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Digital Trends Podcast: Talking iPhone and Snow Leopard

Leif Iverson was kind enough to invite me back onto the Digital Trends Podcast to talk iPhone and Snow Leopard:

editor Rene Richie from the iPhone Blog gives us tips on the best way to upgrade, and what programs make best use of Snow Leopard’s smaller OS footprint. Rene also talks about known bugs with some popular applications in Snow Leopard, and how the new OS could optimize mobile computing in sync with Apple’s rumored tablet Mac. Read more about Snow Leopard in our complete guide.

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The Competition: Nokia N900 Hands-On

Nokia's latest latest and greatest, the N900, is being shown off at Nokia World, and it again has our own NokiaExpert, Matt Miller, all shades of excited.

While some have complained about it's meager 3 rows of keys (3 rows too many for me, but I know many others like physical keyboards...) most are really excited about it's Maemo (Linux-based) operating system, and it's new user interface.

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We Want: "WhisperSync" for iPhone and iTunes

With Apple's September 9, "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" event fast approaching, and its promises of new iTunes 9 social media and app management features, here's something else, just like @sethclifford, we'd love to see added to the list: "WhisperSync". More specifically, for MobileMe to do a little over-the-air syncing of our location in a podcast, audiobook, or lengthy video so we can switch between the iPhone, iPod touch, or iTunes and always be at the same location in our media, regardless of where we continue listening or watching.

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Updated Apple TV at "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" Special Music Event?

New Apple TV's, whether it simply be a small bump to the internals (CPU, storage, etc.) or the mythical, rainbow and unicorn-tear soaked Apple PVR, are the latest rumours circulating in advance of Apple's iTunes and iPod touch special music event, "It's only rock and roll, but we like it", scheduled for September 9.

Since TV's aren't rock and roll, odds are we aren't going to see anything major in that -- admittedly aging -- product SKU, but since they do serve as an iTunes Music conduit, maybe Apple's hobby might just get swept up in the song?

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The Competition: Windows Mobile 6.5 Launches Oct. 6

Microsoft has officially announced that the next skin point release for their handheld operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5, will launch on Oct. 6 and include App Store Windows Marketplace for Mobile (catchy!) and MobileMe MyPhone services. WMExperts asks the impertinent question:

Will Windows Mobile 6.5 be available for any phones on that date? Will we see new phones released with WinMo 6.5?

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Grand Theft Auto Coming Soon to iPhone/iPod Touch

Rockstar Games announced yesterday that it will be porting one of their most popular games over to the iPhone platform. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will make its iPhone debut sometime before the year is over (price still to be determined price).

This is simply more verification that Apple's iPhone OS can pull it's weight in the handheld gaming wars. If you can't wait until GTA's release, Gangstar: West Coast Hustle from Gameloft [iTunes Link] should be good enough to hold you over.

According to Rockstar, screen shots will be coming soon but until then feel free to take a look some Sony PSP images after the break.

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iPhone App "Learn that Name" Wins at Microsoft-Sponsored Event -- Awkward!

Learn that Name for the iPhone, coming soon to the iTunes App Store for $2.99, beat out 14 other apps and walked away with top honour at the Startup Weekend's 54-hour coding marathon. Oh, and did we mention the event was sponsored by Microsoft, held on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, and was the only app NOT built on Microsoft's platform.

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whispered Startup Weekend organizer Clint Nelsen into the microphone upon announcing the top voter getter.

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Apple Approves Spotify for iPhone

Apple went ahead and gave the green flag for the music streaming service Spotify, whose biggest selling point is the fact you can create playlists in a free desktop app, and then listen to those playlists via your iPhone at any point in time, with or without a data connection. Apple told the developer:

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Snow Leopard Shows iPhone Love... For Tethering!

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard does indeed have some "refinements and enhancements" for the iPhone, namely a brand spanking new iPhone logo in System Preferences > Network when you're tethered via the iPhone.

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Apple "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" iTunes and iPod Music Event is on for September 9!

Apple's annual iTunes and iPod Special Music Event has just been made official, and this year's bash will be called "It's only rock and roll, but we like it", with the date confirmed for Wednesday, September 9 at 10am PT/1pm ET at the Yerba Bueana Center for the Arts Theatre in San Francisco, California.

TiPb will be providing a full meta live-blog as usual, and we'll be following it up at 5pm PT/8pm ET with our full analysis on iPhone Live!

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