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Macworld Looks at iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0

Apple's iPhone Configuration Utility went to 2.0 just after the iPhone itself hit OS 3.0. The iCU is intended to allow system administrators to set up iPhones for use in the corporate environments, namely by creating, maintaining, and distributing configuration files for enterprise devices.

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Friday Fun Video: Bell Canada iClones iPhone Ad for Palm Pre

While even our friends over at PreCentral.net haven't exactly been thrilled by Palm's own, creepy Pre ads, we're not sure Bell Canada's approach -- filming an original iPhone 2G ad using the Pre as a stand in -- is any better.

As a Canadian myself, I'd like to assure the world we're really a heckuvalot more creative than this! (Right Bell?!)

Recent iPhone ad for comparison's sake, after the jump!

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AT&T Rolling Out 850 MHz 3G to Improve Service

TiPb reader Jake let us know that he just received the following message about 3G service level improvements from AT&T:

We've enhanced your 3G network to offer more speed, capacity & coverage in Greater Atlanta, North GA & Athens!

Mobiledia has more on the improvements going on:

the 850MHz spectrum now operates with [AT&T's] existing 1900 MHz spectrum -- adding more than 540 cell sites to increase network capacity and improved quality and in-building coverage.

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Apple Investigates: "Exploding" iPhones and iPods

Numerous press reports are claiming that iPhones and iPods are "exploding" -- well, three isolated devices, at least so far. Apple is said to be investigating these reports and have no answers as of now.

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blockquote>"These are isolated incidents and... there is not a general problem, For the cases which have been reported in the media, Apple [is] trying to get more information on the details of the incidents and will do tests as necessary to investigate the possible cause."

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iPhone 3GS Can Play Back 720p, 1080p Source Videos?

Can the iPhone 3GS play back 720p and even 1080p source videos, perhaps even output them to an HDTV? Looks like it might, according to WeiPhone.com who claim to have gotten just such functionality working via the FileAid app.

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AppJudgment Brings Mobile Application Reviews to Revision3 Network

Patrick Norton from Revision3 was gracious enough to join us last night on iPhone Live! and tell us about the new internet show he's co-hosting, AppJudgement. According to Norton, many of the Revision3 staff were so passionate about their mobile devices they just couldn't resist adding this show to their lineup. Check out the first episode, embedded above, and find out what Norton and friends think of iPhone twitter clients.

(They'll also cover Android Apps, and when more are available, Palm Pre. Windows Mobile and BlackBerry should also be on the horizon).

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Steve Jobs Asked Palm's Colligan to Stop Stealing Apple Employees?

Did Apple CEO Steve Jobs approach former Palm CEO Ed Colligan back in 2007 with a gentleman's agreement to stop hiring each other's employees? (Similar to the agreement allegedly just terminated between Apple and Google?)

Bloomberg, based on communications revealed by Palm's Derick Mains, says indeed he did. The conversation reportedly took place in August 2007, after Apple unveiled the iPhone in January and shipped it in June -- and after Apple had hired 2% of Palm's workforce to do it. Palm then brought former Apple iPod executive Jon Rubinstein on board to reboot their smartphone efforts, and it's at this point Steve Jobs apparently stepped in:

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Apple is Holding a Music Event - So Beatles on iTunes Rumors, Right?

Will the Beatles Arrive on iTunes this Year?(survey software)

As the typical timeframe for Apple's annual Music Event -- focused on iTunes and the iPod -- draws close, rumors have once again turned to... the Beatles. Perhaps because no other band seems both as close to Apple founder Steve Jobs' persona, and yet is still utterly missing from the digital download space.

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iPhone Live! Tonight 8pm ET/5pm PT (With Patrick Norton!)

iPhone Live! comes to you tonight (Wednesday, August 19) at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

Joining us tonight to discuss Revision3's new mobile application show, AppJudgement [iTunes link], will be the co-host of AppJudgement, HD Nation, and Tekzilla, Patrick Norton.

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Updated: Regarding iTunes 9 Allowing 3rd Party Devices to Sync

UPDATE: MacRumors is saying they have good reason to believe these images are, indeed, fake...

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