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Ford Sync at CES 2010 -- Very Slick, but iPhone Offers Only Partial Support

Microsoft and Ford were showing off the third version of Ford Sync at CES, and Casey and Phil from Android Central and I jumped in and got a demo. The good news is that it works great. It plays your music, makes your phone calls, and alert the authorities in case of accident, and more...

The bad news is the "and more" doesn't apply to iPhone and iPod touch owners since Apple hasn't properly implemented all the Bluetooth control protocols. Also, SMS to voice isn't implemented for the iPhone, and I'm guessing that has to do with the current SDK as well.

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Palm at CES 2010: 3D Games, Video webOS 1.4, Recording, Verizon, and PreCentral -- The Competition

While I look for iPhone stuff at CES, Dieter and the PreCentral.net crew went over to Palm's presentation, and got the goods on 3D gaming, video recording, Verizon, and more -- PreCentral.net's Here are the highlights:

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Facebook 3.1.1 for iPhone... Brings Bug Fixes!

No sooner did Facebook 3.1 [Free - iTunes link] finally bring push notifications to Facebook's iPhone app... then a few bugs popped up. Proving Apple's iTunes App Store can turn around updates with lightning speed when they decide to, an update has already been released to squash those bugs and get everyone updating, friending, event inviting, and otherwise getting social with it as fast and furiously as possible.

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Digital Experiences iPhone Gallery -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Digital Experiences is an event held the eve before CES 2010 officially kicks off, and as we've come to expect -- there was a lot of iPhone in the room. From EA showing off their latest games to Sonos showing how completely they've gone in on iPhone, from Speck to Griffin to XtremeMac giving us sneak peaks at their upcoming gear from Powermat's inductive charging solutions, all the way to Google's massive Nexus One booth (okay, everything except that maybe!) the iPhone was in full force.

Check it out, after the jump!

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Orbit Social Phonebook for iPhone Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Orbit aims to do for your iPhone what Syngergy does for Palm's webOS -- aggregate all your contacts and their status -- but with an equal and opposite focus on notification management.

So, not only can you link together your friend's contact info along with their Facebook, Twitter, etc., you can group them into various "orbits" (and each contact can be in more than one "orbit"), create all manner of filters, and raise or lower the "volume" of notification you receive.

So, you can set the volume of your raging editor in chief to "high" and your in-laws to "low".

TiPb has discussed this before -- after the rush to Push Notification, we have devices pinging and poping at us all the time and that can become as useless as no notifications.

Orbit [Free -- iTunes link] has just gone live in the App Store, check it out. Video after the break!

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EA Mobile Hands-on with Sim 3: World Adventure -- TiPb @ CES 2010

EA Mobile's Sims 3: World Adventure for iPhone brings an airport to your simulated town, first established in the original Sims 3 game, and you can now jump on a plane and visit France, Egypt, and China -- and play mini-games like accelerometer air sickness avoidance -- while you fly. (Yes, it's fun!)

We don't have all the details, but EA mentioned some way to capture image-based information from the original game and use that to load character info into the new game. If it's as slick as it sounds, that's a smart way to get around Apple's no-sharing data sandbox for apps.

Either way, if you enjoyed the first iPhone Sims 3 game, EA is planning to give you more of what you loved -- lots more, and they give TiPb a sneak peak look at it -- after the jump!

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EA Mobile Hands-on with Spore: Creatures for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

EA Mobile showed TiPb some of the new gameplay that's coming to Spore: Creatures for the iPhone and iPod touch, and it represents the next stage of evolution. Literally.

Picking up where Spore: Origins left of, your little life-form crawls from the primordial ooze, you have to negotiate similar challenges to last time, but now there are also bosses to contend with, and creatures you may just socialize with rather than savage (or be savaged by!)

It's coming soon to the App Store. But we have a sneak peak video right after the break!

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Paul Thurrot: Tiny Lenovo "kills anything Apple could possibly announce later this month"

Windows pundit and iPhone user Paul Thurrott, on the prospects of an an Apple iTablet, after a briefing with Lenovo:

I spent about an hour and a half meeting with [Lenovo] this morning and while I am charitably described as a ThinkPad fanboy, the truth is, they just make the best notebooks on earth. And now they’re getting even better. It’s dizzying. I posted a bit about this yesterday, but there is so much going on here. In fact, their near-final version of a tiny notebook with a breakaway tablet screen absolutely kills anything Apple could possibly announce later this month. It’s not even close.

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Microsoft's Ballmer to Try and Pre-empt Apple, Introduce HP Tablet Tonight?

UPDATE: According to WMExperts liveblog, it was a Tablet PC by HP running Windows 7 and called -- wait for it -- the Slate. Yes, named after Apple's latest tablet name rumor. Looks chunky, and its using a desktop OS. Okay.

ORIGINAL: So the rumor is Steve is about to introduce a new tablet device -- no, not Steve Jobs of Apple, but his nemesis Steve Ballmer of Microsoft -- and he's rumored to be doing it tonight at CES!

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Computerworld: iTablet Will Be on Verizon, iPhone... Maybe

Computerworld is rumoring that Apple's allegedly-to-be-announced-January-27th iTablet/iSlate will run on Verizon's CDMA network according to... an analysts sources (!)

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