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Fring updated with iPad support and 4 way group video calling [video]

Fring has just released an update to its popular communication software and stolen a big march on Skype; releasing an iPad optimized version that can do 4-way video calling. That’s right, a 4-way video call can now be made on an iPad 2 and you can see all the participants at once; as the screen is quartered to accommodate the four separate streams.

You can make the video calls over 3G as well as WiFi and as an added bonus, it is a multi platform app. You can use it to talk and video chat with your friends even if they have an Android or Nokia device.

Take a look at the video of Fring in action after the break. Let us know if you currently use Fring at the moment or plan to after seeing this update?

[Free – iTunes link]

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TomTom HD Traffic Service for iPhone now available [giveaway]

TomTom International has updated their family of navigation apps with the availability of TomTom HD Traffic Service. This service chooses your route based on the current traffic reports and is available as an in-app purchase for $19.99.

  • TomTom HD Traffic: Experience the most-accurate, real-time traffic coverage available with revolutionary TomTom HD Traffic service. TomTom HD Traffic is more accurate, provides more road coverage, and delivers updates every 2 minutes to get you around traffic more effectively than ever before. Available via in-App purchase.

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Apple to move chipset production from Samsung to TSMC with Apple A6 SoC in 2012?

Given the increasing legal contention between Apple and Samsung, perhaps it should come as no surprise that Apple is considering moving production of their next generation Apple A6 system-on-a-chip (SoC) to from the Korean conglomerate to Taiwan's TSMC.

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Electro Chuck for iPhone now available

Electro Chuck, an adventure/skill game for iPhone, is now available. The goal of the game is to tilt your iPhone to steer Chuck through all the levels without touching the electric line. The more centered and precise you are, the more points you get!

  • Using the accelerometer, tilt your phone to steer Chuck and avoid the electric line. You’ll need all the skills and cold blood you can get.
  • Tap the screen behind Chuck to stretch and jump over enemies and/or collect bonuses.
  • Collect 3 stars per level. By collecting all 30 stars in a world, unlock the current world’s arcade mode.
  • Stay precisely centered on the line to gain more points.
  • Collect bonus multipliers to increase your scores and remain at the top of the leaderboard.
  • Full game center integration.
  • Tons of crazy achievements to unlock. And don’t be thinking they’re all so easy!
  • Show off to your friends by sharing your scores on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Easy to learn but difficult to master. Will your skills take you to the next level or will your friends leave you in the shadows?!
  • New levels on the way in the next update.

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think! Check out the screenshots after the break.

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TiPb Asks: Are you concerned with iPhone data caps?

AT&T transitioned to data caps and tiered plans just over a year ago and come this summer, Verizon will follow suit. Are you concerned? International iPhone users have had to deal with data caps and tiered plans for years, but in the US "unlimited data" was pretty much expected. It framed users' habits. Streaming internet radio, watching internet video, tethering on the down-low... You could do all of that without the slightest thought.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, June 27

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!

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iPhone 5 release pool: Morgan Stanley say Apple to start iPhone 5 assembly in mid to late August, with a September release

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has issued a note to her clients stating that the iPhone 5 will begin production in mid to late August for a September release. This after Huberty had spent a few days in Taiwan, presumably meeting with Apple’s supply chain companies.

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iOS 5 could shut down SHSH downgrades?

LulzSec leaks shows AT&T considered speed and session-based pricing for LTE?

LulzSec dumped one last load of AT&T documents on the internet, which though outdated and never meant for public consumption, does give some insight into some of the things they were at least considering -- like speed and session-based pricing for their upcoming LTE network.

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