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TweetBot update submitted to Apple, will include push notifications but limited to the first 1000 users

TapBots has announced that it has submitted an updated version of TweetBot, their beautifully designed Twitter app, to Apple for approval and the good news is it will now include push notifications. The downside is that the push notifications are classed as experimental and will be rolled out initially to the first 1000 users.

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Apple to hire temporary iPhone Sales Specialists throughout the UK starting August 16, could this be iPhone 5 launch day?

Apple is looking to recruit temporary full time iPhone Sales Specialists for its Apple Stores across the UK. The ads appeared on UK recruitment site Reeds.co.uk. The start date for the temporary positions is August 16 with an ending date of October 29. Could August 16 be the release date for the iPhone 5?

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Apple introduces volume purchasing for business

Apple has sent out a notice to developers that they're introducing volume purchasing for business. This is something I asked about recently, after Apple mentioned that Final Cut Pro X would be available in volume, and it's good to see Apple's not keeping it for themselves. In fact, it looks like they're going even further.

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Apple re-aligns international iTunes App Store prices

Apple seems to have taken advantage of the iTunes Connect maintenance window to altered prices in some countries due to exchange rate changes with the US dollar. The countries effected seem to be the countries listed in Apple's scheduled maintenance email, Mexico, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Japan and Norway.

Three of the countries have seen price increases, while the other three have actually seen price cuts.

The lowest priced apps/games (US: $0.99) are now priced at

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Apollo: Browser+Facebook chat optimized for Google Reader

VoyagerApps have updated their iPad web browser, Apollo, with optimization for Google Reader.

Before Apollo, you could only browse the single-column iPhone layout of Google Reader on the iPad. So we tweaked the Google Reader web app in Apollo and changed it to a two-pane layout, just like the Email app. You can browse folders and titles on the left pane, and when you tap on it, content shows on the right pane - perfect for iPad.

  • Elegant and powerful Facebook integration - FB chat is at the right bottom corner of Apollo, just like FB on computer browser. Tap on it and you see contact list, tap on a friend to start chatting, it's that easy.
  • Video Popout - Apollo is the only app that lets you enjoy web and video at the same time. Tap on the Video button on bottom toolbar to try it out.
  • Best Google Reader for iPad - Apollo optimizes Google Reader for iPad in a beautiful two pane layout. Tap Reader in home screen to give it a try.
  • Tabs - The top tool bar only has 4 buttons to leave max room for web tabs. Tip: swipe left/right on web tabs to navigate your tabs.
  • Gesture rules - Put two fingers on web page and swipe left to go back previous page. Two fingers swipe to right to go forward. Try it and you will fall in love with it.

Apollo: Browser+Facebook chat is available for free. Screenshots after the break.

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Amazon preparing a 9-inch iPad competitor for fall

The Wall Street Journal claims Amazon is going ahead with a 9-inch Android-based tablet to compete with the iPad.

Amazon.com Inc. plans to introduce a tablet computer before October, said people familiar with the matter, in a move that will heighten the online retailer's rivalry with Apple Inc.

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Get a personalized TV guide with Peel for iPhone

Peel - Personal TV Show Guide is an iPhone app that generates a personal TV guide based on what shows you like.

As you are browsing through TV shows on Peel, pick a handful that you like or dislike and let Peel know about them. Within a couple of days, Peel will start pleasantly surprising you by suggesting TV shows that you will love. We call it magic!

  • Have fun browsing through crisp thumbnails of TV Shows
  • Touch one of the thumbnails and you will see what channel that show is on as well as a brief description of the episode that is playing
  • Swipe across to browse TV shows, Movies and Sports by genres
  • Mark the shows you like as favorites and cut the ones you don’t like. Your top picks will get precise as you interact more with the app.
  • Share what you're watching on Facebook and Twitter in one easy step
  • Use instant search to see what channel a specific show or game is on
  • See up to a week ahead of shows right on iPhone or iPod touch. No need of interrupting what you are currently watching by bringing up the onscreen guide.
  • Set alarms so you never miss an upcoming show

I've been desperately wanting to watch some new shows, so I look forward to seeing what Peel recommends for me. Has Peel given you any good recommendations?

Peel is available for free on the iPhone. Screenshots after the break.

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Foxconn persuades Apple to drop search for second iPad manufacturer?

Despite the recent rumor that Apple was looking to add a second manufacturer to its iPad supply chain, DigiTimes's magic 8-ball now says it won’t happen... this year at least. Foxconn has convinced Apple that it can manage the whole iPad operation on its own.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, July 13

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!

  • MoneyWiz: It's the one app that has it all: budgets, accounts, bills & incomes, scheduled and recurring transactions, reports, sync, multi-currency and 100+ more features. [$4.99 for iPad - iTunes link]

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iTunes Connect closed on Wednesday, July 13. May affect app availability, App Store access

Apple has sent out a note to developers advising them that iTunes Connect, the back end interface for managing App Store apps, will be down for maintenance on Wednesday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. They also warn that some countries will lose App Store access, and price changes might cause apps to temporarily become unavailable.

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