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Letterman, Top Gear, Microsoft poke fun at iPhone 4 antenna issue

So on one hand the hype surrounding iPhone 4 antenna issues has risen to the level of a David Letterman top 10 list and Top Gear joke (see videos after the break), and on the other it's got Microsoft COO Kevin Turner calling it Apple's Vista (which is a bizarre slam on Microsoft's own product):

It's beyond the looking glass. What is Apple going to do? What should they do?

[CrunchGear x2, Computerworld]

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Apple acquires map API company Poly9

According to the Sun, Apple has purchased Quebec-based Poly9, a mapping API provider for Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo!, MSNBC, and NORAD.

Poly9's website has been shuttered, their employees moved to Cupertino.

Last year, Apple bought PlaceBase, a company that specialized in API for layering data sets over maps.

Since there's only a few companies that actually own the maps themselves, Apple still isn't going into the map business -- but they certainly look to be doing a lot to make their implementation of maps better and more powerful.

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iOS 4 features: Keyboards and Emoji

One of the huge advantages of iOS 4's virtual keyboard is that, for people who write in multiple languages, changing from English to Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, or other non-Roman options involves a simple Settings change. This is helpful for language students and business travelers alike. It can also be fun, especially when it comes to things like Japanese Emoji (think emoticons gone wild).

Kyle sent this our way:

When turning on the japanese romaji keyboard, if you return to the keyboards menu you will be given a new option "edit user dictionary" where you can add a new word/Yama (if I remember that right) to the auto-correct dictionary and I assume the spell-check as well.

After tinkering for a bit, I saw the Chinese Pinyin keyboards work as well for the dictionary. Now, while meandering through the Japanese keyboard, I saw this "^_^" key under the '123' tab. Tap it and you'll be given a gigantic list of 'emoticons' if you will and some of which include symbols like those of a character map.

I HIGHLY recommend you see these as some are a bit funny looking and it really makes you think why Apple would put these on here, and why so many?

We're guessing it's because iPhone is popular in Japan, Emoji are popular in Japan, and Apple's using the latter to increase the former. If any Japanese readers have a better theory, let us know!

More pics after the break, and more on iOS 4 in our walkthrough...

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Apple SVP of iOS Software, Scott Forstall, has Twitter account

Apple's Senior Vice President of iOS Software, Scott Forstall has joined Twitter. His account is verified, so it's him and Twitter was told and knows it's him, but he's yet post any tweets.

Still, when Techcrunch caught wind of it last night, he had 3 followers (4 when I saw it) and as of this post he has 12,650ish. He's only following one person back -- that's right, he's with Coco.

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Android-based iPad knock-off gets hands-on

Phil from Android Central -- whom I adore down to his robotic little socks -- just loves to torture me by sending over links to stuff like Android-based iPad knock-offs that get a hands-on courtesy of one of his readers.

So what we've got here is a Chinese Android MID. It has four buttons -- the home button on the front (like the iPad's), menu and the volume rocker, and a power button.

It has a pair of speakers, one microphone, one microSD card slot, and one USB port.

The tablet has 1GB of internal storage. Not sure about RAM or ROM. It's built on Android 1.6. the kernel version is 2.6.29-00236-g4f8dbbb-dirty, and the Build number is 1.7.2. It has no market, but it has an "Apps Store."

Check out the link below for a photo gallery. Go on, I dare you.

(Hopefully when real Android tablets hit the market they'll be a little more differentiated than this...)

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Facebook for iPhone down - crashing repeatedly

Facebook for iPhone seems to be experiencing some -- hopefully temporary -- problems as we're getting flooded with users saying it's crashing for them on launch, repeatedly.

So take some solace in knowing it's not you or your iPhone, it's Facebook. Feel free to sound off in the comments until they get it fixed...

Update: As mentioned below, remember Facebook is a website and you can still go to http://www.facebook.com on your iPhone while you're for the app to come back online.

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iPhone 4 Jailbreak and Unlock becomes real just as Geohot leaves the Jailbreak scene

Twitter lit up this morning with signs that an iPhone 4 jailbreak and unlock is definitely on it's way.  On the other side of things, original iPhone Jailbreaker, GeoHot (George Hotz) has apparently deleted his Twitter account and made his blog private. What's going on? Keep reading.

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iOS 4 features: Spell-check and text replace

Spell check, which debuted in iOS 3.2 for iPad, is now a system-wide addition to iOS 4 for iPhone and iPod touch as well. Words that the OS thinks you've misspelled will be underlined in red (familiar to any Microsoft Office or Mac OS X user). Tapping on them will give you a popup containing a recommended replacement. Tapping the popup replaces the misspelled word with the (hopefully!) correctly spelled one. Combined with the iPhone's existing, fairly stupendous, predictive auto-correct, it's a powerful combination.

What makes it even more powerful is the addition of "replace" to the cut, copy, and paste popup. This is also something that debuted on the iPad but moved over to iPhone and iPod touch with iOS 4.

As an added bonus, if iOS 4 autocorrects a word and you immediately backspace, a popup will appear offering to replace the correction with the originally typed word.

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Regarding Apple deleting threads from discussion groups

The internet is abuzz with news that Apple has deleted discussion threads involving the Consumer Reports tests concerning iPhone 4 antenna issues.

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