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Google Voice now open to everyone (in the US)

If you're in the United States of America and have been waiting on a Google Voice invite, wait no longer -- Google has just opened up the service to everyone! (They've even got the nifty infographic above to show you how happy they are about it).

If you're not in the US, yeah, sorry, sux0rs for you. Like Google Navigation, they'll probably start rolling it out, slowly, to a few places, one day, maybe. (Not that anyone is bitter).

If you're a long time user or just signed up, let us know what you think of the Google Voice service -- even if you're limited to the Google web app (or Black Swan) on the iPhone.

Video after the break.

[Google Voice blog]

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Updated: iPhone 4 already on delivery trucks, in hands! [Sticky]

Our tip lines, and all of Twitter it seems, is afire in claims that some iPhone 4 are already on delivery trucks and even in users' hands. Hey, crazy things happen in crazy times but we'll believe it when we see it (in non-blurry cam pics, in your real-life full-framed hands, okay?)

Given those Apple emails about iPhone 4 pre-orders arriving a day early, FedEx confusion could see them moving around already. Or some people with nothing better to do could be using that uncertainty to play internet pranks just for the lulz.

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iOS4 Jailbreak and unlock now live (with caveats)

iOS 4 Jailbreak and unlock has been released by the iPhone Dev-Team -- but read this before upgrading!

Alright kiddies, you've been asking for it, so here it is.  The Dev Team has officially announced their jailbreak and unlock for iOS4.

There's a few caveats though, you must:

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Massive EA iPhone games sale - $0.99 for 48 hours

Don't want to pay a lot for those EA (Electronic Arts) iPhone and iPad games? Well, you're in luck - a ton of them are on sale today for just $0.99. Not every game, mind you, but a lot. Here's the list:

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Apple sells 3 million iPads in 80 days

Apple just announced that they've sold 3 million iPads in its first 80 days on the market. For those keeping track, given it took roughly 60 days to sell 2 million, iPad sales are accelerating.

“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”

Interestingly, while outside my local shopping mall yesterday, I watched two women walk by, point at the giant Apple logo and say, "look, it's the iPad store".

Is it safe to say Apple has mainstreamed the tablet yet, or

[Apple PR]

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AT&T 3G Microcell review

Our good friend George Ponder over at sibling site WMExperts has just posted a full AT&T 3G Microcell review, and it's authoritative to say the least.

Sure, George is still rocking the Mic(rocell, sorry!) with a Windows device, but our iOS fare -- iPhone and iPad alike -- won't care as long as they get more bars in more places (and the actual network backhaul behind them).

The AT&T Microcell isn't for everyone. If you're satisfied with (or can live with) your current signal reception, then you shouldn't bother with the Microcell. However, if your home or office location sucks wind with regards to signal reception, the Microcell is a good way to go about improving things.

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Steve Jobs: Why iPhone 3G didn't get iOS 4 wallpaper

When it was subtly footnoted that iPhone 3G and iPod touch G2 wouldn't be getting iOS 4-style wallpaper, our only guess as to why was CoreAnimation performance -- Apple couldn't do their transitions over the textured background at levels that met their auteur standards.

Erica emailed Steve Jobs to find out:

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iOS 4 features: Safari URL bar gets "awesome"

When you tap into the Safari's URL bar in iOS 4 and start typing, Safari starts to do a "keyword search", i.e. display predictive results based on your bookmarks and history. Anything that contains the text you're inputing either in the URL or history is listed below the URL field so the moment you see what you want you can just tap it and go.

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Apple Store - Your iPhone 4 will deliver on June 23rd (?!)

Apple has apparently sent out an email to customers who pre-ordered iPhone 4 for delivery -- telling them it will arrive a day early, June 23, and to make sure they'll be around to receive it.

In the past pre-order shipments have sometimes had early delivery dates, but Apple has always had FedEx or UPS hold the package for arrival on the proper day (sometimes causing huge problems, like on international iPad launch). Is this an attempt to avoid courier congestion? To ease carrier activation overload?

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iOS 4 bugs

Noticing any bugs or problems with your iPhone or iPod touch post-iOS 4 install? Got any iOS 4 issues? Well, we've got 11-pages of them being reported and trouble-shooted over on the TiPb iPhone Forum iOS 4 bugs thread -- everything from Google sync woes to pixelated pictures to missing apps to bloated "other" partitions to... well, go check it out for yourself.

We'll also repeat our standard advice:

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