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Amazon releases Windowshop for iPad

Amazon has released Windowshop for iPad. If you use Amazon as frequently as I do, you may already realize that the current iPhone and iPad offerings are pretty grim.  I've never been a huge fan of the Amazon app as it seems to just be a mobile version of the site shoved into an app.  Windowshop seems to bridge that gap quite nicely on the iPad and it's now available in the App Store as a free download.

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White iPhone 4 delayed until Spring 2011

Apple has announced that the now seemingly mythical device known as the white iPhone 4 will not grace us with its presence until next spring. Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller:

We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we've decided to delay its release until this Spring.

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Apple in early stage negotiations to buy Spotify?

After rumors that Apple attempted to block Spotify from entering the US market, now there's a suggesting they might just be negotiating with the Swedish-based streaming music startup over a possible acquisition. TechCrunch reports:

"Apple and Spotify are in on-again, off-again discussions about an acquisition, but at best it’s very early in the process. No firm price has been offered, no term sheet tabled. Still, it’s interesting that the two are talking."

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RIM shows off BlackBerry PlayBook at AdobeMAX

AdobeMAX got what RIM's own DevCon was denied -- an actual working demo of the upcoming iPad competitor, the BlackBerry PlayBook. I guess now we know why RIM co-CEO Balsillie mentioned Flash 3 times and RIM's own technology approximately zero in his hot retort to Steve Jobs last week -- they're going all in on AIR and Flash, at least at first. Is that risky, tying your platform's future to technology another company controls? Hey, they did it for years with Java 2ME on the BlackBerry, though arguably they suffered as much as they gained. Flash will no doubt get them to market faster, but after buying QNX to serve as their next-generation operating system, I can't help but wish they'd taken the time to roll their own user interface and software developer kit and come to market better. ActiveX waned, consumer-facing Java has waned, Flash might be next. It's a gamble but it's also one that could pay off, especially in the short term.

As to the demo itself, as Dieter noted it looks almost like what we'd expect from an HP PalmPad, cards and all, rather than a BlackBerry device, and what else can I say, it gave CrackBerry Kevin a happy.

Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think -- does it make this iPad competitor more real?

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Apple updates Apple Store app, teases white iPhone 4

Last night Apple updated the Apple Store app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and decided to tease us by including what looks to be white iPhone 4 reservations as part of the new functionality.

The caveat to this, however, is that not everyone is seeing the white iPhone 4 listed, and even if you do, when you try and reserve the it you get a popup stating they are not taking reservations for that product at this time.

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Apple now offering free iPad engravings

Apple is now offering free iPad engravings, just in time for the holidays. Apple have always offered free ‘personalised’ iPod engravings, however, this marks the first time Apple have unveiled the same laser-engraving program for the iPad.

Like iPod engraving, the iPad engraving is available at no additional cost and you can add up to 2 lines of text. However, it will increase the shipping time by 1-3 days.

Will you be buying an iPad with personal engravings, this holiday season?

[store.apple.com]

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Apple not buying Sony, Facebook, Disney, AT&T, Google, Australia, etc.

Not to get in the way of any analyst/speculator/tabloid fed interweb crazy, but Apple probably isn't buying Sony, Facebook, or Disney, or Google, AT&T, or the continent of Australia for that matter.

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Square Mobile Credit Card Service Now Up and Running

Square is a new credit card payment service that allows users to take credit card payments directly to their mobile devices. Businesses can now apply for a Square merchant account, and if approved, will be given a free reader. Square was first announced last year and gained quite a bit of interest. The above tweet is from Jack Dorsey, founder of Square and co-founder of Twitter.

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VLC for iPhone now available in the App Store

VLC has been updated as a universal app that now supports iPhone as well as iPad. The update is now available in the iTunes App Store and allows you to:

  • Watch natively unsupported videos on your iPhone or iPad (WMV, AVI etc)
  • Open natively unsupported video attachments from emails/internet
  • Open natively unsupported videos from other apps, like Dropbox

VLC also allows you to sync your favourite videos to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad without having the need to convert them.

[ Free - [iTunes link](http://itunes.apple.com?at=10l3Vy&ct=d_im /us/app/vlc-media-player/id390885556?mt=8), thanks to everyone who sent this in! ]

by George Lim

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iOS 4.1 security flaw allows calls to be made on passcode locked iPhone

It looks as if there's yet another Phone.app security hole, this time in iOS 4.1 that allows someone to get around a passcode locked iPhone, gain access to the owner's contact list, make calls and send emails to anyone in said contact list.  From MacStories:

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