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Apple retail getting updated iPad apps, about to deploy OS X Lion(?!)

Looks like Apple retail is getting new setups, including new iPad apps for their iPads, bringing their complement to Daily Download, RetailMe, Apple Connect, Apple Directory, Concierge, Mobile Genius, iRepair, and Easy Pay (the credit card processing app currently used on iPod touch).

Daily Download, which is a well-produced internal Daily 'newspaper for employees'. It is incredibly stylish and functional and and much better than the previous web-based version that existed before.

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AT&T shows off lightning fast LTE network for future 4G iPhone

GigaOM was able to play around with the trial LTE network that AT&T has setup at their Foundry space in Plano, TX, which just might be used by iPhone 6 in 2012. They were able to reach blazingly fast speeds, beating out Verizon's LTE performance without a hitch.

the highlight of the lab was that the Foundry is home to a trial Long Term Evolution network. I asked for a demo and got one. The speeds provided on the download side were about 28.87 Mbps, and were about 10.4 Mbps on the upload side.

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iPhone 5 world phone coming to Verizon same day as AT&T

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo revealed today that iPhone 5 is still on track to be a dual-mode CDMA/GSM world phone, and additionally that it will ship at the same time as the AT&T and other GSM versions.

When the next iPhone model launches Verizon will be able to offer it at the same time as AT&T. Verizon's version will also work in as many countries as AT&T's iPhone, which has global coverage, Shammo said.

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Apple patent gives a glimpse of iTunes Cloud?

Patently Apple has shone a light on a recent Apple patent that shows how cloud based music and media locker could be integrated into iTunes in robust, dare I say seamless manner.

Apple's patent and invention is directed to locally storing portions of a media item that is streamed to an electronic device. In particular, Apple's invention is directed to locally storing an initial portion of a media item from a user's library, and requesting a stream of the remaining portion of the media item upon starting local playback of the initial portion.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, May 19

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!

  • Soonr – Workplace: Securely store, share, access, search, edit and sync files from any device, online or offline. On your iPad, you can edit them using the world’s first integrated editor. [Free, with subscription - iTunes link]

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Playboy for iPad goes live, every issue as nature (and Hugh) intended!

Bang on time as per Hugh Hefner’s recent tweet, Playboy for iPad is now live. As we thought, it is a web app rather than an App Store app. The site designed specifically for the iPad, contains every single back issue of Playboy. These are not cut down versions of each magazine either; they contain every word and page that appeared in the printed version and every woman ever photographed.

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Apple completes cloud-music deal with EMI, now one step closer to iTunes Cloud

CNET is reporting that Apple has finalized an agreement with EMI Music for their upcoming cloud music service, and as previously suspected, is also on the verge of hammering out deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing agreement with EMI Music and is very near to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, multiple music industry sources told CNET.

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Twitter to force 3rd party apps to use more annoying authentication

Twitter has put up a blog post ostensibly to inform users that, in order to better secure and keep our direct messages (DMs) private, 3rd party apps will now be forced to use the web-based OAuth login method rather than the more native-feeling xAuth most of the use today.

When you first connect an application to Twitter, we’ll give you more detailed information about what you’re allowing the app to do with your account. These activities may include reading your Tweets, seeing who you follow, updating your profile, posting Tweets on your behalf, or accessing your direct messages. If you’re not comfortable with the level of access an application requests, simply say “No, thanks”.

So what this boils down to is, when you get a new Twitter app -- anything from a full client like Twitterrific or TweetBot down to apps that simply allow you to share content via Twitter, such as games and Instagram -- you won't be able to simply enter your username and password in the fields like you do today. Instead the app will have to call up an embedded browser window (UIWebView) and load up a Twitter.com page which then presents the more complex screen shown above.

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Apple Retail Stores about to go 2.0?

It sounds like Apple really might be getting ready to upgrade their already stellar Apple Retail experience to version 2.0... just in time for their 10th anniversary. 9to5Mac thinks they have more details on just what the reboot might entail.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, May 18

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!

  • Spoing: Spoing's colorful rainbow diamonds have been stolen! Now it's up to you to guide him through 50 underground caves to get them back. Build platforms using green gems to climb to high up places and throw yourself around in this elastic platform puzzler! [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • ABBYY Business Card Reader: Transfer your contacts from business cards into iPhone's address book or CardHolder as well as to find more information about your contacts in Facebook, Twitter or on the Map! [$4.99 - iTunes link]

  • Move'n Call: Associate gestures of your choice with phone numbers. Once done, you will be able to trigger a specific call with your gesture. [$1.99 - iTunes link]

  • King of Frogs: Help the King of Frogs find his way home in this fresh new puzzle. Using fun and simple game rules similar to checkers, you'll have lots of fun solving frog-hopping puzzles level after level. Now with a challenge mode and bonus pack! [Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

  • FatBooth HD: What would you look like with a "few" extra pounds? And what about your friends? Find out with FatBooth, a fun way to instantly supersize faces on your iPad. [$0.99 - 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!

For a video trailer of Spoing, follow along after the break!

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