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A Look at the iPhones that Weren't and the iSlate that Might Never Be

Harry McCracken's Technologizer looks back to pre-2007 and the ridiculous amount of hype and -- comical in hindsight -- guesses (and photoshop concept art) as to just what Apple and Steve Jobs' iPhone might turn out to be:

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Apple Seeking Applications Engineer for Cloud-Bound iWork?

While it is not anything new to see Apple job postings, TechCrunch spotted a listing for iWork that stood out from the crowd. It was a year ago that Apple opened up iWork.com to beta testing. It allows the sharing of iWork documents, spreadsheets and presentations with anyone with access to a modern web browser, on a Mac or PC. On December 22nd Apple posted that they are seeking anApplications Engineer for the iWork team and they hint that more than just online sharing might be in store for iWork:

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What's Apple.com/iChatMobile for? iPhone? iTablet? More iUnicorns?

No sooner did iSlate.com surface than 9to5mac has noted that http://apple.com/ichatmobile doesn't return a "page not found" error, but rather redirects to Apple's iChat for Mac OS X.

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iPod touch Sales Soar this Holiday Season

According to the mobile App analytics firm, Flurry, not only has the App Store seen a record-breaking month, December nearly doubling sales from November, this holiday season has seen iPod touch sales skyrocket as well.

Since November iPhone users have downloaded the most apps from the App Store, that is until Christmas day as iPod touch app downloads eclipsed those of the iPhone by 172%. And if you think that sounds impressive, downloads from Apple's third-generation iPod touch jumped up nearly 900% on Christmas Day alone.

All of this data would indicate that the iPod touch was quite a hot seller this holiday season. How many of our readers gifted or received their own iPod touch this Christmas?

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iTablet Rumor Updates -- Superhard 10" Panels, and iSlate Nostalgia for MessageSlate

Some interesting rumor updates on the iTablet, or iSlate if Apple goes that way, including the status of its panel and production, and some nostalgia for another unreleased bit of Apple kit -- the Newton-era MessageSlate.

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AT&T, iPhone, and New York City: Fraud? Really?

As Rene mentioned earlier today, AT&T online is not selling iPhones to people in the New York City areas, but physical stores and Apple are selling them. AT&T's latest explanation for this is fraud.

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Quick App: ZumoDrive Cloud Storage for iPhone

For those of us looking for an iDisk alternative, Zester has come out with the ZumoDrive. The ZumoDrive is a free service (up to 2GB, you can purchase more) that allows you to store and sync files to the cloud just like Apple's iDisk. The app has three main sections: Files, Music and Photos.

This is how it works: You install the Zumo client on your PC or Mac. Once installed it can automatically look for your music and photo libraries. You can also add your own files and folders to sync too.

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Want to Take an iPhone, iPod touch, or Any Gadget on a Flight Into the US? Here's What You Need to Know!

In the wake of the latest act of terrorism attempted on a US airplane, the TSA has enacted what appear to be deliberately unpredictable new security measures that seem to include a complete ban on the use of electronics like the iPhone or iPod touch, and even the use of the bathroom for the last hour of any plane trip in-bound to the US.

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Regarding the iPhone in NYC -- AT&T "Periodically Modifies Promotions and Distribution Channels".

So the internets are exploding thanks to a Consumerist article that involved not being able to order an iPhone in New York City via AT&T's website.

AT&T has apparently found a workable solution to the reported data congestion in New York City. They've quietly stopped selling the iPhone to customers in the New York metropolitan area, at least from their web site.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 Dec 2009

The end of the year and the holidays aren't stopping us from keeping an eye out for smartphone news and continuing to bring you comparative reviews in the Smartphone Round Robin. Be sure to check out the latest updates page to see what's new, or you can follow via Facebook, Twitter, and of course RSS. This week, you can listen to us discuss the iPhone on The Cell Phone Junkie Podcast, so don't go missing that either. On to the big news of the week!

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