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Derek Kessler, writing for sister site PreCentral.net:

May 15th should prove to be an interesting day on AT&T. They’ve got two new smartphone launches planned, and they couldn’t be more different. First up is a phone near and dear to our hearts: the iddy biddy HP Veer 4G. Threatening to overshadown the Veer, in the most literal sense, is yet another Android mega-phone: the Samsung Infuse 4G. This massive phone is faced with a ridiculous 4.5-inch screen. It’s downright frightening in comparison to the Veer.

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AT&T liquidating iPad 1 cases for $5

AT&T stores are liquidating their remaining stock of original iPad 1 cases for just $5. All models of iPad cases are on sale, including Griffin, Speck, and Otterbox. While supplies last.

Note: , which retails for $90, as well as all the Griffin and Speck cases. Are you going to go to your local AT&T store to purchase your iPad case? At prices like these, I don't see a reason not to! let us know in the comments!

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, May 6 [give-away!]

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!

  • Mooniz (give-away): Save the world from adorable moon monsters by tapping groups of same colored Mooniz to make them explode in a spectacular display of dazzling colors. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • Linear Solver Basic: Solve every system of linear equation to 3 decimal places. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • Pinch: Using the multi-touch controls of the iPhone, take control of the Norbs; tiny nanobots with the sole purpose of conquering the mazes and puzzles which make up their world. [Free - iTunes link]

  • Create A Monster HD: Open a blank canvas and go wherever your monster making creativity leads you. In one blink of a monster’s eye you will become addicted to all the possibilities – silly monsters, colorful monsters, imaginative monsters, classic monsters, unforgettable monsters and best of all, your monsters. [$2.99 - iTunes link]

  • Super Ball Escape HD: An action adventure game that will challenge your balance and agility skills to the max! Take control of your robot ball and help him in his epic escape from the evil corporation that created him. [Free - iTunes link]

The folks at Mooniz Interactive have given us a few promo codes for Mooniz to pass on to you, our awesome readers! Check out a trailer of the game after the break and leave a comment about why it looks fun for a chance to win!

Any other big apps or game releases or updates today? If you pick any of these up, let us know what you think!

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Apple now number 2 in worldwide smartphone shipments

Market research company, IDC has just released its smartphone market share numbers for the first quarter of 2011 and it clearly shows Apple is only second to Nokia in worldwide shipments.

Apple’s shipments have grown from 8.7 million in 2010 to 18.7 million in 2011 which is an amazing growth of over 114%. In the same period Nokia only managed a 12.6% increase.

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iPad 2 Jailbreak update -- still pending

Those of you waiting to Jailbreak your iPad 2... looks like you can keep waiting for now as, according to the Dev Team's updated this morning, the search for an exploit continues!

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iOS 4.3.3 untethered jailbreak available now!

The Dev-Team has announced the release of the iOS 4.3.3 untethered jailbreak. Those of you holding off updating until this was released can now go ahead. The untethered jailbreak is still based on the exploit created by @i0nic for iOS 4.3.1. That is now three firmware releases in a row without Apple fixing the exploit; that is a first!

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Playboy magazine coming on May 18th, complete and uncensored!

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has again been hitting twitter to let everyone know that Playboy would be arriving on the iPad May 18th. Way back in January he told us it was coming in March but it hasn’t materialized so let’s hope this time it’s for real. Again, Hugh Hefner states in the tweet that Playboy will be complete and uncensored.

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Apple working on iPad 3D, could launch this fall?

Could Apple's iPad 3 end up being an iPad 3D? That's what RC Wireless has heard from "Hollywood Insiders":

“The fact that the iPad is 3D is a dead cert,” one Hollywood insider close to the big movie studios told RCR, adding that the screen would be the real magic. She went on to say that the big film studios were currently running around like blue arsed flies trying to gear up to release plenty of 3D content in time for Apple’s next launch.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, May 5

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!

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UPDATED: Onavo app claims to be able to shrink your iPhone’s data usage

A new app called Onavo claims to be able to shrink your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4’s data consumption. The app works by compressing the data usage from other apps, web browsing sessions and even email; which allows users to double or even triple the usage of their existing data plans. The app works while at home and abroad according to Guy Rosen, one of the app’s co-founders.

“Mobile data doesn’t come for free,” said Rosen, co-founder and chief executive, Onavo. “At home and abroad iPhone users must put up with capped or metered data plans. Travellers are hit the hardest, with data roaming costs effectively turning most smartphones into dumb phones. Onavo gives you the confidence to use your iPhone without being held back by data costs. It’s a no brainer – it simply saves you money. We believe Onavo will become a must-have travel and utility app for any iPhone user.”

Once installed, the app connects your iPhone to a cloud-based technology which Onavo has dubbed, “The Magical Shrinking Machine”. Once setup, the app works in the background on your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 and compresses the data that you actually download to your device. The app also provides a detailed monthly data report allowing users to see which apps are consuming the most data.

The free app will only work with downloaded data at this stage and does not support streaming services such as YouTube  or VoIP; but it is working on that. The app has already won the Best Mobile Start-Up and the People Choice awards at The NextWeb Startup Rally 2011.

BlackBerry makers RIM have long touted the data compression technology of their NOC-based system as a competitive advantage when users have capped plans, and browsers like Opera Mini have likewise used proxy, cache, and compression technology as a way to market themselves to the data starved.

According to Onavo, they're accomplishing this without violating any Apple private-API or background rules.

After installing Onavo you are prompted to install a configuration profile which allows the data to be redirected through Onavo's servers (hosted on Amazon EC2, currently in the United States - more locations to come). Once the data is streamed through our servers we are able show you insights into your data usage, and (if you choose to), compress the data, thus sending much less data back to the operator, causing the user to pay less for his or her data usage.

There are also configuration tips, see the Onavo link below. Would you consider using an app like this? Are privacy concerns an issue when your internet traffic is delivered via a third party server? Let us know what you think in the comments!

[Free - iTunes link, via The Telegraph,  Onavo]

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