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id Software's "Rage" Coming to iPhone and iPad

Doom co-creator John Carmack recently told Kotaku that we can expect to see id Software's latest epic work in progress, Rage, land on the iPhone and iPad.

”Apple doesn’t give us anything ahead of time either, so haven’t put hands on it ourselves, but we certainly are expecting to try to have our Rage title for the iPhone, iPad, whatever, working across there.”

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Confusing: Developers Who Complain Apple's iPhone is Closed AND Think HTML5 is the Future

TechCrunch links to noted developer Tim Bray who's taking a position as "Developer Advocate" at Google for Android but who announces it while taking a swipe at Apple's iPhone:

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Monday Fun Video: Typing 83 Words a Minute on an iPhone

Once again proving that iPhone users don't need no stinkin' hardware keyboards, this YouTube'r claims 83 words a minute on iTextSpeed [$0.99 - iTunes link] which would be impressive on a full-sized desktop, never mind an iPhone.

And if you've got mad iPhone typing skills, feel free to drop your numbers in the comments as well! (I got 22 words correct, 0 incorrect, 43 words per minute).

[148apps via Gizmodo]

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 14 Mar 2010

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Apple to Replace Complete iPad for $99 if Battery Fails

Yes, you read the title correctly. According to Apple's web site, If your iPad battery fails Apple doesn't want to bother opening the device to replace it -- they would rather ship you a completely new (no word on whether it's a refurb?) iPad to replace the faulty one within a weeks time period. Of course there is a fee involved - $99, plus $6.95 shipping.

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iPad Update: DRM-Free ePub Support and Voice Over for iBooks, Facebook Sharing, Data-plan Management

Apple.com's new iPad menu item and feature pages shed light on all sorts of interesting new details. We've put all of them into an updated version of our Complete iPad and iPhone OS 3.2 Preview article, but here are some of our favorites:

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Apple vs. Google is Getting Personal

The New York Time has a full length feature up about the state of the Apple vs. Google rivalry and how it's getting personal. We've heard similar several times before, of course, and Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Android manufacturer HTC. But the details here are interesting:

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10% of Microsoft Employees Secretly Using iPhones?

Much to the chagrin of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Devices and Entertainment honcho Robbie Bach, the Wall Street Journal reports that even publicly stomping on employee iPhones hasn't stamped them out:

Nearly 10,000 iPhone users were accessing the Microsoft employee email system last year, say two people who heard the estimates from senior Microsoft executives. That figure equals about 10% of the company's global work force.

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Tim Cook's Bonus: $5 Million Cash, $17 Million Stock. Filling in for Steve Jobs: Priceless

Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook stepped up and filled in for Steve Jobs during Jobs' leave of absence last year, and has been given a discretionary bonus of $5 million, along with 75,000 shares of Apple stock (currently worth just shy of $17 million), by way of thank you bonus.

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