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Skype Taken Over Canadian App Store Categories?

Yes, the Canadian App Store Categories tab really is all-Skype, all the time and has been for me since just after iPhone 3.1 launched last Wednesday (and no, the irony isn't lost on us). Since App Store is fed by the web, I figured Apple would realize it and fix whatever feed needed fixing, but so far no such luck.

I tried TUAW's workaround -- switching to the US App Store an back, but iTunes intercepted me saying I couldn't change stores until I'd spent whatever iTunes credit I had left in my account, and my rentals expired (I don't currently have any rentals -- the only one expired last weekend).

So I'm back to hoping Apple realizes it and fixes it, but if anyone does come up with a repeatable user-end fix, do let all of us Canadians know in the comments.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 13 Sept. 2009

It was an awfully big week for Smartphone Experts. In addition to coverage of the iPod and Android announcements, we also celebrated the ten year anniversary of our network, which began back in 1999 with the launch of VisorCentral. It's been a wild ride and we look forward to another ten

Anyhow - Let's get on to the week's news, here's what you may have missed!

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Showtime's Dexter for iPhone Slashes Into App Store

Dexter fans can now visit the App Store and pick up their favorite serial killers very own iPhone game for $5.99. [iTunes Link] It was almost a year ago since we first mentioned that this game was in development. Hopefully the extra time it took to arrive has paid off. Judging from the above video and what I've seen in the brief time I've spent with the final version, it does seem a bit more polished.

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GSM Encryption Cracked: Know Your Risks

The cracking of GSM "encryption" has been making the inter-rounds lately, and this week on the Security Now! Podcast, Steve Gibson takes a look at how badly it's broken, and what the potential risks are. In simple terms, it means what you say on your iPhone -- or any GSM phone, which includes all phones on AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, and almost all phones internationally -- can be intercepted, decrypted, and listened to if a person has several thousand dollars worth of equipment and the motivation to do it. In more complex terms:

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Inside iTunes LP: No DRM, Lots of WebKit

At Apple's annual special music event, this year dubbed "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" they announced a new, old-style album-centric offering called iTunes LP. The image painted was of a young Steve Jobs, grabbing his bike, riding to the music store, buying the latest Dylan on vinyl, racing home, putting it on his turn table, and then lying back and listening, while pouring over the album art, liner material, lyrics, and other extras.

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Sprint CEOh-Snap: Comparing Palm Pre to iPhone is "like comparing someone to Michael Jordan"

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was put on Charlie Rose's hot seat and asked the pointed question: "Is the Palm Pre making a dent into the iPhone market?"

Hesse's response?

Aaah... It's-it's doing well, but you can almost put the iPhone, to be fair, in a separate category. The Apple brand and that device have done so well, it's almost not... it's like comparing someone to Michael Jordan.

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Third Gen iPod touch Chip Supports 802.11n Wi-Fi, Has Space for nano-style Camera

We'd heard rumors that the iPhone 3GS would be getting fast 802.11n Wi-Fi to go along with that S for Speed, but that never panned out -- except for the new third generation iPod touch.

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Apple Posts MobileMe Improvements via iPhone 3.1, Snow Leopard, and Windows Control Panel

Apple's Mobile Me News has posted a link to a new support article that details several improvements made to the online service following iPhone 3.1, Snow Leopard, and Windows Control Panel 5.1. Some of these are larger and already known, some smaller but still nice-to-haves:

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Apple Positioning iPhone and iPod touch... as Pocket Computers

Apple is finally using the PC word (no not that one) when referring to the iPod touch. Turns out even they think it, and the iPhone, are great pocket computer.

We've discussed before how, depending on needs, some folks here (and everywhere) are leaving their laptops and netbooks at home some days and getting buy just find triaging emails, reading docs, searching the webs, and using whatever percentage of those 75,000 apps are useful on-the-go tools.

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iPhone to Nintendo DS and Sony PSP: Handheld Gaming Wars Have Only Just Begun

It's no secret that the Apple App Store is just flooded with games and entertainment titles - 21,178 to be exact.

As impressive as that number may sound, however, there is an old saying that says quality over quantity. Now don't get us wrong, there are very impressive games that have hit the App Store but we think developers are just beginning to scratch the surface of the power of Apple devices. When the App Store was first introduced many developers just rushed to put apps together in a effort to simply cash in with some subpar apps. As time goes on we are seeing more and more impressively polished games arrive in the store.

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