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Apple Patents Google Latitude-like Service for iPhone... with Front Facing Camera?

Did Apple reject Google Latitude from the App Store because they're getting ready to launch a similar service of their own... that also uses a front-facing camera? Maybe, maybe not, but Patently Apple found this latest application, and 9to5mac seems to think it's a possibility:

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Documents to Go Goes Premium, Adds PowerPoint, Gmail Support for iPhone

Documents to Go with Exchange Attachments is all grown up, has changed its name to Documents to Go Premium, and now offers support for PowerPoint and Gmail attachments for iPhone and iPod touch:

  • Edit and create Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentations
  • Edit/add bullets and text in Outline mode (changes reflected immediately in Slide view)
  • Edit/add speaker notes
  • Sort/add/dupe/delete slides
  • Edit/view Gmail attachments

About the only thing missing is a dedicated, multi-app accessible file repository on the iPhone akin to what the photo app does for images. Get working on that, would you Apple?

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Fox News "Confirms" Rumored Jan 26 Apple Event, Focusing on "Mobility"

Fox News' Clayton Morris is upping the ante on the rumored January 26 Apple Media Event, not only saying it's the real deal, but that it will focus on "mobility":

I've spoken to a source inside Apple who confirmed a "big" event for January. While nothing official has been handed down from the notoriously tight-lipped company, my source took the Financial Times report one step further by saying this event will focus on the mobility space, meaning we'll see something related to the iPhone/iPod touch product line.

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Former Chief Chinese Googler Leaks iTablet/iSlate Gossip?

According to Chinese former chief-Googler, Lee Kai-fu, who apparently is well connected with Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, the upcoming iTablet/iSlate looks like a giant iPhone with:

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OnLive Streaming Gaming Shows off iPhone Use

As part of OnLive's intent to stream you your Crysis Wars over the internet (rather than on physical media like a DVD or Blu Ray), they've put together a 48 minute demo, including the use of their companion iPhone app. The iPhone part starts at 19:30 in, and they say latency over current 3G networks is still too high, but WiFi isn't bad (though the controls are "kinda funky").

The more interesting part of the iPhone experience, they claim, is the spectating stuff. We'd disagree. But what do you think? Do you want to get your video games streaming from a cloud server, rented like streaming Netflix rather than owned like traditional media? Let us know!

(Note: no iPhone friendly video, but we embedded the Viddler version, on the frame where the iPhone talk starts, below the fold).

[Gamertag Video via Joystiq via Engadget]

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Return of the 8GB iPhone 3GS Rumors

Could an 8GB iPhone 3GS replace the 8GB iPhone 3G Apple currently offers as it's ahem bargain-basement smartphone? The $99 iPhone 3G was one of the big stories of 2009, competing against otherwise anemic Pearls and Qs at that price point. An 8GB 3GS at $99 (or lower?) has been rumored before. Now Gizmodo says it could be immanent:

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I'm on a Phone [NSFW-L] Wins $5,000, Disses Palm, BlackBerry

10 weeks, 115 videos, and $5,000 later Smule has announced the winner of their I Am T-Pain [$2.99 - iTunes link] contest and it's "I'm on a Phone". Legitimately awesome, gets huge shots in on our frenemies of old, Palm and BlackBerry, and also has language hardcore enough for... well, a rap video. So NSFW-L warnings apply if you want to check it out, after the break...

Other notables included [YouTube links, language warnings]: "a celebration of natural fabric, An auto-tuned tribute to man’s best friend, and an ode dedicated to Smule’s support staff

Congrats to all, and hats off to Smule for getting the auto-tune engine into the iPhone!

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Google Nexus One Phone Priced at $530 Unlocked, $180 on 2-year T-Mobile Contract?

If the internets are to be believed, Google is setting pricing on their HTC built new Nexus One Android flagship smartphone at $529.99 unlocked, or $179.99 if you take it alongside a 2-year, $80 a month T-Mobile contract. Here are the deets:

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Safety Light for iPhone, or Can the Flashlight App be Redeemed?

Safety Light ($0.99 - iTunes link) riddles us this -- can one of the App Store's most maligned categories, the flashlight app, be redeemed by one of the iPhone's premiere developers?

Along with fart apps and tip calculators, there's little that's been derided more than the humble "lets make a white screen and charge $1 for it" flashlight app. With Safety Light, the Iconfactory's Craig Hockenberry, creator of Twitterrific, adds function to the flash.

  • Bright flashlight
  • Colored lighting effects
  • Disco mode!
  • SOS emergency flash

Like many, I've used the iPhone to light my way on more than one occasion, but Safety Light is the first time I've gotten all official (read: bought a flashlight app) for the purpose. But I'm a sucker for audacious design and development.

If you try it, let us know what you think!

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Nokia Sees Apple's Counter-suit, Files Against Virtually Everything

Nokia, massive if alien-to-North America, sued Apple for WiFi/GSM/HSPA patent violation, at which point Apple spun around and counter-sued for iPhone patent violation, and now Nokia has yelled the legal equivalent of "fire everything!"

According to PC World:

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