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UPDATED: Are AT&T's iPhone Problems Due to Network Configuration Errors?

UPDATE: TiPb asked for AT&T's side of this story, and here it is:

"The AT&T wireless network is designed and engineered to deliver the highest possible levels of capacity and performance. Our standing as the nation's fastest 3G network is validated by multiple third-party testing organizations on the basis of millions of drive tests annually.  

"We believe that recent online speculation regarding AT&T wireless network configuration settings is without foundation. Allegations in these posts regarding packet loss network settings are incorrect."

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iTunes Connect "Closed for the Holidays"

As previously announced, the iTunes Connect portal used by developers to upload and manage their App Store apps, is now "closed for the holidays", and with typical Apple graphical flair it would seem.

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NYT: Steve Jobs "Extremely Happy" with iTablet, Surprising Interaction Method?

And the iTablet Saga continues today, with the New York Times blogging that, according to an Apple employee:

"I can’t really say anything, but, let’s just say Steve [Jobs] is extremely happy with the new tablet.”

It's long been known that Apple has had a tablet in the labs for years, and that the iPhone was a result of leveraging technologies experimented with for a "Safari Pad", but Steve Jobs and Apple didn't see a mainstream market for the device and so never released it in its own right. Arguably, they've been just fine with the iPhone and iPod touch filling that niche.

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TiPb Speculates: What if Apple Unveils iPhone 4.0 HD in January?

Given the rumors culminating today in the Tuesday, January 26th Special Media Event mother of all rumors, the speculation about the when is only compounded by the what, and on that raging inferno of fantasy, TiPb is once again wondering if maybe not only (or not even) an iTablet fits the bill -- but an iPhone 4.0 unveiled early in advance of an iPhone HD.

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Rumorous Maximus: Apple Holding Special Event January 26

The Financial Times is dropping the Apple Special Media Event bomb, claiming it will happen on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco:

Apple is expected to use the venue to make a major product announcement on Tuesday, January 26th. Both YBCA and Apple declined to comment.

Apple's last event introduced the iPod touch G3 back in September. Absent Macworld this year, their next cyclical event would be an iPhone OS Sneak Preview in March.

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Rumors! Mythical iTablet Event in January, iPhone Devs Asked to make "Full Screen" Apps

From analysts to so-called insiders, the rumors are growing that Apple just might have an event in January to just maybe announce the just possibly new iTablet with just a few select iPhone apps running full screen, resolution independent by showtime.

Meh. Apple has held January events for a long time -- they introduced the iPhone at Macworld 2007 after all, and while Apple has pulled out of that event this year, there's nothing to stop them trying to once-again upstage CES and put on their own invitation-only shindig sometime during the first month of 2010.

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MMA Underground Brings Mixed Martial Arts, UFC to iPhone

MMA Underground [$1.99 - iTunes Link] brings your daily fix of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) news to the iPhone and iPod touch. If you are fan like Rene and myself, there's finally a worthwhile application that has elbowed it's way into the App Store, and it sports some great features.

  • Breaking MMA and UFC news
  • Fighters record search - Name a fighter and he/she is here. Over 250,000 fighters in total with a full fight history and detailed information.
  • Upcoming event information such as fight cards, results, etc...
  • Access to the Underground Forum.

If the information you are seeking is on the MMA Underground website, you can be sure to find it in this top notch MMA application.

More screenshots after the break!

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UPDATED: The Competition: Google Nexus One Phone Gets Hands-on, UI Walkthrough

Gizmodo got somes hands on a Google Phone Nexus One and shared some impressions.

A tad thinner, lighter, and "silky"-er feeling in the hand compared to the iPhone, Nexus One also sports a less cheap, more rubbery back. (The rubber lobby is no doubt thrilled with that bump in cachet). Its screen POPS and blows everything away, and it's (likely 1GHz processor powered) web rendering is a bit faster than the iPhone 3GS, both of which are faster than the Droid. (Though the iPhone 3GS still outscored all comers on JavaScript benchmarks. Nitro FTW!) It's also got a crazy animated background system that can launch bit blocks or ripple when you touch it, but becomes a visualizer when music is playing. Like Sense UI's animated weather, that kind of eye candy is just sweet.

With iPhone 4.0 and a 4th generation iPhone due June/July 2010, how selfish are we to beg all comers to "bring the awesome!" so that Apple is incentivized to bring their own innovation to market faster? Exactly this selfish: well done, Nexus One, you're not failing to impress.

Speaking of which, check out Android Guys video UI walkthrough after the break, and tell us what you think!

UPDATED: Engadget scores an invitation-only pre-sale rumor starting Jan. 5 with a T-Mobile rollout, perhaps, to follow. Also, specs galore, with what looks like 802.11n(!) support, 8??x480 WVGA AMOLED screen, 1 GHz proc, and all the trimmings.

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Rumor: 4th Generation iPhone to Pack 5 Megapixel Camera?

Digitimes is reporting that OmniVision has received an order from Apple for 40-45 million CMOS sensors packing 5 megapixels, bound for next year's 4th generation iPhone. That's nearly double the unites -- and a huge increase in pixel count -- from the iPhone 3GS cameras OmniVision currently supplies.

As with all next-gen iPhone rumors, take this one with an iTablet-sized grain of salt, but it does make competitive sense for Apple to bump the camera next year, among other things (cough iPhone HD cough).

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iPhone 4.0 Spotted Online Again!

Last time iPhone 4.0 was spotted in a server log, now it's been seen again in a developer's Pinch Media analytics. Sure, this stuff can and will be faked, but given that Apple typically introduces new OS versions in March, and that iPhone 3.2 is still nowhere to be seen, maybe they are concentrating on 4.0 and early tests are already underway?

'Tis the season to see rumors, if nothing else!

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