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Samsung asks ITC to ban import of iPhone, iPod, iPad

The escalation continues in the dispute between Apple and Samsung, with the Korean conglomerate now asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

If the ITC agrees to investigate such a complaint (which is pretty certain to happen here), a final decision is reached within 16 to 18 months.

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The Pope tweets for the first time and uses an iPad to do it [video]

The Pope has used Twitter for the very first time. To write his first tweet, he used an iPad and the official Twitter for iPad app. The tweet was to announce the launch of a new Vatican news portal. He also received a short demonstration of the news portal, again using the iPad. He did not seem to have any problem getting to grips with the iPad touch screen or the user interface; no surprise there!

The video is after the break; let us know what you think!

[Rome Reports, @news_va_en]

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, June 28

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Calorie Counter: diets & activities: Track your calories, weight, shape water consumption, blood sugar, blood pressure, mood, and more! [Free for iPhone and iPad - iTunes link]

  • Boxel: Smashing blocks on your iPad has never been as much fun, as intuitive or as beautiful. Test your skill and your reflexes as you eliminate groups of blocks, whilst thinking ahead and spinning it into position for the next throw. (Trailer after the break). [$0.99 for iPad - iTunes link]

  • SizeMyBike: An app to get sized for your bike. Define your morphology with 6 body measures and SizeMyBike will compute the optimal geometry of your road bike or your mountain bike. [$4.99 for iPhone - iTunes link

  • Laws of Physics: Learning physics has never been so much fun. Gone are the days when you have to browse through big fat physics books to search for Newton’s formula or Snell’s law. [$0.99 for iPhone - iTunes link]

  • PlanetSave TD: A tower-defense game. [$2.99 for iPhone and iPad - iTunes link]

Any other big apps or game releases or updates today? If you pick any of these up, let us know what you think!

Check out the trailer for Boxel after the break.

Have an app you'd love to see featured on TiPb? Email us at iosapps@tipb.com, tell us about your app (include an iTunes link), and we'll take a look.

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Volume licensing and the App Store

Apple today posted a Q&A in response to the ongoing controversy surrounding Final Cut Pro X, and one of the the responses concerned the availability of volume licensing within the Mac App Store.

Can I purchase a volume license?

Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 Commercial and Education Volume Licensing will be available soon via the Apple Online Store for quantities of 20 or more. After purchasing, customers will receive redemption codes they can use to download the applications from the Mac App Store.

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Rock out with JamKit + Pro Gear for iPhone

JamKit is a drumming game and rhythm training tool. You master your skills by playing challenges - beats recorded by users across the world. The Pro Gear provides extra content including additional kits, styles, and tracks.

  • Hone your drumming skills - Refine your drumming rhythm and coordination by playing great challenges made by players across the world.
  • Challenge the world - Drop a great beat and then challenge your friends and the world to match it!
  • A great new way to share - You don't just listen to others' beats, you get to truly experience them by playing along and honing your drumming skills in the process.
  • Inspire and be inspired - Learn from the unique drumming techniques of others and develop your own distinctive style.
  • Always fresh gameplay - JamKit community members create new and exciting challenges every day. JamKit is your canvas - you don't just play it, you create it!
  • A studio like no other - A comprehensive jamming rig in your pocket everywhere you go. With tons of great free and pro kits, styles, tracks, and the ever evolving world challenge library, your possibilities are endless!

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think! Check out the screenshots and trailer after the break.

[$0.99 with Pro Gear - iTunes link] [Free, with Pro Gear available as in-app purchase - iTunes link]

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Gameloft unveils some great game titles coming in the second half of 2011

Gameloft has just announced a list of games that it is currently working and all of them will be available for the iPhone. There are twelve new titles in total; all set to be released between July and December this year. Some of the titles include Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Lego Batman: The Mobile Game, Real Football 2012 and Driver San Francisco.

The full list of games and descriptions is after the break. Let us know which games you are most looking forward to playing!

[Gameloft]

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Ionocraft Racing HD for iPad now available

Ionocraft Racing HD is a racing game with "dieselpunk" stylings. The environments, tracks and racers take on an industrial grime with a touch of Victorian class.

  • Build and upgrade your own speeder piece by piece
  • Time-trial racer
  • Game Center leaderboards and achievements.
  • 13 tracks with hours of gameplay.
  • Global world records to beat.
  • Retina display support.

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think! Check out the screenshots after the break.

[$3.99 - iTunes link]

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Google announces social network Google+, should Facebook worry?

Google has finally taken the wraps off their long awaited, highly-anticipated (what?) social network, Google+ and it looks like a really clever take on the age-old problem of mapping personal relationships to a virtual space. It will eventually roll out across Google's web properties, but rather than one monolithic service, it's comprised of several parts:

  • Circles, which let you define your relationships and how much you want to share with who and when. These are usually annoying to set up so no one uses them. Google aims to change that.
  • Sparks, which brings you content based on your interests and hopes to strike up conversations
  • Hangouts, which is multi-person video chat. FaceTime is currently only one-to-one...
  • Mobile, which lets you share and upload from your devices (iOS app in the works?)
  • Huddle, a group messaging platform now in competition with the mature BBM on BlackBerry and nascent iMessage on iOS

Google hasn't had much luck with previous projects like [http://www.imore.com/tag/wave/) and Buzz, but this feels both more ambitious and far better considered. Whether it will be enough to put a dent in Facebook's 750 million member and growing dominance of the social space remains to be seen. (See how I snuck them into the post? I thought you did.)

One thing is clear, with Apple integrating Twitter into iOS and introducing Game Center, Ping (no snickering), and replacing MobileMe with iCloud, they're getting more serious (if not yet more adapt) at Social. And Google's just re-entered, once again, that game in a big way. Are you going to switch?

Videos after the break.

[Google blog via Android Central]

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Jailbreakme.com updated, been far too long working on iPad 2 Jailbreak?

Comex's Jailbreakme.com site has been updated again with yet another image that shows a list of commits along with an overlay saying:

"It's been far too long."

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Google Swiffy converts Flash to iPhone, iPad friendly HTML5

Google has an interesting tool up called Swiffy, which converts Flash FLV files to "HMTL5" formats which should be compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. (I put HTML5 in quotes because it represents not just the HTML5 standard itself, but typically and conveniently includes CSS3, JavaScript, H.264 video, and other technologies).

Swiffy converts Flash SWF files to HTML5, allowing you to reuse Flash content on devices without a Flash player (such as iPhones and iPads).

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