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Apple Forces Mention of Google's Android Off App Store

Have the gloves officially come off with Apple demanding Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab's developer remove a mention of Google's Android from their App Store application's description? This does come just days after Steve Jobs fired away claiming Google’s “don’t be evil” motto was “BS”. Coincidence? You tell us.

According to Cult of Mac:

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Apple: No Location-based Ads for Non Location-based Apps -- Controversy de Jour?

Apple's iPhone Developer News feed has posted a note saying developers should enhance their App Store apps with Core Location... but not if they just want to use it to serve up location-based ads. Of course, this has set off yet another round of conspiracy theories and Apple accusations. Here's what Apple had to say:

The Core Location framework allows you to build applications which know where your users are and can deliver information based on their location, such as local weather, nearby restaurants, ATMs, and other location-based information.

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iPad GUI Design Recommendations, Templates, and Galleries

If you're interested in iPad design or development, the internet is already offering up resources for you, including interface recommendations, icon templates, and galleries of Apple examples. And why not? The same people who love every pixel of interface on the iPhone are finding 1024x768 reasons to pour over the iPad's beefy new canvas as well.

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TiPb on the Cell Phone Junky Unlocked

Frequent iPhone Live! panelist Mickey Papillon was kind enough to invite yours truly to come on The Cell Phone Junkie Unlocked podcast and talk about Apple's latest iPhone OS device -- the iPad.

It's a subscribers only podcast, but Mickey and his partner Joey also offer up the free Cell Phone Junkie podcast, and over the course of the last two months I've been on there as part of the Smartphone Round Robin, along with PreCentral.net's Dieter Bohn, CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk, AndroidCentral.com's Casey Chan, NokiaExperts.com's Matt Miller, and WMExperts.com's Phil Nickinson for a look at the past, present, and future of all the major smartphone platforms.

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Verizon is Back with 3 More Anti AT&T TV Spots

Verizon is back once more firing back at AT&T's 3G ads by releasing three more anti AT&T TV spots titled "Big Red", "Sail" and "Shadows". You will see that two of the three ads are actually spoofs of classic commercial campaigns. "Big Red" spoofs those Big Red gum commercials while "Shadows" spoofs DaBeers Diamonds are forever commercials.

Verizon just loves to try to push what seems to be it's only advantage over AT&T, more 3G coverage. Once AT&T proceeds with their plans to enhance their network and coverage what will happen to these commercials? What then will Verizon have over AT&T? Sound off in the comments below!

Commercials after the break!

[Thanks for the tip Bruce!]

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Steve Jobs Shows Up in Top Hat to Show off iPad to New York Media Bosses?

Silicon Alley Insider not only says Steve Jobs showed up to show off his new iPad in a secret set of meetings in New York with New York Times and Wall Street Journal bosses, but he topped it off by wearing a top hat. Yeabuwhat?!

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iPhone Skype App Going 3G: "Real Soon"

For those of you holding your breath for Skype to work over AT&T's 3G network, you will soon be able to relax as Skype has told TiPb it's only a matter of time. From their blog:

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blockquote>You may have seen other apps offering calls over 3G, but we’re holding ours back for a little bit longer. Why? So that we can give you the very best audio quality we can. When our 3G-capable Skype for iPhone app is released, it’ll let you make calls in wideband audio, giving you greater clarity and fidelity – because that’s what you expect from Skype.

We've been waiting since way back in November, when AT&T decided to allow VoIP over their 3G network, and Apple's iPhone 3.2 SDK for iPad has now removed the last hurdle.

It's no surprise we heard earlier that AT&T has been working with Apple to improve their network before the release of the highly anticipated Apple iPad. Perfect timing don't you think?

More from Skype via video, after the break!

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AT&T Grants SlingPlayer 3G Streaming Access!

AT&T has announced that it's granting an optimized version of SlingPlayer Mobile [$29.99 - iTunes link] permission to send TV over their 3G network, something that up until now has been expressly banned under AT&T terms of service.

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US Government Fears iPad, iPhone and Other Data Devices May Cripple Networks

The US Government seems to be a bit concerned about Apple's iPad, fearing its release in combination with the iPhone and other data-heavy devices, will wreak havoc on wireless networks.

Phil Bellaria of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau recently published in his blog his concerns about the future of our data networks.

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blockquote>"With the iPad pointing to even greater demand for mobile broadband on the horizon, we must ensure that network congestion doesn’t choke off a service that consumers clearly find so appealing or frustrate mobile broadband’s ability to keep us competitive in the global broadband economy."

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iTunes Adds In-Browser App Store Previews

iTunes has followed up their recent addition of in-browser music previews with in-browser App Store previews, changing the way iTunes link work from a simple redirect to desktop iTunes to a full-on web showcase for the app in question.

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