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iFlowReader software developer closing down, points finger firmly in Apple’s direction!

BeamItDown software has just announced that its iFlow Reader eBook application will no longer be supported and that the company is going out of business. The reason for the closure of the company, according to BeamItDown, is Apple and the recent changes in its subscription policies.

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Playboy for iPad will be an optimized website, no change to app store policy!

The "mystery" surrounding Hugh Hefner’s recent announcement that Playboy will be available on the iPad complete and uncensored has been solved and it's pretty much what we expected -- Web App.

The new site will go live on May 18 and will be available at (it currently returns a 404 page not found error but that will change as soon as it goes live). The iPad Playboy site will have a subscription charge of $8 a month for access to the fully uncensored content. It will also provide complete access to every previous issue of Playboy magazine.

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IM+ update brings Neighbors [give-away]

IM+, the popular instant messaging app for iPhone and iPad, has updated to 5.0 and bring a new feature called Neighbors. With Neighbors, you can locate your friends on a map and chat with people nearby.

Neighbors offers a new dimension of communication in IM+ by providing users the opportunity to find new real life connections and friends with common interests. When signed in, users of Neighbors IM+ will be able to locate friends on the map, chat with local friends as well as initiate conversations with other people who are located nearby.

The update also includes:

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Apple, Google testifying before US Senate on location data and mobile privacy

Apple and Google are testifying today before the US senate on the issues concerning the collection of location data and mobile privacy in general. Daring Fireball notes something of interest:

Apple is represented by Bud Tribble, a vice president of software engineering. Google is represented by Alan Davidson, a lobbyist.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, May 10

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!

  • Parkbud: A high-end, immersive Car Locator and Parking App that turns the stress of remembering where and when you parked into a worry-free, pleasant experience. Free - iTunes link]

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iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 outselling recent Android phones?

According to retail checks by Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley, Apple's iPhone 3GS (which originally launched in 2009 and was stripped down in 2010), and original iPad (2010) are outselling many brand new Android phones and devices just now hitting the market.

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Adobe releases iPad Photoshop Touch apps, Color Lava, Eazel and Nav

Adobe has finally released their iPad companion apps for Photoshop. The three apps, which TiPb spoke with Adobe about last month, are Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. The three apps have been developed using the recently released Adobe Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) to demonstrate how interaction between Photoshop and tablet devices can work.

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The Queen has an iPad 2 on order after being impressed by its ease of use

The Queen has instructed her staff to get her an iPad 2 after being shown the Apple tablet according to The Sun newspaper. Prince William and Harry took theirs along to Buckingham Palace and gave The Queen a crash course and she was immediately hooked.

According to a royal insider, The Queen, who is now 85 years old, was said to be very impressed and particularly with how easy it was to use.

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Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion? [updated]

Despite rumors that Google and Facebook were sniffing around, The Wall Street Journal is now claiming that Microsoft is about to break open the Redmond money bin and fork over $7 billion $8.5 billion for Skype. It could be announced as soon as tomorrow.

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Apple to announce Nuance partnership, data center integration at WWDC?

TechCrunch has followed up on their original report on Apple/Nuance partnership talks, saying the deal might already be on its way and could be part of next month's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.

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