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Best of Smartphone Experts, 29 Aug 2010

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Imaginary 7-inch iPad gets real competition from Samsung

While rumors persist Apple will be introducing a 7-inch version of iPad at some point, it looks like Samsung is wasting no time getting their 7-inch competition -- the Galaxy Tab -- ready for launch. Hey, at least they're not calling it GalactiPad or SammyPad, right?

Here are the purported specs:

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iPad now shipping in 24hrs

Apple's online store now lists both iPad Wi-Fi and iPad Wi-Fi + 3G as shipping in 24hrs, and not just in the US but in international stores from Canada to the UK as well.

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Steve Jobs in shorts, on branding - Think Different [video]

A younger, leggier Steve Jobs briefly schools the industry on how to do iconic, emotional branding by way of introducing the classic Think Different campaign.

Video after the break.

[Digital Daily via 9to5Mac]

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Concept: Magic iRemote for iOS Apple TV/iTV

Dan Wineman’s concept, above, for an iOS-powered Apple TV/iTV remote that's essentially an iPod touch without the screen, is interesting. Same accelerometer/gyro, same multitouch, same home button.

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Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, puppy dogs, all things good and decent (not Microsoft)

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has dropped the patent suit hammer on Apple, Google, Facebook, AOL, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube, accusing them of violating his lab's innovations in internet commerce. According to the Wall Street Journal:

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Apple's iPad proves to be the perfect fit for a sumo wrestler

Japan's ancient sport of sumo has embraced Apple's iPad this week when the sumo association handed out 60 devices to the 51 "stables" the wrestlers belong to. The sumo association figures since the wrestlers fingers are too big for a normal cell phone and then throw in the fact that some wrestlers in the past had missed information sent by fax or telephone they could use the iPad to promote better communication.

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CDMA/Verizon chip-maker looking for iPhone expert?

Qualcomm, which makes both the CDMA chipsets used by Verizon and Sprint, and a new hybrid GSM/CDMA chip that could be used on all 4 US networks, is looking for a little iPhone-related help:

"The iPhone has no secret for you?" the job listing posted earlier this month reads. "Well, that's what you think... join us and develop the most challenging product of your life!"

The listing has since been pulled but in today's Google-cached world, there's no taking it back. Rumors of a Verizon iPhone have been getting stronger lately as well.

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Apple unveils posters for Sept. 1 iPod/iTunes special event

It's still that guitar, it still has no text, it still just sits there, taunting us, a clue with indecipherable meaning, and now Apple is splashing it in grand, glorious form at Yerba Buena center in preparation for it's annual special music event coming September 1.

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Will the next iPod nano be a little square?

Back in July we saw an Apple labeled 1.5" touchscreen and wondered if it would be for a tiny, multitouch nano. Now some new cases, purportedly for the same device, makes us wonder much the same again.

Would it run iOS? Could it, with a screen that small? You could fit, what, 2x2 icons for a grid of 4 apps total? Web browsing probably wouldn't be included, but could it have ports of all the usual nano music, photos, video, and other assorted functionality?

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