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How Apple's Steve Jobs out-Sony'd Sony

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Interesting article over at SFGate detailing how Steve Jobs studies early Sony product development culture and Zen-like approach to design:

"It was very nearly fetishistic, in fact -- he even had a collection of Sony letterhead and marketing materials," laughs Deutschman. "Sony was a company that Jobs instinctively admired and saw as model from the very beginning. So it's been an interesting transformation over time, to see Apple supplant Sony as the center of the consumer technology universe."

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New Angry Birds game coming in March

The next version of the hit game Angry Birds will be coming to the App Store in March. The new game will not be a true sequel, but will be a licensed game based on the tie in with 20th Century Fox's upcoming animated film Rio.

Rio is a film about rare birds being kidnapped by other birds and is all about them escaping to freedom. Therefore we assume in this game, you will be up against birds rather than the nasty pigs that steal your eggs.

The film Rio is due to be released on April 15th but the new game will be available sometime in March. No exact date yet, but we will let you know as soon as we hear. While you wait patiently, take a look at the video teaser after the break, then let us know what you think in the comments!

[joystiq]

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3DBoard bringing 3D home screens to iPhone [Jailbreak]

3DBoard uses the iPhones accelerometer and gyroscope to present a "3D" view of the Springboard/Home Screen icons and it looks pretty nifty. Sure it's pure eye candy and not as functional a tweak as SBSettings or LockInfo, but cool has to count for something, right?

It's coming to Cydia soon and will cost $4. Anyone going to grab it?

Video after the break!

[YouTube via Gizmodo]

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Verizon: Existing customers can order iPhone 4 starting Feb. 3 at 3am EST

Verizon has updated their website and started sending out mailings confirming that existing customers can start ordering the Verizon iPhone on February 3, 2011 at 3am EST.

They've even got a handy timer right on the front of verizon.com to help you countdown every last minute before you can order.

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iPhone 4 "glassgate" -- Sue!

California resident Donald LeBuhn has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple after, he claims, his daughter dropped his almost new iPhone 4 from 3 feet and the glass shattered. Yes, "glassgate" is back in the news:

LeBuhn's beef starts with the fact that Apple markets the strength of the iPhone 4 glass as "20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic," and is "ultradurable" and made of the same material as the "glass used in helicopters and high-speed trains."

This, LeBuhn claims, is all part of Apple's ruse.

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Adobe Flash Packager to support iPad apps, pinch-to-zoom?

Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Adobe is about to update their Flash Packager soon so that developers will be able to cross-compile Flash apps for iPad as well as iPhone. (This following a long battle between Apple and Adobe that ended when Apple relaxed its cross platform compiler restrictions back in September of last year.)

Supposedly Adobe's next update for Packager will include not only support for the iPad but also more gestures such as pinch-to-zoom as well.

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NAVIGON introduces iPhone car kit, updates Traffic Live

NAVIGON, makes of the turn-by-turn app MobileNavigator, have introduced a "design focused" iPhone car kit. It includes an iPhone mounting cradle (suction pad type), an Apple-certified connection cord and a car charger.

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Apple releases iTunes 10.1.2, compatible with CDMA/Verizon iPhone

Apple has just released iTunes 10.1.2, a minor point update that claims to provide "a number of important stability and performance improvements." Unless they're planning to update it again in the next few weeks, might it not also include support for the Verizon iPhone and iOS 4.3?

Once you've installed it let us know if you see anything else new!

UPDATE: Sure enough, eagle eyed readers point out CDMA iPhone 4 compatibility is mentioned in the release notes. Why not jsay Verizon iPhone 4...?

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BBC iPlayer app finally getting close to release

The BBC iPlayer mobile app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is finally close to being released according to a report by Paid Content. The app was announced twelve months ago but needed the approval of the BBC Trust which was granted six months ago. The report suggest that the app will be released by the end of next month, coinciding with the departure of Erik Huggers, the BBC’s future media and technology director; who is leaving to join Intel.

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News Corp and Apple holding "The Daily" iPad newspaper launch on Feb. 2nd

Both Apple and News Corp have sent out invitations to an event on February 2nd where News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch will be joined by Apple iTunes, App Store, and Internet VP Eddy Cue to launch "The Daily", the long-rumored iPad-only digital newspaper.

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