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No Promo Codes for Apps Rated 17+ -- Including Browsers?!

TUAW reveals that since Promo Codes don't show ratings information, Apple is simply excluding any app that's rated 17+ from the Promo Code system , including any app that embeds a web browser or 3rd party content system which may provide a gateway to a naughty word, the Kama Sutra, or offensive lyrics.

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WWDC 2009 iPhone Developer Sessions Now Available from Apple

Apple has let iPhone, iPod touch (and Mac) developers know that World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2009) Sessions are now available for purchase via developer.apple.com:

Watch Apple engineers deliver in-depth technical information on the technologies that power iPhone OS and Mac OS X from the Worldwide Developers Conference 2009.

In addition to the session videos, you’ll also receive access to the presentation slides and sample code so you can make the most out of each session.

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iPhone 3.0: Location Aware Google Search via Safari

Google Blogs (via Gizmodo) has announced that the long-rumored Geo-Location based services in Mobile Safari are indeed included in iPhone 3.0 and being put to use in "My Location" searches by Google.com on the iPhone.

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The Competition: Palm Releases webOS Mojo SDK to Pre Developers

Kudos to Palm for getting a webOS SDK out to Pre developers so quickly, and for the sheer genius of making web 2.0 standards like CSS, HTML, and Javascript, ubiquitous all, the major toolset.

There's a long road ahead to catch up with the iPhone's 56,000 apps, 100,000 registered developers, and 1.5 billion downloads, but that road would have been infinitely has Palm gone with more complicated development model.

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TiPb Give Away: iPhone 3G Made Simple Book

iPhone 3G Made Simple comes by way of Martin Trautschold and Gary Mazo of Made Simple book and e-book fame -- likely familiar names to any of our CrackBerry.com friends -- have put their training talents to work on the iPhone 3G and the result? 376 pages chock full of photos and easy to understand guides.

It's available now in e-book (PDF) for $20 and is coming in August in good old printed form (soft cover). For TiPb readers, however, Martin and Gary are giving away 5 free copies of the e-book!

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Microsoft Stores to Open Up "Right Next Door to Apple"?

Either Microsoft thinks it's still April 1, or they really are going to open Microsoft Stores right next door to Apple Stores. Gizmodo provides the quote:

And stay tuned, because we're going to have some retail stores opened up that are opened up right next door to Apple stores this fall. Stay tuned, just stay tuned.

Tuned to what, Comedy Central? We've made fun of this before -- and rightly so -- but it seems Microsoft is again entering a business just because Apple or Google are in it. And is that really sound strategy in anything outside a Hollywood parody? (Starring Will Farrel, 'natch).

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Ultimate iPhone Hacker Championships: Purplesn0w vs Ultrasn0w

In the past 24 hours we have seen major updates to not one but two software unlocks for the iPhone 3GS. Who says competition isn't a good thing and who doesn't love a good old fashion hacker fight? Let's get it on:

In the red corner we have George Hotz along with his fresh version of purplesn0w RC2.

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iPhone 3.1 Beta 2: Triple Click Home for Voice Over, White on Black, or Ask Menu

Speaking of iPhone 3GS accessibility features, it looks like Apple is improving them in iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 by adding a new "triple click" option to the home button to toggle VoiceOver, Toggle White on Black, and Ask (which then will pop up a menu offering Turn VoiceOver On, Turn Zoom On, Turn White on Black On).

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iPhone 3GS with VoiceOver Easiest Smartphone for Blind People?

According to David Pogue in the New York Times, the accessibility features like VoiceOver introduced with the iPhone 3GS make it one of the easiest smartphones for the blind and visually impaired:

First, you tap something to hear it. You can tap icons, words, even the tiny status icons at the top of the screen. As you go, the voice tells you what you’re tapping. “Messages.” “Calendar.” “Mail — 14 new items.” “45 percent battery power.”

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iPhone Live! Tonight 8pm EDT/5pm PDT

iPhone Live! comes to you tonight (Wednesday, July 15 ) at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT.

As always, pre-show will start about 10 min. before if you want to drop by early and reserve a space in our all new, all roomier chat room. See you then!

Join in via http://www.imore.com/live

Chat with you soon!

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