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Google Mobile App Sneaks in Bells and Whistles!

Those rapscallions at Google sure do seem to be having fun with the iPhone. Not only did they pull a fast one on Apple by using private API's to work their lift-the-phone-to-activate-voice-search magic, they snuck a little super-swipe activated easter egg in for the rest of us! Says the Google Mobile blog:

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Patent Watch: Apple iGloves for Toasty iPhone Tapping

What makes capacitive touch displays so responsive is what makes them so unfriendly to hostile environments: they need skin-to-screen contact. Well, technically, they need the electric field around skin, and yet another Apple patent makes it seem like the iPhone team is figuring out a way for us to stay warm and still enjoy the multi-touch lifestyle. Says Apple Insider:

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iPhone Hard Keyboard... the Hard Way

Not only has the iPhone 3G finally been unlocked, it's now also been hacked to work with a Blue Tooth keyboard. Sure, it's not the elegant, Apple, "it just works" solution the world at large has been waiting for, but a "it's hard work" solution for those desperate and ingenious enough to tackle it. Ars Technica's Erica Sadun breaks down the solution:

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iPhone on eBay and... in Pink?!

So, either Steve Jobs really is retiring and Paris Hilton is now CEO of Apple, or some factory in China is taking the knock-off back plate biz to a whole new level. Our money's decidedly on the latter. Engadget is likewise struggling to find reason for this iphonochromatic anomaly:

The text on the back of the device convinces us that this isn't a simple ColorWare job, but there aren't any photos of the back of the packaging either. Our take? Some OEM in Asia whipping up custom colors.

All that said, anyone out there want some new iPhone colors in 2009? Which one(s)?

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MobileMe: iDisk to Make Large File Transfer Easy, iWork to go WebApp?

While TiPb is still waiting on Mobile iChat (SchillerNote Macworld bullet-point perhaps?), at least MobileMe isn't taking time off for the holidays. In addition to an update for their browser-side PIM services, fresh rumors abound of iWork -- Apple's word processing Pages, presentation making Keynote, and spread sheeting Numbers -- going WebApps (think Google Docs with buttery Apple-crafted UI). Ars Technica says:

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Let the iPhone 3G Unlocking Begin! Dev Team Releases yellowsn0w Cydia Installer package

If you have been living under a rock for the past few months, you might not have heard all the talk about unlocking iPhone 3G. Well the time is officially here, the iPhone Dev Team has released the latest software unlock for iPhone 3G!!! It is only available on a Jailbroken iPhone 3G via the Cydia Installer and is to be used on the latest firmware with the newest baseband!

Dev Team update from their blog:

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iPhone 3G Unlock Still Pending -- Will Unlock OS 2.2/Baseband 02.28.00!

While the Dev Team still hasn't released the final iPhone 3G software Unlock, they certainly aren't taking New Year off. In addition to squashing some last minute permission errors, they have an extra-special surprise for 2009:

The soft unlock has undergone many changes in the last two days. The most significant one: the soft unlock will now be only for baseband 02.28.00 (the most recent baseband).

Jeremy is keeping an eye on all the details and will be bring us word as soon soon as the Unlock is live.

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2008 TiPby iPhone Editors' Awards

Happy New Year and welcome to the iPhone blog's 2008 "TiPby Awards"! This year we're breaking them into two parts: Editors' Awards (below), and Reader's Choice (which is already underway in our forums and will wrap up later in the month). If you haven't voted yet, get on over to the forums and vote now. If you haven't guessed our Editors' Awards... Read on after the break!

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Quick App: MobileFiles Pro Brings Native Excel 2003 Editing to the iPhone

We've mentioned the original, FREE, MobileFiles application before, which lets you access MobileMe's iDisk via the iPhone. Well, now we've also got MobileFiles Pro and along with the $9.99 price tag comes a killer feature that a lot of productivity mavens have no doubt been waiting for:

EDIT! native Microsoft Excel 2003 documents just as you would on your desktop. Save the edited Excel file on your iPhone, send to your iDisk account remotely, or upload to your desktop using WiFi - all while maintaining perfect data integrity.

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iTablet Rumors Get TechCrunch'ed!

Not had your fill yet with iPhone nano and iPhone Pro "sliders"? Want even more form-factor furor to fuel your pre-Macworld fires? TechCrunch and the iTablet to the rescue!

We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.

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