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iPhone -- the Hottest Gaming Platform on Earth?

According to Business Insider, just 1 year later, Apple's iTunes App Store has made the iPhone the hottest gaming platform on earth:

Apple became not only the hottest mobile platform in the world -- which around 15,000 developers have made software for, and all of its major rivals have tried to replicate -- but arguably the hottest gaming platform in the world. No other platform has had such a rush of developer and consumer interest in the last year.

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Apps For Less: Mummy's Revenge, Brothers In Arms: Hour of Heros, G-Map East/West

For those of you who are not familiar with our Apps for Less posts, they are a great way for us to point out a few good applications available in the App Store that are currently on sale or at a price that we feel is worth mentioning to our readers.

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Rumor: Apple to Launch $800 Multi-Touch iNetbooks in October?

MacRumors is reporting that, according to sources at InfoTimes, Apple is set to release a a 9.7 inch, (multi?)-touch Wintek screen netbook this October:

Because Apple will adopt touch screen technology on its netbooks, Apple will not target low-end consumers, avoiding direct competition with Acer, Asus, as well as their less-than-500-dollars netbooks. Apple’s netbook (or a "tablet" as many call it,) will probably be sold at around $800 USD each.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 12 July 2009

Here's what you may have missed in the smartphone world last week.

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App Review: Star Defense for iPhone

(Star Defense Forum Review by cjvitek For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!)

StarDefense is a twist of the tower defense game genre, something I first experienced online. Star Defense takes it to a new level, using a rotating sphere as the game board - representing a planet that is trying to repel Alien invasions.

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TiPb App Store Picks of the Year

One year, 56,000 apps, and over a billion downloads later, Apple's iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch celebrates its first birthday.

To mark the occasion, we're taking our Picks of the Week, where a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful apps, and giant-sizing it to cover the whole year.

And what's more -- the editors from SPE network join us in picking their favorite iPhone and iPod touch apps of the year as well. Love. Up.

So what are our picks of the year? Find out after the break!

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Appy Anniversary: Hockenberry on How the App Store has Changed, and What Still Needs to be Changed

Twitterrific developer Craig Hockenberry has written a long, considered essay on Furbo.org framing the changes Apple has already made to the iTunes App Store, what problems it still presents to developers, users, and Apple itself, and proposes some interesting solutions.

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$79 iPhone 3G! AT&T Discounting Refurbs (Again)

Now don't get too excited, the iPhone 3GS is not being discounted by AT&T. But if you are in the market for a excellent smart phone at a great entry level price, AT&T has the deal for you.

It looks like AT&T is trying to push the iPhone 3G's out the door as they have just lowered the price of 8 GB and 16 GB phones to $79.99 and $129.99 respectively, with a two-year contract. Both white and black models are currently available while the discount lasts. Before you jump on this deal, keep in mind of the following:

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Apple Addresses iPhone and iPod touch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Problems - Reset, Redo, Restore, Repair

Apple has updated a knowledge base article for those "Unable to use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with iPhone or iPod touch because there's no address listed for the device", which is something we've heard quite a bit about lately. The four-pronged approach:

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CEOh'Snap: Google's Eric Schmidt to "Talk with Apple People" Over Continued Role on Board

When he's not borrowing CrackBerry Kevin's personal handset to snap quick pics and give Android Cassey conniptions, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is responding to reporters about his role as a member of Apple's Board of Directors in light of Google entering the operating system space -- again:

"I'll talk to the Apple people. At the moment, there's no issue,"

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