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Skype for iPhone Coming Soon?

While it may not be the holy grail, it's definitely one of the most prized treasures of thus-far undelivered iPhone apps: Skype. Well, GigaOM says maybe not for much longer:

A tipster — a very reliable one — tells me that Skype is almost ready to launch that iPhone version, perhaps as soon as next week. CTIA Wireless, a large mobile industry trade event, kicks off in Las Vegas next Wednesday, so perhaps the announcement will be made there. I am working on getting more details, as well as screenshots of the service.

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WWDC 2009 Confirmed for June 8 - 12

Apple has (finally!) announced the date for it's 2009 World Wide Developer Conference: June 8 -12.

Last year, Steve Jobs' Keynote at WWDC gave us an update on iPhone 2.0, the introduction of MobileMe, and the unveiling of the iPhone 3G. What will they have for us this year? More iPhone 3.0 no doubt. iPhone gen 3 maybe? Snow Leopard? One more thing...?

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Is Apple Really Charging Developers 100% of App Refunds? Not So Far.

Techcrunch ran one of their big, blazing headlines today reporting "Apple’s iPhone App Refund Policies Could Bankrupt Developers". They cited Apple's contract which allows for Apple to charge developers 100% of a refund, even though devs only get 70% of the payment to begin with. Under that model, developers would get hit for 30% extra each time an App Store purchase was refunded. Not nice, for certain. But apparently also not (yet?) the case.

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AT&T Adds International Features Online for Your iPhone

We've all heard the horror stories about the iPhone and international traveling. Whether it was data related or voice related, iPhone users have been slapped upside the head with huge bills.

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Quick App: Convertbot Unit Converter for iPhone

Tapbot was kind enough to give us a sneak-peak at Convertbot, their latest app, which converts units of power, pressure, speed, temperature, time, volume, work, angle, area, currency, length, and mass with the same kind of fun, fantastic interface they brought to their previous app, Weightbot (see our interview).

Rotate the wheel, old-school iPod style, to pick your category, tap to lock in the first unit, confirm, tap to lock in the second unit, confirm that, and you're ready to go. (You can also tap the center button to change the direction of conversion at any time -- i.e., miles to km, km to miles).

Rather then the generic keypad, Convertbot drops down it's wheel to reveal a custom job, complete with backspace.

It's a simple application done with a lot of care and consideration. It's the kind of app we need more of. Full gallery after the break.

Convertbot is now available for $0.99 via the iTunes App Store.

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When in the World is WWDC 2009?

At the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2008, Apple unveiled the iPhone 3G, gave us a shipping date on iPhone OS 2.0, and introduced MobileMe during Steve Jobs' Keynote . It was held June 9, 2008, a date announced (according to Daring Fireball) on March 13.

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TiPb Advisory: Not a Developer and Thinking of Going to 3.0? Think Twice!

When Apple released iPhone OS 2.0 over a year ago, very few people had access to the betas and screenshots were few and far between. Was it because early developers were seasoned, professional Mac veterans who took the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) seriously? Who knows. What we do know is that iPhone OS 3.0, following last Tuesday's beta release, is running rampant over the internet. Somewhat less than honorable "developers" are even offering to "sell" access to the 3.0 beta. Yikes.

This has led to a lot of users getting, or at least thinking about getting, the 3.0 beta for their own iPhones.

Well, think carefully. And think twice!

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External iPhone Keyboard Hack Now 100% Jailbreak Free

Turns out all you need is an old PDA keyboard, the iPhone 2.0 SDK, and a dream. Okay, that, plus tons of smarts and hackery. Hey, at least this one isn't as hard as the previous workaround we saw. Says Ars Technica:

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Facebook Connects... with iPhone Scrabble

Scrabble on the iPhone, meet Scrabble on Facebook! Thanks to Facebook Connect, players on the iPhone can invite Facebook friends to join them in games, turns taken on the iPhone appear on the Facebook board, and it even supports chat between players. Says Macworld:

Many leading experts have said that the future of the iPhone lies in its social features. EA Mobile has bridged two of its popular versions of the game in a social marriage that promises to bring new players to the addictive word challenge game and give existing players new ways of interacting.

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iTunes Genius Now Smart Enough for Movies and TV Shows

Looked at our iTunes and what did we see? Genius enabled for Movies and TV. For those playing along at home, Apple first pre-announced this feature before making iTunes 8.1 available for download, then removed it just moments before the download went live, then said it wasn't quite ready, and now has unleashed it on the world.

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