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Apple Working on "Bathroom Web Surfing" iTablet Since 2003

While the entire industry is increasingly painted as breathlessly holding their breath for an Apple iTablet sometime in 2010, the New York Times re-affirms they've been working on just such a device since at least 2003:

“It couldn’t be built. The battery life [using PowerPC chips] wasn’t long enough, the graphics performance was not enough to do anything and the components themselves cost more than $500,” said Joshua A. Strickland, a former Apple engineer whose name is on several of the company’s patents for multitouch technology.

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Patent Watch: Apple Wants to Lock Down Your iPhone

Apple has applied for a patent for "provisioning" services on a mobile device based on a custom carrier profile:

Carrier provisioning profiles are distributed to computing devices via an activation service during the provisioning process. The carrier provisioning profiles specify access limitations to certain device resources which may otherwise be available to users of the device.

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iPhone Games Ported to PSPgo Play Worse, Cost More

The PSPgo is Sony's answer to the iPhone in a post-App Store world, but unfortunately it looks like charging more for poorly ported games is the question. Gizmodo explains the obvious -- to everyone but Sony -- problem:

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One of These Woolworths Looks Too Much Like an Apple?

The Woolworths department store chain in Australia is being taken to court by Apple due to their new logo... looking too much like Apple's. Apple is required by law to defend their trademarks, lest they lose them, and they're concerned Woolworth may sell computers (or smartphones?) under the new, Apple-esque logo.

If the stylized W in Woolworths' logo didn't have that little leaf on top, we'd think Apple was a little over-litigious. As it is, we're not sure why the W needs a leaf, or if it looks more like an Apple than the "Great Pumpkin" from Charlie Brown (maybe Peanuts can sue as well?)

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Best of Smarpthone Experts, 4 Oct 2009

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PwnageTool 3.1.3 for Mac OS X Released by Dev-Team: Supports iPhone 3GS 3.1

It was just one day ago we mentioned that a new PwnageTool was on the horizon and for those iPhone 3GS owners who stayed on 3.0, your patience has paid off as the latest PwnageTool for Mac OS X has been release by the Dev-Team. If you couldn't wait and you updated your iPhone 3GS to 3.1 via iTunes, you have a slight problem as you will not be able to jailbreak.

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UPDATED: Palm webOS 1.2.1 Re-Hacks iTunes 9 Sync

UPDATE 2: Apple, predictably, comments to Digital Daily:

“As we’ve said before, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with unsupported digital media players.”

UPDATE 1: PreCentral.net is back with the low-down on how Palm re-enabled iTunes sync in webOS 1.2.1:

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Friday Fun Video Jimmy Kimmel Auto-Tunes T-Pain & Obama on the iPhone

Oh yes, Jimmy Kimmel brought'n'd'ed it with this I Am T-Pain for the iPhone mash-up featuring T-Pain himself, President Obama, and auto-tune.

Warning: there are some things you can never un-watch!

I am T-Pain developer, Smule, also let us know they're running a "I'm on a Boat" contest, so if you want to get your own auto-tune on, check it out.

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Man Threatens to Shoot iPhone, Man Gets Arrested

Man goes into Apple Store for help with iPhone. Man gets frustrated with iPhone. Man threatens to shoot iPhone if it doesn't start working. Man draws attention to previously concealed weapon. Apple Store techie tells manager. Manger calls police. Police arrive. Police arrest man.

Justice, served.

[WPCO 9 via Gizmodo]

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Updated: Multi-Touch to Go from iPhone to Mouse?

UPDATE: Looks like Engadget managed to score the mouse and keyboard diagrams from the FCC filings before Apple had them yanked. They look the same from what little outline is shown, though the new keyboard is a tad smaller.

Is Apple on the verge of releasing a new, multi-touch enabled mouse for their Mac line that harnesses the technology debuted in the iPhone? That's what AppleInsider is claiming.

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