from AUS$15 to $25 depending on model.

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Physical rotation lock button back on the iPad... For Jailbreakers

NoMute for iPad brings the physical rotation lock back to the iPad. With so many people upset at Apple for changing the function of the physical switch on the iPad from rotation lock to mute, it wasn't difficult to predict a jailbreak solution was on its way. Remember that if you still want to quickly mute your iPad just simply hold down the volume down button for a second and it will quickly jump to full mute.

NoMute for iPad is available on Cydia for free. Worth a download? Let us know what you think below!

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Mighty Eagle coming to Angry Birds for iPhone, iPad

This December, in celebration of 1 year on the App Store, the TiPb Award winning Angry Birds will be releasing an update that includes the ability to in-app purchase Mighty Eagle as well as:

  • 15 new levels
  • New Shiny Golden Eggs
  • New Gameplay
  • New Achievements

Might Eagle will cost $0.99/£0.59/€0.79 and can then be used to skip through those levels that you just can't beat. However, you'll be restricted to using the Mighty Eagle only once per hour, requiring you to wait before you can use it again.

In addition, you'll also have the new option to freely smash up levels you have already completed with the 'regular birds', so you can try and fill up the destruction gauge.

Not only is this update going to be released in celebration of their one year anniversary, but you can also attend one of the 200+ meetup points worldwide for an Angry Birds Flash Mob. If there isn't a event happening in your area, you can set up an event and get people to join in the fun.

If you don't already have Angry Birds, you can buy it on the App Store for $0.99/£0.59.

Take a look at the "The Mighty Eagle" trailer after the break. Are you looking forward to the update? Will you be spending money on Mighty Eagle? Let us know in comments!

[iTunes Link - Angry Birds]

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Printopia brings AirPrint support to all Mac attached printers

Printopia extends iOS 4.2 for iPhone and iPad AirPrint compatibility to any printer associated with your Mac. That's important because, while AirPrint was one of the most highly anticipated features of iOS 4.2 and Apple boasted that AirPrint mades it simple to print your email, photos, web pages, and documents, by itself it's currently only compatible with 11 printers. Enter Printopia:

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Apple limiting users to 3 free Find my iPhone account setups per device?

Turns out there might be a hard -- and permanent -- per device limit to setting up those free Find my iPhone accounts Apple announced alongside iOS 4.2.1, the ones you needed an iPhone 4, iPod touch (2010), or iPad to initiate but could then use on iPhone 3GS and other, older hardware.

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SlingPlayer Mobile now available for iPad

Sling Media has released SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPad, allowing users to watch content streaming from their cable service provider, DVR or TiVo device anywhere they are. Users of the popular SlingBox can purchase the app in the App Store for $29.99.

SlingPlayer was initially released for iOS back in January, but was tied to the iPhone and iPod Touch. This isn't a universal binary either but a while new app so yes, if you already have it for iPhone you do have to buy it again for iPad.

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Dev tip: Hacking AirPlay for 3rd party apps

iOS developer extraordinaire Erica Sadun decided to take a look into iOS 4.2's AirPlay feature (and see if she could figure out why it was restricted to audio-only outside Apple's YouTube and iPod/Video apps (i.e. there are only audio AirPlay API currently available to 3rd party App Store developers). Here's what she's found so far:

Having gotten this proof of concept working, there's still a lot left to get done to transform this into a stable solution that works with general applications. Keep in mind that you'll be working with unpublished APIs, so the above classes and code are not App Store Safe. That's why we have a jailbreak world, after all.

The bad news is it looks like it will take an "Act of Apple" to get proper, video-supporting AirPlay API into developers hands and into App Store apps. (So developers, get thee to the bug report system and ask for this to be fixed and surfaced asap). The good news, at least for now, is that Steven Troughton-Smith has reduced the process to a single line of code, eliminating the YouTube work-around.

Yes, it still won't be App Store safe, but it's jailbreak friendly, works flawlessly, and suggests only a single item that Apple could move to a public API to open up this functionality to developers. What's more, with a little screen scraping or off-screen layer manipulation and a clever use of AVFoundation, you can probably have games working out to Apple TV almost immediately.

Indeed...! Check out her full post via the link below for details on how it all works.

[TUAW]

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Barrel tweak brings cube transitions to iPhone SpringBoard [Jailbreak]

Jailbreak developer Aaron Ash released his latest tweak today in the Cydia app store named Barrel which makes your iPhone SpringBoard appear as if it is part of a 3D cube when you switch between pages. The premise of this tweak may be pretty simple but it looks stunning when installed. To make changes you can go into the Settings app and select between making your icons appear as if they are on the outside of the 3D cube or on the inside of the 3D cube.

The only caveat to this tweak is that it requires at least iOS 4.x and it will not work on the iPad at this time. If you are on an iPhone or iPod touch and are currently jailbroken, go check this out and pick it up for $2.99 now in the Cydia app store.

Check out a video of Barrel in action after the break and let us know what you think. Will you be using it?

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Does iOS 4.2 make you feel like you have "a whole new iPad"?

Apple is sending out an email telling iPad owners that the just released iOS 4.2 will make them feel like they have "a whole new iPad":

The free iOS 4.2 Software Update has so many features, downloading it is like getting a new iPad. Just connect your iPad to your computer to get new features like multitasking, folders, wireless printing, and more.

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iOS 4.2 bugs: Having problems with MobileMe password?

Having problems with your MobileMe password lately? We're hearing from users (and our own Rene!) that MobileMe both on the web at me.com and on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad complains your password is wrong when it's the same password you've always used. We'll take a look at the symptoms and possible solutions after the break!

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