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Apple Posts MobileMe Improvements via iPhone 3.1, Snow Leopard, and Windows Control Panel

Apple's Mobile Me News has posted a link to a new support article that details several improvements made to the online service following iPhone 3.1, Snow Leopard, and Windows Control Panel 5.1. Some of these are larger and already known, some smaller but still nice-to-haves:

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Apple Positioning iPhone and iPod touch... as Pocket Computers

Apple is finally using the PC word (no not that one) when referring to the iPod touch. Turns out even they think it, and the iPhone, are great pocket computer.

We've discussed before how, depending on needs, some folks here (and everywhere) are leaving their laptops and netbooks at home some days and getting buy just find triaging emails, reading docs, searching the webs, and using whatever percentage of those 75,000 apps are useful on-the-go tools.

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iPhone to Nintendo DS and Sony PSP: Handheld Gaming Wars Have Only Just Begun

It's no secret that the Apple App Store is just flooded with games and entertainment titles - 21,178 to be exact.

As impressive as that number may sound, however, there is an old saying that says quality over quantity. Now don't get us wrong, there are very impressive games that have hit the App Store but we think developers are just beginning to scratch the surface of the power of Apple devices. When the App Store was first introduced many developers just rushed to put apps together in a effort to simply cash in with some subpar apps. As time goes on we are seeing more and more impressively polished games arrive in the store.

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iPhone 3.1 Encryption Enforcement Fix Causing Problems for iPhone 3G, 2G Exchange 2007 Users

iPhone 3.1 apparently fixes a bug that didn't properly enforce Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP1 encryption policies, and that looks to be causing problems for users of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G (and likely first and second gen iPod touch users as well).

While the iPhone 3GS supports Exchange encryption and is thus unaffected, the previous generation devices reportedly do not, leading to the error shown above.

Outside buying an iPhone 3GS or getting your Exchange Admin to turn off the encryption requirement (good luck with that!) we're not sure if there's a fix for this fix yet.

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Rumor: iPod touch Camera Axed Last Month, May Make Surprise Return?

Did Apple plan to add a camera to the third generation iPod touch -- just like the iPhone 3GS and iPod nano -- but pull it roughly a month ago due to technical difficulties? We heard that rumor last week, after months of previous rumors and leaks that made the camera seem all but a certainty.

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Apple Approves Rhapsody App, Palm Rejects NaNPlayer

Rhapsody [free - iTunes Link] is now available in the iTunes App Store. It was less than a month ago that we told you about the submission of RealNetwork's Rhapsody iPhone app, well Apple may have been scared straight by the FCC because it's been approved and is now available as a free download.

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Apple Music Event by the Numbers: 30M iPhones, 20M iPod touches, 75K Apps, 1.8B Downloads

During the t's only rock and roll, but we like it special music event, as usual, Apple spent some time up front discussing numbers. And as is increasingly usual when it comes to the music leg of their business, those numbers tend towards the HUGE. To date:

  • 30 million iPhones sold
  • 20 million iPod touches sold

That makes 50 million iPhone OS X platform device on the market, up from 45 million on July 21.

  • 75,000 apps in the iTunes App Store
  • 1.8 billion downloads (not counting updates)

Still no breakdown of paid vs. free, but up from 3,000 this time last year, and 65,000 and 1.5 billion back on July 14.

In terms of games, compared with other mobile platforms, here's the library count:

  • 21,178 for Apple iPhone/iPod touch
  • 3,680 for Nintendo DS
  • 607 for Sony PSP

But wait, there's more...

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AT&T Upgrading 6 Major Cities to HSPA 7.2

AT&T has unveiled plans to upgrade their 3G network to 7.2 HSPA in various markets across the US by the end of the year. What cities happen to have all of the luck on their side? Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami.

If you don't live in any of those cities don't worry, I will let you all know how it is working here in Chicago. Unfortunately for those who are not so lucky, the wait for HSPA 7.2 will will take a bit longer as AT&T is planning on having 25 of the nation’s 30 largest markets upgraded by the end of 2010. John Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations:

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Apple Posts "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" Keynote Stream

If you just happened to miss today's video of the "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" keynote or just so happen to be having issues downloading the full 850MB podcast feed like I am, jump on over to Apple's site and instantly view it in it's entirety via Quicktime stream.

Sure good to see Steve back...

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Steve Jobs Speaks: Why There's No Camera in Third Generation iPod touch

Following Apple's It's only rock and roll, but we like it special music event, CEO Steve Jobs, fresh from his return to the keynote stage, sat down with the New York Times, and while several topics were discussed, here's the "big question" (and answer):

POGUE: You put a camcorder on the iPod Nano. Why not on the iPod Touch?

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