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Crazy Rumor-de-Jour: AT&T iPhone Exclusivity to End this Wednesday, Verizon iPhone, iTablet "One More Thing"?

No one outside the contract signers at Apple and AT&T know for sure when US iPhone exclusivity ends, but HotHardware is stirring up a storm with the rumor that it ends this Wednesday, at Apple's "Come see our latest creation" event:

According to an inside source close to the going-ons involved in all of this, a new tablet of some sort may not be the only thing on deck for next Wednesday though. We have been led to believe by an inside source that AT&T will lose their iPhone exclusivity on the same day

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 24 Jan 2010

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TC: Steve Jobs says iTablet "Will be the Most Important Thing I've Ever Done"

Not much hear besides the title -- Steve Jobs says the iTablet/iSlate/iPad "will be the most important thing I've ever done" -- which TechCrunch says they haven't heard first hand but have heard second and third hand from multiple sources. Wait... what?

Okay, let's have fun and assume it's true. This from the man who brought or helped bring the Apple II, Macintosh, iPod, iTunes, Apple Retail, Pixar, and the iPhone to market? If he's really that excited about the tablet, then it will be tough to set expectations any hi

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Google CEO - Relationship with Apple "Stable, Stable"

AppleInsider reports that during Google's quarterly earnings call, CEO Eric Schmidt was asked about Google's relationship with Apple, and responded:

"I, as a former board member, have a special spot for Apple in my heart, but I will tell you Apple is a very well run company. They have a lot of very good stuff coming. We have a couple of very good partnerships with them, and we also compete with them in a couple of areas. My guess is that is a pretty stable situation for awhile."

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Apple's iPhone Ranked #1 in Mobile Web in Americas and Europe

AdMob released its latest report and it states the iPhone is the leading smartphone not only in the Americas, but in Europe as well. This news should really come to no surprise to any of our readers, and it's not the first signs of Apple's dominance in the smartphone world as we've reported its U.S. success of mobile web traffic previously. As you can see, the iPhone is annihilating the competition regarding mobile traffic in some major markets.

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RedSn0w 0.9 Beta for Mac and Windows is Released by iPhone Dev-Team

The iPhone Dev-Team is back, this time with the first beta of RedSn0w 0.9 for Mac and Windows. Version 0.9 will allow for jailbreaking, unlocking, and customizing of the iPhone OS 3.0/3.1.2 software. It is important to note that this beta supports every iPhone and iPod touch with the exception of the iPod touch G3. (That will be supported after the beta period is over.)

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Fox News: Apple in Talks With AT&T for iTablet, Verizon for iTablet and iPhone

Fox News is once again weighing in on the iTablet -- and the iPhone -- claiming sources within AT&T and Verizon are telling them negotiations to carry the device(s) are getting hot and heavy:

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Trapster Hits 4.0, Adds Patrol, New Trap Types, Caravan

Trapster 4.0 [Free - iTunes link] adds new features to the ticket-avoiding app:

  • Patrol, which highlights recently driven roads so you know the data is fresh.
  • New trap types like road kill, children at play, recent accidents, brush fires, ice, or floods, construction, etc.
  • Caravan, a real-time, location based, social network for and between Trapster users.

All this in addition to it's primary function -- alerting you, including via push notification, of radar speeding traps, traffic light cameras, and police check points.

If you give it a try, let us know how it works for you. Especially if it involves a great story about you narrowly avoiding a massive speeding ticket learning an important lesson about responsible driving.

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Haiti Earthquake Survivor Uses iPhone App as Survival Tool

Apple's iPhone, along with the help of a medical application, has saved at least one life in the tragic Haiti earthquake. American film maker, Dan Woolley, found himself trapped in rubble when the Haitian earthquake struck, injuring his head and leg. With no other place to turn he used his trusty iPhone along with help from a unknown first-aid medical application. The app helped him diagnose his broken foot, make a tourniquet for his leg, and described the best way to bandage his head to stop the bleeding. He even set the alarm clock to go off every 20 minutes to make sure he stayed awake and alert.

65 hours later he was rescued.

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iTablet to Look like Bigger, Slimmer Original iPhone 2G, Use MacBook Battery?

AppleInsider is claiming "people familiar with the device" as saying Apple's upcoming iTablet/iSlate/iPad will have a physical design reminiscent of the original iPhone 2G launched in 2007:

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