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Safety Light for iPhone, or Can the Flashlight App be Redeemed?

Safety Light ($0.99 - iTunes link) riddles us this -- can one of the App Store's most maligned categories, the flashlight app, be redeemed by one of the iPhone's premiere developers?

Along with fart apps and tip calculators, there's little that's been derided more than the humble "lets make a white screen and charge $1 for it" flashlight app. With Safety Light, the Iconfactory's Craig Hockenberry, creator of Twitterrific, adds function to the flash.

  • Bright flashlight
  • Colored lighting effects
  • Disco mode!
  • SOS emergency flash

Like many, I've used the iPhone to light my way on more than one occasion, but Safety Light is the first time I've gotten all official (read: bought a flashlight app) for the purpose. But I'm a sucker for audacious design and development.

If you try it, let us know what you think!

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Nokia Sees Apple's Counter-suit, Files Against Virtually Everything

Nokia, massive if alien-to-North America, sued Apple for WiFi/GSM/HSPA patent violation, at which point Apple spun around and counter-sued for iPhone patent violation, and now Nokia has yelled the legal equivalent of "fire everything!"

According to PC World:

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The Competition: Palm webOS 1.3.5 Brings Speed, not iTunes Hackery

So according to sibling site, PreCentral.net, Palm is now updating all proud Pre and Pixi devices to webOS 1.3.5, but among the list of features we can't help but notice...:

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O2 Admitting to iPhone Data Strain on Network

The UK's leading provider of mobile phones, O2, is openly admitting to having iPhone related network issues. It seems AT&T might not be alone afas O2 chief executive Ronan Dunne recently let out the secret that the last 6 months the iPhone had overwhelmed its network in London. Of course, O2 is claiming that the issues are all fixed and the network is as healthy as ever.

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Okay, What's iGuide -- New iPhone/iSlate Tablet Service or Just More iNoise?

iSlate seems solid but might not (or never) be used, while apple.com/ichatmobile was a bust, so where does iGuide fit in? Says MacRumors:

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A Look at the iPhones that Weren't and the iSlate that Might Never Be

Harry McCracken's Technologizer looks back to pre-2007 and the ridiculous amount of hype and -- comical in hindsight -- guesses (and photoshop concept art) as to just what Apple and Steve Jobs' iPhone might turn out to be:

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Apple Seeking Applications Engineer for Cloud-Bound iWork?

While it is not anything new to see Apple job postings, TechCrunch spotted a listing for iWork that stood out from the crowd. It was a year ago that Apple opened up iWork.com to beta testing. It allows the sharing of iWork documents, spreadsheets and presentations with anyone with access to a modern web browser, on a Mac or PC. On December 22nd Apple posted that they are seeking anApplications Engineer for the iWork team and they hint that more than just online sharing might be in store for iWork:

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What's Apple.com/iChatMobile for? iPhone? iTablet? More iUnicorns?

No sooner did iSlate.com surface than 9to5mac has noted that http://apple.com/ichatmobile doesn't return a "page not found" error, but rather redirects to Apple's iChat for Mac OS X.

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iPod touch Sales Soar this Holiday Season

According to the mobile App analytics firm, Flurry, not only has the App Store seen a record-breaking month, December nearly doubling sales from November, this holiday season has seen iPod touch sales skyrocket as well.

Since November iPhone users have downloaded the most apps from the App Store, that is until Christmas day as iPod touch app downloads eclipsed those of the iPhone by 172%. And if you think that sounds impressive, downloads from Apple's third-generation iPod touch jumped up nearly 900% on Christmas Day alone.

All of this data would indicate that the iPod touch was quite a hot seller this holiday season. How many of our readers gifted or received their own iPod touch this Christmas?

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iTablet Rumor Updates -- Superhard 10" Panels, and iSlate Nostalgia for MessageSlate

Some interesting rumor updates on the iTablet, or iSlate if Apple goes that way, including the status of its panel and production, and some nostalgia for another unreleased bit of Apple kit -- the Newton-era MessageSlate.

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